This article piqued my interest today. I hoped it would tell me more about why I am the way I am. Why I like going to the same coffee house, why I enjoy known restaurants. No such luck. Instead I got a fluff piece where there should have been much harder data. It was as if not only the writer, but also the researchers interviewed had fallen into the trap of over-interpreting the results.
The results for the large part suggest that people become increasingly set in their ways or resistant to change after their 20′s. The 20′s are a time of exploration and massive change. Then it is all downhill.
“The fact that an age-dependent pattern of decreasing openness appears around the globe and in all cultures suggests, according to biopsychologists, a genetic basis.”
Why? What about shared social and situational patterns? People are people, remember…
“The brain is always trying to automate things and to create habits, which it imbues with feelings of pleasure. Holding to the tried and true gives us a feeling of security, safety, and competence while at the same time reducing our fear of the future and of failure,” writes brain researcher Gerhard Roth of the University of Bremen in Germany in his 2007 book whose title translates as Personality, Decision, and Behavior.
Why don’t we think about this from another angle: the brain isn’t “trying” to do anything. The brain functions in a manner that makes certain behaviors more rewarding than others. The reward pathway leads to certain behaviors gaining prevalence over others, and to certain patterns of behavior. Anxiety and fear inducing behaviors are not necessarily as rewarding, so those behaviors don’t persevere. However, the fact that many people are rewarded by the adrenaline rush of risk-taking demonstrates that even more negative behaviors can win out. This brain researcher has watered down what is going on so much that it loses its significance.
The writer takes three pages to get to the best idea of the article:
“… set more reasonable goals and recognize that achieving even modest change will be difficult.”
I received a like to a strange website today after relating a dream I had to the Twitterverse. Apparently,…
“This morning we traversed from harmonic 21 into 43 just before 4AM Mountain time zone. This would have been a time of active dreaming about lizards, snakes and monsters (harmonic 43).”
Which, according to the blog explains why I awoke from my dream about cobras at 4am. And, the fact that two other individuals on Twitter shared T-rex and monster dreams was not a random occurrence, but actually linked through harmonic timewaves. My dream was the result of timewave 5358438447. Or, so it says.
I will not argue that there are common themes shared in dreams. That in itself is quite interesting.
I will not argue that maybe this universe is the result of vibrations (of what I will make no guess). It is one possibility.
However, I balk at anyone thinking that they have a numerological method of linking the two. Especially, someone who has no basic understanding of probability:
“What are the chances that three posters would have such similar dreams in a strictly random universe?”
Can he tell me the chances that Ruth Bader Ginsberg would have cancer twice during her long and illustrious career? Unfortunately, the chances were quite high. I wish her luck in her recovery as science and medicine do what they can.