Scientific Research & Self-Development Activism
Athene puts the whole Self Development challenge in the context of neuroscience, and I think this is very helpful. So I want to call this group "Study Your Neurons".
"Rationality and emotional resilience are neural connections that can be strengthened. Specific neurons and neurotransmitters such as norepinephrine trigger a defensive state when we feel that our thoughts have to be protected from the influence of others. ... In a defensive state the more primitive part of the brain interferes with rational thinking."
It is pain that causes the defensive state.
However he also seems to think that correcting this defensive state is very easy, or somehow automatic. That, I submit, is not true for most people.
Across cultures and history, humans have devised a myriad of healthy and unhealthy devices to deal with pain. Violence, drugs, and other forms of sedation are the most common. Gautama Buddha used the only really healthy way to get rid of pain: to stay fully awake and trace the pain back to its actual source; but his method is rare.
So I propose that this group explore self-observing and the obstacles to it.
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