The philosophical zombie

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People generally see and believe only what's in front of them, disconnected from the magic of their consciousness. Reality is separated from the chorus of chemical reactions inside our heads.

The prevailing theory ushered in by philosopher David Chalmers is that our conscious experience is considered the “hard problem,” a process so superior and mysterious it lies beyond the reach of science.

Do we even need a conscience?

The zombie persists without feeling anything. It is competent without comprehension.

The mind and the world are one of natural phenomenon. “We should get it straight once for all,” says philosopher and computer scientist Riccardo Manzotti, “there are no hard problems in nature, only natural problems. And we are part of nature.”

Is the conscious experience of an object identical with the object one experiences or is the conscience invisible to science and therefore thriving within its own “phenomenal mind?”

The debate goes on.

Read The Hardening of Consciousness

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Making meaning removes meaning

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Making meaning removes meaning. What we make is what we want to make. The only supervisor is ourselves.

But we do need signals — something that tells us that we’re moving in the right direction.

“The muse has to know where to find you.”

Billy Wilder

Tied up in labor, we forget that the day job is the means of survival. So we play it safe and the pass on the real sex back at home.

Accept professions but don’t become them. Feel free to go home and rage into your work.

Doing the work we enjoy is the best life — after all, more time is better than money.

Everything we don't want to do feeds our basic survival. That's why such a priority always feels somehow aslant.

Play by keeping score

The same goes for failure — it’s a motivator in disguise, telling us to make improvement more present. #gif #life #motivation
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Disorder creates progress. It is within the mess we find out what needs to be cleaned up and what needs to be improved.

The same goes for failure — it’s a motivator in disguise, telling us to make improvement more present. A crash adds more wisdom to our craft.

Unlike sand, problems never escape counting. They are easy to keep tabs on as the things we know we need to do but procrastinate and put off. The resistance usually wins.

But chasing ideals make one happy. In facing our difficulties, challenges, and vices while dreaming big, we do more than just try, we participate in the struggle.

Any positive exertion coupled with sticktuitiveness is a passport to inner-freedom.

Relishing the doubt

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Enthusiastic in the front, skeptic in the back.

The dialectic of mind enframes the rational man. When we peel off the plastic of certainty, we uncover the beauty of chasing ambiguity.

When we see that the true bearers of consciousness are patterns of continuous variation rather than preprogrammed automata, we relish our idiosyncrasies.

Naïveté is on par with idealism.

What we demand instead is the thrill of belief, vacuuming up all the information around us without pre-consolidating our vision with the cockiness of mastery.

Every single person has their own blend of style, just like the unique acoustic signature of birds. Wonderfully different, in search of random incursions.

A mirror on information

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Journalists focus more on catastrophes than progress. They’re hard-wired to follow tragedy than highlight the good.

Bad news and sensationalism sell eyeballs.

Good news is ephemeral, quickly consumed and forgotten.

When an avalanche of information aligns with a consumption-based based society, all becomes a blur.

Knocked unconscious, we assemble identities that exceed the brain’s three pounds. We validate our preferences by referencing them back to us.

Information is an addictive substance, all too imbued with misunderstanding.

There is no breathe and stop, no detour to detox.

Taste at first sight 👁👀👁

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“The first taste is always with your eyes.”

Everything is contrived, from the glowing burger buns, fresh lettuce and tomatoes, to the juicy fresh meat. Video takes food advertising even further, making it come alive from its static state.

Table top advertising or food marketing is no different than any other product marketing: the illusion never matches with the reality of creating it. In reality, the food has been dressed up and augmented to look fresh and mouth watering like those lobsters in Red Lobster commercials.

Fashion advertising is similar. The model is always more enticing wearing makeup and sporting a six pack. When models make commercials, they never smile. Bad assery sells.

Not surprisingly, food porn and selfies are huge on Instagram too, the people's marketing platform. A little bit of shoot preparation and filters make both food and faces look better than they actually are.

Today, anyone can use technology to create a Hollywood look. Everyone's deceiving and buying lies at the same time. We all desire better versions of ourselves, including what appears on our plates.

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The script, the story

How many of us are just acting our way through life, adapting to different settings like chameleons?

Situational elasticity lends its hand to the collaborative truth, that people inject each other with signaling serum. We try to demonstrate to others ‘this is who I am and this what I do.'

All life is a stage, not just the internet, with many reaping the psychological benefits of expectation, even children. Studies show that pretending to be Batman helps kids persevere.

We should follow the route that builds up the most confidence. We just can't expect a return on a relationship should we switch off and reside to impulsiveness.

The edited self is known to slip.

Medicating off the placebo

Medicating off the placebo

If you want to instantly feel better, step into a hospital. The placebo works every time.

Unfortunately, the opposite is also true. Hospitals can make the healthy feel a bit ill.

Does anyone like hanging out in hospitals?

Placebo is a mere expectation. It helps only because we think it helps. But that psychological boon could be the difference in making things better or worse. Brain modulation is pain modulation.

It turns that out managing your own internal wiring whether through expectation, habits, or lucky charms may just be the oldest medicine in the world.

Read The Placebo Effect’s Role in Healing, Explained


A retrospective report

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We take a retrospective report, this time with the prospect of various viewpoints.

When we look back at our own history, it only makes sense now. It's never lucid at the time. Today's mirror emits a story that can't tell a lie.

While the future prohibits knowledge, gathering experience increases one’s attentiveness toward ambient hints. Age is didactic — it compels us to notice and thereby prevent the patterns and vices we originally pursued.

The creative part of us gets tired of waiting. Or just gets tired.

Mary Oliver

We may have to live things twice in order to figure out what to do next. The coexistence of both hope and despair push us through the messy middle.

From the cave to the smartphone and onto the next magical widget, the fun is in the hunt to use the tools of today to look back and figure out what's on the other side of the rainbow.

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