A new diet based on adaptive stress limitations.

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The problem with all the diets I have encountered and tried is that they take away my adaptive energy. When my reserves for adaptation to my problems are low, it is more difficult to maintain a diet. Everyday living consumes energy, and eating is our body’s way to restore our energy, so there is a conflict between getting food energy to be used for coping with our lives and overeating to gain that energy.

The goal of the adaptive stress diet is to bring your various daily stressors under your conscious control. You may not be able to do much to control those stressors, because they are part of your life, but if you can reduce your psychic expenditure of energy while dealing with them you will have more left over for all of your other problems. Sometimes you can just be somewhere else when a problem is due to appear, or you can avoid people you don’t like by not going where they hang out. There’s no sense in getting stressed out by being with people you don’t like and who don’t like you. Possibly they don’t get along with anyone, and when you are with them you are the one who will get their problems hitting on you. All I am saying is spot your stressors and avoid them as much as possible.

The goal of this procedure is to reduce your avoidable problems so you will have more adaptive energy left over for coping with your unavoidable problems. Lowering your overall stress level will make it easier to cope with your weight problem, because you will not need as much energy that your body thinks you need to cope with your constant elevated stress.

When it comes to eating, put out the right amount to eat and just relax and eat it, and have some pre-planned enjoyable low stress activity away from any source of food or beverage. If you have eaten enough you won’t be hungry and any desire for more food is psychological, because it’s a stress reducer. I like to take a stroll with a friend and just have a pleasant conversation about nothing in particular. If that isn’t available just going to another room and having a conversation with a pleasant friend, or even watching TV. But if you watch TV choose a low-stress show. If I watch a great boxing match my stress levels go way up. I know that’s true because I can feel my heart pounding. So, I don’t watch boxing events any more.

Sleep is a great stress reducer, and sleeping well is best accomplished by going to bed relaxed at the same time every night and getting up at the same time every morning.

Gain control of your stress creators by avoiding them, and you will have the energy to control the stressors that come your way.

Philosophers Squared – Jim Collins

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James Charles Collins (1958-   ), American statistician of business success from Stanford University. The greatest pleasure life has to offer is the satisfaction that flows from… participating in a difficult and constructive undertaking.

James Charles Collins

Jim Collins is a researcher of motivations for productive life and business strategist

Sources of quotations of Jim Collins: Built to Last, Good to Great, Great by Choice,



The greatest pleasure life has to offer is the satisfaction that flows from… participating in a difficult and constructive undertaking.

What do the right people want more than anything else? To be part of a winning team. When the right people see a simple plan developed from understanding – not bravado, they will say: count me in!

Freely chosen, discipline is absolute freedom.

A culture of discipline is not a principle of business, it is a principle of greatness.

The old adage ‘People are your most important asset’ is wrong. People are not your most important asset. The right people are.

It is one thing above all others: the ability to get and keep enough of the right people.

The right people don’t need to be tightly managed; they are self-motivated by the inner drive to produce.

Expending energy trying to motivate people is largely a waste of time.

Letting the wrong people hang around is unfair to all the right people, as they inevitably find themselves compensating for the inadequacies of the wrong people.

If you have the wrong people, it doesn’t matter whether you discover the right direction; you still won’t have a great company. Great vision without great people is irrelevant.

What separates people is not the presence or absence of difficulty, but how they deal with the inevitable difficulties of life.

You absolutely cannot make a series of good decisions without first confronting the brutal facts.

Be relentlessly disciplined at confronting the most brutal facts of your current reality.

Infused the entire process with the brutal facts of reality.

The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function. F. Scott Fitzgerald

You must maintain unwavering faith that you can and will prevail in the end. James Stockdale

Victory awaits him who has everything in order—luck people call it. Defeat is certain for him who has neglected to take the necessary precautions in time; this is called bad luck. Roald Amundsen, The South Pole

Although impatient for morning I slept soundly. I had no need for cheering dreams. Facts are better than dreams. Winston Churchill

Peter Drucker taught, the best—perhaps even the only—way to predict the future is to create it.

WHY 20 MILE MARCHERS WIN – 20 Mile Marching helps turn the odds in your favor for three reasons: 1. It builds confidence in your ability to perform well in adverse circumstances. 2. It reduces the likelihood of catastrophe when you’re hit by turbulent disruption. 3. It helps you exert self-control in an out-of-control environment.

The great-idea approach shifts your attention away from seeing the company as your ultimate creation.

Let’s just try a lot of stuff and keep what works. Shoot bullets before cannonballs.

Lots of goals—beauty, quality, life change, love—are worthy but not quantifiable. But you do have to be able to tell if you’re making progress.


