You Should Never Be Bored

I can remember as a child always being bored.  Each year during summer vacation, I remember spending hours and hours just wandering around the neighborhood, riding my bicycle, bored out of my mind.  Nowadays I’m never bored.  I can’t really remember the last time I was bored.  Today, I have such a deep fascination with the universe and our world that there’s always something to study and figure out.

I think to be bored is to be disconnected from reality and our universe.  If you find life boring and mundane, I think you have no insight into what’s really going on in the world around you.  I simply find it impossible that someone who has realized the strangeness and beauty of the world around us can actually sit around and have nothing to do.  I have to assume that you’re living in a box reality, disconnected from everything around you.  I’m not picking on anybody though.  From what I observe, our world is filled with mental cages and their priests cajoling others to immerse their minds in fictional “bubble” realities.

The other day I attended a student laboratory session and two women were talking about physics.  One said, “Physics is counter-intuitive.  It’s so difficult to grasp.”  The other agreed.  They started talking about Newton’s three laws of motion and found it extraordinarily difficult.  They hated their physics classes.  I felt like jumping into their conversation but I stayed silent.  I did find their way of viewing things odd and “counter-intuitive”.  I wanted to ask them this, “Would the world be more interesting if it were simplistic or complicated?  Isn’t it better that the world is interesting and filled with mystery and wonder?”  The way they think about the world and understanding it robs them of the pleasures of finding things out.  They have a mindset that physics, mathematics and other sciences are boring and unnecessarily difficult.

But once again, why?  We don’t feel that way about the difficulties inherent in learning to play an instrument.  We don’t look at a guitar and say, “This guitar is too complicated.  Think of all the chords it can play and all the different musical styles it’s capable of emitting.  Who would want to learn all of that?”  So why say that about mathematics?  Mathematics is no different.  Mathematics can not only model every possible sound wave that guitar can generate, but it can tell you about tensions in each string, the average velocities of the air particles zipping around the room, different harmonics and why they work together, and the list goes on and on.

And you know, the more mathematics you do, the less intimidating it becomes.  Once you start getting over the first hurdles you begin to think of mathematics and physics more like the physicist Ernst Mach did.  He left us with a wonderful quote about mathematics.

“Strange as it may seem, the power of mathematics rests on its evasion of all unnecessary thought, and on its wonderful saving of mental operations.”

– Ernest Mach

In different physical situations, understanding what objects will do is pretty much impossible without physics and mathematics.  Something with so many interrelated parts, all changing in varied ways, can be modeled very simply using equations and variables to represent each change.  You sum them up and lo and behold it all behaves just as the equations predict.  The fact that our universe can be understood at such a deep level by such simplistic equations that we can understand will baffle any thinking person.

But all of that aside, the universe of ours is not boring and understanding it is far from boring.  The most everyday “mundane” events in your life are more complicated than you’ll ever be able to imagine.  I could go into all the things your brain is doing, or talk about how crazy the light is which is bouncing around the room, but I don’t feel like talking about that.  I talk about those sorts of things all the time because that’s what I find most interesting.  There is so much more science and research going on to blow people’s minds.  I’m going to just start talking about kinds of things which should blow your mind if you just sit and think about them.

Everything around you is composed of atoms of different elemental types.  All that distinguishes one atom from another is the number of protons in its nucleus.  Inside those atoms are protons, electrons, and neutrons.  For now we’ll ignore talking about quarks which compose the protons and neutrons.  Try to wrap your brain around this:  Why is every electron identical to every other electron?  Why do all these protons and neutrons behave just like the others?  What makes them do so?  Why are they all clones, countless copies of these same physical entities? Is every universe like this?

Isn’t it just kind of weird that that’s the case?  You may say, “I don’t care”, but you know, you’re made of atoms.  The brain generating your consciousness is made of atoms.  They whiz around and do their thing and I suppose you can go about your life never thinking about how any of that works, but you know what?  It’s all there, even if you never take the time to think about it.  If you peel back the hood of this reality and stare closely at it, you’ll see it’s made of these tiny little atoms and they’re strange!

Have these atoms always existed?  Are they indestructible or can they be dissected?  How about the atomic parts?  Can they be taken apart?  Can I keep taking these things apart indefinitely?  Is an electron some infinitely complicated thing, composed of infinitely many parts, or is it some ultimately simple thing which can’t be dissected?

