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Arthanari Chandrasekaran

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Strange questions that humans have not yet found an answer for!

We all have a unique course of action through out our day. Many of the conversation along with our friends or some that we hear from others talking at times surprise us and gets our brain thinking, but only to later ignore saying this might be beyond human reach. Have you come across any such question through your brain or from others which you think humans have not yet explored or researched or any unanswerable question?

  • Jul 23 2012: A random thought… Why do they say you can't change your past? I would say is generally accepted that what you do today is past tomorrow… So actually you can influence partially your past, by paying good attention at what you are doing today.
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      Jul 23 2012: Cornelia,
      You are suggesting that by being aware and mindful today, we can influence our future past!
      Good point!!! I LOVE it:>)
      • Jul 24 2012: Exactly my point! I didn’t know how to put it in simple words and seeing your comment it couldn’t have been more precise. Thank you! Your contribution is always encouraging for new members like myself.
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          Jul 26 2012: Cornelia,
          You said it PERFECTLY....notice the thumbs up you are getting for that very simple and profound idea!!!! I simply said it in a different way to confirm what I perceived you to say:>)

          Thank you for your kind feedback my friend:>)
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      Jul 26 2012: The past is for reference only. Being mindful, to me means acting in certain pre-determined set of ways. Which would inhibit creative behavior.
    • Jul 26 2012: If you look at your life as a free fall through time/space then you will learn how small course corrections will influence the trajectory of your decent. The wake you leave behind affects everything in the universe more then you could ever know.

      We are blessed with the ability to consciously make these corrections, while other matter is not. This is why if we live our lives radiating love and tolerance we make the universe a better place for all who inhabit it.
    • Jul 27 2012: The past is changed by feeling and understanding the content of the past. To do this one must express the sound the body originally wanted to make in response to the feelings which were felt in the past. Sound with out words. Just the raw sound because words have already intellectualized the experience. The body holds the tension which was created in order to block the feelings from being expressed in their raw form. When the body is allowed to express feeling as voluminous sound the vibrations generated releases the body's original tensions which had been inhibiting expression.

      This tension release in the tissue of the body simultaneously deepens the memory around the original event and expands ones memory of the past on many levels. This is because with in the numbness that the tension was holding in place is also lost (numb) memory. As the tension is release memory returns.

      What could be considered the unknown or unconscious becomes more consciousness, which in turn brings up more feelings for processing through expression. It seems to be a never ending journey into the past until the past is completely processed into consciousness. Life gets a little bit better with each step.
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    Jul 16 2012: Why are we spending so much money on Research on outer world and nuclear weapons (military) , when we could use the same amount of money for helping the poor and needy people ??

    This is the strangest question that has been bothering me ...
    • Jul 17 2012: Just who is 'WE?'

      I'm not spending any money on those things so please don't include me in "we"

      That now makes the question, why are "you" spending money on weapons, the military and all those other kinds of things?

      If the answer is that you are not, then who is? And why is the aforementioned 'WE' allowing it, since it is all money that comes from them!!

      The average citizen of the world wants to live in peace, harmony and with safety, without worry.

      Just who is against that? The very people who we look up to, give our power to and we don't even need them to live the way we want. They certainly don't want to live that way, so they are totally irrelevant and we don't need them so we need to get rid of them as means, method and manner of operating in the world.

      We continue to believe their lies, we continue to believe in lies rather than truth and we continue to do the same things over and over and expect different results!


      Because we are insane.
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        Jul 17 2012: Actually our money that we pay as taxes are not used in the right manner .... In other words we are indirectly spending on military through our taxes ...
      • Jul 17 2012: You give humans to much credit by calling them insane. Is a heard of cows insane when it follows it's leader?
      • Aug 12 2012: Are you saying "that the German Government and/or any group (like the European Union) that it is involved in is not do spend money on "Research on outer world and nuclear weapons (military)". For if you live in Germany and pay taxes then you are definitely part of a "We". The people of a country are responsible for allowing anything their government does, even if the people do not know about it. Unless ignorance is a defense, if so then I will stick my head in the sand and then my government can do what ever they like. Maybe if we all started taking responsibly for what those around us do, then some of the negative things that happen wouldn't. And if one believes that everything is a figment of their imagination, then they are personally responsible for all that happens to the figments of their imagination, so those figments should put the punishment onto them for everything that has ever happened in said figments history.
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      Jul 17 2012: Hi Bharath,

      Thanks for the reply.

