If Natural Selection Determined Human Value Systems: NDP Episode 178
Knowledge + Experience = Wisdom
by chris burcher
4d ago
Do you suffer? Humans have problems. It’s hard to deny.  Despite many pleas for ‘looking on the bright side of life’, we live in a world full of suffering. For whatever reason, I think about these problems, the causes, and potential solutions.  While it is difficult to maintain a positive mental attitude and growth mindset, I strive for a balance. I consider how we might improve humanity while not getting bogged down in depression. I think existence consists of two main branches. These are the biological or physical, and the spiritual or metaphysical. You probably have different name ..read more
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The Beauty of Your Comfort Zone: NDP Episode 177
Knowledge + Experience = Wisdom
by chris burcher
1w ago
Do you ever think about your comfort zone? I’m sure most people are at least aware of the concept. To me, our comfort zone is like an invisible egg that surrounds our physical body. Near the center, we are, well, comfortable. As we near the edges we become less comfortable.  Our comfort zone is like a sixth sense. It is more a bodily feeling or awareness than an identifiable sensation. Approaching our comfort zone is unlike hearing, smelling, touching, tasting, or seeing. Why do we experience these comfort zone sensations? The purpose of our comfort zone is to alert us when our environmen ..read more
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Is This a Testable Personal Growth Hypothesis? NDP 176
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by chris burcher
2w ago
Does science play a role in your life?  Do you value hard data and evidence? Do you think humans are good at proving things? Or maybe you defer to religion or culture to decide what is real? I talk a lot about how science is over or undervalued. Some folks think science proves reality. Others think scientists are full of crap. Regardless of how you feel about science, the scientific method is regarded as one of the best tools we have to help us answer questions. One of my favorite questions is, “Is there a better way to live?” My work focuses on understanding how humans can suffer less ..read more
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Reincarnation May Not Be True but It Can Be Helpful: NDP 175
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by chris burcher
3w ago
Do other people ever make you angry? I’d be worried about you if you said no. Or assume you are the Dalai Lama.  Many of us struggle to find connections to people we disagree with. Or people who act out, are annoying, or mean. I preach a lot about how we are all connected, and how we need to love one another and participate in our communities. But it is so very hard, sometimes, to love everyone or to want to connect. If you struggle with truly feeling connected to people, this article is for you. Have you ever considered reincarnation?  I never used to think about it. I don’t know wh ..read more
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I'm Not You and You're Not Me: NDP 174
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by chris burcher
1M ago
Have you ever wondered how any two people can have a conversation and walk away feeling both like they were heard and believing they heard the other person? It blows my mind how limiting conversation can be. As magical as language is, it leaves so much room for error. Words mean different things to different people. We hear one thing when they mean another. Context matters. We have different life experiences. There are so many layers that make it easy to misunderstand. Language, like any technology, is wrought with at least as many restrictions as benefits. Yes, we can be more complex in our d ..read more
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Can We Stop Enabling? NPD 173
Knowledge + Experience = Wisdom
by chris burcher
1M ago
“The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubts, while the stupid ones are full of confidence.” ― Charles Bukowski Do you ever think about this? Can you think of an example from your life? Sometimes, it seems we’re surrounded by idiots.  And they’re loud.  We worship confidence, arrogance, and status. Why are we surprised when the greedy become gluttonous? Why do we not honor traits like kindness, empathy, and connection? A lot of this is fear. We worry about what might happen if we interrupt, disagree, or speak our minds.  The system is oppressive ..read more
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Learning About Where We Goofed Up: NDP 172
Knowledge + Experience = Wisdom
by chris burcher
1M ago
What went right? Do you ever wonder how we got here? Do you ever think about what has changed over hundreds of thousands of years of human evolution? The past few decades have seen exponential growth in technology. Smartphones. Passenger trips to space. Electric vehicles. Lots of crazy new tech. In most of our lifetimes, technological advances have dominated the changes we experience. Science changed the world. Medical advances like germ theory and surgical techniques have arguably improved our lives.  Fossil fuel use has underwritten most of our ‘advances’ in making things easier to do ..read more
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Can We Treat Death as a Mentor? NDP Episode 171
Knowledge + Experience = Wisdom
by chris burcher
1M ago
Ok, I know, it sounds weird but hear me out.  Humans are freaked out by death. I’m not saying I’m any different, just drawing attention to this in hopes of reducing our suffering. Today I’m wondering what life would be like if we could change our relationship with death. The Toltec civilization of Central America considered death an advisor like a friend who gives advice. In this way, Toltecs navigated their lives knowing they were temporary. It is a way to try and make the most of the time we have.  Some modern cultures ask how you would live life differently if you knew you only ha ..read more
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Will You Talk to Me?: NPD Episode 170
Knowledge + Experience = Wisdom
by chris burcher
2M ago
Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me Do you remember this nursery rhyme?  When I was younger, I believed it. I thought I would rather be yelled at than physically harmed. While I feel lucky to have received more verbal bullying than actual butt-kickings, I’m not so sure the damage was less harmful. As an adult, I realize words have real power and do a lot of harm on their own. Sometimes I wonder if words hurt worse than beatings. Certainly, words don’t ‘never hurt me’. Sticks and stones may break our bones, but words can break everything else. Including our h ..read more
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What Is The Matter? NDP Episode 169
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by chris burcher
2M ago
What IS the matter? Matter is an interesting word. It’s a noun and a verb. The noun means something of substance and can be physical or metaphysical. The verb means for something to be important. There’s matter, and there is the matter. I like words like that, but the complication of communication and understanding. The idea of something mattering, as a verb, has been on my mind lately. The last two episodes (here and here) have focused on the relationship between our experiences and our stress. What matters directly affects our bodies, our minds, and our well-being. Everything can’t matter Ma ..read more
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