“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.
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.”
cada lenço de seda que se ata ¡ oh desastres das artes! a própria ceda
do lenço o desata
servidões, herberto helder
as coisas perfeitas
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
tecktalks 2018 na sala de um edificio na antiga cidade romana bracara augusta