标记档案: 生活

Contradictions

Life is full of contradictions.

I am attending a research retreat on mindfulness and contemplative practices at the beautiful Garrison Institute. I am learning a lot of interesting things, and meeting a lot of like-minded and excellent people – the kind of people with whom I could have deep conversation about the unreal nature of reality, unlike most people from other walks of life would politely and tactfully excuse themselves when I get a bit unreal.

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Twilight Years

At some point in our life, we come to accept the fact we are closer to death than life. What lies ahead is definitely less significant than what is left behind. These are the twilight years, and I have come to accept them. With darkness descending over the horizons, and the long shadows of misspent years and evaded human conditions slithering all around me, I peer into the void, into an eternity of silence and dreamlessness. 这是 almost time.

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驾驶在印度

我有驾驶的乐趣,在世界许多地方. 是相当敏锐和有一种倾向,理论化的事情了, 我来形成对驾驶习惯的一般理论,以及.

你看, 每个地方都有一套规范的驾驶, 文法或驾驶的话, 如果你愿意. 在马赛, 法国, 例如, 如果你对你的转向灯开关上的多车道的街道, 人们会立刻让你在. 这不是因为他们是礼貌和体贴的司机 (恰恰相反, 事实上), 但一转信号指示司机’ 无意改变车道, 不是请求,让他们. 他们不寻求许可; 他们只是让你知道. 你们最好是让他们,除非你想有一个碰撞. 在日内瓦 (瑞士), 另一方面, 转向灯是真正的请求, 这通常是否认.

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内部和外部成功案例

成功可以是内部的或外部. 外部的成功是很容易在金钱和物质财富来衡量. 内部的一个衡量少情溢于言表尺度上, 像幸福, 等心态平和. 外部的成功与外向特质, 像清晰度, 并且依赖于别人对你的看法. 内部1, 另一方面, 要看你怎么想自己. 它是由东西职责, 荣誉等. 混乱之一,另一个导致误解,如识别与快乐赚钱, 例如. 你需要一个为其他, 但他们肯定是不一样的.

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成功的外形尺寸

金钱只是一个维度沿着成功,可以定义. 还有很多其他的, 如运动, 音乐, 艺术, 演技, 政治, 专业和喜欢吐字更抽象的东西, 软技能, 慈善事业, 智慧, 知识等. 卓越的其中任何一个可以被认为是我们的成功. 成功是容易被发现 - 看看名人中的任何一个,问自己,为什么你认识他们. 答案通常是成功的要素之一 - 和名利的副产品.

卓越在任何领域可以转化为金钱, 这就是艾迪费尔逊在金钱的颜色会告诉年轻球员池. 这个转换性往往导致我们误以为金钱为衡量成功, 哪, 顺便说说, 是前面提到的电影的主题. 对电影的结尾, 当费尔逊意识到有更多的生命比金钱, 他说:, “我只是想要你的最好的一场比赛。”能挂的最好的一场比赛任何人都可以抛出任何领域的卓越; 它必须被算作成功. 这卓越大概是古希腊人称之为美德.

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成功的定义

我们都希望成功的人生. 什么是成功,对我们意味着? 因为成功是人生的目标, 当它没有达到, 我们感到失望. 我们再, 说白, 不成功. 但这个词的成功可以容纳任何内. 所以,如果你不知道成功是什么, 失望是不可避免的. 我们真的需要把它定义.

让我们通过成功的几个共同的定义,看看我们是否可以从中得出任何结论. 通过这一系列的帖子的结尾, 我希望给你一个很好的定义,将让你在生活中成功的. 你还能要求一个博客?

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自闭症与天才

大多数事情在生活中是正态分布, 这意味着他们都表现出钟形曲线,当使用一个明智的举措量化. 例如, 打进足够多的学生的标记具有正态分布, 用很少的评分接近零或接近 100%, 最聚束周围的班级平均. 这种分配是基础,信评级. 当然, 这是假定一个合理的测试 - 如果测试太简单了 (像给大学生的一所小学试验), 大家将比分接近 100% 并且不会有钟形曲线, 也没有任何合理的方式字母分级结果.

如果我们能够合理地量化般聪慧的特质, 疯狂, 自闭症, 运动, 音乐性向等, 他们都应该形成正常的高斯分布. 你发现自己所在的曲线是运气的问题. 如果你是幸运的, 你落在右侧分布接近尾部, 如果你运气不好, 你会发现自己接近了错误的结束. 但这种说法未免太简单化. 生活中没有什么是想象中的那么直截了当. 各分布有奇特的相关性. 甚至在不存在相关性的, 纯数学方面的考虑将表明,发现自己在多个优良性状右端的可能性不大. 也就是说, 如果你在顶部 0.1% 你的队列中的学术, 并在外观方面, 而在运动能力, 你已经十亿分之一 — 这就是为什么你没有发现很多异常英俊的理论物理学家谁也名列网球选手.

近期国际象棋世界冠军, 卡尔森, 也是一个时装模特, 这是新闻,正是因为它是证明了这一规则的例外. 顺便说说, 我只是想通了什么神秘的表情“异常,​​证明规则”实际上意味着 - 这看起来像是一个例外,只是因为作为一般规则, 它不存在,或发生, 这证明有 规则.

