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“the true beauty of making useless things [is] this acknowledgment that you don’t always know what the best answer is”

why you should make useless things
simone giertz, tedtalks, 11:58 min.

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area twenty-five

can you overdose on happiness?
the science and philosophy of deep brain stimulation. by lone frank


“What is happiness? What is a good life?

Hedonia. There is something about this word. It rolls across the tongue like walking on a red carpet and leaves a pleasant sensation behind. Hedonia might well have been the name of the Garden of Eden before the serpent made its malicious offer of wisdom and insight. And more than anything else, hedonism has become the watchword for how we should live.

The absence of joy and pleasure—anhedonia—has, in its way, become a popular issue in the wake of the disease depression. A quarter of us are affected by it over the course of a lifetime, various studies suggest, and its frequency is increasing in the industrialized world. The treatment of depression has become both a window display and a battleground for deep brain stimulation.”

“For one, it was as if a dust cloud around her had disappeared, while another suddenly felt there were more colors and more light in the room. Once they had experienced this immediate effect, there was a good chance that their depressive symptoms would decrease over the first months after the operation. But the lasting effect came gradually, and it had nothing to do with euphoria or happiness.

“The patients are aware I have not given them anything but have removed something that was bothering them,” said Helen Mayberg. She liked analogies and offered me one.

“It is like having one foot on the accelerator and one foot on the brake at the same time and, then, lifting your foot off the brake. Now, you can move.”

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cada lenço de seda que se ata ¡ oh desastres das artes! a própria ceda
do lenço o desata
servidões, herberto helder

as coisas perfeitas
em poesia
não parecem estranhas
parecem inevitáveis , jorge luis borges

o que é o tempo? se não me perguntarem o que é o tempo, eu sei. se me perguntarem o que é, então não sei” santo agostinho. sinto o mesmo em relação à poesia. jorge luis borges

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‘magic is made when artists and geeks come together with a purpose…’

tecktalks 2018 na sala de um edificio na antiga cidade romana bracara augusta

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…se eu pudesse trincar a terra toda

Se eu pudesse trincar a terra toda
E sentir-lhe um paladar,
E se a terra fosse uma coisa para trincar
Seria mais feliz um momento…
Mas eu nem sempre quero ser feliz.
É preciso ser de vez em quando infeliz
Para se poder ser natural…
Nem tudo é dias de sol,
E a chuva, quando falta muito, pede-se.
Por isso tomo a infelicidade com a felicidade
Naturalmente, como quem não estranha
Que haja montanhas e planícies
E que haja rochedos e erva…
O que é preciso é ser-se natural e calmo
Na felicidade ou na infelicidade,
Sentir como quem olha,
Pensar como quem anda,
E quando se vai morrer, lembrar-se de que o dia morre,
E que o poente é belo e é bela a noite que fica…
Assim é e assim seja…

“O Guardador de Rebanhos”. Alberto Caeiro. Fernando Pessoa.

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dias felizes




a idade que escrevo
num braço fincado em ti,
uma veia
da tua àrvore.”

herberto helder

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