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Mon, Jul. 10th, 2006, 07:50 pm
A dirty keyboard; however to clean the keys?

How long to live?
Two to four score,
Maybe less, maybe more:
Make it worthwhile.

I've been thinking about what motivates people. We get bored, our parents or loved ones tell us to quit laying on the couch when we're young--I doubt we're conditioned, Skinner-style, into doing the things we do in life. If there isn't some worldly reason why we do them (death and taxes), we're enigmatically attracted to them. Do we even know what we do? For my part, I feel compelled by some force, a sort of spirit which I call an ahtman, when I'm at my most creative. So much of the rest feels like hapless planning and strange fortune.

Tue, Jul. 11th, 2006 06:23 am (UTC)

Don't forget doing them to take care of those we care about. Like working overnight so your child can get that toy they've been dreaming about for six months. Or to help a friend get the operation he or she needs. And then there's the work of, for example, doctors that do the operating to save thousands of lives a year. And most importantly of all, that someday the work that you've spent your life doing may somehow save the life, or the quality of life, of someone you care about.

Fri, Jul. 14th, 2006 09:42 pm (UTC)
acertaindoebear: In addition

My religion is seperate from my work is seperate from my philosophies is seperate from my happiness is seperate from my loves is seperate from my play is seperate from my washing dishes is sepreate from my family etc.

But that is not true; I was brought up in a culture that teaches me to believe that and I am learning to unlearn that.

A study:

o three groups, a control group and the other two who were broken up into those who believed in synchronicity (and had a wholistic view of universe) and those who not only denied synchronicity but appear "rigid and stereotypical" in their thinking. On the first group, they had individuals who responded best to placebos. In the second group, they responded least to the placebos. (source: The Psychobiology of Mind-Body Healing by Ernest Lawrence Rossi).

A notion of a study:

o an ESP study split into two groups: the control and everyone else. Those who scored above statistical chance turned out to believe in ESP, but very strangely, those who scored below statistical chance didn't believe in ESP. Hmm. What does that say about groups like CSICOP? -:) (source: Quantum Psychology by Robert Anton Wilson).

It's all in the mystery