A book I would like to recommend today - Peter Godfrey-Smith "Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness".
Plenty of benefits - my beloved octopi, scientific thoughts on intellect and thinking, easy and flowing writing style. But let's start from the beginning - thinking and intellect are not features attributable to human mind only only, however often we would like to call us, humans rational (and the others - not). All think in all ways, and we do not necessarily understand what goes on in non-human heads. We ižmight suspect that parrots, crows, monkeys, domestic animals and pets, and definitely octopi display emotions, memory, learning capabilities, make decisions, may predict turn of the events, and employ other features of thinking - but still, we want to keep us separate (and a bit higher. But we may simply understand us better). Anyway, I also urge to look at this idea from a different perspective. I especially liked the part where the book says that octopus mind is the form of alien intellect living right next to us. Mind of octopus is so different from what would be usual for, let's say, vertebrates. The construction of an eye is somewhat similar - and that's it, the rest is different. Nevertheless, octopi can solve seriously difficult puzzles, unlock, escape and so on. If we could manage to establish communication with an octopus, we would make a very significant step towards being able to communicate with alien intelligent beings from other planets.
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Today I would like to recommend a book - Jon Kabat-Zinn "Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness meditation for everyday life". Meditation is one of the most valuable skills that you can learn to improve and maintain your health in a good condition.
This means your mental health as well as your physical health, which is definitely very much related to and dependant on your psychological balance.
The author is Western so the book does not contain multiple words that are not relatable to our daily life and language. I also would like to dissipate another often used and incorrect idea - meditation is not a practice of silencing your thoughts. Meditation is practice of concentrating your focus on your passing thoughts, on may object or action. You may meditate while cleaning your home, walking, or sitting down. You don't need to have a mat, sit in lotus pose or burn incense - you may choose to use it all ar one of it, if it helps you to focus.
Take a breath. Lightly exhale.
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What does brain do when we watch a movie? Results of the magnetic resonance reveal that we get more involved (that is more coordinated brain activity is dedicated) in more emotional scenes. This higher involvement state is rather similar among different people - we kind of get synchronized. When involvement is lower, then mind "wanders" in an individual manner, and the state is quite distinct for each person. When following the movie review people were asked to recall the movie, it was possible to predict what the story will feature - they were the same higher involvement and more intense emotion scenes.
I only wonder what my brain does when I watch Fawlty Towers for several hundredth time...
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