      There is another conversation going on a similar topic, thought you might be interested.

      All the Best,
    • Jul 23 2012: I read your question and found myself wondering what the numbers are
      World GDP 70 trillion 2011 (Google, world bank)
      World R&D 1.4 trillion projected 2012 (http://www.rdmag.com)
      While you can (and should) question what we spend research money on, I don't think you can call the percentage(2%) spent unreasonable.
      I am all for switching research $ from entertaining cell phone apps and aircraft carriers to... well, almost anything else. I would defend space research (I assume that's what you mean by outer world) because without it humanity will never gain access to the resources and capabilities needed for long term survival.

      That said I think that in a moral world the human race would collectively declare that every person had a legal right to safe food, water, and shelter(a bed to sleep in out of the weather and free from sexual coercion) to start with and to go even further: basic literacy(preferably in a common language as it's hard enough to make peace when you CAN talk to each other), and basic health care(generic antibiotics, vaccinations, stitches... not unlimited access to specialists)

      let the individual countries decide their own logistics in fulfilling this minimum, but create a way for people to remove their government for non compliance.

      This would cost a lot of money undoubtedly, but It would eliminate the need for countless redundant and ineffectual organizations. Economically it would cause changes but it would create a safer, healthier, and more competitive world workforce
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    Aug 2 2012: Where did I put the car keys?
    • Aug 4 2012: genius! lol
    • Aug 7 2012: a better question than "where did I put the car ".. Unless you have both questions simultaneously and are standing in a very large parking lot ... late at night ... with big rain clouds hovering menacingly above you.

      ( Nope ... never happend to me!)

      But after a while, (hypothetically) you might start thinking more about a far more serious question:

      "Where did they put the bathroom?" but that is another story ...
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        Aug 7 2012: I have the car part solved, I think. Once I do find my keys, I can use that panic button for a beep to let the car call me. I once really screwed up and tried it in a multi story hosptial parking lot and spent a lot of time wandering around. YIKES!
        Now I am becoming obsessive about remembering to the point of writing it on my ticket at airports.
  • Jul 20 2012: Where are my car keys? :)
  • Aug 9 2012: I already saw a similar question here (about babies).
    Mine is more like an alternative version of it.

    "If you are deaf, and were never taught any language (verbal or non-verbal) how do you think?"

    I'm asking because a few months ago, when i started reading books in english, my - what should i call it? - my "inner voice" became an englishman. When i think about abstract things i mostly do it in english now.
    But what about someone who has never heard a word? Or never seen one? How can they "abstract"? What if the person is blind too? (most unlucky person ever)
    You can't think in pictures, you can't think in words you can only think in smells, physical sensations? One silly question.... do you even think?
    • Aug 10 2012: This reminds me of a joke I recently heard that goes "How do you tell a person who is blind, deaf and dumb that he/she has lost his/her mother?". It is quite hard to imagine how their inner selves communicate with them. I want to risk saying that they do not have "a talking" inner self.
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      Aug 10 2012: I think in both pictures and voices. I guess people think in the same was they experience the world.

      So not so strange question after all.
      • Aug 12 2012: thank you for the links :)

        I knew language was important for the mental development, but never thought this much. The analogy of language being the OS of the brain is astounding.
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        Aug 13 2012: That´s ok, but I think about the questions we do not even know they are questions. Maybe one day the easiest thing, known by everybody, will pop up offering new faces, different views, and opening a lot of new questions. I hope it so, if not, life'll be very bored! ;-)
    • Aug 10 2012: it would take time, but their brain would use some neural algorithm/code of their interpurited world, wouldnt they. just as you use memories of captured images or sound persepted to construct your conclusions and inturpereted world. (i am a terrable speller~sorry~). This seems kind-of abstract, but i am just a teenager and haven't realy studied pycology.
  • Aug 1 2012: I believe in mysticism to a degree, and what I want to know is did humanities ancestors (druids, priests, shamans, etc.) actually gain extraordinary abilities at some point. Or is there the possibility of it lying dormant in us all (kind of like an underutilized part of our brain that is not being triggered anymore)

    Thought of another one but most people don't know about this stuff:
    What information is stored in the oldest library in the world, the Vaticans
    • Aug 1 2012: Excellent questions.

