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#1 LosingSolace

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Posted 15 October 2006 - 12:12 PM

When you wake up in the morning to the terrible beeping of the nearby alarm clock, what is the first thing that goes through your head. Is it a feeling of joy for the beautiful morning. A feeling of sorrow for the long day ahead. A feeling of relief that you woke up in time to make it to work. Or do you not wake up to an alarm do you roll out of bed when the sunshine hits your eyes and warmth touchs your face?

Think about this time.

Now think about what your favorite thing to do after you wake up. Weather it be a few new episodes of anime, a warm shower, or perhaps a bowl of cereal.

Think about your favorite thing to do in the morning.

Now think about what you really do in the morning.
-Are you even waking up.
-Is it still morning.
-Why do i have to go to work?

I found that when I go to bed early and watch those few extra episodes in the morning in the sunshine I have a generally terrific day, but when I sleep in and wake up in the afternoon i have a fairly depressing day =(

What time do you like to wake up or go to bed? do you have a set schedule?

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Posted 15 October 2006 - 06:08 PM

I go to bed usually at 11:30 pm no matter whether it is a working day or weekend.

And my favourite morning ritual is making coffee. That usually wakes me up. I hate to be woken up by the alarm clock, so I am almost always awake 10 minutes before it goes off. biggrin.gif

When I still lived at my parents place, I used to wake up to the sounds of the coffee maschine in the morning. My mom in the kitchen fixing breakfast for us and the sounds of the coffee machine slurping water was a very nice way to wake up. I miss that time sooooo much, especially in the winter!!! There is nothing worse than to wake up in winter, outside still dark, the kitchen cold and desserted. I wish my mom would make breakfast for me for the rest of my life!!! Golden age of childhood!

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Posted 15 October 2006 - 07:24 PM

When I wake up/go to sleep depends on my schedule for the next day.

When I wake up...
I like to lay in bed and just think for about 1/2 an hour. Its the only way I seem to be able to satisfactorily wake myself up. I always have one really random thought too. This morning's was: "Today I need to save the world." I don't know why, I just randomly thought it. Another favorite was: "Worst case scenario, I miss work. Best case scenario, I get a parade." No idea what it means, but it was the first thing I thought that morning.

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Posted 15 October 2006 - 07:43 PM

How does mind work? Well, it's a simple question, it works using coins/money. All you need to do is to insert money into your head and it'll function, may I recommend doing that regularly to avoid having other inserting money into your head. Sometimes, some people use fake money and it may cause you to lose your life.

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Posted 15 October 2006 - 09:57 PM

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When you wake up in the morning to the terrible beeping of the nearby alarm clock,

The first thing you should do is get rid of that alarm clock. If they sack you for sleeping in, well it was probably a crap job anyway. Opt out of the rat race and be happy.

There's an old saying, "Remember, even if you win the rat race—you're still a rat."
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Posted 15 October 2006 - 11:45 PM

QUOTE (Hiroyuki @ Oct 15 2006, 04:00 PM)
The first thing you should do is get rid of that alarm clock. If they sack you for sleeping in, well it was probably a crap job anyway. Opt out of the rat race and be happy.

There's an old saying, "Remember, even if you win the rat race—you're still a rat."

what about rats who enjoy wandering around in mazes?

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Posted 16 October 2006 - 12:27 AM

Well.. even Einstein won't have a direct answer to this, but i can contradict this saying:

"Lots of people people soak up information like a spounge soaks up water."

Contradiction:
"People's minds are like a spounge: they suck information up, then squeeze them out."

But other than that, people just come and go on info, without the thought of processing it. Not, that i'm right or anything unsure.gif
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Posted 16 October 2006 - 06:05 AM

Do you guys experience it sometimes too..... you smell something and it triggers long forgotten memories? Specifically emotions acompanying those memories? It is a weird feeling, I am never sure if I like it or not. It feels like I am flooded with emotions, but I cant remember anymore what the cause was. biggrin.gif

This happens to me on a smaller scale with music too. When I had a hard time in my life, because I was going through some serious trouble and back then I listened to radio and heard the chart songs....... some years later I hear that song again and it instantly brings back the feeling from that time. It is like time traveling machine... for a split of a second I feel transported couple of years back into the past, I feel the same like I did back then....... really weird!!!

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Posted 16 October 2006 - 10:09 AM

the mind is a database something so complex that even u and me can not understand............ so therefore use it well laugh.gif ....
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Posted 16 October 2006 - 10:12 AM

Well, I'm doing a research project on that subject in Psychology over here in university. Problem is that we know so much about our senses (inputs) but we don't know much about the central bit which puts them together and evokes memories... The aim of my project is to try and decipher that... Hope the experiment design works though...

