Category Archives: Logic

Logic: trying to make the world make sense, and make it valid

Mind bets

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Reward & Punishment Techniques for the Mind

I realized I did this (Mind bets) all the time, but I wasn’t aware of the succinct term until recently, due to listening to an interview with Ray Romano (of ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ fame). Apparently, Ray constantly challenges himself with these bets; as quote in a New York Times article:

 he referred to as “mind bets,” a reward and punishment technique he developed to replace his own wagering habit. “I set a personal goal, like, ‘If I don’t break a 90 at golf, then I can’t watch TV for a week,’ and I get as pumped up as if I had $1,000 on a bet,” he said.
New York Times, 2009

In comparison, I do these mind bets in order to really test my Will power at the end of the day. To challenge what I can actually go through and manage – maybe I am testing myself for one day becoming tortured for information by Guerillas in a desolate jungle and resisting the interrogation methods of my captors (Yes, I’m extreme). But in more probable terms I believe that I conduct these mind bets in an attempt to keep the mind in a state of readiness; to not be so complacent – the future is unpredictable and I may have to go through something that will take a lit of units of Will power to get through. And with anything, practice is a necessity for success.

If you have any Mind bets that you’d like to share, please share in the comments.

. : : LiBM::.

A Research Study into how much do Research Studies really cost

Research into Research

Everyday news networks and the blogosphere report either the findings of a research study or state that a research study is about to commence(funded); usually the research comes from a branch of the government or an education institution. A recent study I heard was a municipal government conducting a ‘Feasibility Study’ for transit improvements – which was going to run a few millions of dollars; it got me thinking – why do research studies cost so much? A primary factor for the costs is that research companies are overpaid consultants that charge a lot of money to pretty much tell an organization of what they already suspect is occurring (within their own organization). In this day of age of SurveyMonkey and Google Docs, you’d figure that research costs would subside, but that doesn’t appear to be the case – in my opinion. As Research institutions/firms are sprouting up like its spring in farm country.

A lot of the research studies that you may find may be one of those ‘duh’ and ‘obvious’ things; which begs the question whom thought it would be useful to waste their time and somebody else’s money in this endeavor? Here are a few examples:
– Surgeons Perform Better with Eye Movement Training
– Abstinence-Only Education Does Not Lead to Abstinent Behavior
– Relaxing Can Make You Fatter
– Under Money Strains, Some Older Adults May Turn to Alcohol

As you can see, some of these research studies fall under the Common Sense realm, which unfortunately is not at all that common. I was trying to do some research into why the costs seem to be so much, but I couldn’t find anything, kind of ironic isn’t it? Or maybe I need to spend a bit of money to conduct some research into the matter …

.::LiBM::.

On the Strength Of

Feats-of-Strength
Recently had to ask some people that I work with a strange request: “can I have a woman dump a bag of flour on you?”. Yes, the bag of flour that you make bread & cake with. At first, I thought that I would be looked at as a ‘madman’ – or to some, ‘madder’, but I decided to ask anyway. Sometimes I was hesitant, other times I was blunt with it. I found out that most people at first found the request strange – as I expected. Some said ‘nah’, which I knew was gonna happen, however more people than I thought actually agreed. No compensation was offered, nothing was promised, which led me to ask the question as to why they would agree to such a request. And the only answer I could possibly fathom is the apt title of this post – ‘on the Strength of’.

One could only agree to such a request if they fully believed and supported the individual making the request. This had me almost kinda baffled because sometimes, or most times, I question and doubt my self, ideas, and concepts, but it is almost overwhelming (don’t worry, not gonna cry) to know that there are a group of people around me that will ‘ride for the cause’, primarily because they believe in ‘YOU’. And its odd, and something that I have to change. I should be my biggest believer in my self before anyone else is. We all should aim to have that same mindset.

.:: LiBM ::.

Unresponsiveness is a Response

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Feedback Loop w/ no FeedBack