      The scientific approach to knowledge has had huge benefits, and many people believe that one of those benefits has been the retreat of mysticism. But it seems to be a law of nature that everything comes with a price, and we may never know the full price of science. Is it possible that if our ancestors had rejected science and accepted mysticism, we would all have super powers?
      • Aug 1 2012: I would hope so (would be sweet) or at least the world would be much richer culturally in my opinion

        But on a sociological level I believe we would be closer to nature, and more tolerant of others
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        Aug 7 2012: Hi Barry,
        You are right. The scientific method has shown itself to have great advantage in the pursuit of knowledge.

        In the pursuit of that knowledge it is often hidden assumptions about nature which we find in our path. Just like Einstein found that there was no absolute time to nature and all time was relative.

        However, science as an institution does not operate free from assumptions, it operates with a limited scope. We cannot therefore fully accept any answer it comes up with since it may be restricted.

        Science (particularly pertinent to physics) makes the starting assumption that all comes from the material. In other words there was a big bang which started it all off. But with this assumption in place, we as a race cannot accept that it is a full and only answer as to our origins. Only when this assumption is removed and the big bang is still the answer can we accept it.

        You must not think I am a religious fanatic when I say this, I am not. But it is still a very important point I make. Science rules out God by saying it was all started with a big bang, but it is only by virtue of its starting assumption it can do this. Its starting assumption should be telling science that it has no authority to talk about origins. Perhaps our origins are more spiritual. Knowledge, or science, if it is all about the truth, should not be structurally opposed to spirituality as it seems to be today.
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      Aug 2 2012: It seems most cultures find a way of creating an altered mind state through some kind of hallucinogenic, usually plant or fungus based. Aztecs retained chocolate for their warrior caste. It's a stimulant. Caffeine is a stimulant. Various mushrooms are but many are also toxic. Fasting is a way to induce a trance like state as are the breathing exercises in some meditations. Extreme pain is also a mind altering experience and is used in many initiation ceremonies for young men. Insights might well be arrived at during an altered brain chemistry but would the person remember afterwards or would it just seem like a dream.
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    Jul 27 2012: How do they get the Caramel inside a Caramilk bar??
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    • Jul 31 2012: Excellent idea.

      Imagine being the first person to think, and knowing that you are very different from the people in your family and everyone else in your tribe. Scary.
  • Aug 15 2012: Why do we have schools, if all they do is to ask you to accept and understand, and measure your intelligence through examinations, when actually it really doesn't measure intelligence but only how much you've remembered/accepted. Why do we learn about circles, log, angles, salts, chemicals, when the chances are you're probably not going to remember them? its not that I don't appreciate school, but why is the global education system like this? is it because it always has been, or are we just too lazy/out of ideas to change it?
    -thanks :)
  • Aug 8 2012: Could someone please explain how the human consciousness works please.
    Also, while at it, what exactly does gravity consist of?

    Hmm, and has and will the universe be reborn?

    Oh, and why can't anything go faster than light?

    Finally, the most puzzling one to me...
    Why don't we humans do something about climate change now that we know we're causing it and the effects will be much worse than the effort to do something about it?
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      Aug 8 2012: Don't you have any easy ones?
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      Aug 9 2012: The best book I ever read on that subject was by a prof named Harry Hunt from an obscure Canadian university (He was originally an American) and it is called "The nature of Consciousness" and if I could honour your request and answer your question, I would but even with more than7 years of education in psychology, I cannot give you one that is satisfactory to myself. Harry's book however, traces all the factors and considers everything from Freudian and Jungian thought to existentialism to altered states - it is a dense but safisfying read.
  • Aug 6 2012: why can't I make her love me (T T)
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      Aug 7 2012: Ah! The age old question! Most of us have to be content with this expression:" Because the heart wants what the heart wants"
      I have a friend right now who is suffering this in a most destructive way. She is in love with a guy who is so bad for her - it is almost unimaginable and yet no matter what anyone says or what she experiences she goes back to wondering why he treats her this way. It is pretty simple really - he can not possibly love her - he has no room to love her for his heart is in love with himself.

