Great Budda Temple, Japan. Photo by Sebastian Kurpiel on Unsplash

Two books point to the Way of the Warrior

I am finishing reading The Rock’s Warrior Way, by Arno Ilgner, a wonderful book recommended by my rock-climbing buddies. It teaches the right mental attitude for rock-climbing: a way to overcome fear, maximize performance and enjoy climbing. As I was reading it, I realized that it is about more than…

Neurons in the brain of a mouse. Confocal microscope image by Hermes Solenzol

I would define “meaning” as something larger than ourselves that gives a sense of purpose and direction to our lives. Having meaning in life is one of the key ingredients of happiness, because for most people a life worth living needs to have purpose in a larger context.

Meaning and ethics

Meaning is…

Sonno di rugiada I. Painting by Roberto Ferri shown at the Musseu Europeu d’Art Modern in Barcelona. Photo by the author.

There is a lot of scientific evidence for the idea that men and women differ not just in their bodies but also in their minds. These differences are biological, meaning that they are determined by X and Y sex chromosomes and driven by the sex hormones — testosterone in men…

Love Bullet mural in Culver City, CA — Photo by the author

An example of a hierarchical polyamorous relationship

George and Helen have been married for many years. Being sexually adventurous, they decided to open their marriage several years ago. They both dated outside their relationship and had great experiences. However, George felt a need for a deeper connection with his lovers. After doing some reading about polyamory and…

Equations by DamaiMikaz, from DeviantArt

1) You use pure logic, not pesky experiments

Geniuses like you do not need to work at the bench, because you can use pure logic to get ahead of everybody else. Tedious, repetitive work is okay for kids fresh out of college, but it would totally kill your creativity. Experiments are a total waste of time.

Most scientists…

The Anointing. Painting by Leslie Thiel, shown at the Musseu Europeu d’Art Modern in Barcelona. Photo by the author.

We have a conflicted attitude towards pleasure. On the one hand, we live under the influence of religions (Christianity, Islam, Buddhism…) and philosophies (Stoicism, virtue ethics) that disapprove of pleasure. On the other hand, we live in the most hedonistic culture of all times, one that grants us pleasures that…

Mater Matuta. Painting by Roberto Ferri shown at the Musseu Europeu d’Art Modern in Barcelona. Photo by the author.

What do Feminism, the Men Rights movement, incels, Anti-Racism and Animal Liberation have in common?

Nothing, you may say. These are different movements, often at odds with each other. Some are worthy of support, others of scorn.

They have in common that they are all based on the idea of…

Hermes Solenzol

UCLA professor. Neuroscientist doing research on pain. Writes about science, philosophy, politics and kinky sex. https://sexsciencespirit.blogspot.com/

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