How about the space in which these atoms exist.  We walk across the room.  What’s so complicated about it?  Did you know that if you shoot off in a rocket ship at near light speed, make a short run around in space, and then loop around and return, while maybe six months may go by for you, thousands of years may have gone by for the rest of us on Earth.  I’m serious.  Just stop for a moment and think, “Is that real?  How does that work?  What does that even mean?  What is this world I live in?”  Take some time out of your busy life and learn about space-time.  You won’t regret it.  It’ll change how you see everything.

I personally love to study neuroscience and think about how brains work, both in us and in different animals.  I’m sure there’s millions of people who have sat back and thought, “I wonder what my cat is thinking.”  You should study neuroscience and figure out!  Learn and do experiments and figure out how much a cat really understands.  Learn how brains work and see the similarities between each species’ brain and how they differ.  You quickly start seeing patterns and evolutionary trends.  Then it dawns on you, “This cat of mine really sees me, just like I see it.  When I rub its belly, it feels me giving it a massage.  It’s conscious and alive.”  Then you pause, take a deep breath, and start thinking, “What else is conscious around me?”  You stare at a fly crawling about on your kitchen table.  Does it see and smell?  You’re telling me there’s consciousness operating inside that fly?  Probably so.

A lot of people won’t believe in evolution.  It’s a shame because it completely disconnects them from how life works.  Think about what’s in this next clip.

These aren’t party tricks.  If you research it out you find that a Bonobo understands language at about the same level as a child, say an eight year old.  Is it just a random coincidence that the Bonobo is very closely related to us genetically, has a body type almost identical to ours, comes from the same common ancestor, and understands language a lot like we do?  Is it just a coincidence that we can open up different ape and monkey skulls and see that their brain is laid out very similarly to ours?  In fact, many neuroscientists studying vision science do research on monkeys and their brains because they’re so similar.  None of this is coincidence.  They’re a closely related cousin, as are chimpanzees as well.

I’m convinced that monkeys and apes out in the forest see and feel just as we do.  They wake up in the forest and experience an entire life just as you’re experiencing yours.  They’re not soulless zombies.  Neither is your cat.  Our belief systems, such as our religions, have disconnected us from these sorts of truths.  We think, “Well does my cat go to heaven?”  There is no heaven.  Get out of your religious bubble.  None of it makes sense because it was all made up in the first place.  Life is much deeper in complexity.

Without thought we destroy animal habitats not even thinking about the torture we’re causing conscious beings of all sorts.  Most of the time it’s hard enough to get people to consider the feelings of other human beings, much less other living creatures.  We’re finally starting to get animal rights for dogs and cats but animal rights need to be extended to more and more species, including cows and pigs whose treatment in animal farms is abhorrent.  And if we can’t support our population without torturing and destroying all the other life around us, then we need to decrease our population and be more considerate.

My personal journey trying to figure this world out has led me to such strange things.  It’s made life so much more fascinating and interesting.  Richard Dawkins gave an entire lecture on this subject.  I can tell his life has been a similar sort of journey.  The way he vividly describes the problems shows how much he’s thought about it all.

And I’m sure you’ve looked in the mirror and asked yourself, “What am I?”  You had to have.  I do all the time.  You’ll probably think, “Oh, I’m this physical body.  That’s what I am.”  And people even seem to think that scientists think this.  They claim that those who believe in evolution think we’re nothing but this physical body.  That’s not what I read or hear.  Listen to Richard Dawkins, an evolutionary biologist talk about the virtual world we live within in our heads.  He talks about how we’re NOT our physical bodies; the physical matter of which our body is composed changes all the time.  We’re constantly losing material, cells die and are rebuilt and so on.  That’s why we’re always needing to eat new food and get our vitamins.

To quote Richard Dawkins himself from this lecture,

“Steve Grand points out that you and I are more like a wave than a permanent thing.  He invites us to think of an experience from your childhood.  Something you remember clearly.  Something you can see, feel, maybe even smell, as if you were really there.  After all, you really were there at the time, weren’t you?  How else would you remember it?  But here is the bombshell, you weren’t there.  Not a single atom that is within your body today was there when that event took place.  Matter flows from place to place and momentarily comes together to be you.  Whatever you are therefore, you are not the stuff of which you are made.  If that doesn’t make the hair stand up on the back of your neck, read it again until it does because it is important.”

