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Novelty: The New Purpose of Life

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Novelty: The New Purpose of Life
Sight. Sound. Smell. Taste. Touch. These were the five senses outlined by Aristotle, some two thousand years ago, in his immortal treatise on what he considered the biological and psychological foundations of the human body. These senses combine to create our perception of what is real and what is not, what to attend to and what to ignore.

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Human Perception

Our five senses combine and create our understanding of what's real and what is not. They tell us what to pay attention to, and what to shun.

The physical environment today is complex and there are more 'senses' that we are discovering in our body, beyond the ones known for thousands of years.

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Experiences of Affect

The experience of Affect is the 'sense data' we automatically collect from our surroundings.

The emotions we feel, like sadness, joy or anger, are all experiences of Affect.

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Then And Now

Before our modern life, before supermarkets, cities and our predictable routines, we just were. We weren't aware of our feelings but were just reacting/responding to our immediate environment and the situations.

Life was uncertain and immediate in the old times, but now it is more towards the future.

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The Sixth Sense

In Buddhism, it is believed that humans have six senses, with the mind being the sixth one.

We humans can use this sixth sense to watch all the other senses and gain mastery over any affliction that troubles us.

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Boredom is a Doorway

It is widely believed that pain and boredom are negative states of the mind, but according to the Buddha, and many other meditators, boredom can be a state of deeper inquiry and an opportunity for us to go beyond pain and misery.

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The 2 goals of effective brainstorming:

The 2 goals of effective brainstorming:
  • Defer judgment (don’t get upset when people say bad ideas).
  • Reach for quantity (come up with as many ideas as possible).

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  5. Verification: your idea is consciously verified, expanded upon, and then executed.

Jordan Peterson

"You’re not as nice as you think. And you’re not as useless as you think"

Jordan Peterson

The Aim of Living

Psychology Professor Jordan Peterson's self-help book 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos provides some out-of-the-box ways of living life, borrowing from the works of Nietzsche, Freud, Jung, and Dostoevsky, which are unconventional sources for this kind of work.

Life as a Tragedy

Jordan Peterson’s view of the world around him is complex, and he tries to simplify this with books.
  • We are just a speck in this huge, complex world, inviting us to be humble. 
  • Happiness, he says, is a pointless goal,
  • Only compare yourself with your yesterday, not with others.

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