It’s early morning,
Hardly anything is astir
Save for a couple of cars
And the birds overhead
Singing a happy tune.
I say a prayer of thanks
For this time of quiet
Before it is broken
By the loud honking
Of trucks and buses
That rouse the city
From its much needed sleep.
Daily Prompt: Honk
There’s darkness everywhere I turn.
Though it’s daylight, and I feel
The sun shining brightly
On my darkened skin,
I don’t see a thing
Except for the darkness
Permeating my mind and my soul,
As I contemplate your departure from all this —
What was once a life filled with bright colors
Now turned black.
Daily Prompt: Black
Beauty is temporary. Life is temporary. The temporariness of life makes it even more beautiful. Cherish beauty. Cherish life.
Have a lovely weekend!💕
I walked through the park the other day on the way home from the gym, when I saw this egret on the edge of a boat. There are lots of egrets in this town, but it’s the first time I’ve seen one in this park. I had to peek from behind the tree so as not to scare it away.
The Challenge: share a peek of something — a photo that reveals just enough of your subject to get us interested.
“Why did evolution invent conscious experience and pain if we are machines, in principle no different from cars?” — Henry Marsh, Robert Sapolsky’s Behave is tour de force of science writing.
I have finally found a book that articulates what I have been thinking about for the last couple of years. (I haven’t read it yet, but I will very soon as I’ve already ordered on Amazon.)
In his review of the book, Marsh says, “Sapolsky uses the analogy of a car with faulty brakes to describe antisocial human behaviour. A mechanic will not accuse the car of being evil but instead will explain its bad behaviour in terms of its malfunctioning parts. Human behaviour is no different – it is determined by the mechanics of our brains. The difference is that we understand very little about them and so we invoke the mythical concept of a controlling self (which Sapolsky describes as a homunculus) located somewhere in our heads. Concepts such as ‘evil’, he argues, have no place in the modern world of scientific explanation. If people behave badly, it is because of the neurological, genetic, hormonal and environmental determinants that shaped their brains, not because of any evil nature. He concedes that punishment may be necessary as a deterrent but is adamant that it should not be seen as a virtue.”
Last year I wrote about my thoughts on people’s lack of control on their negative behavior as it may be determined by a malfunction in their brains (On Compassion, Forgiveness and the Brain ) Today, I came across Marsh’s review of Sapolsky’s book, and I am so happy that a renowned neuroendocrinologist and author from Stanford actually wrote about how the concept of “evil” has no place in the modern world of scientific explanation.
I can’t wait to read this :
Robert Sapolsky, Behave: The Biology of Humans at our Best and Worst