Archive for the 'Norm’s Stories' Category

Human Perception, Societal Constrictions, and Expanded Opportunities: Bare Brains Episode Four

Thursday, March 2nd, 2006

The world as we ordinarily perceive it is not the real world. Language and the limits of human perception distort the “real” world and give us a limited  view. To what extent can we overcome these limitations, and how? Many avenues are examined from several points of view, leading to a discussion of the inherent […]

Constructing a More Reality-Based Version of Myself: Bare Brains Episode Three

Monday, February 27th, 2006

Life can be more fun when you know who you are: how the idea of myself emerges from the workings of my brain, and how understanding that process changes the idea of myself. News!: November 30, 2008. I’ve transcribed the original podcast, with almost no editing, and it’s now available as text, which can be […]

Pot-smoking, Drug-abusing Womanizer Gets Sober and Happy: Bare Brains Episode Two

Friday, February 10th, 2006

A pot-smoking, drug-abusing womanizer, I got sober and happy, thanks to evolutionary determinism, AA, and good luck, but not without considerable confusion and anxiety. The story begins, after a brief introduction, with a recording I made on tape 22 years ago, in which I describe how I found my womanizing–along with every other aspect of […]

Women, Relationships, Love, Oxytocin: Bare Brains Episode One

Saturday, January 28th, 2006

Women, sex, love and relationships have run my life more than I’d like, but thanks to evolution, neurochemistry, human psychology, and naturalism, I have finally got some perspective. An example of how this all works came recently when I encountered a woman in the park who looked distressed, which brought up my predilection for distressed […]