Thoughts on Thinking

"When somebody persuades me that I am wrong, I change my mind. What do you do?" John Maynard Keynes

"If you're unhappy with your life, change your thinking." Charles Fillmore

"The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it." Eckhart Tolle

"People are not disturbed by things, but by the view they take of them." Epictetus

"The unexamined life is not worth living." Socrates

"Consciousness is a terrible thing to waste." PunditGeorge

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Science Proves Common Sense

The August issue of Popular Science arrived yesterday and it contained good news.  Well, good news that from time to time science (research/study) validates what common sense says.  You'll be pleased to know that the following observations have been confirmed, in one fashion or another, by research:

  • Blowing up mountains harms the environment  (Duh!)
  • Old folks prefer pleasant memories and don't seem to worry as much  (As a budding "old folk" I know this)
  • A mean gym teacher doesn't inspire interest in sports  (You don't mean...)
  • People are happier on weekends
  • Talking on the cell phone and driving is not a good mix for safety
  • Siblings who fight - don't get along!  (Who'd have thought...)
  • Gen Y workers want big bucks and lots of time off (Well, so did everyone else, it just wasn't possible at the time)
  • FLASH:  Drunk college students are prone to injury!  (How did we go so long and not notice this?)
  • Self-Control makes for more manageable students  (Oh, dare we probe deeply into this arena?)
  • Enivironmentalists can be smug jerks (Politely stated, I thought)
I suppose the "lesson" here is to stick to your instincts and guidance.  Sooner or later scientific inquiry will validate what is self-evident.

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