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TWTS – The Purpose of Happiness

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TWTS – Episode 49 – The Purpose of Happiness

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Happiness seems like such an undefinable, inexplicable, unknown thing sometimes. We all know about the simple things that make all of us living things “feel good” that involve the body getting some sort of food, or water, or warmth which it needs to function well. But beyond that, why do some humans get all tingly when they hear someone whispering in their ear, and other humans don’t? And why is it so addictive for some people to gamble?

And why is life still worth living when there are so many depressing things out there?

Because life is, at it’s core, made to expand and grow. The algorithm of life is one for generating new life, and pretty much nothing else. Without that purpose in life, it would not continue to exist. And one way it does that is by having the super complex human brain reward itself for doing certain things.

What sort of things make YOU happy depend entirely on a complex combination of your genes and your environment, but the one thing that is always true, is that the things that make you happy, that aren’t actively harming anyone (non-consensually), are the things that the universe probably needs you to do more of.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Love,
Turil

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Links referenced in episode:

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: https://www.twitch.tv/turilcronburg

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TWTS – What are we doing here?

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TWTS – Episode 48 – What are we doing here?

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Thinking, mostly. Everything thinks. Therefore it is. What is thinking? Absorbing information/energy, and processing it in some way.

Thinking is patterns.

And there are only a few basic building blocks that make up, or at least describe, all possible patterns in reality: empty, pregnant space, a point or location in that space, a movement or line between two points, and so on, with each next pattern being more changes/lines between a point or set of points in space.

And Pascal’s triangle tells us how many points and lines (vectors, changes, differences, etc.) there are for each dimension of thinking that we’re doing.

(Note that I initially talk about the 1, 3, 3, 1 level of Pascal’s traingle as the 3rd/objective dimension, when it is the 2D/shape dimension, but I correct myself pretty quickly.)

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Links referenced in episode:

I Think Therefore I am, In Context – podcast episode

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

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

https://www.twitch.tv/turilcronburg

https://www.instagram.com/turilcronburg/

And for good measure: Pascal’s Triangle

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TWTS – Episode 47 – The Universal Law of Weirdness

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The only law that always applies to reality is the laws of physics/nature, and that law is what we also call entropy/evolution, as far as I can tell.  This law essentially says that the universe starts with simple, boring, somewhat predictable stuff and grows increasingly more complex, diverse, weird, and unpredictable.  And it does so through a simple set of instructions for dividing things up and recombining them in novel ways to produce all possible combinations of matter and energy.

So the best way to stay as safe and uninjured in life as possible is to be expecting the (seemingly) unlikely to happen, at least somewhat often.

There are a variety of ways to do this, which I go over in this podcast, in a fairly meandering way. (Which is, of course, what you might be starting to expect!)

And as for me, I expect that you will be able to find yourself finding ways to embrace the weirdness in some weird and seemingly unpredictable way.

(Including, perhaps, noticing the reality that sometimes things are weird and sometimes they are wierd.)

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Links referenced in episode:

The ideal algorithm for keeping options open – TED Talk by Alex Wissner-Gross

This Explains Everything (the art installation video version): https://youtu.be/KX959aZ6WpU

A general example of the Pascal’s Triangle chunking category approach

Byron Katie’s “The Work” process and her grammatical/logical“Turnarounds”

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

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

https://www.twitch.tv/turilcronburg

And for good measure: Pascal’s Triangle

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TWTS – Art is at the Edges (fixed)

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TWTS – Episode 46 – Art is at the Edges (fixed)

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The edges between the past and the future, the edges between what is and what isn’t, the edges between two different things, are where life, and all it’s diverse and expansive creativity, are born.

First we contract into ourselves, defining the edges of who we are and what we want, and then we can look around at our immediate environment to see what the edges are of what it is and what it wants, and then we can look for ways to recombine ourselves with our environment by dissolving the edges between us and our world in a way that is most useful for helping us create a better world.

So… I’d like to wish you a happy dissolving of the edge between 2016 and 2017!