Insecurity Intelligence

In any system, there exists certain rules that dictate how that system operates. In Computers, when a user selects an application to open, the OS must find the files, execute the code, send instructions to RAM and so on. Everything has to be responsive in the computer in order for the application you selected to show up on your screen – when that application doesn’t show up, something in the system is unresponsive. And that can really be frustrating to the user, especially if its an app that you really need. To correlate this to the ‘real world’, I’m coming to terms with ‘unresponsiveness’ from people, especially in group dynamics. I used to give people the ‘benefit of the doubt’, and make excuses for their unresponsiveness, but I think its a lost cause. Not only are they unresponsiveness to your stimuli (thought, idea, email, txt), but they are unresponsive to YOU, as a person. And when you have a ‘team mindset’, you should operate with a ‘consensus’ attitude – I operate with that ‘ebb & flow’ of communications, ideas, and debates. But when you put out ideas & concepts to your team, and you got to cattle prod them for a response, I’m learning that the cattle prod isn’t necessary. At this stage, you are looking more for ‘Validation’ than a ‘Response’, and that is a sign of one’s own insecurity. Insecurity is what holds us back, doubt ourselves, and causes strain on relationships. A BlackBerry slogan tagline goes something like ‘Action Starts Here’, which is their little red asterisk on a message, remove the corporate intent, and it can be said that ‘action’ should begin at a stimuli – and maybe some people are just better at action than others … And for the others that aren’t as ‘better’ than one whom is, don’t let their ‘inaction’ slow you down or sway your motivation or cast doubt.

Maybe I’m babbling here, but anybody that has been in a team environment on a startup business can probably relate. Share your stories about unresponsiveness in the comments below.

.:: LiBM ::.

Accountability

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Where art thou Consequence

First, ‘Breaking Bad’ has to be thee best, or one of the best TV series on air right now. This post is in reference to the episode ‘Problem Dog’, where ‘Jesse’ sits in an Addiction Help Group where he comes to a revelation regarding self-help. He poses the question, “So, if we just do stuff, and nothing happens, what does it all mean? What’s the point?”. He is referring to the idea of ‘accountability’ and ‘consequences'; see, Jesse had been doing some sinister actions and yet he hadn’t been held accountable and received no consequences (jail, retribution, etc.); and he is questioning what it all means – why do some people get to do things and suffer no consequences for their actions? By consequences, I’m not necessarily referring to the ‘negative’, but I sometimes think we are increasingly living in an era, where people are doing wild/outlandish things, saying things – but no one questions and/or holds them accountable. I guess the question of accountability has always existed, with the rich & powerful using their status in of itself as a rationale for not being held accountable – they believe they have a certain sense of self-entitlement to say or do things ‘just because’ they can, and no consequence can affect them.

It is almost like we are in the ‘Wild Wild West’ of Free Speech:

Chief Keef
– openly talks about on-going investigations

Kim Kadarshian
– we all know her rise to fame, and now she has a fragrance line

The Game
– Videotaping a beatdown of ’40 Glocc’ (yes, that’s his name)

But I find with the rise of Social Media and our increasingly ‘free expression’ (which there is nothing wrong with that), that no longer does this sense of ‘fleeting accountability’ can be reserved for the rich & powerful, but can be reserved for the average Joe & Jane. You can go on the social networks and see the constant nonsense of people spewing out comments, recklessly, as if they feel they can say what they want, with out feeling they have to back-it-up with something called ‘substance’ or ‘logic’. Is this something that I am just seeing? Or can anyone else out there relate?

Free Expression is a beautiful thing, it really is, many nations are currently fighting & dying for it as we speak, but let’s not believe we can just say things and not be held accountable for it. Every action should have a consequence to it, or a re-action; such is the law of nature, a law that we all abide by.

.:: LiBM ::.

Compartment Consolidation – Then and Now

Controlling the self’s


Living with our many Compartments

I don’t think I have posted this, but I wrote this little note in December 2011:
“For awhile I have thought, better yet have been battling with the many creative endeavours that I pursue. And I always have battled with the questions “How do I promote this brand?”, “Do I have to create a new site for this brand”, etc., blah blah blah. And I think that Life in B Major will be the definitive title to embody everything whom I am – which is, profoundly, ‘The Creator of Things’. This is whom I am, at least this is whom I think I am. And I will try to be this to the fullest. I guess this is what you call ‘consolidating the compartments’ to make one unifying floor with no distinct sections & barriers, only logical ones.

Clarity. End scene.”

As I reflect on the year that was, I don’t think I have made as much progress that I wanted, though I have made some strides to consolidate the compartments to a solid 2.5 (don’t ask how I have derived the .5), and I have a better self-awareness of my battle of confidence and believing in myself & my abilities – I’ll touch on that in another post.

Anyhow, this is my first real post in awhile, and just like every other time that I say I am going to post more regularly, this time, I mean it!

(Hopefully)

.:: LiBM ::.

