Behavior. Molecules. Defining a human…

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The immune system affects – and even controls – social behavior, a new study has found. Researchers discovered that blocking a single type of immune molecule made mouse brains go hyperactive and caused abnormal behavior; restoring it fixed both. The discovery could have enormous implications for neurological conditions such as autism and schizophrenia. (1)

It is not our behavior which makes us who we are. It is something else.

Something not controlled by molecules. Something not controlled by us at all. It is our very existence which defines us. And existing means doing nothing. Just Being.

Imagine. Can you hold still?

The value of boredom…

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Feeling bored?

It could be more beneficial than you may believe. (1)

If you are one of those people who try to always find “what to do”, think again. Only when you are really bored do you find what you really like to do. Only when you are really bored do you actually let your mind wander to the places it really wants to be.  Only when you are really bored do you get up to do what you do best because only then do you realize how much you actually like doing it.

Let yourself get bored.

Let your children get bored.

The world smiles.

See that speck of dust fly by…

Doing nothing. Up in the clouds. [Being vs. Living]

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A man who wrote a magazine about doing nothing.

A man who actually stopped working in order to do nothing.

A man who discovered beauty within nothingness…

“Slowing down to appreciate clouds enriched his life and sharpened his ability to appreciate other pockets of beauty hiding in plain sight. At the same time, Pretor-Pinney couldn’t help noting, we were entering an era in which miraculousness was losing its meaning. Novel, purportedly amazing things ricocheted around the Internet so quickly that, as he put it, we can now all walk around with an attitude like, “Well, I’ve just seen a panda doing something unusual online, what’s going to amaze me now?” His fascination with clouds was teaching him that “it’s much better for our souls to realize we can be amazed and delighted by what’s around us.” (1)

The problem of our civilization: Not much time to play. Not much time to just sit and admire what is around us. Even the smallest speck of dust can be miraculous. Only of you have the luxury to pay close attention…

We were born to be.

But instead we are trying to live…

What a waste.

Human Condition: Irrevocable damage. Homo Ergaliomaniacus.

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New research gives researchers a unique glimpse at how humans develop an ability to use tools in childhood while nonhuman primates – such as capuchin monkeys and chimpanzees – remain only occasional tool users. The advantage is said to stem from humans using vision to use tools. Instead of depending on sight, nonhuman primates often used their sense of touch, known as their haptic senses, to feel how the object fit into the space. [1]

This is one way of seeing this. The other way is to read Hannah Arendt’s “The human condition” and see beyond the surface of the phenomena.

What seems “advanced” it is finally not. Humans from thinkers, relying on their noεs, have become tool users – relying on their ever-lying senses. We have become addicted to work. We have stopped sensing the cosmos with our inner senses. Afraid to stay alone with our selves. We crave for tools. Forgetting that the greatest tool of them all is not a tool at all. Afraid to do nothing. We must always do something. Forgetting that doing nothing is the best thing we will ever do.

Oh snails! These great philosophers!

Saving time, heart attacks, doing nothing…

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Switching over to daylight saving time, and losing one hour of sleep, raised the risk of having a heart attack the following Monday by 25 percent, compared to other Mondays during the year, according to a new U.S. study.

By contrast, heart attack risk fell 21 percent later in the year, on the Tuesday after the clock was returned to standard time, and people got an extra hour’s sleep. (1)

A really startling conclusion for our sleepless times. In an era of fast pace, we have no time to just do nothing. To just relax. We always try to do something. We always try to be active. But the only action can stem from within. In the weird stage called the Cosmos, your self is the only actor. Only when we are alone doing nothing, are we really doing something. Only when we are inactive, we (our self) are the most active…

PS. See related post scheduled in Harmonia Philosophica @ Blogger for 3100 A.D.