Although it is part of a larger problem, this describes some of the reasons that, if you’re sentimental, you should weep for the fall of the western world. If your not sentimental, check this out and let me know if your interested.
One of the most interesting concepts I’ve been arguing with lately is that of mental blocks. If you know me particularly well, and quite possibly even if you do not, you probably know that I very much espouse a “mind over matter” philosophy. Generally speaking, I would suggest that most any human being can exert a certain amount of incorporeal force over his or her being, usually something to the effect of coercing the body into something that its animal instincts might otherwise abhor, such as implanting or ignoring chemical feelings. While science no doubt suggests that there are biological routes that the body might take to accomplish similar functions, I would assert that the spirit can serve to support–or countermand–these functions as well. I have further, more complicated theories as to the nature of such interactions, but they are mostly not relevant to this topic and largely incomplete enough to write about in the first place.
Ignoring the “how’s” or “why’s,” the subject of “what” is largely more practical. (more…)
I don’t think I’ve mentioned recently how much I dislike math. Near the end of this latest semester people have started to ask if I’m planning on going to graduate school, to which I respond “I might get my Master’s eventully, but by all accounts it’s a lot more math, and I don’t really like math.” This almost always ellicits the response “What! You don’t like math?” or “Why are you an engineer if you don’t like math?” or “You’re kidding, right?”
This leads me back to my main point. (more…)