– Richard Dawkins

I’ve said before that I feel strongly that the evidence suggests that matter temporarily forms into various patterns generating waves which then somehow generate consciousness in us – possibly in a spirit of some sort.  I normally use “spirit” as a sort of container word to the receiver of these waves, the impressions on which give us conscious experience.  That’s not to say our spirit is anything like our physical body – they have nothing in common.  When you die, your memories, thoughts, and experiences all die with you.  But, that’s not to say you won’t “wake up” as something else after you die, when matter once again starts transmitting the proper waves which your spirit then receives.  I don’t see any reason to fear death, or even that absolute death exists.  Matter is never destroyed, the energy only changes forms.  And what’s stopping the matter from once again coming into the patterns of my current brain and me living my entire life over again?  I’m not a skilled enough physicist to say on that matter, but I don’t think we die and I’m feel pretty certain we aren’t sent to hell or even heaven.

There seems to be a constant struggle for different forms to keep their existence within this world where matter is ever flowing from place to place.  With life on planet Earth, these self-replicating cells, using DNA, build up these complicated bodies (which is what we currently are), which then hold onto their form for a brief time before returning to the dust.  Then those components are all reused for different life-forms.  Your rotting body may then be used by a tree, your atoms essentially becoming tree leaves.

I find it pointless to desire “eternal life”.  Why won’t you move on to what’s next?  Why do you cling to your human form and wish to be it for all eternity?  Everything points toward our universe being infinite.  Who knows what else the universe has in store for all of us.  Move on and bravely step into the void to what’s next.

I find this worldview wonderful, and not only that, the evidence seems to suggest it as true.  There’s no reason to regret ever having made mistakes.  It’s not the end of the world, as they say.  Maybe I’ll get the chance to relive this same life an infinite number of times.  If the many-worlds interpretation of quantum physics is true, all possibilities exist and have always existed.  Somehow our consciousness is moving through various possibilities and giving us different experiences.  I have a very strong hunch that even though things are always changing, in another sense, every possibility, including the past I remember, will continue to exist in some way, either as a possibility or actually existing in some parallel dimension of some sort.

I hope one day we can come a deeper understanding of this problem and prove for certain something like this.  I wish people would let go of that idea that, “This is my one life.  I better live it to the fullest.”  Then once life doesn’t seem to give them everything they think it should they start stepping on everyone around them, climbing to the top of the greasy pole.  If this worldview I’m advocating is true, then life isn’t unfair.  You’re currently experiencing something different FOR NOW, but that’s not to say you won’t experience all the other things as well.  This view gets rid of envy and jealousy, and worry about all those sorts of things in this life.  But then again, maybe someone would argue that I created this worldview to comfort myself because not everything in my life has played out like I’ve wanted it to.  *Shrugs*  I’ll be studying more quantum mechanics and physics and seeing where that all leads me, but from what I can tell, this worldview has a pretty strong backing with the evidence.

There’s a lot more I want to say but this entry is getting long enough as it is.

11 thoughts on “You Should Never Be Bored”

  1. Great entry! I’ll be sharing it on Facebook because I know a lot of people who complain about life being boring. I’m guilty of it at times, but when it comes down to it life is absolutely amazing, incredible and complex!

  2. In theory, I would have to agree with you. There is so much in this world that interests me…how could you become bored with it? But for me, an almost 18 year old girl in high school, there is much to become bored over. High school in general is so mundane. I feel as though I am banging my head against the wall everyday from 8 am to 2:37 pm, killing brain cells every second. It is only when I am alone, when I can truly wonder about this world and learn. I am never bored when I am learning. But sadly, I have 4 more months of this torture and then I free…sort of. I doubt I am even going to go to my HS graduation because it means absolutely nothing to me. I think when I am able to be free of the manufactured style of learning that I can completely share your view to where I agree not only in theory, but in practice.

    Happy late birthday by the way, Jason. Mine is next week.


    1. Everett,

      I hated high school too. God I hated it. I don’t think I can stress how much I hated high school. I never attended my high school graduation either, and I don’t regret it at all. University life can be a little better, at times anyway – as long as they don’t ask for too much of my time. I don’t mind coming in to class to take an occasional quiz or test, but I rarely learn much of anything from the lectures. I hate attending class and I stay out of class as much as possible. Lectures always are the professor skimming over the material which is covered in more detail in the textbook. And even if the professor goes into a little detail into something, I always have books here in my study which cover the same material in far more detail — and to be honest, the books are almost always more interesting. I don’t see the point of attending class. I don’t like structured learning either. I don’t believe in it. I don’t believe in tests and grades and permanent records. I couldn’t give a damn about transcripts or honor rolls. Now that I think back, high school was even worse. Ugh. Just hang in there.