      I just realized that it is possible everyone thinks it is me. It really isn't.
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        Aug 8 2012: Or maybe........ she loves him precisely because he is bad to her. As commonly found or said: "Girls like bad boys."
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          Aug 8 2012: YUCK! Maybe that is why it is so hard for me to understand. I have never ever gone for that bad boy type and so cannot imagine it. I think the toughest thing in life is to be a good man and I think it should be rewarded with an equalient Good woman.
  • Aug 5 2012: With "progress" do we often lose more than we gain? I am thinking about unexpected consequences that result when we (as individuals or as the human race) "progress."

    I am thinking about various things like genetically modified grain. We make a trade off when we adopt a genetically modified crop and (often) the risks are not well understood. So, while it may appear that problems will be solved by the use of genetically modified grain, new, more complicated problems are likely to arise over time. Yet, this is progress??

    Even in my own life ... I wonder if there are times when I was happier knowing less. There are times when it seems that the more I become aware of, the more I realize how so much is beyond my control. Certainly, it is better ( at least more responsible) to know as much as I can. At the very least, I am then able to do what I can, even if it does not seem like much. It is better than nothing (or at least I hope) but what f I am helping to put more genetically modifed grain out into the world? Will I help to end a famine or merely help to cause a more serious famine in several years?

    So, I will ask the impossibly broad question: Are "we" making progress? ( personally and/or globally as human beings)
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      Aug 5 2012: Dear Juniper Blue
      One of the most important maxims of psychology is that| "contol is an illusion". I sometimes want to revert temporarily to times when I knew less but then I realize that trading illusion for truth is a pretty good deal.
      • Aug 5 2012: I reached my maximum of "thumbs up" for you or you would have received one for this response.
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          Aug 5 2012: Thank you,Rhona. I am just trying to share what is true to me so that I can prime the pump and get everybody else to help me with all those things that confuse me.
      • Aug 7 2012: Thanks Debra ... nicce to know that I am in good company.
    • Aug 5 2012: Hello Juniper,

      An excellent question.

      A century from now historians might be saying that this is the definitive question of the twenty first century.

      It is becoming increasing clear that the 'progess' of the last few centuries has run its course and we must, at a minimum, modify our ideas about progress.

      Regarding unexpected consequences, our technologies are becoming so powerful that it behooves us to develop a method (in the same sense as the scientific method) to better predict consequences and decide which technologies are just too risky. Technologies like genetic manipulation could possibly wipe out all life on this planet. Wisdom is no longer optional
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        Aug 7 2012: I loved this statement: "Wisdom is no longer optional" Right ON!
      • Aug 7 2012: Ahhhh. Now that is just way too smart!! Thanks for the response Barry ... I hope that someone out there is perfecting such a method.
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    • Aug 13 2012: A thought....

      The polio epidemic of my parents generation was directly tied to the spread of indoor plumbing and the ethic of cleanliness propogating through wealthy cultures. It seems there is a bio-immune respose in the body when exposed to feces that has a side effect of reducing succeptability to polio. So... cleanliness is "progress" in the area of general medicine, social encounters, etc... but not in polio avoidance.

      The very notion of progress seems to be deceptive to me, when used as an absolute. Conditional progress, i.e. : we are halfway there, the job is almost done, etc... is one thing, but that we are better than our predecessors because we have remote controls and credit cards is a matter of opinion, not fact.

      Even social institutions like parenting are open to broad interpretations of progress. Anthropologists might point out that hunter gatherers are known to be caring and attentive parents, and limited to small families. (Two toddler/infants at a time, more and you can not flee from predators). It was the spread of agrarian societies that led to large, labor related, and often abusive families. At the same time, the food surplus allowed for larger families and the diversification of trades. In this example progress in one area is matched by detriment in the other.