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If Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels are considered to be philosophers, then surely Jim Collins is a philosopher. Marx and Engels postulated what might work for society, but Collins creates a system of material production that is based on collecting factual information on what really works, rather than what ought to work. His writings are based on what motivates people to do excellent work. The greatest pleasure life has to offer is the satisfaction that flows from… participating in a difficult and constructive undertaking. I was brought to Collins by my thoughts on last week’s Philosopher Squared selection, John Rawls, who is considered a major philosopher of human behavior, but I was struck by how unworkable his ideas were, and so it seemed reasonable to find the most practically minded current philosophers.

You must find the right people, because, Expending energy trying to motivate people is largely a waste of time. It is critical to find the right people for your ventures because, The right people don’t need to be tightly managed, they are self-motivated by the inner drive to produce. If you are surrounded by people who share the group’s vision and are individuals capable of self-motivation, then they will be eager to do the right thing to the best of their abilities. Collins may sound dictatorial when he writes, You absolutely cannot make a series of good decisions without first confronting the brutal facts, but it is obvious that unless the individuals of the group, and especially its management leaders, don’t face reality squarely, the group will drift away from any worthwhile goal. Without a clear goal, and people willing to do the work necessary to reach it, the group will drift into mediocrity and bureaucratic muddle.

How to contribute to human success

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As we grow older some of us move on from getting all that we can for ourselves, on to helping our family and social group succeed with some important goal, and then sometimes to helping humanity, and all life in general to live more abundantly. Once we have satisfied our personal needs we want to make a difference in our society, and the bigger the difference we can make the better we feel; and when we see other people living better lives because of something we did, it feels good. Knowing we helped other people, even when we don’t personally see the results, can be gratifying. It is the feedback from knowing we did good that feels good. Since we know this is true for ourselves we should be aware that other people feel that way too, and therefore we should give them positive feedback for their good deeds.

Watch around you and notice the amount of negative feedback versus positive feedback that people give one another.

Be a positive giver! It takes little effort and everyone needs it.

Sort of new ideas on fake information.

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The world has yet another word for falsifying information entering the OxfordDictionaries.com Kayfabe: – “The fact or convention of presenting staged performances as genuine or authentic.” It’s largely used in pro wrestling circles, but the dictionary says its origin is unknown, except possibly as a reversal of the phrase, “be fake.”

I don’t know why they didn’t reference the obvious squeeze on the standard word “confabulation” defined as – Early 17th century: from Latin confabulat- ‘chatted together’, from the verb confabulari, from con- ‘together’ + fabulari (from fabula ‘fable’). The old word confabulation is limited to verbal constructions made out of already perceived ideas that are considered by informed sane people as insane.  The new word kayfabe is similar but its meaning relates to physically ‘blended together’ ideas.

Thus when the action is intended to deceive others is a verbal lie it’s a confabulation, and when it’s a physical lie it is a kayfabe. There already exist many words for physical lying, such as camouflagedevice or stratagem for concealment or deceit; dissemble – To disguise or conceal one’s real nature, motives, or feelings behind a false appearance; fabricate – to fake, to forge (a document, signature, etc.); fake – a person who pretends to be something he is not; pretend – To represent fictitiously as in a play; to make believe; play – to be performed, as in a theater or on television.

The definition of play, as in a theater, has the purported purpose of entertaining the viewers. This new word kayfabe is performed in a venue where the actions are considered to be legitimate and the viewer responds in some way with the assumption that the kayfabe is a real event.

This kind of believable performance, a kayfabe, was done by Sherlock Holmes in the first short story, A Scandal in Bohemia, (1891) where he hires some actors to perform a commotion in front Irene Adler’s home, where she is hiding an incriminating photo being used to blackmail the King of Bohemia. The king has employed Sherlock to find the photo so it can be destroyed, and Sherlock goes about obtaining the photo by creating a kayfabe. The actors are instructed to to create a kerfuffle in front of Irene’s home, where Sherlock is dressed as a rich man and pretends to be injured so Irene will bring him into her house. As he is lying on her sofa, supposedly recovering from the attack, he has prearranged for his confederate Watson to throw a smoky fire-bomb into her house, whereupon she reacts by running to her secret hiding place to save the valuable photo, and thus reveals it to Sherlock.

Kayfabes have thus been around for a long time, and now they have a  unique name.

How to rid the world of horror by raising positive children.

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People are naturally moral, because for at least the last hundred thousand years of our species’ existence women have chosen men for their mates whom they thought would treat them well. That is the root cause why we have a genetic component in our DNA, common to all humans, that codes for what we call morality. If this were not true there would be many more psychopaths than there are, and even these people are known to be friendly most of the time with most other people.

