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Notes and tidbits posted on FB and Twitter. Part 91

Note 1: I take notes of books I read and comment on events and edit sentences that fit my style. The page is long and growing like crazy, and the sections I post contains months-old events that are worth refreshing your memory.

Note 2: If you are Not tri-lingual, you will stumble on Arabic notes, written in Latin characters and with numbers representing vocals Not available in Latin languages.

The simple generosity for pleasing others (seduce them) is the characteristic of genuine and confident people.

culture of refinement is the process of knowing and learning how to seduce, of constant discovering and an attitude of good behavior.

To seduce is to kill reality and to metamorphose it into lure“.

Tous ces Senegalais que la France a abuse’ dans ses colonies comme des Kleenex. Je me demande combien d’entre eux ete’ des Musulmans

Before 12,000 BC, most lands were covered with water: Egypt, the Sahara… Each high plateau had a kind of human species. The amalgam started when water receded to uncover more dried lands and shorter sea passages

Most of them “insensitive handicapped” have great sense of humor, you need Not lament for them

You won’t get a broad genuine smile, if you fail to send the vibe of steadfastness

La famine est le lit des epidemies, et les brigants saignent les provinces, et tu m’entretiens de theologie?

Un usufruit: Jouir de ses possessions durant sa vie avant de retourner a la Courone.

Les vrais trésors aujourd’hui, et à cette époque de ma vie: la patience et l’humeur bonne. Conserver le sens de l’humour qui manque terriblement tout autour de moi

Les micro-événements, des choses minuscules qui fracturent la vie, qui la rouvrent, qui l’aident à respirer à nouveau.

Quand une sorte de gaieté vous vient d’un evenement miniscule. C’est sans valeur marchande, la gaieté, sans raison, sans explication ! Tout d’un coup, la vie passe à votre fenêtre avec une couronne de lumière un peu de travers sur la tête.

La gaieté : du minuscule et de l’imprévisible.

Un salut militaire donné par un officier au plus faible des humains est trop juste and noble pour etre emuler

Un proverbe Egyptien: “Ne fait jamais peur a quiconque”. C’est la definition de la compassion et la survie

C’est une loi invariable:La diplomacie echoue toujours quand le rapport de force est equilibré.  Consequence: diplomacie c’est comment delivrer un ultimatum

Nous croyons que l’énergie, c’est la vérité.  Admettons donc que la mauvaise énergie survitaminée est une verite’ mauvaise.

L’ intelligence muette de l’enfant nous porte tout au long de notre vie et n’a pas besoin d’explication des sentiments.

On gagne des batailles en desertant les approbations et les applaudissements et se retirer vers le plus profond, de retenir notre capacité d’émerveillement.

On perd des personnes, des soleils mis en terre, et qui continuent a nous rechauffer .

He was an astute General for survival: he sided with short-term victors until he grabbed full decision position. He then shifted to, still unknown, long-term victors. And his patience paid out at long last

This Commander in the army was frequently assigned missions, during the civil war, at critical periods in critical locations. He had to deal with opposing foes (Israel, Syria, Palestinians, militia leaders). He knew he was used as a pawn. And the government knew that he could Not refuse a mission to give a semblance of the presence of the army (ebn al mou2assasseh)

Anti-state propaganda” charges? What that mean? Those in government are No supposed to be exposed and their activities accounted for?

Do Changes in Sense of Humor Presage Dementia?

What can be considered sense of humor?

“A clown is like an aspirin, only he works twice as fast

A close friend was an even-keeled, responsible man, endowed with a sunny outlook and a gentle, punny sense of humor.

So when he started to make snide remarks at social gatherings several years ago, I secretly championed the delight he was taking in his newfound freedom from social constraints.

After more than 50 years of exemplary adult behavior, he had earned the right to play court jester now and then. Or so I thought.

Susan Pinker posted

New research from University College London suggests that shifts in what a person finds funny can herald imminent changes in the brain.

Published this month in the Journal of Alzheimer’s disease, the study found that an altered sense of humor can predate a diagnosis of dementia by as much as 10 years.

A burgeoning penchant for slapstick—over a past preference for satire or absurdist humor, for example—characterized nearly everyone who eventually developed frontotemporal dementia.

(Far less common than Alzheimer’s, this illness usually hits people in their 50s and 60s.)

But a changed sense of comedy affected less than half the people later diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

 Najat Rizk shared this link
Do Changes in Sense of Humor Presage Dementia?

“The type of change could be a signpost of the type of dementia the person is going to develop,” said Jason Warren, a neurologist at University College London who led the study.

Acknowledging that humor is an unconventional way to think about neurodegenerative disease, he told me that most research in the area uses more standard assessment tools, such as memory tests, but that “memory may not be the type of thing that patients or relatives notice first.” Such warnings could be subtle changes in behavior, including humor.

After all, most forms of humor require some form of cognitive sleight-of-hand (And developed general knowledge?).

