I started to research the big questions of life. I found myself gravitating towards experts in the field who provided insights on podcasts and youtube videos.
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“In ordinary life we are quite content to say things like “Oh, I just had a thought” or “I was thinking to myself.” By this we usually mean instances of inner speech or visual imagery, which are at the center of our stream of consciousness — the train of words and visual contents represented in our minds."
“We see things in our mind’s eye; we hear our inner voice. What we are conscious of are the sensory-based contents present in working memory.”
"There is first-person morality (our prosocial motives) and third-person morality (how we evaluate others’, a key role of the RTPJ). Prosocial motives like empathy can be a mixed bag. Paul Bloom has an argument against empathy."
“What I mean by empathy is putting yourself in other peoples shoes. feeling what they feel.”
"..something really happens during silent prayer. At the biological level, our brain waves change and the two sides of our brain — the verbal, ego-driven, rational, materialistic left hemisphere and the silent, altruistic, poetic, intuitive right hemisphere — communicate more harmoniously with one another. Emotional blockages get subtly and gradually worn away, promoting protection from anxiety, healing from loss, and growth towards joy and inner peace. There may be a sudden breakthrough, but the process is more often gradual, perhaps almost imperceptible, which is why perseverance in the practice is advised.”
“Many people are "materialists" which means they follow a philosophy that there is nothing supernatural to mind and consciousness. That they are products of matter and energy like everything else in the Universe. Further materialists believe that mind and consciousness are evolved properties of our biological systems.”
"..to anyone that isn’t into evolutionary psychology. On the level of attractiveness, measured by the frequency of “swiping right”, the bottom 80% of men are competing for the bottom 22% of women and the top 78% of women are competing for the top 20% of men. A guy with average attractiveness can only expect to be liked by slightly less than 1% of females."