[Paleopsych] the grief-meter
HowlBloom at aol.com
HowlBloom at aol.com
Sun Aug 29 05:41:10 UTC 2004
In a message dated 8/28/2004 11:53:55 PM Eastern Standard Time, BMC273 writes:
Mike Levine had a great show on Suitcase Nuclear bombs last Monday, did you
catch it? I think he said OBL had purchased 40 of these from Russia.
hb: aha. so you missed my art bell show appearance saturday night discussing
islam's nuclear threats for three hours. i'd have liked your opinion of it.
As for the issue about who suffers more...men or women, my friend had a good
point - she said its true we all suffer as humans but dont the POOR suffer
more than the RICH? So there are differences...(I still think she is right that
women do suffer more then men in general). What do you think?
hb: in his Progress Paradox, Glenn Eastbrook sums up the literature on
happiness and comes to the conclusion that no matter how rich you get, you still
manage to fill some internally driven quota of discontent and misery. I believe
that Timothy Wilson in his book on the adaptive subconscious also shows a lot
of evidence that we have an internal set-point for misery that manufactures
miseries when we're in clover and manufactures blessings when we are truly laid
You dream of winning the lottery and are miserable because you are not
wealthy as a prince. Then you win the lottery and are miserable because you have no
more goals to pursue and your former friends no longer come to you to chat or
watch the ball game on tv. All they want from you is money.
You come down with a dire disease. You fight it like hell. You feel it
strengthens you and gives you new insight. And things that others take for
granted become delights to you.
This isn’t poetry, it’s the result of research. The happiest people tend to
be the disabled and the chronically ill.
In technical terms, we have a homeostatic mechanism that makes sure that we
each have our tiny share of joys and our far larger parcel of griefs.
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History and Global Brain: The Evolution of Mass Mind From The Big Bang to the
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