You Are Sunshine…

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If we believe in the Big Bang, then, despite our countless millennia of chemical transformation, we would be nothing more than the same physical components that make up the stars and planets in our universe. Yet that leads us to wonder if we would then also have the same properties as those celestial bodies, for example emitting heat or pulling other bodies towards us. It would be safe to assume that there is at least the possibility for it, even though we may now appear completely different than the planet on which we’re walking (but are we really??). If this is correct and we are also able to generate heat, for example, would our consciousness then be able to have an impact on this capacity?? This is a perfectly reasonable question to ask, since us possessing a certain level of consciousness seems to be, at first glance, one of the main differences between ourselves and the stars.

It has already been demonstrated that our bodies can change temperature by themselves, without a direct change in ambient temperature by a group of scientists from Aalto University, which can be found here. In their experiment, they saw that different emotions will have various effects on the many parts of the body, some emotions activating certain body parts, while others cool it down. Arguably, emotions are not exactly under our control, but this experiment nonetheless allows us to claim that we have the innate capacity to influence our inner temperature, thus we must also be able to do so consciously.

So perhaps this would mean that just like the celestial bodies, we would be able to irradiate heat from our bodies, or even cold, influencing other physical bodies around us. If we are able to do so consciously, we could always come to a point where it would be possible to reproduce emotions, simply by balancing our body to the proper temperature. If this were to be through, then it could completely revolutionize the approach taken to heal certain mental illnesses, such as depression or anxiety, for people could learn to control and regulate themselves instead of relying on a cocktail of overpriced chemicals with numerous side-effects. Maybe this is all to bring us back towards meditation, since it is believed one can directly influence one’s body temperature through this practice.

Us being able to freely alter our body temperature could have tremendous repercussions on the people around us as well, because just like the sun finally shining after a long winter, we could go around spreading heat and warming others, or just as easily cooling ourselves down and sucking up the heat of others. Which brings us back to the contagiousness of emotions, and why we must be wary of how we feel, and how it may influence others, thus influencing ourselves in return. But in the end, it’s not all that important, for we are simply floating around in endless space and just like the rock on which we’re standing, emotions are never static.

Oh, and in case you haven’t noticed, our bodies glow warmly when we are happy, just like the sun in the sky above us, so keep on shining little sun, so that others can feel your heat!!

Until next time,

Luca

Credit: Figure 2 in this study.

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Intimate Communications…

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Walking hand-in-hand with our ever-improving technology comes the evolution of our means of communications, since no matter the circumstances we still remain social creatures and thus enjoy communicating with others. Never has it been any easier that it is today. All one needs to do is to click a few buttons, press a few keys, and pouf! your message has be send halfway around the world in an instant. We don’t have to go back all that much in history to find people who would probably burn us for witchcraft if we ever told them we’re able to do that. Yet it is so common nowadays that this acts looks incredibly banal.

Though the so-called “progress” in our communication devices brings with it some unforeseen complications, i.e. changes in our social interactions. Complicated might not be the proper adjective in this case, since the situation simply becomes more intricate. Especially when it comes to the level of intimacy which are associated with the different means of communications. This means that not only does content and structure matter when exchanging with another person, but even the medium plays a key-role to convey the proper message.

All it takes is a quick look at some of the most popular tools we use to illustrate the point made above. Facebook, for example, shows two different levels of intimacy by already offering us two ways to send a message to another person. One of them is sending them a private message, which is most likely the one used the widest, and which is only as intimate as being Facebook friends is, namely, not all that much since you can send one to almost anyone on that social media. Though it is still more intimate than an email, since at least Facebook has pictures and such included in the conversation. Writing on someone’s wall on the other hand, makes said communication public (as far as friend lists go), but more than that it is a symbolism for the public nature of the relationship between the two individuals. Writing when/where you’ll meet someone in a message is usual, but doing so on their walls makes the hangout virtually public, and thus open to more social consequences.

After the internet comes the cell phone, which is definitely more intimate because the process to getting the contact information is already more elaborate, namely asking them directly instead of simply finding their full name. Another reason why phones are more familiar is that they are usually carried around at all times, thus leading the communique being transmitted/received right away. And within phones, texts are more intimate than calls, since calling someone is as close as it gets to actually talking to them, unless Skype is involved. After looking at all this, it would seem that the more complicated it is to open the channel of communication, the more familiar the message, and the easier it is to reach a certain person, the more intimate that medium will be. Who knows where technology will lead us in the future, and what kind of social communications it will bring about?? Can’t wait for holograms!!

Until next time,

Luca

 

Classified…

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Very often we use a certain mechanism to understand the world around us better, whether its other people, objects, animals, or even ourselves. Yet this way of doing it also has some negative connotations to it, because there are people who are arduously fighting against the idea of being put in a mould. Indeed, what I am referring to is classification, i.e. identifying a phenomenon or a person according to larger concepts than just that person. We do this kind of rearranging all the time, in order to perhaps increase our comprehension of life and everything. But does categorizing really help deepen our understanding of anything??

There are a few problems which come with classifying things according to our previous knowledge, one of which is that we might well judge without knowing. Like the saying goes “don’t judge a book by its cover”, we can never really know what something is, or who someone is only by face-value, and that because it is really easy to present oneself as someone completely different than who we really are. Actors do it for a living, but we still all do it to a certain extent in our everyday lives. Also, the categories into which we might want to fit the different people might be erroneous themselves, since they usually come from a lack of knowledge, and a quick judgement, so that we are not taken aback by something unknown. Perhaps this serves as a defence mechanism to block ourselves off from something we perceive as dangerous?? If so, then maybe it is time to open ourselves up and be ready to explore the lives of others!!

People are not the only things we classify though, because we very frequently do it with our emotions as well, so that we have more of a clear idea about how we really feel. Yet, the problem with that, is that it is extremely hard at times to properly define something, especially a feeling, by relying only on our words. As useful as they might be, using words to describe a certain vibe or feeling might become tremendously tricky, for some things cannot simply be described. Love, for example, is a very intricate one, for what does love consist off actually?? Love might be a variable feeling, for the emotion itself changes depending on the object of love, since there are countless possibilities for loving and being loved, and it could be argued that each one of them is completely different and unique, just like the individuals doing the loving itself.

Those two uses of classification show that it is something quite fragile to rely on, for we cannot know if we’re actually right, or if we managed to explain it in its entirety. So if this system is so uncertain, why do we use it so much?? Maybe it is in order to cast our judgements upon others, organizing our lives in a such a way as to make it more comfortable for ourselves by casting away the fear of the unknown, using moulds as shields to guard us. Putting anything into neat little boxes gives us the illusion that we are in control and that we understand, despite the opposite actually being true. So perhaps it is time to drop our classes, get rid of our judgements, and embrace the things we cannot fully explain, or the individuals which are completely different from ourselves. This could lead us to new incredible discoveries.

Until next time,

Luca