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(Waking Times)   Don't worry about the future or fret about the past. Focus on the here and now and live in the moment. It will help you live longer. It's in your DNA   (wakingtimes.com) divider line 25
    More: Interesting, Junk DNA, DNA, psychology, Association for Psychological Science, psychological stress, telomeres, mind-wandering, telomerase  
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2012-11-23 10:29:54 AM  
*pisses on subby's desk*
 
2012-11-23 10:47:03 AM  
Remind me never to click on that site again.
 
2012-11-23 11:08:23 AM  
hmm... being present by my interpretation means doing what i want right now... in which case, i should be drunk. not sure if this will help me along all that well in life.
 
2012-11-23 11:09:05 AM  
But if I live in the moment because I am concerned about living longer, then aren't I worried about the future, and not living in the moment? Let me go back to the linked site, and study more of the offered wisdom.
 
2012-11-23 11:17:56 AM  
Don't worry; be happy.
 
2012-11-23 11:21:58 AM  
"Waking Times"? This should prove entertaining.

*mouses over link* Ageless DNA? Go onnnnn...

*reads article* Huh, that wasn't as batshiat as I'd hoped. They linked to a real article at a real journal and seemed to report the finds more or less accurately. I don't have a background in psychology or biology, so I can't tell where they've misinterpreted what the study said.
 
2012-11-23 11:23:07 AM  
Geez, man; was that article written by ducks or something? I can't think of any other way to explain all the quacking.
 
2012-11-23 11:27:46 AM  
"A long time these people we researched. 34.8% always looking away to the future. Never their mind on where they were, what they were doing."
 
2012-11-23 11:28:07 AM  
Your blog sucks aside, a lot of unhappiness I see is directly tied to living entirely too much in the present.
 
2012-11-23 11:30:48 AM  
Fandroids DNA i.imgur.com
/overcompensate much?
 
2012-11-23 11:37:29 AM  
"Try and enjoy the here and now. The future will take care of itself somehow."

So sayeth the prophet, Howard Jones c. 1985
 
2012-11-23 11:42:30 AM  

dragonchild: Your blog sucks aside, a lot of unhappiness I see is directly tied to living entirely too much in the present.



I'm pretty sure that when tfa talks about "living in the moment" they're referring to minds trained by various meditation practices rather than "yolo" morons.

Having just started investigating this stuff myself, I'm already seeing some glimpses of benefits, so this article's plausible to me and dovetails nicely with some other things I'm reading about meditation and neurology.

/and maybe after doing some more compassion work I'll get to the point where I won't call yolo morons "yolo morons" anymore
 
2012-11-23 12:28:52 PM  
Where else is there to be?

Here and now, boys.
/Huxley
 
2012-11-23 12:38:56 PM  

Bondith: *reads article* Huh, that wasn't as batshiat as I'd hoped. They linked to a real article at a real journal and seemed to report the finds more or less accurately. I don't have a background in psychology or biology, so I can't tell where they've misinterpreted what the study said.


The part where they go into "The study couldn't differentiate between mind wandering causing shortened telomeres or shortened telomeres cause mind wandering" and then tried to shoehorn in spiritual awareness and longevity. As we age our telomeres shorten, although it isn't a 1:1 correlation with your chronological age. As we age and our brains deteriorate it becomes harder to focus attention on tasks placed before us. From a strictly biological perspective it is pretty obvious which way the correlation between telomere length and attention goes.
 
2012-11-23 01:42:39 PM  

entropic_existence: Bondith: *reads article* Huh, that wasn't as batshiat as I'd hoped. They linked to a real article at a real journal and seemed to report the finds more or less accurately. I don't have a background in psychology or biology, so I can't tell where they've misinterpreted what the study said.

The part where they go into "The study couldn't differentiate between mind wandering causing shortened telomeres or shortened telomeres cause mind wandering" and then tried to shoehorn in spiritual awareness and longevity. As we age our telomeres shorten, although it isn't a 1:1 correlation with your chronological age. As we age and our brains deteriorate it becomes harder to focus attention on tasks placed before us. From a strictly biological perspective it is pretty obvious which way the correlation between telomere length and attention goes.


