Earth Centering

A squirrel chatters at me from the live oak’s branches behind me. A mourning dove coo’s from across Shoal creek, gurgling through a hand-built rock dam. A cardinal calls “pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty.” Other tweets and twitters, recognizable, but unnamed, join the chorus, as the rising sun’s beams glide down the rocky limestone ledge opposite me. My spot is noisier in the morning. All these beings have opinions for this essay. Normally, I come sit by this ribbon of water in the evening or afternoon, but I woke earlier than usual this morning. I knew I needed this place’s help to write about our relationship.

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Dopamine, ADHD, and Signal to Noise Ratio

Dopamine bumps the signal to noise ratio in the brain, increasing pattern recognition, even for things that may not be there, as in paranoid schizophrenia. Dopamine deficit lower the signal to noise ratio, making the signal difficult to distinguish from the background noise, and patterns harder to detect. With ADHD’s dopamine deficit, following one conversation or train of thought can prove tricky because all conversations or thoughts sound equally loud, making it hard to pick out a continuous stream, instead picking up bits and pieces from several different streams of conversation or thought. … More Dopamine, ADHD, and Signal to Noise Ratio

8 Ways to Defuse Terrorism Non-Violently: In light of Paris, Beirut, Nigeria, Turkey, Chad and the world…

Strategies for defusing potential violence/terrorism, applicable to terrorism, police violence, racism, and school shooters. 1) Befriend people different than you, and work to make sure everyone has enough. 2) Don’t let a group become isolated, make friends with outcasts. 3) Make peace the more popular thing to do by building a strong community around non-violence … More 8 Ways to Defuse Terrorism Non-Violently: In light of Paris, Beirut, Nigeria, Turkey, Chad and the world…

The Meaning of Imaginary Time: Creativity’s Dialog with Timelessness

Before exploring some mathematicians’ more creative explorations of the of the role of imaginary numbers such as Lewis Carroll, a.k.a Charles Dodgson’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and Wolfgang Pauli’s account of active imagination, entitled “Piano Lesson,” let’s take a look at the role imaginary numbers play mathematically. … More The Meaning of Imaginary Time: Creativity’s Dialog with Timelessness