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Posted 16 October 2006 - 11:43 AM

QUOTE (davidnsz @ Oct 16 2006, 06:15 AM)
Well, I'm doing a research project on that subject in Psychology over here in university. Problem is that we know so much about our senses (inputs) but we don't know much about the central bit which puts them together and evokes memories... The aim of my project is to try and decipher that... Hope the experiment design works though...

Is your project aiming at building a model of some of the functionnalities of the brain? Like something using a neural network or another modelling technique to try to understand the human brain? If so I do see some very interesting problems ahead of you but also some facinating possibilities.
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Posted 16 October 2006 - 09:21 PM

Hmm.. I think that the innumerable amount of possibilities of how a person's mind wires itself when it stores memories and when it stores facts is was makes them unique. :3 People with different wiring tend to be on the 'strange' side. biggrin.gif

Anyway, I don't wake up to an alarm. I wake up when I wake up. I set my biological clock to a certain time and I go to sleep knowing what time I go to bed and thinking what time I want to get up. I always wake up before the time I need to be somewhere though the discrepancy is anywhere between 10-15 mins to a full hour before time. :3 The first thought that comes to mind is "Am I awake or did I wake up in a dream thinking I'm awake?" Once it's confirmed that I'm in reality, I'm generally pretty cheerful about stuff.

If I stay up reaaaal late like until 6am I'm a grouch when I wake up in the afternoon, but if I go to sleep around 11 at night I am generally pleasant when I wake up.

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Posted 06 November 2006 - 02:55 PM

i have to set 3 different alarms for me in the morning so that i can wake up! i'm the kind of person who has to set their alarm clock early, because they always procrastinate and want to sleep "5 more minutes"....and hence are late. the outcome? i only have 15 minutes to brush, wash my face, get dressed and eat breakfast...but those extra 10 minutes of sleep are heavenly!

personally im not a morning person..i HATE mornings..im always exhausted in the mornings..im more of a night person...can stay up laaaaaaaaate! laugh.gif

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Posted 28 February 2007 - 01:58 AM

heh. well how, and when i wake up, all depends on when, and what i did last night. tongue.gif

anyway there are 3 parts of the mind. the ID, the EGO, and the SUPEREGO.

the ID it the part of your mind that just wants. this part of your mind that won't let you get up early in the morning when your alarm is sounding, because you just want too sleep in... it is also responsible for sexual drive.
the EGO, is the "down to earth" part of your mind. this part of your mind tells you to wake up in the morning because you have to go to work, or school. if this part of your mind took total control of you mind, then you would be a boring, depress(ing)(ed) person.
the SUPEREGO, is the "reasoning" part of your mind. the balance between the ID, and the EGO. this is the part of your mind that says, that you'll sleep for 5 more minutes, but will wake up after that.

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Posted 28 February 2007 - 08:38 PM

juliuz, what you are describing here is Freud's structural theory, the divisions of the psyche. id, ego and superego are so-called 'bridges' between the conscious and unconscious. I never thought about using the structural theory to explain how hard it is to wake up in the morning biggrin.gif
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Posted 06 March 2007 - 07:26 PM

I have a fun fact to leave in this topic....did you know that most people only use about 5 % of their brain in a daily basis what if we could use 10% or even greater than that what would we be capaple of doing?

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Posted 06 March 2007 - 11:50 PM

Actually the 5% thing is a UL that was already discussed in another thread some time back, see for instance snopes.com entry on it (they have the myth as 10% btw). It’s like saying we only use 10% of our muscles, well right now I may be, but as soon as I get out of this chair most of the other 90% will surely turn out to have some use.
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Posted 07 March 2007 - 12:07 AM

I've seen it some where that the myth of people only using 10% of their brain being false. But eh could be wrong. Hmm how the brain works...Well very complicated stuff that i dun't really know to much about in depth anyway. I know theres the cerebrum which helps with data processing, posture, reasoning ( right part of the cerebrum controls 3-D imaing) etc. the cerebellum which controls functions such as coordination, balance, posture and finally the brain stem which send electrical impulses throught the body.

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Posted 07 March 2007 - 12:57 AM

The mind is a very brilliant thing. It is able to process so much in a short period of time. Your brain is making millions, even billions of decisions constantly, each and every second of the day. We are very fortunate to have such a capacity of brain power. It truly is remarkable, but also very mysterious. Each and every mind funtions differently and reacts differently under certain circumstances. Unfortunately, I don't know too much about how the mind works.
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Posted 07 March 2007 - 01:01 AM

Humans use only 10% or less of their brain: Even though many mysteries of brain function persist, every part of the brain has a known function.
This misconception most likely arose from a misunderstanding (or misrepresentation in an advertisement lol) of neurological research in the late 1800s or early 1900s when researchers either discovered that only about 10% of the neurons in the brain are firing at any given time or announced that they had only mapped the functions of 10% of the brain up to that time.

If all of a person's neurons began firing at once he would not become smarter, but would instead suffer a seizure.

So, its a good thing we don't overuse our brains... laugh.gif
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