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By Joe Palca, Flora Lichtman

In stressful: The technology of What insects Us, NPR technology correspondent Joe Palca and flowers Lichtman, multimedia editor for NPR’s technology Friday, take readers on a systematic quest via psychology, evolutionary biology, anthropology, and different disciplines to discover the reality approximately being frustrated. what's the recipe for annoyance? For starters, it may be transitority, disagreeable, and unpredictable, like a monotonous assembly or mosquito bites.

For instance, why is that man speaking on his cellular phone over there so tense? For one, it’s disagreeable and distracting. moment, we don’t recognize, and can’t regulate, whilst it's going to finish. 3rd, we can’t no longer pay attention! Our brains are hardwired to pay shut cognizance to humans conversing and stick with the conversations. The loud chatter pulls our brains away to hear 1/2 whatever we’re by no means going to appreciate. In stressful Palca and Lichtman can speak about annoyingness in any context: enterprise, politics, romance, technology, activities, and more.

How usually are you able to say you’re fortunately analyzing a truly stressful booklet? The insights are interesting, the exploration is enjoyable, and the information you achieve, in the event you act such as you comprehend every little thing, will be particularly demanding.

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This ‘solution’ may sound absurd or insane. But mathematicians had already discovered that logically consistent generalizations of ordinary mathematics exist in which numbers are replaced by ‘actions’ having the property that the order in which they are applied matters. The ordinary numbers that we use for everyday purposes like buying a loaf of bread or paying taxes are just a very special case from among a broad set of rationally coherent mathematical possibilities. In this simplest case, A times B happens to be the same as B times A.

Thus this switch from ‘being’ to ‘action’ allows – and according to orthodox quantum theory demands – a draconian shift in the very subject matter of physical theory, from an imagined universe consisting of causally self-sufficient mindless matter, to a universe populated by allowed possible physical actions and possible experienced feedbacks from such actions. A purported theory of matter alone is converted into a theory of the relationship between matter and mind. What is this momentous change introduced by Heisenberg?

At the end of Psychology: The Briefer Course, he said, presciently, of the scientists who would one day illuminate the mind–body problem: The best way in which we can facilitate their advent is to understand how great is the darkness in which we grope, and never forget that the natural-science assumptions with which we started are provisional and revisable things. It is a testimony to the power of the grip of old ideas on the minds of scientists and philosophers alike that what was apparently evident to William James already in 1892 – namely that a revision of the mechanical precepts of nineteenth century physics would be needed to accommodate the structural features of our conscious experiences – still fails to be recognized by many of the affected professionals even today, more than three-quarters of a century after the downfall of classical physics, apparently foreseen by James, has come, much-heralded, to pass.

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