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TWTS – The Evolution of You

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TWTS – Episode 62 – The Evolution of You

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You are made of a vast number of wiggles… vibrations of quantum particles, making vibrating atoms, making vibrating molecules, making vibrating cells, making vibrating organs, making a vibrating living organism. All of it combined is you. You are one big complex wave.

And your wave is always adding complementary, compatible, yet slightly incompatible, other waves to it, to help you become a better you. A you that fits together better.

In this podcast I ramble around the idea of what makes you you, and not, for example, a lamp, and why you are probably pretty compatible with me, even looking all the way back to you as a zygote!


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Links referenced in episode:

Super awesome interactive thingie for learning about sound waves and how they combine

My older podcast about the brain understanding things independent from the vast chaos of random realitypodcast about brain understanding things

My nifty Discord channel, come play! Life, the Universe, and Everything

More of me!: http://www.reddit.com/user/turil

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a meme for mother Earth – #mymostpreciousthing


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Starting from high above and slowly zooming in on our planet you will naturally find a person, place, or thing to rest your vision on, something that seems to be the most cherished out of all of the rest of the world for you.

What is your most precious thing?

Feel free to share the image and/or your story of your most precious thing with anyone and everyone, so that we can all better see the treasures surrounding our lives which we most want to protect, preserve, and help flourish.

Love,
Turil

I also spoke about my most precious thing in the special podcast last Solstice. My beloved David. Happy Birthday my honey!

Entropy makes life better, always and forever.

Life just keeps getting more complex, more fun, more weird, more interesting, and more creative, over time, because entropy, in both it’s meanings, continues to increase. And life is the peak of entropy.

This may sound odd if you’ve been taught the old, Newtonian, explanations of entropy, but this is the modern, quantum physics, understanding of how reality works and what entropy represents.

Entropy is an increase in the number of possible combinations of elements, either in the universe as a whole over time, or in a single set of things.

We are awesome, and will (most likely) get more awesome over time, on average, for infinitely long.

The universe loves life!

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TWTS – Solstice – Addendum – A Personal Story of Loss

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TWTS – Episode 61 – Solstice – Addendum – A Personal Story of Loss

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My own reflection of what I’ve lost, an introspection on the past decade of my life, without my beloved husband and without a healthy community that supports my basic needs for food, water, air, warmth, light, information, and the freedom to express myself fully.

I’ve used this loss to define myself and my goals for creating a better world. I hope that you can explore your own losses and define yourself with them so that you, too, can clarify your goals and ideals for what you want to do with your life!

Namaste

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Links referenced in episode:

I also (temporarily, at least) recently lost a beautiful relationship I had with my friend Peter, when he decided he needed to be destructive to his community, before he rebuilds: https://youtu.be/raQKg5p0Jfo

More of me!: http://www.reddit.com/user/turil

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The Grand Solstice of Life on Earth

In the grand procession of the Earth, we not only move through yearly seasons of life – the emotionally expressive Summer, the intellectually introspective Fall, the philosophically/spiritually deep darkness of Winter, and then the explosively passionate and playful and productive Spring – but we move through these stages on personal and cultural levels as well.

So, in this cultural, seasonal, and maybe personal time of Solstice pausing and reflecting, I suggest that we consider sharing our stories of loss, so that we might better understand who we are and what we most value in life, so that we can slowly come back together – after so much fighting, and then dividing and retreating from one another – as a larger, more collaborative, more compassionate, more connected, whole.

With Gratitude,
Turil

TWTS – Letters In Your Brain

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TWTS – Episode 59 – Letters In Your Brain

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Consider how the brain could function in a way that is pretty literally just recording the sensations that your body physically experiences (from the wavelength of light to the temperature and pressure of touch to the chemicals of smell) when you encounter some unique thing, by drawing little diagrams – like the letter “A” only way more complex and in 3D – in the brain using the neurons as endpoints and the axons and dendrites connecting them as the lines. When remembering something, we might literally just be replaying the physical experience in the body in some way, with full sensurround experience. (Just on a more subtle scale most of the time.)

And memories, ideas, language, etc. are fuzzy because the diagrams that get drawn with the biological stuff inside the brain are like waves describing probability, rather than simple, unchanging, written-in-stone “facts”. When I experience the color purple, most of the time it’s a pleasant experience, but occasionally it’s not, so the brain remembers those edge cases, as well as the more common ones, to use for future predictions about what might happen when those sensory experiences occur again.

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Links referenced in episode:

Podcast on Consciousness is Contraction

PBS Infinite Series’ video on mapping the network diagrams of the brain: https://youtu.be/rlI1KOo1gp4

More of me!: http://www.reddit.com/user/turil

The Examined Life discussion community on Reddit: http://www.reddit.com/r/theexaminedlife

Live Streaming Philosophy by Turil (on hiatus): https://www.twitch.tv/turilcronburg

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TWTS – Life is a Grand Experiment

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TWTS – Episode 58 – Life is a Grand Experiment

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Evolution, be it genetic or memetic or otherwise, is the process of taking two unique wholes, splitting them in half (or more, perhaps) and combining those halves with different halves, making entirely new wholes. The wholes go on to split up so that they, too, can expand out into the larger environment — from the tiny spaces inside a tidal pool, to a whole solar system, or any other scale of space that life exists within — and what happens on their unique journey, going their own separate ways and then re/connecting with all the other individual animals, vegetables, minerals, and such, as the whole system is explored, is recorded in the memories and general structure of the matter that makes us “individual things” up. And then the best, most interesting, most useful, most relevant, information forms one grand story of Everything That Is.

These stories — information packets in any form, genes, art, ideas, culture, etc. — of things that work best for nurturing all the individual things in the system, helping them function and grow and thrive, are shared as widely as possible, so that they can be used to make more, new, individuals/wholes, forever pairing with other parts never before combined. (And the least useful, interesting, helpful stories get forgotten, for the most part, except perhaps as examples of what not to do). The more that this process of taking the best parts of one individual person, place, or thing, and smooshing them together with the best parts of another individual person, place, or thing happens, the more effective, interesting, and delightful life gets overall, for both the individuals and the whole amazing system.

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Links referenced in episode:

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin’s Noosphere: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noosphere

More of me!: http://www.reddit.com/user/turil/overview

The Examined Life discussion community on Reddit: http://www.reddit.com/r/theexaminedlife

Live Streaming Philosophy by Turil (on hiatus): https://www.twitch.tv/turilcronburg

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Subscribe to The Wise Turtle Speaks Podcast on iTunes or subscribe manually in your favorite podcast application by using the rss feed address – https://turil.wordpress.com/category/TWTSpodcast/feed/.

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