Started blogging at Tumblr today; and te

January 15, 2013

Started blogging at Tumblr today; and testing now the features of hootsuite to integrate my social network input and outputs


Tamed Amygdala

May 13, 2012

Some of us enjoy life with multiple challanges whilst others prefer stillness.

Both approaches may have their own benefits. For almost a year I have been acting in the extreme end of the spectrum towards the challenge domain to the extent of sacrifices to some parts of life including some so called values shattering the fine balance.

Asked Helen who wouldn’t aim to keep the awareness for stillness in a different level to balance or at least to keep sanity with humility and survive for the giant waves of challenges. Whilst depositing the meanings bank for various components of my consciousnes, surely the biggest loser in my world was again the primitive functions of amygdala by design. Wish Nietzsche and Camus had a chance in their time to see the recent MRI diagrams of their amygdala; they could have made more meaningful contributions with these advantages contributed by science and technology.

When I shared my recent humility feelings with Helen, she suggested I must share these experiences with others. She believed that there may be many going in the similar journeys who may also add more meanings to my artificially created (first kind of contrived) yet gradually transformed into sort of a flowing natural state thanks to a bit of tamed amygdala.

Interesting Findings of a Study about Romantic Rejection

July 8, 2010

We heard a lot about rejection particularly by a loved one that hurts and even it may kill some people. It causes many unwanted results such as suicide.

It was fascinating to see a scientific study on its implications/impact on our brains published in the Journal of Neurophysiology. The paper is titled “Reward, Addiction, and Emotion Regulation Systems Associated With Rejection in Love“.

Two key points from the conclusions attracted my attention:
– “The fMRI results of the study show that looking at a romantic rejecter and cocaine craving have several neural correlates in common.”
– “The perspective that rejection in love involves subcortical reward gain/loss systems critical to survival helps to explain why feelings and behaviors related to romantic rejection are difficult to control and lends insight into the high cross-cultural rates of stalking, homicide, suicide, and clinical depression associated with rejection in love.”

I’d be interested to obtain views on this topic, conclusions and the study itself.

WordPress help in Twitter

April 5, 2010

Yesterday whilst pondering on how to configure my WordPress blog to automatically notify each post in my new Facebook page, I came across a WordPress account on Twitter. I tweeted the question and the person immediately responded with helpful prompts. Then I received a support reference site from TheWPNews which is another account on Twitter. This morning I followed and tested the instructions.

With a test message from my own blog, I confirmed that it is immediately notifying both Twitter and Facebook as indicated in the document. I am grateful with the efficient WordPress support in this particular case therefore wanted to thank them publicly in my post here today and with my co-networkers in another network.

I’d be delighted to read your experience on publicizing your WordPress blogs.

Sharing WordPress blogs in other social network networks

April 4, 2010

I have been using a number of blogging platforms for different types of blogs. Sharing blogs with a wider group of people is desirable by many bloggers. This is particularly true in my case as I meet new networkers each day which turn to friends and collaborators.

I am trying to figure out how to link my WordPress blog to my Twitter, FaceBook, Linkedin, Google, Ecademy and other accounts.

Any ideas and views on this will be appreciated. Let’s encourage learning by collaboration!

Another factor or manifestation of smoking : Low IQ and its implications

April 1, 2010

IQ (intelligence quotient) is a measure of a person’s intelligence as indicated by an intelligence test; the ratio of a person’s mental age to their chronological age (multiplied by 100).There are many factors believed to be affecting IQ such as genetic, environmental, parental, schooling, breastfeeding, external stimulus, malnutrition, and so on.

It is interesting to read about a media release titled “Proof: Smoking Is Dumb” by Tel Aviv University which shows links between cigarette smoking and lower IQ.

I was thinking whether it may mean that lower IQ could be a cause of addictions? Or does that mean something else? The answer was provided in the article. Interestingly, Prof. Weiser claimed that “People with lower IQs are not only prone to addictions such as smoking, these same people are more likely to have obesity, nutrition and narcotics issues. Our study adds to the evidence of this growing body of research, and it may help parents and health professionals help at-risk young people make better choices.

This study is a kind of warning and targeting certain groups who are at risk. This sounds good in theory but the practice of this may have many implications on young people’s lives. Your thoughts on putting this knowledge into practice by addressing the implications in a favourable way? I also posted a discussion blog on Ecademy asking “Is smoking dump” from a different perspective; you are welcome to participate.

Impact of words in pain

March 31, 2010

Words and pain…a lot could be said about these two words and their relationship.

I’d like to highlight an interesting a media release about a recent study titled “Do Words Hurt?” by the Institute of Psychology of the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena in Germany.

For the first time, the this science team demonstrated that painful memories and associations set our pain memory on the alert for example when a nurse say “don’t worry it will not hurt” whilst injecting a needle to a patient. Prof. Weiss said “even verbal stimuli lead to reactions in certain areas of the brain. As soon as we hear words like “tormenting”, “gruelling” or “plaguing”, exactly those areas in the brain are being activated which process the corresponding pain.”

Of course having a memory of painful experiences is beneficial for human being in order to avoid painful situations however what their research results shown that verbal stimuli have a more important meaning than they have thought so far. There is a discussion of this on chronic pain. The team will further study the conversations and their impact on pain.

From your observations, do you think words have strong impacts on your feelings and emotions? Are there any words making you feel instantly uncomfortable or instantly putting you at ease?

Mehmet Yildiz