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

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 stressfulness of social life, and the limited options for happiness presented by conventional society. Some more expansive options are offered for consideration.

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

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 searched and quoted–if you should be so inclined. Just click here. There’s also a link to all the available transcripts under “Norm’s Site” on your right.

Email: norm@normbear.com

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

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 my behavior–impacted by my observations on bird behavior and evolution. Then, back in the present, I offer a condensed version of how my ruminations in the tape may have led to the cessation of my pot habit (and possibly a nervous breakdown,) a few months after it was made. Since then my personality has been largely remodeled (a work still in progress,) and I find myself quite happy with the current version.

News!: September 24, 2008. I’ve transcribed the original podcast, with almost no editing, and it’s now available as text, which can be searched and quoted–if you should be so inclined. Just click here. There’s also a link to all the available transcripts under “Norm’s Site” on your right.

Email: norm@normbear.com

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

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 women. I talk about how I got that predilection, and how my life has finally freed me from it. Further insights come from a recent article in National Geographic on love and oxcytocin, and a book I’ve been reading by Richard Restak, called, “Mozart’s Brain and the Fighter Pilot,” on improving brain function.

News!: September 18, 2008. I’ve transcribed the original podcast, with almost no editing, and it’s now available as text, which can be searched and quoted–if you should be so inclined. Just click here. There’s also a link to all the available transcripts under “Norm’s Site” on your right.

Email: norm@normbear.com

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