Oppositional Disorder

Oppositional Disorder

Hate, Misdirected

I think this may be a trait of good ‘ol haterism, oppositional disorder is one of those created theories to describe the tendency of people to just oppose anything – any argument, no matter how logical and plausible the argument is, they will still oppose. And you may get to thinking, “Damn, Rhonda is just a bitch; that bitch opposes anything”, and yes, she may be a Bitch, but she is not necessarily opposing your arguments, but she is opposing the idea of ‘you’, and anything that you stand for, or utter. And this oppositional disorder tendency is prevalent throughout society; we have examples of oppositional disorder characters all over.

Politics
– I’m sure the initial ideals of politics are nothing like the current political landscape, because now politics are only about directly opposing the position of your competitor. Even if one party fundamentally agrees with a proposed policy or bill of another party, they will find/create some flaw to oppose it.

News Pundits
Though the environment is created by the news producers, but most news shows focus on discussing a topic, having one person from the left, one person from the right, and having the news anchor moderate the argument between the two – that makes for ‘Great TV’

Most Parents vs Adolescents
I’m sure most teenagers and youth feel that their parents just ‘hate’ and oppose everything they wanna do, and similarly, I am sure that Parents feel the same way – as their children that they have raised from birth, whom are now forming their identity and opinions, seem to oppose each & everything they say.

Flirting
Believe it or not, the oppositional disorder can be used in the romance department. To create intrigue, mystery, and conversation going strong – just oppose what she says, because 9 times out of 10 she will be wrong, and it creates a case for you to show off your wonderful rhetoric skills (make sure you have such skills before attempting)

In all, the oppositional disorder is all over, and if you oppose anything I said in this piece, then you have the disorder too.

.:: LiBM ::.

All Reflection, Internal

Hindsight is always 20/20; the day when we can load that app that allows us to jump a few months to the future – to take a glance of what will happen, and then return back to the present with the future knowledge – then, and only then when life will truly be ‘simple’. But things that operate that way, life is successive ‘if’ statements – with each decision yielding a different result.

I work with a lot of people, in various capacities – helping to complete projects. Maybe due to my insecurity, low or no self-esteem, I was always a contributor that felt on some level that my affect was minimal. Meaning that my influence on a collaborative project or on team members was minimal. I know this sounds like faulty thinking, and it is, and it is even sadder that as someone that studied Psychology, I should know better. Slowly I am realizing that self-confidence is a real artform: or a good acting performance. Working as a TV Director and Producer, it amazes me at how on-air talent are sometimes very insecure and nervous, and I would suggest that most people think that hosts are the most talented. Lol, but I can’t tell you how many times I’d have to re-shoot takes and go over lines with hosts. I guess even the most seasoned still need a bit of salt for flavor (yes, I created that just now).

It wasn’t till a few weeks ago with a conversation with a past co-worker over Beer & Pizza; a bit more beer than pizza, I realized that one of the problems all along – with the failed projects & collaborative efforts that I have been a part of, that the problem may have been that I didn’t take a stronger leader or parcipitory role; as I know/knew, but should of realized a bit more, even in group settings, people are a bit more concerned about themselves than the overall group – I know that may sound a bit shocking in the highly narcissistic individualized culture of the West. And this dynamic, which isn’t necessarily bad, does not bode well for the super hypervigilant creative person; because one of the problems with creativity is that you keep on creating – and you create in any field; including systems & people. So when the team is not making decisions for the betterment of the group, then its time to pivot or explode the group’s dynamics & structures. Which I am proud to say, I am starting to do, while also realizing and/or ‘wearing the blame’ that a lot of the reasons to why failed projects may of not ‘popped off’ was because of me. Because I didn’t do more to steer the ship away from the iceberg in the Atlantic. I don’t think I gave ‘All of Me’, didn’t work harder, and didn’t do more. Consider this as somewhat as a ‘middle step’ in a ‘step program’ of ‘Mid-mid life crisis’ – as the stench of frustration, anxiety, anger, and regret are manifesting into a manifesto and new outlook.

So I guess here is for me ‘scratching my itch’ – or at least understanding why I’m itching.

Aside: the title of this post is from Joe Budden’s classic joint from ‘Mood Muzik 2′ or ‘Mood Muzik 1′ (I can’t remember now) called ‘All of Me’ – which was a very self-reflective track, one of the most honest pieces of music that I have ever heard.

Tangentical

All About the Tangents Baby!