      That’s why money is so important in this world. If you have money in the bank to buy your groceries and keep a roof over your head, and buy your books and other basic entertainment, you can bypass so much of the bullshit in life. But when you’re in the rat race, toiling at some job which takes you nowhere, or getting buried in debt at school, it’s all terrible. Life just sucks at that point.

      When I wrote this post I was thinking about people sitting around in their free time yet having nothing to do with themselves. Your case is definitely an exception. Society forces us to go to school. We also have to work pointless jobs to earn money. It’s all tedious and boring. I avoid all of that sort of thing as much as possible. People go on about the importance of working and feel it a vice to not work within society, but just take a moment to reflect on history. In ancient Egypt, think of all of those people slaving away in the fields to grow crops. Does it matter now? How about an old woman who back in 1950s stocked shelves in some super-market? How about a glass-blower back in the 1800s? They’re all dead and gone and nobody cares. They had their struggle to exist, and I suppose our struggles are a necessary evil to maintain our human existence while we’re alive, but I say minimize it was much as possible.

      I hope one day school ceases to exist. I fully support online universities – even better, I think the government should set up testing centers and certify you in any subject you can pass. Make tests really cheap to take. They should be the same tests universities give. To hell with these universities forcing you to spend years of your life in them, having to go at the rate of the other students around you. Making you memorize pages and pages of worthless information you couldn’t care less about and having to pay a small fortune to do so.

      Yeah, I guess it was my birthday wasn’t it. I had almost forgotten. I guess that makes me… *does a total in head*… 28. Happy birthday to you too.

  3. Jason,

    I completely agree with you. The college I am planning on attending next year doesn’t use a traditional grading system. There are no A, B, C, D, F grades. You and your teacher do an evaluation at the end of the quarter and you either get the credits or not based on what you both decide you deserve. Most of these classes never have tests in them. You can also have an independent study contract with a teacher and go travel or stay there and learn whatever you want to learn. You can create your own classes. All the matters is that you have 180 credits in order to receive your BA of arts or BA of science. I can take two completely polar opposite classes and that is fine. The best part is that it can be the easiest thing or the hardest thing. You will get out what you put in to it. No one telling you what to do all the time.

    I think school should be completely different than it is. We should be able to learn at our own pace and shouldn’t be defined by our age. Testing is so idiotic in high school. I don’t remember a single thing from a month ago even though I get A’s and B’s on almost all my tests. Its all memorization of everything. Two weeks later you forget all the things you ‘learned’! And then another thing that drives me insane is that all the teachers pad the grades up with useless busy work homework so that all the idiots who do badly on the tests can still pass their class. I do none of my homework, I don’t need to…it doesn’t help you learn. So in a class where 60% is tests and 40% homework, I will get a D in the class even though I ‘understand’ everything better than the kid who gets a B. Its completely illogical. I mean isn’t your GPA suppose to be a representation of how well you understood the material? Instead, it represents your work ethic, or in my case, how useless I find these classes to be. Its no wonder our population is getting less and less intelligent, they can’t even figure out how rediculous our school systems are. It is designed for an era far behind our capabilities.

    You should look at a video on youtube called RSA Animate – Changing Education Paradigms. Tell me what you think of it.

    Ugh, school just makes me angry thinking about it. But I’m almost done with it. 🙂

    I was wondering what you thought on Holidays? You see, I find many of our common holidays a bit pointless. Take for instance Christmas. I like the idea of giving and I wouldn’t pass up a cup of hot apple cider, but if you look back into the history of the holiday, its false. I do not believe in the bible so maybe that’s why I don’t care very much for celebrating when Jesus was born. Although, Jesus supposedly was born in the springtime and the only reason we celebrate it in december is because Christians wanted to convert Pagans to Christianity and the Winter Solstice is on the 21-23 depending on the year. I mean, I can understand celebrating nature, the seasons and the cycle of the year, but I don’t see the point in celebrating Jesus’ fake birthday. Valentines day is a bit of a joke and Halloween has the same history as Christmas. I hope I don’t sound really pessimistic. I will probly always end up celebrating Christmas because its a family tradition, but don’t you ever wonder why? Why are we celebrating this holiday?

    Your 28! That’s ten years older than me because ill be 18. You didn’t really forget your birthday, did you? But I guess it makes sense because what is the point in celebrating being one year older? Age is just what happens.

    Sorry about my rambling.

