Month: April 2014

Thought Questions, day 41: If you could instill one piece of advice in a newborn baby’s mind, what advice would you give?

I got these questions from Danielle’s blog Underland to Wonderland, where I came across a post in which she talked about the website Thought Questions and their 365 thought-provoking questions to ask yourself. My friends Katrin, Celeste and Jasmine have also been answering these questions, so be sure to go check out their blogs too!

Day 41: If you could instill one piece of advice in a newborn baby’s mind, what advice would you give?

To hang on to that childish sense of curiosity that has kids perpetually testing their limits. I think after a while we encounter fear, or disappointment, or some other negative aspect of exploration, and so we start to pull back to safer pastures. But a sense of curiosity is a good thing! Wanting to know and do more is great.

Thought Questions, day 40: Would you rather be a worried genius or a joyful simpleton?

I got these questions from Danielle’s blog Underland to Wonderland, where I came across a post in which she talked about the website Thought Questions and their 365 thought-provoking questions to ask yourself. My friends Katrin, Celeste and Jasmine have also been answering these questions, so be sure to go check out their blogs too!

Day 40: Would you rather be a worried genius or a joyful simpleton?

A worried genius. I don’t believe there’s any bliss in ignorance.


Thought Questions, day 39: What does ‘The American Dream’ mean to you?

I got these questions from Danielle’s blog Underland to Wonderland, where I came across a post in which she talked about the website Thought Questions and their 365 thought-provoking questions to ask yourself. My friends Katrin, Celeste and Jasmine have also been answering these questions, so be sure to go check out their blogs too!

Day 39: What does ‘The American Dream’ mean to you?

I guess to me it means the chance to plot your own destiny. America is by no means perfect, but I know that we enjoy a lot of freedoms not universally enjoyed in the world: we’re largely unhampered (as of yet) by rules about how to practice or not practice religion; we still largely have freedom of the press; there’s a fair amount of opportunity to better yourself by learning or hard work, even though there are still financial hurdles. If I lived in another country I might have my path plotted out by the basis of my gender, my caste, expectations for my marriage or what business path I’ll take, etc. And in this country, we’re pretty free from any religious or government pressure to follow a specific destiny. We still have a lot of power to plot our own paths.

Thought Questions, day 38: What’s something you know you do differently than most people?

I got these questions from Danielle’s blog Underland to Wonderland, where I came across a post in which she talked about the website Thought Questions and their 365 thought-provoking questions to ask yourself. My friends Katrin, Celeste and Jasmine have also been answering these questions, so be sure to go check out their blogs too!

Day 38: What’s something you know you do differently than most people?

Well…in one of my psych classes we took tests for change blindness. You know those “find the difference” games where you have two pictures side by side, and you have to pick out what’s different between the two? This was similar, except that they flashed the pictures in succession, one, two, one, two, one, two, very fast on the screen. There were little patches of “fuzz” or dots on some of the pictures too, as a distraction. You have to click on the different item when you find it, and once you’ve done a batch they give you the charts that show the average amount of time it takes a “normal” person to find the difference in each picture, compared to your results.

For most of the pictures it takes the average person somewhere between fifteen and twenty-five seconds, say, and I could spot the change in four to eight. So apparently I have a lower rate of change blindness, meaning I take in more visual information at once and am more sensitive to the small details. I’m never sure how well these tests work or what the results really say about my brain, but it’s fun experiment, in any case.

Thought Questions, day 37: When was the last time you listened to the sound of your own breathing?

I got these questions from Danielle’s blog Underland to Wonderland, where I came across a post in which she talked about the website Thought Questions and their 365 thought-provoking questions to ask yourself. My friends Katrin, Celeste and Jasmine have also been answering these questions, so be sure to go check out their blogs too!

Day 37: When was the last time you listened to the sound of your own breathing?

Probably this weekend, when I finally got a chance to sit out on the porch and enjoy the sunshine and peace and quiet. I think sometimes it’s healthy to do nothing for a few minutes, and just focus on the moment. You appreciate the little things, like your breathing, the smell of dirt, the feel of sun on your face, and the far-off sound of cars on the street.

Of course that moment quickly passed once my neighbor turned on the stereo and started blasting out Pat Benatar’s greatest hits. But it was nice while it lasted.