Way back in 1989, one day, I knew this was Intuition.
Abraham Thomas

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A Cure For Boredom

Life should never be boring! There is a lasting cure for boredom, which is, after all, an awful state of mind. You suddenly lack interest in your surroundings and just cannot concentrate on anything. Boredom usually happens in three typical situations. First, you are prevented from doing something you want to do. Second, you are compelled to do a particular job. And third, you just cannot find anything interesting to do. Your mind recognizes the situation and triggers the boredom emotion.

Emotions program your behavior. In the primeval world, emotion signals mechanically modified the behavior of animals to enable their survival.Anger makes an animal fight and fear causes it to flee. Boredom makes it abandon unprofitable efforts and search for more urgent survival tasks. Emotions generated programmed responses for a primitive world. But now, events move at a slower pace. The immediate demands of life are not so compellingly urgent. Today, being calm and composed is useful and patience is a necessary virtue. But sadly, primitive animal emotions still work their ancient logic. They impose harmful behavioral patterns.

Boredom dumps you into an awful level of consciousness. It creates anxiety about not doing anything. Boredom poses greater risks of developing depression, and drug or alcohol addiction. Bored people display anger, aggressive behavior and exhibit weak interpersonal skills. They do poorly at work and at school. The permanent cure for boredom begins from an awareness that you can be comfortable with longer periods of stillness. Know that boredom is a manipulative action by the primitive part of your mind and self awareness can be used to just switch it off!

Can An Algorithm Be Controlling The Mind?
I am not a physician, but an engineer. Way back in 1989, I catalogued how the ELIMINATION approach of an AI Expert System could reveal a way by which the nervous system could store and retrieve astronomically large memories.  That insight is central to the six unique new premises presented in this website. 

These new premises could explain an enigma.  A physician is aware of thousands of diseases and their related symptoms.  How does he note a symptom and focus on a single disease in less than half a second?  How could he identify Disease X out of 8000 diseases with just a glance?  

First, the total born and learned knowledge available to the doctor could not exist anywhere other than as the stored/retrieved data within the 100 billion neurons in his brain.  The perceptions, sensations, feelings and physical activities of the doctor could only be enabled by the electrical impulses flowing through the axons of those neurons.  The data enabling that process could be stored as digital combinations.

Second, combinatorial decisions of neurons cannot be made by any entity other than the axon hillock, which decides the axonal output of each neuron.  The hillock receives hundreds of inputs from other neurons.  Each hillock makes the pivotal neuronal decision about received inputs within 5 milliseconds.  A
xon hillocks could be storing digital combinations.  It could be adding each new incoming digital combination to its memory store.  The hillock could fire impulses, if it matched a stored combination. If not, it could inhibit further impulses.  Using stored digital data to make decisions about incoming messages could make the axon hillocks intelligent.

Third, combinations are reported to enable a powerful coding mode for axon hillocks.  Olfactory combinatorial data is known (Nobel Prize 2004) to store memories for millions of smells.  Each one of 100 billion axon hillocks have around a 1000 links  to other neurons.  The hillocks can mathematically store more combinations than there are stars in the sky. Each new digital combination could be adding a new relationship link.  In this infinite store, specific axon hillocks could be storing all the symptom = disease (S=D) links known to the doctor as digital combinations.

Fourth, instant communication is possible in the nervous system.  Within five steps, information in one hillock can reach all other relevant neurons.  Just 20 Ms for global awareness.  Within the instant the doctor observes a symptom, 
feedback and feed forward links could inform every S=D link of the presence of the symptom. Only the S=D link of Disease X could be recalling the combination and recognizing the symptom.

Fifth, on not recognizing the symptom, all other S=D hillocks could be instantly inhibiting their impulses. The S=D links of Disease X could be continuing to fire. Those firing S=D link would be recalling past complaints, treatments and signs of Disease X, confirming the diagnosis.  This could be enabling axon hillocks to identify Disease X out of 8000 in milliseconds.

Worldwide interest in this website is acknowledging its rationale. Not metaphysical theories, but processing of digital memories in axon hillocks could be explaining innumerable mysteries of the mind.  Over three decades, this website has been assembling more and more evidence of the manipulation of emotional and physical behaviors by narrowly focused digital pattern recognition.  It has also been receiving over 2 million page views from over 150 countries.

  • Boredom is an animal instinct, designed to focus the activities of an animal away from trivialities to immediate survival tasks. That instinct has lost its relevance in a modern world, where every task requires patience.
  • Boredom affects your health and wellbeing.
  • Buddhist monks sit quietly for hours, while most people find even a few minutes without activity unbearable.
  • Even the most important jobs in the world require patience and the completion of repetitive and tedious tasks.
  • When you switch TV channels with nothing to do, remember that your disquiet comes from an emotion, which manipulates you.
  • Nature has programmed emotions to manipulate your behavior. Your physical wellbeing, your memories and the contexts of your thoughts are controlled by the emotion.
  • Each emotion takes over your mind without your conscious awareness.
  • RB, the the rational brain within you, is free from boredom. Self awareness empowers RB. Awareness of the symptoms of boredom will kill the boredom emotion.
  • Permanent freedom from boredom has immense benefits.

A Cure For Boredom 
How Do You Wait in A Queue?
You have joined one of those long tiresome queues. Usually, people bring along something to read, play Nintendo, or watch others, to avoid boredom. But, you don't need such crutches. It is possible to avoid feeling bored altogether. Imagine Buddhist monks, who sit quietly for hours while they meditate. The have found a cure for boredom. In the stillness of RB, your rational brain, there is actually no space for boredom!