Thanks. I gave it a skim, but not any sort of in-depth reading.

If waking times were really on the ball, they'd try to claim meditation prevents cancer because it keeps your telomeres long.

I'm pretty sure "junk DNA" has been discarded as an accepted term these days, too.
 
2012-11-23 01:56:11 PM  

Bondith: Thanks. I gave it a skim, but not any sort of in-depth reading.

If waking times were really on the ball, they'd try to claim meditation prevents cancer because it keeps your telomeres long.

I'm pretty sure "junk DNA" has been discarded as an accepted term these days, too.


Only by the people that don't understand what the term actually means. The ENCODE project, which I generally like, really pissed me off with their big push against a straw man (and their way overblown claims as to how much of the genome is functional). Junk DNA, as originally coined by Ohno, has a pretty specific definition as to what constitutes junk. In this case it meant things like pseudogenes (broken copies of genes that are no longer expressed), transposons (selfish replicating elements), and other types of repetitive DNA elements. It didn't mean all non-coding DNA. We are certainly discovering more functional elements as we do more genomics work, but it isn't 80% functional like ENCODE has been claiming.

I can go into a bunch of the technical reasons for that if someone so wishes...
 
2012-11-23 03:32:25 PM  
New Agey stuff on Fark?
 
2012-11-23 03:33:00 PM  
...and this is why people will ignore long term problems until it inpacts their short term lives.
 
2012-11-23 05:34:02 PM  
So think like a CEO?
 
2012-11-23 06:11:31 PM  

entropic_existence: Bondith: Thanks. I gave it a skim, but not any sort of in-depth reading.

If waking times were really on the ball, they'd try to claim meditation prevents cancer because it keeps your telomeres long.

I'm pretty sure "junk DNA" has been discarded as an accepted term these days, too.

Only by the people that don't understand what the term actually means. The ENCODE project, which I generally like, really pissed me off with their big push against a straw man (and their way overblown claims as to how much of the genome is functional). Junk DNA, as originally coined by Ohno, has a pretty specific definition as to what constitutes junk. In this case it meant things like pseudogenes (broken copies of genes that are no longer expressed), transposons (selfish replicating elements), and other types of repetitive DNA elements. It didn't mean all non-coding DNA. We are certainly discovering more functional elements as we do more genomics work, but it isn't 80% functional like ENCODE has been claiming.

I can go into a bunch of the technical reasons for that if someone so wishes...


yesyesyesyesyesyes kitty say YES.

Please?
 
2012-11-23 07:16:53 PM  
 
2012-11-23 07:21:15 PM  

phaseolus: dragonchild: Your blog sucks aside, a lot of unhappiness I see is directly tied to living entirely too much in the present.


I'm pretty sure that when tfa talks about "living in the moment" they're referring to minds trained by various meditation practices rather than "yolo" morons.

Having just started investigating this stuff myself, I'm already seeing some glimpses of benefits, so this article's plausible to me and dovetails nicely with some other things I'm reading about meditation and neurology.

/and maybe after doing some more compassion work I'll get to the point where I won't call yolo morons "yolo morons" anymore


nice to see someone getting benefit from awareness. i started living in the here and now some time ago, 'in the stream' if you will, and i like it just fine. all around us are people who worry throughout the day of things that never take place. so sad, such a waste. yesterday is a flushed toilet, all gone. is nice to plan ahead, it's a must if one wishes to accomplish, but all things in moderation. here and now is all that we have. even stupid little tasks like brushing your teeth comes out so much more well when one actually concentrates on the task at hand. multi-tasking is the wet dream of an employer who wants maximum productivity for minimal cost and they don't care if you die today of a myocardial infarction. how you spend your days is how you spend your life. you're in charge.
 
2012-11-23 09:49:22 PM  
Money is the root of all evil.
 
2012-11-24 01:13:27 AM  
Sid Gautama agrees.
 
2012-11-24 06:38:21 AM  

The A.I.S.B.: Money is the root of all evil.


So they say.

But if you ask for a rise
it's no surprise
that they're giving none away.

=Smidge=
 
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