I read an article recently about our species ongoing bid to destroy our natural habitat. In the article (possibly 'The Guardian') it invoked a concept invented by (I think) a cultural critic (whose name escapes me), the general premise being that our slow-motion environmental collapse falls into a class of ideas that are so vast that our minds can't process or focus on it and therefore it tends to disregard it. I'm sure the article gave this concept a name...any ideas?
posted by Rufus T. Firefly
on Apr 23, 2014 -
What are some strategies to keep the mind in its best condition to learn, retain, and recall as we age? Its much harder and psychologically daunting for me to keep "fresh" than it was just a few years ago. How do I halt the decline or improve the situation? [more inside]
posted by meantime
on Mar 26, 2014 -
Is there a book or a research article (or high quality speculation) to be found, which would ponder how frequent bombarding with "surveillance is a good thing"
comments (appearing in media and made by some kind of authority) and "yet another security flaw appeared in a mobile application, in a web service or in a department of a company"
news (which would happen to some high profile and well known company) affects kids and youngsters? I mean their mind is still shaping, so it would be interesting to know in advance, what kind of adults will they become? Naturally the mind of an individual is shaping throughout the whole lifetime, but it could be said that there are lots of people, who aren't or will not be very good at getting rid of their "old programming".
posted by spctrm
on Mar 3, 2014 -
Time to rebuild my psyche. I've been somewhat of a target for the narcissism, drama and toxicity of an entire family for too long. Extreme emotional abuse. Now, it's time for a COMPLETE make-over. This stuff has effected me to the point where I was depressed with an eating disorder and in general just extremely low-achieving in life. So low, it's pathetic - but given the circumstances, understandable. So - my question is this: I am looking for FREE resources, books, seminars, hidden gems out there ( you can memail if that's preferable) on the exact steps, thoughts and actions required to begin to build self-esteem. [more inside]
posted by watercarrier
on Dec 19, 2013 -
I am lost on how to proceed with my life/diet. Because #1
- There are many positives to eating strict #2
- There are many negatives to eating strict. [more inside]
posted by learninguntilidie
on Dec 17, 2013 -
I have been dating a woman for just under six months that I met unexpectedly when visiting another city. She is almost perfect: smart,funny, sassy, intellectually stimulating, kind, attentive, independently minded, socially aware, positive, sociable, generous, emotionally strong and sensitive, likes and wants to have children, easy going and has great friends. She dresses well and is pretty, has a lovely smile and is healthful. We enjoy straightforward communication and are open and honest with each other. I am not very physically attracted to her. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Nov 27, 2013 -
What are your favourite simple recipes that make "guests plead for the secret"? [more inside]
posted by Vrai
on Oct 2, 2013 -
I can't remember a word. It denotes the emotion of recognizing that another person shares the same form of subjective experience as you. When I read it, it implied, to me, a poetic opposite of solipsism. I believe it was single, simple word, English-sounding, and not merely a string of Latin or Greek roots. Seems like I read the definition on Mefi. Can you help me recall this word?
posted by rlk
on Aug 17, 2013 -
I pretty much constantly have fragments of music, or bits of past conversations, or just random, repetitive noises playing over and over in my head. The problem has got worse in the past year or so, and now it's at the point where I pretty much can't bear it any longer. Is this normal, and how do I get it to stop? [more inside]
posted by winterhill
on Jul 1, 2013 -
I'm looking for resources for evidence
-based processes, tips, hacks, improvements, ideas, etc., for learning more effectively. [more inside]
posted by StrawberryPie
on Jun 23, 2013 -
I have been running for a few weeks (with the help of a Couch to 5K app
), and am facing an unexpected challenge -- the incessant chatter inside my head. What is a more productive use of my brain while my body is running? What do experienced runners focus on -- breathing, the next marker, their body, music, nothing at all?
posted by swift
on Apr 22, 2013 -
It's when "words fall away to pictures" occasionally , perhapps particularly when reading the text of physical books, usually novels, of a large size. It doesn't happen with reading online or e-book readers or textbooks. It's as if the visual imagination (without deliberate activation
) overrides what's actually been seen by the eyes, so that the story unfolding is actually being "watched" in the mind's eye in an immersive, vivid way where one becomes virtually unaware of the actual text print and the outside world (so it's not even like watching a movie in a cinema, where there is more consciousness of the real surroundings). This is not
just getting immersed in reading - the strong, and not deliberately activated, visualization is crucial. Based on anecdotal evidence, what I'm describing (not from my personal experience) appears to be a rarer rather than a common experience. Anyone have ideas what this neurological (?) trait might be?
posted by zresearch
on Apr 20, 2013 -
I was reading about psychic driving which is a CIA and psychotherapy technique to change human behavior. What I wonder is what kind of messages did they play to them? The same ones over and over? Different ones mixed together?
