Pancakes, waffles or French Toast as your breakfast favorite?
I don’t normally eat any of these for breakfast but I do like pancakes. I just always forget when Shrove Tuesday is.
Do you think a person’s name influences the person they become?
I’m going to say maybe, sometimes. These days I think that if people don’t like their names they probably just change them but I guess that being the child or someone with a famous name might affect how they grow up but that is probably more about the upbringing they had than the name. Of course if your parents called you Zowie, or Lunar Module that might affect how you develop as a person. I think of that old Johnny Cash song “A Boy Named Sue”. In the song the father says that he called his son Sue to make him grow up tough. Personally I thought that was pretty stupid and cruel.
Would things get better or worse if humans focused on what was going well rather than what’s going wrong?
I think optimism is a good thing. However, you can’t ignore things that are going wrong and blindly believe everything is fine when it isn’t. We have seen where that takes us.
Is math(s) something that humans created or something we discovered? Is looking at reality mathematically an accurate representation of how things work?
I have never given this any thought. I assume that we discovered it along with fire and the wheel. We often say that something is a numbers game but I don’t believe you can solve everything with maths. Too many business organisations try to base everything on profit and loss and don’t take into account anything else.
David used to be very fond of Isaac Asimov’s “Foundation” series. Those books were based on the idea the history could be predicted using maths “Psychohistory” was the term. Asimov was a scientist and a clever man but I don’t know if that is a real thing that he used in his stories.
What are you grateful for right now? I realize it’s difficult to be very positive right now, unless one is being positive that things are pretty awful. Let’s spread the joy
First and foremost that apart from the aches and pains we always have both Naomi and I are well.
Secondly, that after an anxious week I have managed to arrange for a grocery delivery, a necessity for me as I don’t drive. I can feed myself and the pets.
Thirdly, there has been some rain to replenish the tanks.
Fourthly, the internet, even though it is sometimes dodgy, means that I can stay connected with the world. I know what my friends and family are doing, I can read and write blog posts which keeps me occupied and I can keep up with the news without having to watch it on TV. I’ve enjoyed watching favourite musicians on YouTube and forgetting everything else for a while.
Fifthly, that the government is putting some extra cash into the pockets of people in the welfare system to help us get by as well as those who have lost or been stood down from their jobs.
Lastly, I’m grateful for nature. The kookaburras and other birds I hear all day long, the rabbit I spotted when I went out to take a picture of the sunset. The sunset itself.