Glenn Garland

Retired Military
Itoman, Okinawa, Japan

About Glenn

I'm passionate about

Smile sustainability

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Social Issues, Psychology, Bio-mimicry, Music, Creativity, Imagination

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Glenn Garland
Posted over 1 year ago
What is reality ?
So Harald, is there a reality created in our brains in an attempt to make us "feel" a certain way(in order to appease our peptide hungry cells)? If so, it would seem that out of the seven billion (or so) realities being experienced on earth, my reality my could be more accurately viewed by someone else. Someone not leashed to the emotion I am trying to achieve. Is it as though the brain is a clandestine spy using every trick at its disposal to get the information (stimulus for a desired response) it was requested to provide? Also, what happens when people share a reality? For instance, if one culture looks at another with certain stereotypes in place, they may have a common social reality regarding the other cultures people. Is reality more "firm" the more people share it? I really appreciate you posting the question by the way, thank you for the contribution.
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Glenn Garland
Posted over 1 year ago
What is reality ?
Wow, thats a hell of question. Ok, I am trying to wrap my brain around this whole reality concept...mind you that's like trying to wrap a skyscraper in a bubblegum wrapper, but here goes: I remember watching a show that explained what happens when the brain experiences an emotion or more accurately how the brain creates emotion. Please don't jump on me if I'm wrong but I seem to remember that emotions spur the production of peptides. Peptides are released through the body and find receptors on cells. The cells, having no idea the what the peptide represents, just know that they want to experience it again, bad or good. So, when the cells request the same peptide again the brain says...hmm how can I get this to happen. So is it that the brain receives millions maybe billions of inputs and filters and chooses the ones most likely to put you in a position to experience a certain emotion? I have a headache now lol,
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Glenn Garland
Posted over 1 year ago
What can we do to improve human population control?
I always read these questions and tell myself..."don't get sucked in Glenn, there is no right answer here", but of course here I am. I guess first I would ask are we just concerned that we won't be able to sustain our current level of comfort / level of luxury or are we talking a future where we have made every effort and sacrifice to support and sustain the population by all other options? I also want to know has anyone considered this type of thinking may well lead to eliminating the elderly? What if instead of taking away the ability to reproduce, they just euthanized your grandparents? Your parents? Or..you? Maybe we will all be placed on trial and a jury will deliberate on what contribution we make to society..and if they find we are not our brothers keepers we will find ourselves with an appointment with the "hangman". What is the larger moral abrasion? Taking away the potential to give birth to the next genius (who may well solve all of our problems) or eliminate the wasteful leak in the drain of our resources..who ultimately had a chance to live a little?
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Glenn Garland
Posted over 1 year ago
If the cure for mortality is found within your lifetime, would you go for it and become immortal?
Very thought provoking question. I can't help but think that maybe life is the incurable disease, aging it's symptom, and "living" (not living in the sense of breathing, consuming, reproducing but living as in passionate pursuit of dreams) is the treatment. I'm not sure if I am on the train of thought regarding "natural" death. It seems that all of your examples, including old age, are pretty natural. I would think death resulting from bombs, bullets and any demise resulting from the lack of money to be unnatural. Maybe we shouldn't be concerned with expanding the limit of our moments but instead concentrate on living intensely and passionately within the moments we already have.
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Glenn Garland
Posted over 1 year ago
What are some ideas for re-purposing common disposable items?
Colleen, Thank you very much for the little pearls of wisdom, I am really getting a lot out of these TED inspired consultations lol. I was just diving into some of the other comments in search of treasure and have come up with a bounty of knowledge and honestly, more than the very creative submissions, it is the feeling of being a part of something that seems to have had the most value. As I have started noticing the alternate lives of the things around me, i.e: an oatmeal container that moonlights as a piggy bank, a cardboard box privately wishing to be my daughters art project; I have found something, something begging to be employed more purposefully.....my time. So I am pledging to repurpose, up-cycle, whatever you want to call it, a little bit of my time. Thank you again Colleen, I really appreciate it.
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Glenn Garland
Posted over 1 year ago
What are some ideas for re-purposing common disposable items?
True true, I have to count myself in with people who need to do more. I find myself at odds with my beliefs at times. Although I believe that I (and we as a whole) will benefit more from living as closely to "natures plan" as possible, I find it hard to give up the things I have convinced myself I need in my life in order to be happy. What I mean to say is that while I know the computer that I am currently typing on in some way is harmful to the environment (mining of rare earth elements) harmful to the factory workers assembling it and probably just as harmful to me for if it wasn't here I might be outside moving my body..I am afraid to not have it in my life, as it is the primary way I distract myself from reality, if that makes sense. But I have a very nagging thought that being able to provide shelter, feed and clothe my family with little to no..or better yet, to the benefit of nature would be just as fulfilling as typing on my laptop. So why am I not packing earth into tires, figuring out how to filter rain water or treating the sewage we create? I am not sure..and it is that lack of an answer (that ultimately is probably hidden deep within some denial) that I cannot point my finger at anyone else. I don't know what is worse at this point; believing we can live in concert with nature and not doing it..or not seeing it possible at all. LOL, I made need some therapy after this conversation.
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Glenn Garland
Posted over 1 year ago
What are some ideas for re-purposing common disposable items?
Maybe a study of primitive architecture, native architecture and even animal architecture would help magnify the small (but growing) vision of the "sustainable" future. I think a vast majority of people do not believe there can be a symbiotic relationship between man and nature...at least a relationship that leaves man as comfortable as we have grown accustomed to. I think most still see saving the environment as a chore that will leave us living very frugal lives.