再回到我们的主题, 除了天才的概率极小规定的数学, 我们也发现天才和行为病征之间的关系像精神错乱和自闭症. 天才的大脑可能是接线方式不同. 有什么不同从规范也, 好, 异常. 当对社会的规则来判断行为异常是精神错乱的定义. 因此,有一个只有一线距离真正的天才疯狂分离, 我相信. 许多天才的私生活指向这个结论. 爱因斯坦奇特的个人关系, 和一个儿子谁是临床疯狂. 许多天才实际上结束了在疯人院. 而一些患有自闭症的表演惊人的礼物,如记忆力, 数学的威力等. 就拿, 自闭症学者的情况下. 或者考虑像宇宙大爆炸理论的谢尔顿库珀案件, 谁也仅略好 (或从不同的) 雨人.

我相信相关的原因是,在大脑中相同的微小异常常可表现为积极的一面是人才或天才, 或消极的一面是值得商榷的礼物. 我想我的信息是,任何人都远离均线任何分派, 无论是华晨或精神错乱, 应该把它既不骄傲,也不怨恨. 这仅仅是一个统计涨落. 我知道这个帖子会不会减轻那些谁被折磨的负面痛, 或消除那些嚣张的积极的一面. 但这里的希望,它至少会削弱这些感情的强度…
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Pride and Pretention

What has been of intense personal satisfaction for me was mydiscoveryrelated to GRBs and radio sources alluded to earlier. Strangely, it is also the origin of most of things that I’m not proud of. 你看, when you feel that you have found the purpose of your life, it is great. When you feel that you have achieved the purpose, it is greater still. But then comes the questionnow what? Life in some sense ends with the perceived attainment of the professed goals. A life without goals is a clearly a life without much motivation. It is a journey past its destination. As many before me have discovered, it is the journey toward an unknown destination that drives us. The journey’s end, the arrival, is troublesome, because it is death. With the honest conviction of this attainment of the goals then comes the disturbing feeling that life is over. Now there are only rituals left to perform. As a deep-seated, ingrained notion, this conviction of mine has led to personality traits that I regret. It has led to a level of detachment in everyday situations where detachment was perhaps not warranted, and a certain recklessness in choices where a more mature consideration was perhaps indicated.

The recklessness led to many strange career choices. 事实上, I feel as though I lived many different lives in my time. In most roles I attempted, I managed to move near the top of the field. As an undergrad, I got into the most prestigious university in India. As a scientist later on, I worked with the best at that Mecca of physics, 欧洲核子研究中心. 作为一个作家, I had the rare privilege of invited book commissions and regular column requests. During my short foray into quantitative finance, I am quite happy with my sojourn in banking, despite my ethical misgivings about it. Even as a blogger and a hobby programmer, I had quite a bit success. 现在, as the hour to bow out draws near, I feel as though I have been an actor who had the good fortune of landing several successful roles. As though the successes belonged to the characters, and my own contribution was a modicum of acting talent. I guess that detachment comes of trying too many things. Or is it just the grumbling restlessness in my soul?

追寻知识,en

What I would like to believe my goal in life to be is the pursuit of knowledge, which is, 毫无疑问, a noble goal to have. It may be only my vanity, but I honestly believe that it was really my goal and purpose. But by itself, the pursuit of knowledge is a useless goal. One could render it useful, 例如, by applying itto make money, in the final analysis. Or by spreading it, teaching it, which is also a noble calling. But to what end? So that others may apply it, spread it and teach it? In that simple infinite regression lies the futility of all noble pursuits in life.

Futile as it may be, what is infinitely more noble, 在我看来, is to add to the body of our collective knowledge. On that count, I am satisfied with my life’s work. I figured out how certain astrophysical phenomena (喜欢 gamma ray bursts and radio jets) work. And I honestly believe that it is new knowledge, and there was an instant a few years ago when I felt if I died then, I would die a happy man for I had achieved my purpose. Liberating as this feeling was, now I wonderis it enough to add a small bit of knowledge to the stuff we know with a little post-it note saying, “Take it or leave it”? Should I also ensure that whatever I think I found gets accepted and officiallyadded”? This is indeed a hard question. To want to be officially accepted is also a call for validation and glory. We don’t want any of that, do we? 然后再, if the knowledge just dies with me, what is the point? Hard question indeed.

Speaking of goals in life reminds me of this story of a wise man and his brooding friend. The wise man asks, “Why are you so glum? What is it that you want?”
The friend says, “I wish I had a million bucks. That’s what I want.
“好, why do you want a million bucks?”
“好, then I could buy a nice house.
So it is a nice house that you want, not a million bucks. Why do you want that?”
Then I could invite my friends, and have a nice time with them and family.
So you want to have a nice time with your friends and family. Not really a nice house. 这是为什么?”

Such why questions will soon yield happiness as the final answer, and the ultimate goal, a point at which no wise man can ask, “Why do you want to be happy?”

I do ask that question, 有时, but I have to say that the pursuit of happiness (or happyness) does sound like a good candidate for the ultimate goal in life.