    1. Everett,

      It sounds like the university you’ll be attending is really personalized, almost like a private tutor. That sounds a lot better than traditional education.

      You had to stop yourself from ranting about school, and I’ll have to do the same. We’re forced to cram our minds with random facts and information, most of which we forget — and when I study neuroscience, memory, and learning I wonder, “What exactly are we trying to achieve here?” In high school around 12 years ago I took Chemistry. I did well in the class and knew all the material. Now my adviser wanted me to take Chemistry again in college. I went for a week and a half or so, and then I dropped the class. We were naming compounds and I might as well have never known any Chemistry — it’s like I’d never heard any of it before. Literally, as the lectures went on I realized that I couldn’t remember ANYTHING. But if you were to look at my transcripts they’d say I’d “learned” all this stuff before in high school. And you know what? I COULD learn all of that stuff again (only to forget it again), but why? It’s so ridiculous.

      > … isn’t your GPA supposed to be a representation of how well you understood the material?

      I don’t know what a GPA even is. It’s like an “IQ”. Every teacher has a different grading system and different styles and testing systems. There’s nothing objective to base any of it on. A 4.0 GPA means nothing if all the tests you took were simple, and the same goes for a lower GPA — if you’re tested much harder, and your GPA is lower, the person with the 4.0 is not necessarily smarter. “Smarter”… I don’t agree with that either. What if a person has to work while going to school and has a lot less time to study? What if you have a family and need time to spend with your wife and children? What if your teachers aren’t very good? There are so many factors. I think it’s all reptilian instincts. Everyone wants to compare themselves with those around them and sort one another into a hierarchy. It’s almost like people want a badge to pin to their puffed out chest as they think to themselves, “Look at me.” Of course, the only people who seem to care about such honorary distinctions are the people awarding themselves with them. The rest of us are too busy with the real world.

      Thinking on that, I just got an email from the university the other day wanting me to join some club for students with high grades. Here’s a portion of the actual email.

      “Congratulations! Based on your scholastic achievements at Missouri University of Science and Technology, it is my pleasure to invite you to join Phi Eta Sigma. Established on March 22, 1923, Phi Eta Sigma is the oldest and largest honor society. It was founded on the principles of promoting and rewarding academic excellence among college students.
      Membership in the organization is based on a demonstration of academic excellence during your first year of college. Specifically, you have earned at least a 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale and completed a semester in which you were enrolled as a full-time student. If you are interested in joining Phi Eta Sigma, please attend the information meeting at 9:00pm on Thursday, February 3, 2011, in room G-5 H-SS.”

      “Honor”. I guess an anti-social person like myself has no idea what to think of such things. Honors, awards, prizes… I have no use for them. There’s no higher prize than doing the thing in and of itself.

      I sat back dumfounded as I read the email wondering, “What does this organization do? What is its purpose? Why should I join? What does this do for the community? For the university?” Whatever they do do, it doesn’t seem important enough to talk about. I assume they do nothing, just like National Honors Society back in high school.

      If you sit and think about it, it’s incredibly strange. Imagine if you were walking down the street and someone came up to you saying, “Hey man, want to join THE club?” … “Club? What sort of club?” … “That doesn’t matter. This is THE club. Everyone who’s anyone is in this club.” … “You don’t say…”. “We’re meeting next week and you’re just the kind of guy we want to join.” … “Well, I’ll tell you what, I’ll take your little brochure dealie and think this over.” *throws brochure in trash once the guy is gone*

      I haven’t heard of RSA Animate, but I’ll look into it.

      As for holidays, I don’t really think much about them. They come and they go, I guess. Whether it be New Years, Christmas, or Thanksgiving, they’re just like any other day to me. If it weren’t for my family, I don’t think I’d treat any of those days any different than any other. If other people enjoy that sort of thing, go for it. I’m not a social person so I don’t get much into parties, celebrations, or holidays.

      I didn’t think about my birthday at all. Nobody else really did either. No presents, no cakes, not really anything – and it’s better that way. I really treasure my free time. The last thing I want is a party and to be bothered.

  4. Haha, I see your point. I mean what is the point of clubs like that? To say your apart of the the club? Supposedly that looks good to other people or something… I’d say I measure a persons intelligence in a very different way than that.

    You seriously didn’t get anything for your birthday? I should send you a cyber cake or something? Haha or maybe a book! I find it really hard to believe that you are that antisocial…do you have a best friend? What do you do all day?

