Time Heals All Wounds.. And Then Kills the Patient
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Sat Jun 12 22:07:18 2004
Radical Particles Swing

Why is it that fundamentalists, when they happen to lose religion, lose it in a way that's just about as loud as their religion formerly was? Why don't they just become quiet folks like most mild atheists? The answer is that the questions of religion, and the question as to how one should live one's life is still just as important, they've just changed positions. Like all vectors, both an angle and a power are present, and we should expect someone with a lot of power who's changed angle a lot to look like that. Similarly .. ahh, but you're probably tired of me talking about that :)

After my run today, on my way to my early dinner (lunch-equivalent on weekends), and to Coffee Tree, I ran into a friend from the philosophy group I went to, and we talked on the street for about 45 minutes. The conversation focused on jobs and finding satisfaction in work in life. He recently read a book, recommended to him by his landlord, that suggested that most people approach picking their career all wrong, comparing what they think they'd like to do to where they are now, and finding the most efficient route there. The book suggested that people instead shouldn't attempt to plan so much, and should instead try a lot of careers before devoting serious time to any. Apparently it provided a lot of advice on how to do this in a sane way. It's title is "Working Identity", and it's by Herminia Ibarra. While I'm pretty sure that I have the career I want, he gave it a good enough recommendation that I'm going to need to check it out. I keep on thinking about my father's advice, that loyalty to one's company is overrated, and while it certainly seems like advice to be successful, I'm still have a hard time accepting it as a strategy for me. We talked a bit about regional accents, the importance of travel in a happy lifestyle, ways to work a period of travel into one's lifestyle (I'd love to backpack across Europe!), and then briefly about neurochemical speculations. Specifically, he noted that he makes a big point to continually question most of his beliefs, to prevent the kind of gravity to beliefs that older people get. Being wrong, he notes, hurts, as thoughts and perspectives that are with one for long enough become part of one's identity, and giving them up, even when warranted, means giving up a part of one's self. The restructuring of beliefs involved in an old person's loss of a thought-structurally important belief/worldview can be daunting, and fear of that closes minds. That sounds plausable, but I also wonder if there might be any neurochemical cues that are also against new ideas, as said restructuring might not be so disruptive for a single change, but might mandate a lot of new neural connections or restructuring that an older brain is just not chemically well suited to implement. It's possible that these are just different-depth analouges of each other though.

I'm doing a lot more work on the background for Isa's BLOG. I really should write another entry for her soon though.

Now, onto the usual political fun stuff.. Mark Fiore has his latest comic, this one comparing BushJr to Reagan, who recently started his sleep.. Jwz also has a really spiffy picture on the topic. Speaking of dirt, here's some mud in the eye of anti-environmentalists -- in the semi-recent power oopses in northeast U.S., the environment recovered a bit as some kinds of pollution stopped. Na klar, we're polluting back at normal levels again now.. The kurds, and the people supporting the attempted new government in Iraq suffered a setback recently -- two assasinations of political types, one government member and one Kurdish Imam. In China, in Heilongjiang province, is working on a cultural restoration project for some Jewish buildings in the area. I wonder if this is very common -- from what I've been reading about how China and Russia manage some of their more outlying regions, they are in the practice of a very un-melting-pot-like strategy, granting limited autonomy to ethnic groups that are predominant in an area. It's very different than what we're used to, and while I have strong suspicions that allowing much government interaction with culture leads to cultural privilege, I do find it interesting.

Apparently, eventually we might have robot buddies when we go rock climbing. Sharp has a 3d screen that a friend of mine got a prototype of. This is very cool. This is not so cool. You can also watch the poor XFree86 people see their coalition fall apart...