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Links referenced in episode:

Speaking Up Process podcast

Speaking Up Process discussion on Reddit

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

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

Me live streaming: https://www.twitch.tv/turilcronburg

A video of the making of my newly acquired art
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TWTS – Away from Fight, Towards Flight

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TWTS – Episode 45 – Away from Fight, Towards Flight

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For a century, we’ve been dwelling solidly in humanity’s stage of flight, as our basic reaction to global stress. But that’s coming to an end. The age of Extravert Sensing types being in the lead is starting to subside. And now, we’re entering the stage of flight. It’s time for the human world to be lead by the more Introvert Sensing types, who focus inwards in the more extreme ways, which will allow our world to move into some seriously quiet, reserved, and possibly magical, new-age, Buddhist, internally-focused navel gazing.

In a way, we’re all going to be refuges running away from the aggression and towards something unknown, with an open belief system, looking to discover what beauty and wonder the universe has to offer us all, from virtual reality, to cat memes, to deeply intimate but distant relationships, to quantum physics, and artificial intelligence.

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Links referenced in episode:

The Stages of Grief are Loopy

DSM-MBTI four quadrant diagram

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and his Flow state theory

Personality Types and how they fit into EVERYTHING (Prime Directive Earth MBTI)

https://www.twitch.tv/turilcronburg

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

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Solstice 2016 – Turning Point

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TWTS – Episode 45 – Solstice 2016 – Turning Point

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Happy Winter Solstice!

I believe that we are well into a decade long turning point where we swing as far out towards the masculine, intellectual, 3D, objective, “Judging”, past-centered, bad-stuff-avoiding, artificial, controlling, technology based society as we can and then start changing direction, moving towards a more feminine, philosophical, 4D, universal, “Perceiving”, future-centered, good-stuff-creating, natural, spirituality based society where we focus our energies on helping the whole system flow as a unified organism.

Through the very personal, open, and honest stories we tell — of where we were, where we are now, and where we want to go — while using our greatest losses to understand what is most meaningful to us and how we want to honor our past while creating a better future — one that supports and inspires younger generations — a new culture is emerging. But it sometimes takes a while for that to be recognized, as large things such as whole planets take a while to pivot around the various corners of reality.

Much love and curiosity to you all this Solstice.

Enjoy!

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Links referenced in episode:

Speaking Up process (Storytelling with a purpose)

Life: Earth Mission Diagram

Life: Earth Mission TWTS Podcast episode

Generations X, Y, and Z Rebooting Humanity TWTS Podcast episode

Governmental Personalities diagram

The Stages of Grief are Loopy (the learning/growing process)

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

https://www.twitch.tv/turilcronburg

The Examined Life subreddit: http://www.reddit.com/r/theexaminedlife

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TWTS – Pick a Government, Any Government

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TWTS – Episode 44 – Pick a Government, Any Government

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This is a bit of a follow-up to a couple of previous episodes…

How does a bottom-up government, like the Life: Earth Mission (aka Prime Directive Earth) one I’ve been sharing, work? Whatever way works! Just like in a healthy living organism, like a human body, each local area, be it a collection of blood cells, a kidney, or a hand, makes it’s own decisions about how it wants to make decisions, based on who’s there, and whatever they find most comfortable for how they collaborate. And, while a bottom-up, living organism system is definitely no utopia (as we all know, when our bodies get sick or hurt or, eventually, die), the goal of a healthy organism is to try to give every individual within the system what it needs to function as well as possible, while being flexible and resilient through complex networks that can temporarily work around malfunctioning areas until they can heal and be put back online and working for the system again.

The more the individuals focus on taking care of themselves in their small communities, organs/organizations, using whatever skills, interests, resources, etc. they happen to have on hand, and the more these groups network together, based on both geography and category of purpose, the healthier and more effective the system as a whole becomes. The health of the system grows exponentially, meaning that we can repair a huge amount of damage pretty quickly as long as we focus on actually doing so, freely, and with a goal of system health, rather than competition.

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Links referenced in episode:

Life: Earth Mission Diagram

Life: Earth Mission TWTS Podcast episode

Personality Types (Prime Directive Earth MBTI)

Everyone for President TWTS Podcast episode

Everyone for President Reddit community

If you and a bunch of others were starting a new colony from scratch, on another planet, or just an island on Earth, what form of governance would you want to use? How would you want decisions to be made about about who does_gets what? discussion on Reddit’s /r/Futurology community

A proposal for governance in the post 2011 world – just a little something that I found interesting on the wikileaks website

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

My primary website: http://www.thewiseturtle.com

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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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