The vicious actions most often observed in humans are created and supported by the social groups that the individuals were born into, and their violence toward others is aimed at defending their group from attacks. Sun Tsu in his book The Art of War, written in 500 BC China, said that, the best people make the best soldiers. These good soldiers are people who were of normal DNA, raised by supportive parents in a safe environment. It is to the good soldiers of the world and the people sending them into combat that this post is primarily directed. Protect the children from being traumatized, even the enemy’s children, or they will grow into desperate adults.

A modern research questionnaire given to 50,000 people in the Kaiser Permanente hospital complex, called the Adverse Childhood Experience test (ACE), has demonstrated the intimate link between childhood abuse and adult difficulties. This seems obvious, but this research relates detailed percentages of adult risks to specific childhood bad experiences. With this new understanding of how children react to their experiences there are now efforts to identify children at risk and give them appropriate help. In previous blog posts I have created a Positive Child Experience test, that includes advice for replacing adverse childhood experiences with positive childhood experiences. Just removing adverse experiences will bring these children to what is presently called a normal adulthood, but providing them with positive childhood experiences will help them to become happier people than we typically encounter today.

In 1938 a study began of 268 physically and mentally healthy Harvard students. The 75-year long longitudinal study is called the Harvard Grant Study and the director of the study, George Vaillant, published Triumphs of Experience: The Men of the Harvard Grant Study (2012) and Adaptation to Life(1977), where he demonstrates that a good childhood is the predictor of a long and happy life. Strange, to me at least, is that only a few of these socially privileged men were rated as truly happy at age eighty, though most were happy, which tells me that just being socially privileged doesn’t mean one has a positive childhood experience. No matter how bad their previous experiences were, people can grow in a direction they choose, but it takes some effort, and most people just cruise through life and thus follow the trajectory set by their childhood. That being the case it makes sense to give children the best possible childhood experiences.

To be raised as a fully functioning human being requires some things typically overlooked in the happiness literature. Choose to live in a safe law-abiding community. This seems so obvious, and yet many, perhaps most people don’t feel totally safe stepping outside of their own home. Some countries are much better than others, and here is a complete listing of 162 countries ordered by their peacefulness on the Global Peace Index. It is easier to be happy if living in a safe city. Here is a list of the 100 safest cities in the US. Here is a list of the worst neighborhoods in the US—get your kids out of them, and into these best schools. Choose the best schools for your children, and that happens to be in New York City. But, wherever you are, the most important thing is to cultivate instant positive support for the good deeds of the kids you meet.

Create happy people by keeping them safe and promoting their real skills.

The Tao Teh Ching – #17 – Revealed by Lao Tzu – Rendered by Charles Scamahorn

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When you lead people best you use the invisible void, and
They never become aware of your involvement.
When you lead them simply, they love you;
When you lead them ably, they fear you;
When you lead them with strength, they hate you.

When people lack faith
Expose a void to draw their faith into existence.

If you command people, they will obey you with reluctance, but
Whatever behavior of yours they see,
Each will attempt to be like that himself.

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Philosophers Squared – John Rawls

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John Rawls (1921-2002) was an American moral philosopher who taught at Harvard. The principles of justice are chosen behind a veil of ignorance. Generally speaking, the errors in religion are dangerous; those in philosophy only ridiculous.

John Rawls

John Rawls, American moral philosopher


Sources: goodreads, AZ quotes, Wikiquote, BrainyQuote, Wikipedia, YouTube, A Theory of Justice (1971), Justice as Fairness: A Restatement (1991)


 

This theory is a device of representation or, alternatively, a thought-experiment for the purpose of public- and self-clarification. We are to think of it as modeling two things: fair conditions and acceptable restrictions. 6.4

Further, threats of force and coercion, deception and fraud, and so on must be ruled out. So far, so good. These considerations are familiar from everyday life. 6.2

The natural distribution is neither just nor unjust; nor is it unjust that persons are born into society at some particular position. These are simply natural facts. What is just and unjust is the way that institutions deal with these facts.

The sense of justice is continuous with the love of mankind.

Each person is to have an equal right to the most extensive basic liberty compatible with a similar liberty for others.

Generally speaking, the errors in religion are dangerous; those in philosophy only ridiculous.

The bad man desires arbitrary power. What moves the evil man is the love of injustice.

Certainly it is wrong to be cruel to animals and the destruction of a whole species can be a great evil. The capacity for feeling of pleasure and pain and for the form of life of which animals are capable clearly impose duties of compassion and humanity on their case.