      Who defines the base factors, on which we might judge and make an absolute statement? You do.

      • Aug 14 2012: Thanks for this thoughtful response Ian. Very insightful.
  • Aug 2 2012: Once, my little brother asked me a question. "Why we need to sleep? "
  • Aug 1 2012: Suppose there is an alien civilization much like ours on a galaxy thousands of light years away. This civilization is almost identical to us, with similar technology and similar intelligence. Like us, they point their instruments outward and take all manner of measurements of the universe. Because of just one reason, their location, EVERY SINGLE ITEM of their data would be different from our data. With this in mind, what is the probability that they would understand the workings of the universe in the same way that we do? Would they have a theory of relativity? Would their equations match ours?
    • Aug 1 2012: math seems to be the universal language. they may have different symbols, and methods, and equations, but a lot of their results might be the same as ours. for example their planet may have gravity like ours,--they may not called it gravity, but they would understand it as much as we do.
      theory of relativity its good, but its a THEORY. we as species don't really know a lot of FACTS about the universe. and sometimes scientific laws are broken, ( abnormalities that happen here and then in the universe).
      that's means we have yet to truly understand the universe, so our theories and hypothesis may be a lot different from them. the only thing we'll have in common will be FACTS--such as gravity. much of our understanding comes from theories and religion on how the universe, and nature works. they might live in a HOLE different world, so their perspective on how things work can be very different. our universe is the same so the answers no matter the form for questions like what is a black hole ? should be the SAME. unfortunately we only have theories---they might only have theories too. if we live in the same universe/dimension there should be ONE answer to such a question. and other questions too.
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    Aug 1 2012: I asked myself sometimes if there could be another kind of progress. I mean a not-technological progress.
    • Aug 2 2012: Or progress without the necessity of economic growth. So that humanity prospers without having to consume more and more and more...
    • Aug 2 2012: the way we think. MORAL progress. and spiritual progress. knowing ourselves more. how we interact we each other etc. knowing more about the nature of the universe and ourselves. without tech. increase in wisdom and knowledge. etc.
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    Jul 21 2012: IN MY VIEW:
    Strange answer for a strange question.
    Is questioning every time for every thing necessary or even relevant?
    Do answers meet the expectation of the question to end it forever or of the questioner such that the answers become unsatisfactory for new generation?
    Is answer that bring about more questions really the answer?
    The big question is What is the "answer"?
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      Jul 26 2012: Answer assumes there's an end game. Perhaps if you exchange the word "answer" with "possibility. If we begin to accept everything as fact, Then we no longer ask questions. If we no longer ask questions, we become bound within our self created walls of logic.
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        Jul 26 2012: if we consider answer as possibility it means we will have multiple choices this brings another form of question to life "Which possibility is the right one?". I don't think questions are ever going to end similarly answers will also evolve but what will be the final answer is not known. In my view, right answer for any question are thoughts which give relief for today and avoid complication for tomorrow.
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    Jul 17 2012: why some people have to argue or keep struggling with their family, friends, colleagues or even theirself everyday? won't human born to be happy and enjoy the days?
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      Jul 18 2012: Maybe they need attention or some kindness. They're not happy with themseves for some reason.
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      Jul 20 2012: I completely agree with both queenie and Frans. Arguing with others is not a constructive way to further one's personal life and the global evolution. Self-acceptance and happiness seem to have a correlation with this. Which raises another question, if someone is not pleased with them-self, why do they lash out that anger on others?
      • Jul 21 2012: In defence of arguing it is vital evolutionary tool for self defence. Because even the mundane act of washing the dishes although seen by oneself as a harmless/possitive/neccessary action in your life can be seen in negative light. You may feel that it is important to maintain your standard of living and it is your freedom and liberty to do so.

        The flip side to this is that by using water on mere dishes is a waste and its consumption is driving up demand, therefore prices. This can be annoying for some but in a life of poverty having your water cut off can be life changing or ending.

        I know this is extreme but you must have a means of defence especially when others don't even know or agree that they are doing wrong. And things like this can lead to wars. Believe it or not there is a purpose for negativity in life, whether I or anybody else likes it or not.

