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and [1] "Are We Being Mindless About Mindfulness?" 13 Mar 2019

P. G. Wodehouse, The Art of Fiction No. 60
Interviewed by Gerald Clarke

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Who is the worst philosopher? – Is the worst philosopher the one who answers, rather than questions?

Elisha Peterson, 12 Dec 2007,

Abstract. Can the cross product be generalized? Why are the trace and determinant so important in matrix theory? What do all the coefficients of the characteristic polynomial represent? This paper describes a technique for doodling equations from linear algebra that offers elegant solutions to all these questions. The doodles, known as trace diagrams, are graphs labeled by matrices which have a correspondence to multilinear functions. This correspondence permits computations in linear algebra to be performed using diagrams. The result is an elegant theory from which standard constructions of linear algebra such as the determinant, the trace, the adjugate matrix, Cramer's rule, and the characteristic polynomial arise naturally. Using the diagrams, it is easy to see how little structure gives rise to these various results, as they all can be 'traced' back to the definition of the determinant and inner product.


We hope that by the end of the paper the reader is both more comfortable with the appearance of diagrams in mathematics and convinced that sometimes, in the words of Richard Feynman, "these doodles turn out to be useful."

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Conceptual Building Blocks
Rethinking Weight Loss -- "Trust Your Gut: A Beginner's Guide To Intuitive Eating"

Dieting can mess up the body's connection to hunger cues. In fact, chronic dieting can often end up complicating our relationship with food more than it helps us reach a desired weight. Research suggests that the vast majority of people who lose weight on restrictive eating plans, especially ones that are unsustainable, end up gaining it back.

Enter intuitive eating, a simple practice that's meant to help people make peace with food. Here's how it works: When you're hungry, you eat what sounds good to you. When you're full, you stop.

To be clear, intuitive eating is not about weight loss. But there's evidence that eating intuitively can improve self-esteem and body image and have other health benefits. And early research suggests that eating intuitively can help people who struggle with disordered eating.

NPR Life Kit host and senior science and health editor Maria Godoy talks intuitive eating with Judith Matz, a clinical social worker with a focus on helping her clients make peace with food.

... I also just want to clarify that weight loss is not the goal of intuitive eating. As people move on the path of intuitive eating and make peace with food, they will settle into whatever is their natural weight range. And for some people, weight loss may happen as a side effect. For other people, that's not the case. ...

... Somebody who's working with intuitive eating starts to learn the language of self-compassion. Oh, I ate more than I needed. I feel uncomfortable. I'm going to do my best to wait until I'm hungry again and keep working on paying attention to that signal of fullness. So you can hear the difference. ... It's really important to come back to making peace with food and then working on making peace with your body. ...

A student once asked his teacher, "Master, what is enlightenment?"

The master replied, "When hungry, eat. When tired, sleep."

category theory says that "we "don't matter – but the relationships among us matter a lot

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Four Pillars from Mr Rogers

It was then that he met Mister Rogers, who prayed for him and his family every day, and who kept a file on Junod, which the screenwriters, Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster, found in Rogers’ archives in Pittsburgh. In that file, he laid out four pillars of journalism that he hoped Junod would stick to: 1. Journalists are human beings not stenographers, human beings not automatons. 2. Point out injustice when you have to. 3. Point out beauty when you can. 4. Be aware of celebrating the wonders of creation.

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OOnce upon a time, a long time ago, a man took off his jacket and put on a sweater. Then he took off his shoes and put on a pair of sneakers. His name was Fred Rogers. He was starting a television program, aimed at children, called Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. He had been on television before, but only as the voices and movements of puppets, on a program called The Children's Corner. Now he was stepping in front of the camera as Mister Rogers, and he wanted to do things right, and whatever he did right, he wanted to repeat. And so, once upon a time, Fred Rogers took off his jacket and put on a sweater his mother had made him, a cardigan with a zipper. Then he took off his shoes and put on a pair of navy-blue canvas boating sneakers. He did the same thing the next day, and then the next…until he had done the same things, those things, 865 times, at the beginning of 865 television programs, over a span of thirty-one years. The first time I met Mister Rogers, he told me a story of how deeply his simple gestures had been felt, and received. He had just come back from visiting Koko, the gorilla who has learned—or who has been taught—American Sign Language. Koko watches television. Koko watches Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, and when Mister Rogers, in his sweater and sneakers, entered the place where she lives, Koko immediately folded him in her long, black arms, as though he were a child, and then … "She took my shoes off, Tom," Mister Rogers said.

Koko was much bigger than Mister Rogers. She weighed 280 pounds, and Mister Rogers weighed 143. Koko weighed 280 pounds because she is a gorilla, and Mister Rogers weighed 143 pounds because he has weighed 143 pounds as long as he has been Mister Rogers, because once upon a time, around thirty-one years ago, Mister Rogers stepped on a scale, and the scale told him that Mister Rogers weighs 143 pounds. No, not that he weighed 143 pounds, but that he weighs 143 pounds…. And so, every day, Mister Rogers refuses to do anything that would make his weight change—he neither drinks, nor smokes, nor eats flesh of any kind, nor goes to bed late at night, nor sleeps late in the morning, nor even watches television—and every morning, when he swims, he steps on a scale in his bathing suit and his bathing cap and his goggles, and the scale tells him that he weighs 143 pounds. This has happened so many times that Mister Rogers has come to see that number as a gift, as a destiny fulfilled, because, as he says, "the number 143 means 'I love you.' It takes one letter to say 'I' and four letters to say 'love' and three letters to say 'you.' One hundred and forty-three. 'I love you.' Isn't that wonderful?"

chat with Kerry in car:

Need to combine PRACTICALITY and HUMANITY with PHILOSOPHY and THEORY in designing "Think Better" boosters ...

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Open Mind OM Cards

“It’s so hard, isn’t it?” he said. “I think there are many people who bring a whole lot of baggage from their past and a whole lot of anxiety about the future to the present moment. What’s so great is that people can be in relationship with each other for the now.”

“Yeah,” I said.

“If we can somehow rid ourselves of illusions,” he said. “The illusion that we are greater or lesser than we are. The illusion that we’re going to save the world. There are a lot of illusions that people walk around with. I would love to be able to be present in every moment I have.”

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“It’s so very hard, receiving,” he said. “When you give something, you’re in much greater control. But when you receive something, you’re so vulnerable.

“I think the greatest gift you can ever give is an honest receiving of what a person has to offer.”

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“... I really want to be an advocate for whatever I find is healthy or good. I think people don’t change very much when all they have is a finger pointed at them. I think the only way people change is in relation to somebody who loves them.”

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