In constant pursuit of money to finance campaigns, the political system is simply unable to function. Its deliberative powers are paralyzed.

All citizens should share in a society’s wealth and be given equal economic opportunities.

In a just society, rational individuals under a veil of ignorance about their original position in the society should endorse a theory that: gives everyone as much liberty as possible, allows for the unequal distribution of wealth only when the existence of such inequalities benefits everyone and is accessible to everyone.

Many of our most serious conflicts are conflicts within ourselves. Those who suppose their judgements are always consistent are unreflective or dogmatic.

It is of first importance that the military be subordinate to civilian government.

Thus I assume that to each according to his threat advantage is not a conception of justice.

The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.

The principles of justice are chosen behind a veil of ignorance.

Ideally citizens are to think of themselves as if they were legislators and ask themselves what statutes, supported by what reasons satisfying the criterion of reciprocity, they would think it most reasonable to enact.

The democratic political process is at best regulated rivalry; it does not even in theory have the desirable properties that price theory ascribes to truly competitive markets.

Universal suffrage is an insufficient counterpoise; for when parties and elections are financed not by public funds but by private contributions, the political forum is so constrained by the wishes of the dominant interests that the basic measures needed to establish just constitutional rule are seldom properly presented.

Everyone is presumed to act justly and to do his part in upholding just institutions.

A theory however elegant and economical must be rejected or revised if it is untrue; likewise laws and institutions no matter how efficient and well-arranged must be reformed or abolished if they are unjust.

An opinion that all members of a society might reasonably agree to, not necessarily that they would agree to.

Ideal legislators do not vote their interests.

Clearly when the liberties are left unrestricted they collide with one another.

Our hope for the future of our society rests on the belief that the social world allows a reasonably just Society of Peoples.

A just society is a society that if you knew everything about it, you’d be willing to enter it in a random place.

A society regulated by a public sense of justice is inherently stable.

The only thing that permits us to acquiesce in an erroneous theory is the lack of a better one; analogously, an injustice is tolerable only when it is necessary to avoid an even greater injustice.

The fault of the utilitarian doctrine is that it mistakes impersonality for impartiality.

The fundamental criterion for judging any procedure is the justice of its likely results.

… Since we view society as a fair system of cooperation, the basis of equality is having to the requisite minimum degree the moral and other capacities that enable us to take part fully in the cooperative life of society. 7.3



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Perhaps it is the writing tradition of philosophers to write complex sentences that convolute back on themselves, and they do this to prevent others from criticizing the writing because the author didn’t cover every possibility in every sentence. In reading John Rawls’s Justice as Fairness, I became annoyed and then distraught, because it appeared to me that he was building castles in the air that were uninhabitable by real human beings. I then went to the index and searched for any ideas that could be linked to enforcement of any kind for his theories, but there were none except for social agreement among morally elevated angels. “… Since we view society as a fair system of cooperation, the basis of equality is having to the requisite minimum degree the moral and other capacities that enable us to take part fully in the cooperative life of society. 7.3″ He seeks for a philosophy for us to live in a perfectly moral heaven populated by angels. Early on he writes, “Further, threats of force and coercion, deception and fraud, and so on, must be ruled out. So far, so good. These considerations are familiar from everyday life. 6.2” To the degree that it is true of everyday life it is because of social restraints we put upon each other in our social interactions, and that coupled with the enforcement of laws by the force of the state. These are not created by the better angels of our nature, but rather by constraints placed upon us.

I went away from my reading of John Rawls dissatisfied, because I felt there was not even the remote possibility of the workability of his theoretical system, because his system wasn’t confronting the reality of human nature or of even rudimentary social interactions of any life form. He was projecting his fantasies of a perfect heaven inhabited with perfect angels onto a real world of self-interested human beings and self-interested organizations. If one is interested in helping a social organization function better, their time is much better spent reading Great by Choice,by Jim Collins. It is a philosophy of accomplishment, not speculation.

How to be more fully human.

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Some people claim they are eternal spirits floating through the universe and temporarily inhabiting a human body.They speak with a personal conviction, but I don’t see their evidence as convincing to me, and I would have to have their personal experiences for me to even consider that idea as worth pursuing. I am not against it, but without evidence it seems like a futile quest. Also, being a single mind, for such an unreasonable idea to be accepted I would doubt my own experience and would seek the acceptance of several doubting but objective people with skin in the game. That would be a level TST~14, on the Trustworthiness of Information chart, and the present information best fits TST~0, and is a TST~2 at best.

Other people claim they value people who value other human beings for being human. They realize that there is a vast variety of what a human spirit may be and they choose to value them all, and only temporarily avoid others when they clearly manifest hostility. When the opportunity presents itself they try to establish a cordial relationship with even the most troubled people.