what kind of things did they say? Seeing as how it was done by Dr. D. Ewen Cameron at a legitimate University under the guise of legitimate psychiatric research , I would imagine he would have released peer reviewed medical journals detailing his techniques, their effectiveness ect including what messages he played to them. What I am particularity interested in is what kind of things were said on the tape they played
posted by john123357
on Apr 12, 2013 -
What is the name of the warbling, sort of buzzy effect heard on the background accompaniment part? (It's hard to tell whether it's strings or a synthesizer.) Is it some kind of delay effect? (Link inside question.) [more inside]
posted by Seeking Direction
on Mar 21, 2013 -
I am female. I have a unisex name. My male partners have always had unmistakably male names. Why, then, have new acquaintances continually called my male partners by my name?! [more inside]
posted by thrasher
on May 18, 2012 -
I'm having trouble searching for this on Google. But, I'd like to know more about the inner workings of the mind. I'm looking for scholarly articles or anecdotes that discuss how people's minds work. I'm primarily looking for details about how vivid images are in people's minds and how close thoughts feel in someone's head. [more inside]
posted by livinglearning
on Apr 5, 2012 -
please fill in the fuzzy bits :
a notable person [artist? | film director? | writer? ]
survives a [brain injury? | virus?] and subsequently perceives all experiences and imagined futures as occurring in the present, he becomes a public speaker sharing how his unique perspective can free us from fear.
I think the hive will post a youtube or ted link in under 45 seconds.
posted by compound eye
on Mar 8, 2012 -
I get data review and entry work done extremely fast with no discernible lack of quality. But, I also have a persistent feeling I'm doing things wrong or missing important details. How to fix this? [more inside]
posted by reenum
on Mar 6, 2012 -
How do I get myself in shape mentally? If I spent my life on the couch eating junk food, you might recommend running, weight lifting, a healthy diet, or yoga to get me in shape. Well, I have spent my life drinking beers, smoking weed, and watching mind numbing television. How can I get myself in shape mentally? [more inside]
posted by kaizen
on Dec 28, 2011 -
Help me participate in a mental exercise - how do I establish a more creative mindset? Right now, I'm not creative at all, painfully aware of the fact, and feel powerless to change the situation. [more inside]
posted by jjleonard
on Aug 11, 2011 -
My parents are conservative Christians and I were brought up with Christian values. As I grew older, I began to question my faith and after years of searching, I finally discovered that Christianity; like other religions are based on ideas and concepts that are mostly outdated.
I am an atheist now and I am happy with that. But the thing is... I have an animosity towards Christianity; I feel that years of my life wasted in believing lies... years that I can not ever claim back. And worse... some of the values taught to me seem to stick like chewed up gum sticking on shoe. I don't know how to get rid of these Christian values I want out. [more inside]
posted by bbxx
on Jul 31, 2011 -
I've finished reading "Let Our Children Go" by Ted Patrick and "Snapping" by Flo Conway and Jim Siegelman amongst others. I read the Wikipedia page on Patrick. My question: Where is he now? Or in the last 20 years? I would have thought magazine or television bit would have done a follow-up on him or at least mentioned him.
posted by snap_dragon
on Jul 30, 2011 -
I've come to the conclusion that the root of unhappiness/strife, etc. is what goes on inside my own noodle. In addition to meditation (and, with apologies, excluding western religion) how to tame The Monkey Mind?
How to better control the quality of one's thoughts?
posted by gb77
on Dec 16, 2010 -
Based on my physique and specific desires, I'm wondering which martial art would be best suited for me? [more inside]
posted by gman
on Nov 28, 2010 -
I get extreme physical reactions to my emotions. Is this normal, and if not, how do I better learn to manage my emotions so that it doesn't affect my health and my life so much? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Nov 25, 2010 -
What's the best book to provide an up-to-date view on our current understanding of the human mind (and brain)? [more inside]
posted by justkevin
on Aug 20, 2010 -
Help me identify this SciFi novel. I can't remember the title or who wrote it.
I read it back in the late 1970s or early 80s, so it is at least that old. [more inside]
posted by governale
on Aug 10, 2010 -
There have been a few questions about mindmapping apps before
but I'm looking for something to create mind clouds...I want to create large circles with content orbiting around it, with links to Flickr, YouTube, blog entries etc. The closest thing I have found is Mindcloud.jp
but it's a bit wonky and mostly in Japanese. Also I can't see how I would embed it into another site, so ideally I'm looking for some kind of widget that I can embed into a Wordpress blog...or even a Wordpress theme that could create these mind clouds. Any ideas?
posted by skylar
on Apr 20, 2010 -
Looking to make the best trail mix possible. List one or two ingredients that you love in trail mix, and one or two you hate. Will name this trail mix 'hive mind mix' based on you're replies and will re-post with how it tastes.
posted by parallax7d
on Mar 30, 2010 -
Why are my eyes messing with me?! Why do I see something that's not
there? Or why don't I see something that is
there? Specific details inside. [more inside]
posted by Kippersoft
on Jan 19, 2010 -
My mind is blown, it's not my own, where did my idea go? I'm feeling fine, but I've lost my mind!
Help? [more inside]
posted by Salvor Hardin
on Sep 20, 2009 -
Those who have learned to speak and think
in another language, do you remember the age (and day) you started thinking in your current spoken language? [more inside]
posted by querty
on Aug 4, 2009 -
What "rules of thumb" or "instincts" of the human mind are commonly applicable? [more inside]
posted by pbh
on Jul 21, 2009 -
How can I make my office more comfortable so that I can take naps over lunch? [more inside]
posted by reenum
on Jul 21, 2009 -
I've lacked confidence in every aspect of my life, and it's holding me back. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Jul 16, 2009 -