        I'm not saying that we should stop trying to eradicate negativity, just understand it. The end fight that we play against negativity or eachother is essentially evolution, which is forever changing and blessedly unbeatable.

        P.S i still wash my dishes
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    Jul 17 2012: Is anyone doing research into sound and its applications with other species, eventually finding someway to communicate with other species?

    I know of some researchers that record whale calls, but that is just replay of the real sound, a copy of the real animal.

    How about being able to make our own whale calls where we understand them and they understand us?

    There was a story I heard of an experiment with trees and how they speak by frequencies of some sort?
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      Jul 18 2012: I think we could establish a simplistic dialog with many species, auditory or otherwise, and with sustained interaction of that sort have it slowly develop into more complex dialog, particularly if the species' offspring keep picking up and enhancing (however minutely) where the forerunners left off. The most ideal candidates, dolphins and chimps/monkeys/orangatangs/baboons, would have a working (if sparse) lexicon within the first few years of the first generation. A few generations of sustained interaction would see a much larger lexicon and probably a lot of understood abstractions. Keep going until the neo-species decide they want their own planet -- far, far away from us. :)

      We'd be doing ourselves a favor by having non-human perceptive inputs, but do we do them any favors by interrupting their natural ascendency?
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      Jul 19 2012: I wrote a joke on twitter the other day akin to "Do you ever wonder if animals just don't want to communicate with us? Maybe they teach their kids "Don't get caught up in their nonsense".

      It really has always been an odd curiousity of mine, that research hasn't been done into recreating animal languages that seem complex. Robots recording video in natural habitats, replaying sounds, recording responses, it seems like it would be a fascinating field of study.

      Good one.
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        Jul 19 2012: There has been some work done with chimpanzees and gorillas. Also the specific meanings of meerkat alarm calls are well understood regarding where the threat (air v land and direction) is and how urgently action is required.
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        Jul 20 2012: Hey David,

        I feel the same way! Maybe animals are really secretive and they scavange our waste because they don't have to risk so much searching for food in the wild. Maybe they are smarter than they seem at times.
  • Aug 14 2012: We can draw the conclusion that "intelligence" is cultivatable. However, can we say the same of creative abilities in our minds? Can you literally train a mind to be creative?

    "If the human brain were so simple that we could understand it, we would be so simple that we couldn't" -Emerson M. Pugh
    • Aug 14 2012: I believe we can (at least be more creative), but it's more a case removing the restrictions of conventional thinking and conditioning for adults and not imposing these on children. (Coleen's comments hold true)
      It would be interesting to see which nations scores tops in a "Creativity Index Measure" and then look at how their educational system functions.
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      Aug 14 2012: Creativity is a characteristic that can be cultivated, encouraged, and practiced.
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      Aug 14 2012: Heather, Juan and Fritzie,
      I believe our minds are naturally creative. When we remove the "restrictions of conventional thinking and conditioning", which Juan insightfully recognizes, we open the mind to cultivate, encourage and practice creativity, as Fritzie insightfully suggests. It is a matter of having an open mind and heart with the intent to explore with curiosity.
  • Aug 13 2012: Why do we become less curious when we grow up?
    Do the answers we get during our life experiences satisfy us?
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      Aug 14 2012: I think from the time we're brought into the world until the time when we're ready to leave the confines of the environment from which we were moulded, is the time where we MUST be curious, we have no choice, we know nothing other than what we're being told, so we're constantly yearning for more information to establish our own sense of our surroundings. The question you brought up "why do we become less curious" is such an important question we all have to ask ourselves. Once we have our own idea of how things are, is that really where life stops? No, we had no control over the environment we were brought up in therefor we have no control over what we've come to know as life. We become less curious as we become more content with "that's just the way things are" Each one of us though, has the power to stay curious.
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      Aug 14 2012: Billal and Ben,
      Curiosity seems to be very natural for us when we are children. As we become adults, however, curiosity seems to be a choice. We are told to "grow up", and sometimes that translates into leaving behind, all the qualities that children have naturally....including curiosity.