Perhaps the way to maximize one’s humanity is to spend as much time as possible with the most fully developed humans available. The easiest way to do this is by reading the fully developed humans and by watching them on TV. That is limited because it is just observational, it’s one way, but at least it gives a person an exposure to how a more fully developed human than oneself might behave. Of course you must have some idea of what a more fully developed human would look like, and that may be found on the Paths to Human Maturity chart.

When you identify people more mature than yourself, spend time with them.

The tools for helping unknown unknowns to reveal themselves.

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The most powerful tool for peering into the unknown unknowns and discovering a new previously unknown entity is the human mind that has been given some information that doesn’t fit its expectations. That simple idea has some interesting implications, and the most powerful use of that idea is to set before a mind large amounts of fundamentally accurate information.

I emphasize accurate information for mental input, because of Saint Augustine’s famous statement, “Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.” That concept has been applied with devastating effects to the whole of Western civilization for a thousand years. Mostly it was between the years 400 CE to 1400 CE that this phrase was used to justify ridiculous assumptions being pursued to explore non-existent realities, and the concept is still being used but with other defining words.

The most recent usage of that idea in a prominent place was by Hillary Clinton as the closing words of her announcement for running for President of the United States. She said, “… an America, where if you do your part, you reap the rewards. Where we don’t leave anyone out, or anyone behind. An America where a father can tell his daughter: yes, you can be anything you want to be. Even President of the United States. Thank you all. God bless you. And may God bless America.” At the moment she spoke these words it appeared she was a shoo-in to win the election. The problem with that “faithful” idea is that it is as close to a pure lie as it is possible to get without being a pure lie. A tiny adjustment of the words would have left it an acceptable reality, but this carefully prepared statement, as it was stated, was a falsehood. You can’t be anything you want to be … especially President of the United States.

I quibbled too long on that idea, but the prime directive of the Classic Greek philosophers, and of our modern scientists, is that you must never present false evidence, or tell a lie. As soon as a lie has entered the argument all of the conversation has a lie built into it. It becomes more difficult to find truth when a lie is built into the search. Something might be found, but then it will be necessary to go back and winnow out the falsehoods, but by that time there will be built into the whole thing various forms of self-interest preventing it.

My basic idea here is that to discover new knowables within the universe of unknown unknowns it is necessary to have an abundance of accurate information. The universe may be very large and the unknowns that can be discovered are without doubt vast, but the universe of fantasy is without limit. Truth is unique but untruth is infinite. Therefore, a person on the quest for new truths must be careful to acquire accurate information, and scrupulous about identifying and abandoning falsehoods. It was the adherence to that important idea that gave the Classic Greeks their lasting intellectual power.

Truth is unique but untruth is infinite.

A solution to a problem pulls the precursors into being.

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In standard evolutionary theory the idea that a species’ DNA is pulled toward solutions to its needs is discounted. What is considered better reasoning is that the members of a species that best fit the summation of the currently occurring environments survive better and therefore leave more descendants, and those descendants who themselves survive leave even better adapted progeny. That is true enough with natural selection, and with sexual selection too, but with the advent of even rudimentary speech, human females, conversing together, began choosing their mates based on aspirations for the future. I have been calling this theory Evish Selection, and it has the aspect that the positive feedback of many generations of women doing this type of word-based artificial selection has created all of the qualities that humans possess beyond the other mammals.

The TV show Jeopardy! had a computer named Watson dedicated to solving the very difficult style of questions that require a huge amount of human information and the ability to relate that information to subtle questions filled with ambiguity. Watson had access to vast amounts of materials, such as Wikipedia, and a high quality dictionary with synonyms that it was able to access rapidly enough to make comparisons of the clues to the potential answers and then choose its most probable answer, and in three seconds Watson answered the clue “A long winded argument delivered by a frothy pie topping” with ‘What is a “Meringue harangue”?’ This isn’t a search that Google would cope with, before it became famous, but instead it’s a combination of lists of definitions of “A long-winded argument,” compared to a list of “pie-toppings,” that fit into the category “Edible Rhyme Time”. That is three different categories that are searched and compared for potential overlaps, and then converted into an English language question. As with most human language statements this one may never have occurred in the English language. When asked this question my spouse came up with “custard bluster” within a couple of seconds.

The point this post was approaching was that the answer was pulling forth the question out of a near infinite obscurity of possibilities. The phrase “Meringue harangue” probably didn’t exist until the Jeopardy writers created it and then intentionally generated some clues that lead to it.

Is it possible to create ways for unknown unknowns to self-generate attractive clues?

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