“Getting” satire hinges on the ability to shift perspective in a nanosecond. Absurdist jokes play fast and loose with our grasp of logic and social norms; black humor lampoons taboos. All are a rich source of data about the brain.

“Humor is like a stress test,” said Dr. Warren. “The same way you’re on a treadmill to test the cardiovascular system, complex jokes are stressing the brain more than usual.” (Isn’t that good? After all, we are exercising the brain)

Modest in size, the London study compared 48 patients from an outpatient dementia clinic with 21 healthy older adults.

A spouse or longtime caregiver filled out a semi-structured questionnaire about what kinds of TV shows, comic writing and other media each subject preferred.

Fifteen years before the study and now, how much did the person enjoy slapstick (along the lines of “The Three Stooges,” though the British study focused on U.K. entertainment only, like “Mr. Bean”), satirical comedy (“Saturday Night Live”) or absurdist comedy (“Monty Python”)?

A change in the type of comedy that people found funny turned out to be a sensitive predictor of a later diagnosis of frontotemporal dementia, though Dr. Warren cautioned that a small, retrospective study like this one is just a first step.

Still to come are brain-imaging studies and a prospective look at changes in humor in people who carry genetic markers for the disease.

Their findings could well apply to me, given that dementia runs in my family.

I admit, though, that I’m not used to thinking about humor this way. The quip attributed to Groucho Marx that “a clown is like an aspirin, only he works twice as fast” captures my view.

In a perfect world, laughter would be the antidote to illness, not its red flag.

Einstein speaks on “How I see the world”; (Nov. 30, 2009)

Note: The translated book in French does not provide context to what Einstein’s wrote, published or delivered. Thus, I have no sources for the dates or events or purpose for these documents except what I may conjecture.

Einstein wrote “pure religion or cosmic religiosity consists at feeling astonished and ecstatic before the harmony of nature’s laws and beauty that uncovers a superior intelligence that defies our comprehension.  I know that my existence is limited and I ignore why I am on earth.

“I do know that I have this premonition that I am alive to the others: their smiles and happy nature condition my life. What I know is that who is questioning the meaning of life is going through a miserable period: he is not finding reason to live.  More importantly is “Is there any sense for asking such a question on the meaning of life?

“I feel a thousand times a day that I am dependent to the work of the living and the dead.  My home, my food, and my cloth are contributed by man of the community. What I know and what I feel I owe it to the other man.

“I cannot imagine of a man isolated from a community since his birth: I can only conceive that he would emulate the surrounding animals and environment.  Only languages to communicate among people distinguish us from the animal kingdom.

“I am not that free and I appreciate Schopenhauer maximMan can do what he wants but he cannot want what he wishes”.

“I learned to look at the world with a sense of humor: I cannot be preoccupied with the sense or purpose of my existence because it is objectively absurd.  I have ideals such as the good, the beautiful, and the truth and I get obstinate pursuing ideals not even accessible to art or sciences.  I loath human passions for wealth, glory, luxury, and power.  Only justice is worth social engagement.”

“Creating and inventing require a unity in concept, direction, and sense of responsibility.  I devoted my entire life with un-interrupted efforts to what I achieved and here you have people thinking that they can comprehend all my work by just listening to my expositions. My only criterion for judging a man is “To what degree and to what purpose has man liberated from his I?””

Gandhi incarnates the highest political genius of our civilization.  I hate the military institution.  Any person feeling this pleasure of marching in rank is utterly content with his limbic brain.  There are no excuses for obeying orders that are contrary to our moral values, especially killing fellow man.

“I cannot imagine a God punishing and rewarding the object of his creation or regulating his will on my own experience.

“I do not want to conceive that we may survive after death: that is the ultimate in egoism.

The mechanical organization of institutions, even in the scientific world, has substituted the individual innovators; thus, men of genius are becoming rare: citizens are neglecting the intellectual intelligence and the necessity of moral rights.

“I often have mixed feeling about individuals who have improved human life: I keep wondering of their moral objectives and if they really intended to do the goo

“The discovery of the atomic bomb does not constitute a higher danger to humanity than match boxes: we have to suppress its usage.   The fabrication of the H Bomb is a feasible objective: each progress generates consequences from prior progresses.

Generalized annihilation of human kind is the most likely outcome.

“We are creating the means for our premature death.  In the actual state of technology only a supra-national institution, an organization equipped with a world legal tribunal to decide on States’ differences and with executive power can eliminate fear and the need to arm for reciprocal defense.”

After the rise of Hitler to power Einstein reverted to pragmatism:

1. first, he resigned his professorship at the University of Prussia,

2. he incited France and Belgium to arm against Nazi programs, and

3. he warned Franklin D. Roosevelt that Germany might acquire the atomic bomb if the US does not get on fabricating the atomic bomb as a deterrence tool.

Einstein was also a staunch Zionist before the formal recognition of the State of Israel by the UN in 1948.




March 2023

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