Go Ahead, Take the Guilty Pleasure of Thinking Like a Child!
We all every now and then have that guilty pleasure of thinking like a child.
Happily we all have at least one thing in common. We were all once children. We grew out of probably the worst thing that ever happened to us, certainly the most traumatic. But I think that we can all find our way back into that space.
In fact, I think that we all every now and then have that guilty pleasure of thinking like a child, which we do our best not to mention in public, not to give too much credence to. But I think that we can give credence to that even if we don't want to admit it necessarily to our superiors or some of our friends probably who would think twice about associating with us if they knew that we were as naïve as we really are.
But we can still, for own sake, in the back of our mind ask those sorts of questions and let them play out. Let them become whatever they can be at their full extreme. That is to say we can fully develop them. And even if it's only in our own minds that we are fully developing them that process can take us to something that is more concrete, something that is more actionable in an adult responsible world that we don't really need to say we came to it through that naïve question.
We only have to then take up where it got us and make use of that in terms of solving the problems within our lives. Whether they be personal or whether they be at the level of making the most of the world in which we work.
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We take fewer mental pictures per second.
- Recent memories run in our brains like sped-up old movies.
- In childhood, we capture images in our memory much more quickly.
- The complexities of grownup neural pathways are no match for the direct routes of young brains.
It's not just a case of "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger."
- A new study suggests children who endure trauma grow up to be adults with more empathy than others.
- The effect is not universal, however. Only one kind of empathy was greatly effected.
- The study may lead to further investigations into how people cope with trauma and lead to new ways to help victims bounce back.
It's one of the most consistent patterns in the unviverse. What causes it?
- Spinning discs are everywhere – just look at our solar system, the rings of Saturn, and all the spiral galaxies in the universe.
- Spinning discs are the result of two things: The force of gravity and a phenomenon in physics called the conservation of angular momentum.
- Gravity brings matter together; the closer the matter gets, the more it accelerates – much like an ice skater who spins faster and faster the closer their arms get to their body. Then, this spinning cloud collapses due to up and down and diagonal collisions that cancel each other out until the only motion they have in common is the spin – and voila: A flat disc.
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