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How Can You Manage A Tiresome Task?
Mental fatigue can be caused by the repetitive tasks. Boredom in such a situation is understandable. But, to feel that a task is too hard, or too easy is only an excuse. In the real world, there is no task, which is not substantially repetitive and tiresome. An accountant for a multinational corporation repeats many procedures over the years. A software architect pores over an infinity of details. Even the President of a country sits for hours, listening to monotonous speeches and reports. In every field, there are people, who cope successfully with such situations. If you feel weary about such situations, remember, there is a cure for boredom.

A Cure For Boredom 
How Do You Cope With Having Nothing To Do?
There are times, when a news item, or a movie scene grabs your attention and keeps you absorbed. But, have you not kept switching channels on TV, to find nothing interesting? Even the replay of a favorite movie feels boring and uninteresting. It is important to realize that you are being manipulated by your nervous system. The restlessness and lack of interest are the effects of programmed emotional signals. Once you have learned the simple cure for boredom, your mind will find so many interesting things to attend to.

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Is the Situation, Or the Emotion, the Problem?
There are people who enjoy even the most repetitive assembly line work and others, who maintain a steadily depressed attitude to life and complain bitterly of monotony even on the most varied work. It is the attitude and not the work, which makes the difference. The first cure for boredom is the realization that it is not the situation, but an emotion, which is acting up within you.

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How Do Emotions Control You?
An emotion envelops you in its level of consciousness. Your nervous system has succeeded over millions of years by routinely focusing all available resources on a single objective. All the knowledge available is dedicated to achieving that goal. To enable this, your intuition inhibits all “unsuitable data.”

If you are angry, the system excludes all pleasant thoughts about your opponent, so that you can mercilessly crush her. If you are fearful, you fail to remember all the times you succeeded. Fear compels you to escape, without being tempted to stay back and fight. So, also, when you are bored, the system inhibits pleasant memories and colors the situation bleak. The system is manipulating you.

A Cure For Boredom 
What Is the Effect of Self Awareness?

In its intuitive decision making process, your mind switches its viewpoints within milliseconds. Such decisions operate within your nervous system, outside your control. As Paul Eckman said, "We become aware a quarter, or half second after the emotion begins. I do not choose to have an emotion, to become afraid, or to become angry. I am suddenly angry. I can usually figure out later what someone did that caused the emotion." In most of the things you do in life, it may only take a moment for you to become bored. Self awareness is the key to stilling boredom, when it overtakes you.

A Cure For Boredom 
What Is The Function of Your PFR?

Your mind contains PFR, a rational prefrontal brain, which views any situation with equanimity. It evaluates the world without emotions. Imagine a computer printout of your boring situation. You are waiting in queue, doing a repetitive task, or trying to find something to do. It is just another thing you do in life. It can be viewed as a situation in life, not a tiresome situation. A neutral view is the view of PFR. The self awareness practiced in mindfulness meditation can activate PFR and your viewpoint will instantly change. You will immediately feel that it is perfectly OK to be doing nothing.

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Are There Ways to Put PFR In Charge?
Boredom takes control within a few milliseconds. You are in a darkened lecture hall. Before you know it, time seems to hang heavily. You cannot focus on the slides and the drone of voices. You become bored - impatient and restless. Such emotions take control, because you are merely a troubled spectator, watching the habitual thought patterns of your emotional brain. Its inherited circuits apply animal instincts to cope with your life.

Mere words cannot convey to this emotional brain the contentment of a tranquil mind, or the joy of exciting work. Your PFR has to be enabled to appreciate those goals through certain physical exercises and mental routines, which still your negative emotions. The Mind Control Tips in this website suggest several ways of stilling negative emotions. 

One such routine, self awareness, activates PFR, which can instantly still boredom. When PFR becomes aware of the physical symptom of engulfing boredom, the emotion itself will get disconnected. It will vanish. When equilibrium comes, PFR, your common sense, will take control. You will reach a stage, where a quiet peace surrounds you. Then you can focus on anything of interest. At a lecture, focus on constructively criticizing the speaker.

A Cure For Boredom 
What Are Mindfulness Exercises?
Controlling the focus of your mind provides a lasting cure for boredom. Mindfulness courses have improved the performance of novice meditators on tasks of sustained attention and working memory. They were less depressed than those who did not receive such training. The pattern sensing logic of the mind works to still boredom and change attitudes. It does take a little practice to become so self aware. But, imagine the benefits of being free of boredom for the rest of your life!

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Does Freedom from Boredom have Benefits?
Philosophers have written that the very existence of boredom is an indication that nature has not served its purpose of making life worth living. But, they did not realize that boredom is an emotion designed by nature to keep animals focused on profitable efforts. But, with your PFR level of consciousness, you have no need to be so manipulated by your nervous system.

When boredom has been overcome, PFR will also find many ways to keep your mind occupied. Reduced reported levels of boredom were considered reliable indicators of whether treated drug addicts would stay clean. Long distance drivers, who reported little boredom, played mental games, such as counting of passing objects. They were also safer drivers. Just self awareness can set you free. A freed PFR can develop new skills and hobbies. Freed from boredom, your own patterns sensing mechanisms will find joy in the beauty of the world around you.

This page was last updated on 31-Dec-2013.

KNOW YOURSELF PODCAST Listen each week, to one podcast. Based on practical self improvement principles. From the insight of an engineer, back in 1989, about the data processing structure of the human mind, recognizing, filtering, storing patterns, without stopping.  Patterns of guilt, shame, fear.  How to silence painful subconscious patterns and become self aware.

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