Reza Mahani

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Reza Mahani
Posted 8 months ago
Chris Hadfield: What I learned from going blind in space
Our deepest fears reside inside ourselves, fear of confronting those aspects of ourselves that we hate, that we cannot even name. I am sure some insights from this talk helps confronting those fears, but it's not as simple as he presents. If you have a specific mission, it's much easier to practice and to master, but life is not one simple mission. And the worst type of arrogance is the one we direct at our own self, by minimizing our own feelings and emotions (including our fears).
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Reza Mahani
Posted 9 months ago
Renata Salecl: Our unhealthy obsession with choice
She makes some very valid points, but her conclusions seem surprisingly biased and problematic to me. In fact, I have rarely seen a speaker who start from so many interesting observations and … in this sense, this is a fascinating talk!!!
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Reza Mahani
Posted 9 months ago
Brené Brown: The power of vulnerability
I am not aware of any absolute truth (except maybe the fact that everyone dies) . In my experience, and from my observations, though, change comes very slowly and takes a lot of effort. The fundamental problem is, "how can we communicate with our subconscious (in an effective way that would lead to fundamental change in our life)?" There are some practical answers out there, such as hard training and deep conditioning as done in military, but I do not find them satisfactory. I am working on my own solution, but it's a slow process of testing some ideas on myself and my own decision making process. So, I do take this questions seriously, for better or worse :)
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Reza Mahani
Posted 10 months ago
Jonathan Haidt: The moral roots of liberals and conservatives
You are right, truth is a concept created by our mind. The external world is just "is". Let me call that external reality, which is verifiable through scientific inquiry, the external truth. My point is that there is an "internal truth", which is different for every individual. It's the way each and every individual observes and interprets everything. Internal of emotional truth is not verifiable and in fact must be different for each individual. The main issue in many social/political/moral conflicts is to separate the two type of external/internal truth or realities. Unfortunately, we know very little about the emotional landscape of human beings, and therefore, talking about issues such as emotional truth raises alarm and suspicion …
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Reza Mahani
Posted 10 months ago
Brené Brown: The power of vulnerability
As for the talks and books and other source of "intellectual ideas", I have come to this personal conclusion that it's best to forget once I comprehend them. Those that are really important and fit into my unique path will re-emerge in different disguises and after some time become internalized. I think, forgetting is a form of letting go, and whatever we remember repeatedly after forgetting has some deep connection to (significance for) us and our deep subconscious. That being said, everyone has a unique path. If something works for you, practice it and refine it and make the best of it! Good luck,
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Reza Mahani
Posted 10 months ago
Brené Brown: The power of vulnerability
She talks beautifully about nice things (vulnerability, courage, authenticity) but she ignores one basic fact: The very limited power of words and our rational decision making. Otherwise, everyone who listened to this talk (and agreed with her) would be living differently (more authentically …) but in reality people do not change that easily. I just wonder when we are going to take our subconscious and deep motivations seriously
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Reza Mahani
Posted 12 months ago
David Chalmers: How do you explain consciousness?
I like Damasio's approach (in his "Self comes to mind" book) that consciousness develops in a system that struggles to stay alive and is more fundamentally related to "emotions" than to information processing. However, I have a strong intuition that groups of people develop some form of (maybe elementary) consciousness when they work in harmony and within a well defined self-preseving structure (kind of related to his second hypothesis, universal consciousness, but more modest).