      I agree Ben, that from the time we come into the world, until the time we leave, we have an opportunity to be curious. Some folks get stuck in the "this is the way it is" belief, and stop exploring the life adventure. Some folks get comfortable with what they think they "know", and stop exploring. Some folks get complaisant.

      Whatever the reason for lack of curiosity, I observe that these are the people who are not as content with life...these are often the people who are searching for something outside themselves. Curiosity is from within, and it leads to more enjoyment and contentment throughout the life experience....in my humble perception and experience:>)
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    Aug 13 2012: Arthanari
    How can humanity morph into the über-humanity necessary to address global challenges together. We have more than enough resources; we have more than enough technology and good will.

    When I look at the the murmuration of swallows, I see a metaphor for the kind of cooperative empathic energy that might move humanity for the long-term thriving of all. It's not a spiritual vision, but a design, and one that needs hope, insight, sharing, and nurturing. Something like this could make all the difference. I don't think it's political. Bucky Fuller used to talk about the future in a way that invited this kind of action.

    So there's my question. How do we do this thing?

    Unfortunately, there are more than enough blogs and likes and comments and articles and speeches ranting or even calmly explaining why this is not reasonable. I'd rather ask why not.

    Please don't bother to comment unless you have ideas that help us move forward.

    Hmm. I might sound harsh. Anthropocene effects are harsh and are probably going to hurt the yet unborn generations more than us the living. So I don't apologize, but I long for the non-zero sum game to begin afresh, with new eyes, passion and empathy.

    Thank you, Arthanari, for providing such space for such a forum.

    Mark Hurych
    • Aug 14 2012: I think we are morphing, right now.

      We are reaching out to each other, and we are listening. This is it. This is the beginning.

      That is my opinion.
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      Aug 14 2012: "BE" what we want to "SEE" in our world:>)
  • Aug 13 2012: That is the root of curiosity that leads to evolution. Thinking that nobody thought of it , makes you wonder deeper than if you knew the answer came from somebody else. It's like why do dogs chase cars, or why do we hiccup , or agape , or why my hands gets wrinkles in water ...and of course if you stop at why , and don't research ,is bad , but if you find out that nobody answerd and you stop there is even worst.
    What gave colors their names , why is RED so red , and Blue called blue , how cand indigenous people speak languages without the use of words but by just making sounds that are imperceptible tu us, as an evolved community ,etc.
    • Aug 13 2012: Do we all see/experience RED the same?
      • Aug 13 2012: Not exactly the same , but if you ask someone to describe the color red , a great majority will use terms like warmth , love , lava , sun , heat , beauty , passionate , etc . I can't think of someone using cold , or peaceful , or purity , anger , maddnes or evil, although Hell is often been described a ocean of red melted lava.
        • Aug 13 2012: I cant think about using cold either ,but i can easy describe red using anger .
          do i am different or what ?
  • Aug 10 2012: why man gets this type of questions always
    • Aug 13 2012: what kind of questions ?
      • Aug 15 2012: questions all these people are shouting here. and why should man is such curious.. or to be precise why curious about something... see here too, i'am curious about the curiosity. :)
  • Aug 9 2012: My children have asked this many times and I have never come up with a tangible answer, "If every living creature has a positive purpose on earth, for what purpose were mosquitoes created?”
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      Aug 9 2012: I told my kids that they were food for birds.
      • Aug 10 2012: Best answer!! lol
      • Aug 11 2012: ...and you were right, at least in Alaska. There are certain species of seagulls that hatch their eggs, then fly away and leave the kids without a sitter. The kids eat the mosquitos that roost on the tundra plants. The skeeters are numerous and vicious enough to kill a caribou, but the little chicks are protected by a thick layer of down.
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        Aug 12 2012: Lol. Did your kids ask back: "Then how are birds gonna eat them if those mosquitoes are all over at our house??!! :)"
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          Aug 13 2012: Mine did - I told her that the mosquitoes (and other bugs) are in our house, because they got lost. So we need to help them out.
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        Aug 13 2012: Hi Sophia,
        Hahahh. That's funny. So did you actually push them away instead of eliminating them?
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          Aug 13 2012: We try to.