    1. That’s nice of you, but I’m not sure what I’d do with a cyber cake. What do I do all day. Most days, at least for the past several months, the majority of my time has been spent either working mathematics problems or crunching away at physics. Lately I’ve been working mechanics problems. I like to buy textbooks and work through all the problems in them. I get frustrated though. Years ago I worked through several physics textbooks, working lots of problems. I was a master. A few years later, now I’m attending the university and my professors are asking me to work problems for exams. I remember 80% of the material, but I forget lots of small things. When I haven’t been doing that, I’ve been studying neuroscience and vision science. Total, I read and study around six to eight hours a day, which is most my day. That’s about all the studying I can handle per day. So the vast majority of my time is spent here in my study silently reading or working problems. I go for a walk which takes about an hour or two. Occasionally I attend one of my university classes (but not often!). I walk very slowly and am not typically concerned about how long it takes me. I like to go for my walks late at night if possible. I’d prefer to always be awake at night, and never in the day, if that were possible. Then eating, showering, and other things like that take up at least an hour or more each day. I play video games when I’m too tired to study. Lately it’s been Super Mario Bros Wii. Most days are like that for me. They’re quiet and rather uneventful, but my mind goes all over the place with my studies. If it weren’t for occasionally attending class, I wouldn’t talk with much of anybody very often. I prefer being alone.

  5. Your right, I dont know what you would do with it either…look at it I suppose?

    I get really frustrated with my memory too. I wish we could retain all of the information we learn.

    Six to 8 hours is a lot. Do you typically take breaks while you are studying?

    My favorite game is Super Mario Galaxy on the Wii. Although I have already completed the game. Ha.

    I completely agree with you about the night time. I wish I never had to sleep, I feel more alive at night and it takes me hours to quite my mind and fall asleep. I am very interested in sleep. Dreams in particular as well as sleeping patterns. For example, most babies fall asleep for a few hours and wake back up throughout the day. It is only because we train them to sleep during the night that they actually conform to sleeping for around 8 hours at night and spending the rest of the day up and about. Why do we do this? You can also observe this with animals. I haven’t really looked that far into it but I still wonder. Seems like we would do better with more naps throughout the day instead of one big sleeping period. Maybe we could actually increase the number of hours we typically spend awake.

    Anyways, I love walks. Especially at night or the morning because that is when there is less people around. I wouldn’t say that I prefer to be alone, but I need to have my alone time. I wake up at 5 am every morning just so that I can have an extra hour to myself before anyone else in the house is awake. I tend to find people really bland so I don’t really care to be around people all the time. I am good alone. I guess it just depends on my mood. I suppose that is why you prefer to be alone; people tend to be dull.

    1. I take lots of breaks when I’m studying. I’ll read for an hour or two, then take an hour or so break, and then study some more. I’ve only played a little bit of Super Mario Galaxy one time when I rented it. I haven’t ever had the chance to go through it though. I don’t find people dull so much as differing in interests. I feel that what I’m interested in is much different than what most people find interesting, so I don’t feel very “at home” around others. I try really hard never to look down on others, especially just because they’re different than me. I feel that’s very antithetical to freedom. I view individuality as a sort of sacred thing, and no matter who someone ends up being, or chooses to be, that’s who they are — and that to me is sacred.

  6. I do agree with you about the differing in interests thing, but I still like to talk with people even if they don’t have very many interests in common with me. Although, I have been accused of “messing with people” on several occasions so maybe that’s why I speak with others. :/ I have always felt odd around others. It’s funny that you say that.

    1. Well even if you feel odd, I don’t think that says anything about your character or what’s important. This world will accept as “normal” some strange things. Bizarre belief systems and cultures are considered “normal” just because lots of people believe in them. You’re considered perfectly sane if you believe in talking snakes, human sacrifice to forgive sins, and that God will soon come back riding a horse in the clouds to save mankind. If you think about it, that’s pretty out there yet something like 60% of our country believes all of that, literally.

      I think it requires a certain distancing of yourself from the common culture if you want to be a great man or woman. Not completely disconnected, but a distancing. I refuse to preoccupy myself with Kim Kardashian, religious infighting, and useless political slandering not rooted in real economic policy and history. Our time on Earth is limited, and I want to do all I can to improve the lives of us humans. Within the scientific world, there are wonderful communities which encourage insightful debate, lifelong learning, and the latest technology. That’s what I’m into. I like being around the dreamers and inventors who will create the world of tomorrow, and i want to be a part of that.

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