Yeah, great examples, and thought provoking. I look forward to more...gentleness.
I laughed when I read ' black box.' Us oldies who predominantly use Microsoft (Word and Excel) and Google Docs*, are mostly bewildered. by the very language of computer technology. For some, there is overwhelming fear because of ignorance. Regardless of MScs and PhDs, I know someone who refuses to consider the possibilities of AI, insisting that it is simply the means to amass data, perchance to extrapolate. It is, I think, worth educating even the old folk (me) whose ability to update is limited.
I agree that many of us outsiders would like to understand and utilise rationalist thinking. I did not, for example, notice the 'rationalist' take that ' AI will become Evil Vaguely Judeo-Christian God who Tortures Us in the Future'!
This short post is astounding because it succinctly describes, and prescribes, how to pay attention, to become grounded when a smart and sensitive human could end up engulfed in doom. The post is insightful and helpful to any of us in search of clarity and coping.
This 'medical miracle' story engenders hope. To suffer a chronic illness and to have no tangible answers regarding (diagnosis for too many), treatment, or treatment that works, is disheartening, frustrating and draining. Here is a detailed account of one quest that, having exhausted the standard intellectual-medical approach, remarkably results in relief. This writer gets deeply into her specific experience, and the reminder that there is a case for exploring intuition, along with unlikely luck, is uplifting.
I appreciate the clarity of your distinctions. Being surrounded daily by obfuscation and lies (eg the media, politicians, and narcissists) makes for difficulties.
Good nurses, or injecting doctors, successfully use distraction and play to reduce the likelihood of pain.
When presented by lies eg 'This won't hurt,' or '(Ignore the facts, ignore what your eyes/senses/insights tell you) Because I say it it is the truth,' it interests me that people do not, often in great numbers, question the lies being told to them.
Personally I find being lied to particularly upsetting, and believe I ought to have grown out of this as an old person!
I now think of myself as an aspiring Quaker, who in fact functions as a Parselmouth.
The references to research for the clarification and countering of assertions, made in a previous piece on sleep, allows for useful knowledge sharing. And the examples of the effects of sleep deprivation are mostly hilarious!
Simply by the author stating and exploring examples of 'greyed out options' one is reminded of possible choices, some of which may benefit the reader. Feeling stuck, fettered, having little control, direction, without meaning or purpose, struggling, or subject to ennui, or varying degrees of stress or anxiety, might be helped by considering physical/psychological, actionable changes in behaviour. Trying new stuff/things/ways of being, may be at the edges of one's thought or comfort zone; the reader is gently reminded to look.
This writing gives me good pause; it encourages the act of reflecting on personal possibilities, and subsequent impetus to pursue something novel, (thereby challenging) which may be life enhancing.