          ... sometimes I eliminate them though.

          Fine balance between teaching respect for animals and that everything has a purpose... and not wanting to get bitten!
    • Aug 10 2012: lol seems like children are the most inquisitive creatures who never stop asking questions and never stop being curious. That's why they are beautiful.

      I love the question, Jen.
      They're really clever.lol
      You should let them foster their creativity by themselves.
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      Aug 10 2012: Jen,
      It's been a long time since my kids were little, and when they asked me questions I could not answer, I sent them to the dictionary, or encyclopedia. Now you can send them to the computer for exploration!!!

      They could then come back to me and give ME the answer, which encouraged them to explore even more and empowered them to know that they can find the answer to their questions themselves. I also liked giving them answers if I had the answer, and I liked telling them "I don't know"....maybe you can find the answer for both of us. Kids are very delighted when they can supply information to the parent:>)

      My "children" are now in their 40s and still happily exploring the life adventure with curiosity and enthusiasm....as am I:>)
    • Aug 10 2012: or, as my dad would say, 'to make you ask questions'
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        Aug 11 2012: OH Michael, my mom used to say that too!!! Asking questions...finding answers....it is a GREAT cycle!!! Curiosity is WONDERFUL!!!
  • Aug 9 2012: How do babies think without words? and Is my perception of color the same as everyone elses??
    • Aug 12 2012: Babies think in emotions and sensations. Love, safe, hunger, poo, etc.... adults often do as well. Think about it the next time you have that "Ahhhh...." that comes with a good B.M.

      The color you see is determined by the interaction of the wavelength of light, a specific frequency and amplitude for each color, with the cones of your eye. This is a process of chemistry and physics that can be replicated and demonstrated.

      Perception is another matter. The number of primary colors in your brains palette is slightly variable, though not by much. Most colors are cross cultural, but some have fuzzy borders. There is a green/blue "grue" that is percieved as a seperate primary color by some, but not seen as different at all by others. It is kind of like linguistics. The sounds of the language you are raised in are dominant, so you may not even hear certain sounds in other languages. Having a name like "Ian" on a trip to Japan demonstrates this.

      So, we all see the same colors the same way, but how we translate that to words, ideas, art, etc... can be as different as pornography and picasso.

  • Aug 8 2012: I always wondered , what if we are given the power to live forever and given a means to travel endlessly in a space ship and we continue to travel in space ,what or where is the end to this space or universe? -just imagine!
  • Aug 8 2012: Yep! I have one. Why some men are able to achieve so much in the same 24 hours we all have? Are they just humans like all of us or do we have super humans among us?
    • Aug 9 2012: Actually, to a degree, we do have super humans among us.

      Some people have much more energy throughout the day than others. These people tend to get up early and work long hours and often demand more of the people around them. Many successful business people have this quality. Martha Stewart is like this. I am not.
  • Aug 8 2012: Yes ... MyF E ... the older I get the more I learn how little I know.

    Regarding the issue of "fearlessness" ... I also find myself thinking .. what would my copay be if I get hurt trying to learn how to skate board at 40 ... Hmm ... and would my insurance cover a broken toothe??

    I miss my "fearless" and "worry-free" days. (Back when candy bar had no cholesterol ... sigh. ( I didn't even consider if the cocoa was harvested by children or how long the packaging would take to decompose in a land fill.)

    How to find a balance?? Any suggestions out there!!
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      Aug 8 2012: I just side step it by telling myself that it is always good to trade in illusion for truth. Sometimes it actually works.
  • Aug 7 2012: Why not anyone? We live in world where lots of things happen, don't try to hard to understand them, just enjoy it when when it happens.
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      Aug 8 2012: This is actually darned profound, Ian. In fact, most of the really horrendous things that have happened to me turned out to be (without forcing them into happyland) good in the long run. Amazing but true. So just survive the hard stuff and you keep your chin up NOt to whistle a happy tune but so you can be looking when the good stuff lands unexpectedly so you can keep it out of the poop.!
  • Aug 7 2012: I can think, but what makes me think? My brain of course, but what in my brain does the thinking part?