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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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TWTS – Just Beyond Your Comfort Zone Lurks Excellence

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TWTS – Episode 57 – Just Beyond Your Comfort Zone Lurks Excellence

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For the vast majority of us humans the state of flow is… over there. Just out of our immediate reach.

But if we stretch ourselves we can get there, get to a state where our bodies, including our brains, are operating at peak performance.

And to get there we need BOTH the support of healthy resources, and just a little bit of discomfort. Too much ease and comfort will make us bored. Too much pain and suffering and frustration will immobilize us (or turn us psychopathic). But that nice balance of everything we need most, plus a little challenge to give us a problem to focus our skills and experience on, will lead us to accomplishing something we likely never imagined possible. Some research suggests that the discomfort level is ideal when there is a positive (comfort) to negative (discomfort) experience ratio of 5:1.

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Links referenced in episode:

John and Julie Gottman relationship research

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and his Flow state theory

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 – Going with the flow takes effort!

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TWTS – Episode 56 – Going with the flow takes effort!

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One of the biggest places people get stuck when looking for enlightenment — be it in the more traditional Eastern philosophies or the more modern Cognitive Behavioral Therapy of mainstream Western psychology — is how to accept reality while also not “giving up” or being like a “doormat” and “letting people walk all over you”.

How do we “go with the flow” while not getting swept up in a seriously dangerous or excessively lame current? Why not fight against the way things are going, and try to go where we want to go in the first place?

The gist of it is that we find a way to aim, while using the flow to our advantage, to accomplish something meaningful. And the more open we are to all the different kinds of things that are meaningful to us, rather than trying to force a specific one, the more likely we will succeed.

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Links referenced in episode:
Speaking UP process (Podcast)

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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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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