Overthinking and worries: A few notes

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A few days back, we were planning to go for a movie, and suddenly one of my friends raised her concern, “I am not coming. The road would be fully crowded, I hate it. I can’t handle it.” I exclaimed, “But you have come many times before.” Her reply made me write this post. She replied, “When I am on the road, I will somehow handle it. But when I think about walking through the rush, I really get frustrated. Next time you book my ticket and tell me only just before we go. At least I worry only for a short time. Now I don’t know whether I can sleep tonight, I will be worrying about this all the time till we reach the mall!”

This a good example of over-thinking and related worries. She was worrying about the hectic road. Reason for her concerns seem silly at first, but it can go beyond.

There are other examples such as worrying about the health of our relatives, expecting adverse incidents in life etc. If we see a road accident unexpectedly, we suddenly call our dearest one and make sure he/she is safe. These are all a few examples of worries and over-thinking, which are common in the general population. Continue reading “Overthinking and worries: A few notes”

On the uncertainity of explanations: Religion vs Science

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Once my friend, who is a believer of a set of religious rules, said “I don’t believe in science because it says something now and it says something else later. It’s so uncertain.”
I replied “Hold on a second. So you believe in statements which never change? Good… And do you even bother to think that your statements itself are correct? Well, I guess you follow them just because they never seem to be changed. Pathetic..”

Productivity vs Creativity: And how do they merge?

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There was always a conflict alive within my thoughts about the concept of productivity and creativity. By default, I never liked the word productivity, since it is a typical multinational cooperate word which is generally used by big bosses to multiply their production efficiency and profit acquirement. So I hated to be productive! Whenever someone says me to be productive, I couldn’t just tolerate. Instead, I wanted to be creative. But then I knew that this requires “discipline” of some sort, which is again seemed to be a close relative of the word “productivity”. Also, I had a vague thought that these two concepts might have some obscure connection. Anyway, I couldn’t do my work for a long time satisfactorily since I failed to figure out the bridge between productivity and creativity. I always ended up with some thought-loops in which I trapped myself pathetically. Basically, I needed to know how productivity and creativity are related so that I could do some work peacefully. This may not make sense to many of you, but .. what to say, that was how I felt then. It took a long time to get some underlying prin Continue reading “Productivity vs Creativity: And how do they merge?”

Actions: Good and Bad

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What are good actions? What are bad actions?

Simple. Good actions are those which you do as a result of any selfless thoughts.

Bad actions are those that come from your ego.

In fact, the action itself is neutral, neither good nor bad. It is our perspective that makes an action good or bad.

cbsPlot: A Matlab standalone application.

CBSPLOT: A Matlab GUI Standalone Application for Windows to Visualize and Analyze Coherent Back Scattering (CBS) data.

This application was developed accidentally. It all just happened because of a request from one of my senior research students. He needed to fit a data curve for his Coherent Backscattering experiment. I wrote a few line code in Matlab which essentially worked well for him, but then I asked him more about the analysis part of the experiment. Then I came to know that the analysis part consumes a heck of a time when we do it manually. So we both decided to extend the code a bit further so that it covers a lot of things other than fitting. After four weeks of coding (and getting a lot more eye-floaters), the final version of the standalone graphical user interface named “cbsPlot” was ready. Now, this user-friendly, 500kb, standalone windows OS application is available. Give it a shot, after all, it’s free…! https://sourceforge.net/projects/cbsplot/files/

Not practical? Why?

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People sometimes say: “No. It’s just not practical. Don’t do it.”

Most of the time, these words can withdraw us from accomplishing great things by inducing the sense of impracticality. One thing these people generally forget is, whatever is “practical” today was not “practical” before. See a few examples:
Gandhi: When the entire world followed the fast and practical violent methods to get freedom, he showed how to get it through peaceful, non-violent, persistent struggle. It was easy for him to think that his techniques would never work practically.

A counter-intuitive fact: Tuning the reality

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Reality can be tuned! Yes.
How many of you will believe that our everyday world, we see, is a net result of the complex combinations of human thoughts? Stronger we think that something would happen, higher the chance of its manifestation.  So controlling your thoughts can bring incredible events to occur in your life. So, watch out what you think now!
(Note: This is not a scientific statement as no scientific proofs are available yet to back up what I have written. So you may reject or accept it. But most successful people have believes of some sort like this.)

Detachment and eternal happiness

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Key: Detach from everything and everyone.
This doesn’t mean that you have to lead a solitary life of a saint. You could possess your current personality with an added advantage of eternal happiness. You will never get derailed, disappointed or diverted because of the actions of others. Why? Because you enjoy everything but never get involved in anything; you really don’t care what others think since you are independent and you don’t need any shoulders to stand.
Note: Detachment reveals your real character. This favours you, to be honest in relations and make violent progress in your work because you never expect anything from anyone in return; you just do things.