Friday, September 15, 2017

Word of the Day: Divagate

di·va·gate
ˈdīvəˌɡāt/
verb
literary
  1. stray; digress.

    "Yeats divagated into Virgil's territory only once"

DeJa Vu 

It is a popular notion that deja vu is proof that we live in a glitch filled matrix, a computer simulation. Recent scientific experiments point to a different conclusion:

www.digitaltrends.com - NEUROSCIENTISTS JUST FIGURED OUT WHAT CAUSES DÉJÀ VU (AND IT’S NOT A GLITCH IN THE MATRIX)

“What we found was that it wasn’t memory-linked regions that are driving déjà vu,” he said. “Traditionally, researchers thought déjà vu was being driven by false memories. What it actually is is that the cognitive control, error-monitoring conflict-checking frontal brain regions are the ones which show greater activity in people reporting the experience.”




Hot/Cold Therapy

It is too bad that in America baths and saunas have become synonymous with perverts. In most civilized societies, they are spots where one can rejuvenate in a family friendly atmosphere.

In Japan, several of my places did not have built in bathing facilities so I had the pleasure of being a regular bath goer.

Steam Baths...

Steam baths are my favorite but, sadly, they seem to be the most scarce. Here are just some of the benefits of a taking a steam bath:

www.bodybuilding.com - Full STEAM Ahead: The Benefits Of A Steam Bath

Steam bath deeply cleanse and reset ones mind and body via two main systems our skin (which many consider our largest organ) and our respiratory tract. Steam supercharges our skin to excrete toxins while the also helping to either moisturize dry sinuses or clear out the bio film (snot) from clogged ones.  The humid heat also boost your circulation and resets the immune system bring relief from immune related disorders like asthma, allergies and arthritis.

Saunas...

Saunas have also been shown to be excellent for ones health as well:

www.medicalnewstoday.com - Potential health benefits of using a sauna

\When a person sits in a sauna, their heart rate increases and blood vessels widen. This increases circulation.
The effects on the body from sauna use may have some potential health benefits. Increased circulation may help reduce muscle soreness, improve joint movement, and ease arthritis pain. The heat in a sauna may also promote relaxation, which can improve feelings of well-being.
A potential health benefit from sauna use may be a reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease. One study conducted in Finland followed 2,315 men ages 42 to 60 over the course of 20 years
Cold Therapy...

Cold therapy is something that is proving to have some amazing mental and physical benefits too..




Hot tubs...

I am lucky enough to own a hot tub and it has become a part of my nightly wind down in preparation for deep, restful sleep so lacking in modern society. Here are just some of the benefits of a hot tub:

www.swimuniversity.com - 7 Health Benefits of Soaking in a Hot Tub

  • Improves sleep. ...
  • Reduces stress and anxiety. ...
  • Reduces arthritic and chronic pain. ...
  • Lowers blood sugar. ...
  • Lowers blood pressure. ...
  • Promotes Healthier, Younger Looking Skin. ...
  • Decreases Frequency of Migraines and Tension Headaches.

bug·bear
ˈbəɡˌber/
noun
  1. a cause of obsessive fear, irritation, or loathing.
    synonyms:pet peevehatebête noireanathemaaversionbugaboo

mu·ta·ble
ˈmyo͞odəb(ə)l/
adjective
  1. liable to change.

    "the mutable nature of fashion"

    synonyms:changeablevariable, varying, fluctuating, shiftinginconsistentunpredictableinconstantfickleunevenunstableprotean;
    literaryfluctuant
    "the mutable nature of fashion"

cat·a·to·ni·a
ˌkadəˈtōnēə/
noun
PSYCHIATRY
  1. abnormality of movement and behavior arising from a disturbed mental state (typically schizophrenia). It may involve repetitive or purposeless overactivity, or catalepsy, resistance to passive movement, and negativism.
    • informal
      a state of immobility and stupor.

cant1
kant/
noun
  1. 1.
    hypocritical and sanctimonious talk, typically of a moral, religious, or political nature.

    "the liberal case against all censorship is often cant"

    synonyms:hypocrisy, sanctimoniousness, sanctimony, pietism
    "political cant"
  2. 2.
    denoting a phrase or catchword temporarily current or in fashion.

    "they are misrepresented as, in the cant word of our day, uncaring"
verb
dated
  1. 1.
    talk hypocritically and sanctimoniously about something.

    "if they'd stop canting about “honest work,” they might get some.


Situationists and the Society of the Spectacle

“The more powerful the class, the more it claims not to exist.” - ― Guy Debord, The Society of the Spectacle

Reading more of Chaos Monkey today and the author made some deep points about his experience working at Facebook where, post IPO, the company become split between the haves and have nots. Those that became fabulously rich and colleagues often working right next to them that did not share in the fortunes.

Caution: Marxist alert. Guy Debord is a Marxist. While he makes some good points, JohnQ does not think that Marxism is a good solution to the problem.

Here is a good guide to Guy Debord's main work, The Society of the Spectacle:

hyperallergic.com - An Illustrated Guide to Guy Debord’s ‘The Society of the Spectacle’

It was one of the main inspirations for the Situationist Movement in Paris during the 60's:



lap·i·dar·y
ˈlapəˌderē/
adjective
  1. 1.
    relating to stone and gems and the work involved in engraving, cutting, or polishing.
noun
  1. 1.
    a person who cuts, polishes, or engraves gems.

Will Power and the Quest to be Part of Something Big

The author of Chaos Monkeys also does a good job reviewing how a democratic society and a marxist society often face many of the same issues, a rat race.

In many cases they will be working under a revolutionary founder who had the will to seize power and hypnotize people into following them. The followers main impulse is to be part of something bigger than themselves.

Caution: Marxist alert. The author raises some valid points but Marxism has shown to be a poor answer to addressing the issues raised.

The Marxist theory is that the property owners most benefiting from this situation are able to get their managerial lackeys to enforce this system over others who including themselves who are disproportionately less rewarded by it.

When Prophecy Fails

The Author of Chaos Monkey also refers to the book, When Prophecy Fails, by Leon Festinger and Stanley Schachter

It speaks about a cult that failed to accurately predict the end of the world and coped with the failure via cognitive dissonance.

goodreads.com - When Prophecy Fails: A Social and Psychological Study of a Modern Group that Predicted the Destruction of the World

"We've all experienced the futility of trying to change a strong conviction, especially if the convinced person has some investment in his belief. We're familiar with the variety of ingenious defenses with which people protect their convictions, managing to keep them unscathed thru the most devastating attacks. But human resourcefulness goes beyond simply protecting a belief. Suppose an individual believes something with a whole heart; suppose further a commitment to this belief, suppose irrevocable actions have been taken because of it; finally, suppose evidence, unequivocal & undeniable evidence, that the belief is wrong: what will happen? The individual will frequently emerge, not only unshaken, but even more convinced of the truth of such beliefs than ever before. Indeed, s/he may even show a new fervor about convincing & converting others to this view. 


mis·an·thrope
ˈmis(ə)nˌTHrōp,ˈmiz(ə)nˌTHrōp/
noun
  1. a person who dislikes humankind and avoids human society.
    synonyms:hater of mankind, hatercynic

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