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Feelings and Illusions
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frames, concrete, conditions, opinion, mean, generation, distance, perceptions, scary, slower, thought, doctrine, hectic, rattlesnake, real, survive, meditation, psychology, violent, snake, reality, menacing, emotional, reproduction, pronounced
feelings and emotions from the perspective of Buddhism
how can                      change the way you view your feelings?
when you are angry or have a great emotion, you grasp that feeling of anger as         
but when you meditate or contemplate on those sensations: anger, fear, or anxiety, you experience these feelings of anger as not real, not                 
in our daily              lives, we experience emotions as real, but it is like a movie which seems real to you when watched at a certain speed, but when you meditate you come to a             , more peaceful speed in which you can see the same movie as a series of              and you realized that these emotions are not real
but this leads to the question: what does it even          to say that emotions are real?
it's not found in Buddhist                  that feelings aren't real
yet it is a common theme in Buddhist                and writing
our feelings are not guides to               , they are not entirely trustworthy
meditation is a technique for, among other things, giving yourself some critical                  to your feelings to avoid being misled by them
experiment
showed three pictures for one second: hatchet/pot, squirrel/alligator, snake/rope
first exposed subjects to one of three different                     
happy music
no music
           music
happy music didn't have much effect compared to no music
but scary music had a                      effect, i.e. made people more likely to interpret the pictures as the scary version
explanation for why brain built like this where our feelings can influence our                       
real life scenario: taking hike, learned that you are in                        terrain, you will be modestly fearful
To a man who is afraid, everything rustles.
if you see a lizard or a coiled rope, for a second you might think it is a            because you are fearful of snakes
from natural selection's point of view this makes since: this kind of fear and expectation of danger would increase the chances that organisms reach the age of                         
even if you jump out of the way 99 times out of a 100, being fearful that one time will help you                whereas not being fearful may not
natural selection designs organisms ultimately to do one thing, i.e. to get genes into the next                     
genetically-based traits that are conducive to getting genes into the next generation and helping organism survive long enough to do that, are the genes which will ultimately define the organism
being habitually fearful is a trait encouraged by natural selection
seeing the world clearly is also a trait encouraged by natural selection and these two natural habits are constantly in conflict
Buddhism says we should be skeptical of our feelings and that they are not truthful guides to our reality
evolutionary                      also indicates a certain amount of skepticism makes sense
psychological studies have shown that people who have watched                movies such as Silence of the Lambs tend to afterwards see                  expressions on faces of pictures shown to them
politicians know that it is easier to change the                of people when they are in an                    state, e.g. to create fear so that people will be more likely to political situations in terms of that fear
quotes:
To a man who is afraid, everything rustles.
Sophocles

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Ideas and Concepts:

Via this morning's Buddhism and Modern Psychology class: "Natural selection designs organisms ultimately to do one thing:to get genes into the next generation, and thus genetically-based traits that are conducive to helping organisms survive long enough to do this, are the traits which will predominantly define an organism. While genes which enable organisms to see the world accurately will help them survive, it is also true that genes which lead organisms to be overly fearful, even when in many cases there is no reason to be fearful, will also help organisms survive. So it is biologically natural for us to be habitually fearful and to often interpret situations not as they are but as how our fears define them, even in some cases to produce illusions, e.g. to see a rattlesnake when, in fact, it is only a lizard or a coiled rope, or to be afraid of a certain kind of food or animal or person, when there is no reason to be afraid of them. A fundamental tenet of Buddhism to come to terms with and gain greater control over this internal conflict:that our brains are wired to both see the world as it is, and to see it as it is not."
Via this evening's Buddhism and Modern Psychology class: "In our daily lives, we experience emotions such as anger as real, just as when we watch a movie at normal speed, we experience the scenes in it as real. However, when we meditate, we slow this movie down, and as this movie slows down to the point that we can watch it go by frame by frame, we realize that the scenes which we had earlier experienced as real, as with our emotions, are not real at all, but rely on us to create the illusions to experience them as real."
Via this evening's Buddhism and Modern Psychology class: "Meditation is a technique for, among other things, giving yourself a critical distance to your feelings to avoid being misled by them."
Naturalistic Buddhism
Feelings and Illusions
The First Two Noble Truths
Buddhism as Rebellion Against Natural Selection's Agenda
The Eightfold Path and the Matrix
Mindful Meditation
The Default Mode Network
The Evolution and Purpose of Feelings
Anātman: Buddha's Concept of the Not-Self
The Five Aggregates and the Non-Self
Left Brain, Right Brain, and The Self
Delusions of the Self
What Mental Modules Are Not
The Modular Theory of the Mind
Modular Theory of Mind and the Non-Self
Mind Modularity, Cravings, and Self Control
The Experience of the Not-Self
The Exterior Version of the Non-Self