Getting things off your chest in random sequences … nah, I ain’t crazy

If you have been following this blog, then you must know that I like to go off on ‘tangents’ – which are somewhat long commentaries, complaints, stories, about particular topic(s). And in my day-to-day life I realised I do this too, like just pick any topic, and at will, I can just go off, bring up stats, complimentary issues, segway into sub-issues, etc. Some of my friends and co-workers find this annoying – but this post isn’t about their reaction, and I don’t want to go off on a tangent about that. But I recently met someone whom is almost identical in the ‘tangent nature’ and she referred to herself as ‘tangentical’ – and this is like explaining the whole experience of studying psychology: Attaching technical terms to feelings that you have always felt. If I can re-define this word that has not been defined, ‘tangentical’ to me suggests a disposition to use tangents through all facets of life and interactions with others, and to evoke emotions. You can argue with my definition, but will most likely lose to Supreme Court of Moi.

One frequent response of being Tangentical is that most people will say ‘I don’t get you’ or ‘I don’t understand, you talk to much’, which may all be some valid points. But being Tangentical is much more than just being able to ‘go off’ on a rhetoric diatribe, its about attempting to cover each and every possible trite question that the listener may have; so as to avoid the mundane questions.

Example: when talking to someone about why you don’t like Baseball, explain when your displeasure started, any personal experiences of playing baseball, and attempts to try and modify your dislike of Baseball.

So essentially being Tangentical embodies identifying etiology, subjective experiences, attitude/behavior modification, and logical rhetoric.

Now, if only I can learn the technical term for discovering technical terms to stuff we already experience … That would make my day/week/month/year/decade even more.

.:: LiBM ::.

Just …..

Just __________

Finding the motivation to keep on keeping on


It is such a simple utterance, yet we complex its meaning by uprooting real & mental obstacles. If you’re passionate about something – the thing that brings a smile to your face, the thing that gives you a tingly feeling throughout your body, the worst thing you can do is just stop following your passion. And we stop for many reasons, or find excuses to stop. Sometimes we become deterred, find ourselves uninspired, or get consumed with other life issues. Being in the entrepreneurial creative digital field, I run into people all the time that said that they stopped their passion for reason A through Z, but wish they had continued, even in a limited scope – and they all feel some sort of remorse or regret. And I usually see myself in them (pause), as I am guilty of it too, when I get frustrated, I deter and avoid the passion activity; and I think afterwards, “damn, why didn’t I just continue?”. Part of the reason why we just ‘stop’ is because we feel some friction or we are not seeing any financial reward, and let’s face it, the financial reward can be a huge source of motivation, but there exists a weird relationship between ‘passion’ and ‘money’. Like yes, following your passion in order to receive financial rewards is cool, but the money shouldn’t be the ultimate motivation – because it would confound your passion and art. As we all know, once you get money involved, you get other filters and variables involved, making your art and passion diluted with money.

Excuse the little money/motivation/passion rant, and let’s get back to the initial intent of this post, which I think it was to ‘just’ continue your passion. Don’t mind the haters, the nay-sayers: if you are getting some sense of fulfillment from your passion, continue it (**Disclaimer: lawful passions in your geographical jurisdictions).

So consider this post as self-medication for me to help me ‘just continue writing’, and the fruits of my labor will be realised in time – and if the fruit turns rotten, I still had a blast farming …. Ya digg?

.:: LiBM ::.

Tragedy Fatigue

(Brendan Bannon/Polaris Images)

Tragic News All Around

Tragedy Fatigue is a concept that suggests repeated exposure to catastrophic events such as earthquakes, tsunamis, war, and other events where there is a loss of life, can wear down the spirit and psyche of a society. This past year or so has been especially rough on the collective psyche; Earthquakes in Haiti and Japan, threat of a nuclear meltdown in Japan, violence with the ‘Arab Spring’ revolts in the Middle East, wars in Libya, Iraq, and Afghanistan, and natural disasters such as floods and tornadoes. Thus, watching the news constantly of these tragic events can easily affect anyone – such is why, I suggest, that stories of infidelity and cheating may not be all that bad for society’s psyche. For awhile I thought that the major news networks were covering too much ‘sensationlism’ news; stories about affairs, scandals, escorts and such, but there may be some good that comes about with these stories – giving people a mental break from the tragic occurrences that happen frequently. As a society we have become to desensitized to the tragedies of the world that bring pain and death; and as humans, I hope we feel a bit of empathy and sympathy for those experiencing such pain. And in contrast, on the pain scale, an infidelity scandal is something that we can identify with, but not be as affected as violent tragedies.

So the next time you see CNN dedicating too much time on the latest celebrity cheating on their spouse, still condemn them, but maybe realize that they are giving a much needed break from reporting real problems in the world to reduce your fatigue.

.:: LiBM ::.