Loneliness & Longevity

The video titles might not seem related to loneliness or longevity, but after watching them, we can easily find the link.

This one is about a Harvard study and the conclusion is good relationships, while loneliness kills.

I have watched Guy Winch’s video for many times over and over again and I believe it strikes many of us, because loneliness is part of every human being.

And here’s another story: The Greek island of old age, indicating that good relationships make us happier and live longer.

Just think about east asian people that are famous for living a long life. Their culture is more family oriented and community driven rather than following individualism which is common in western countries. It now seems apparent that the asian concept of taking care of 3 things is legitimate; health, wealth and relationships.

It might seem obvious that happiness is the ultimate goal of life, but many don’t know how to achieve it throughout their lives. We struggle for many years to make some cash to live a better life with, but we don’t realise throwing those precious years away, so miserably lonely, that slowly kills us from within.

Better thoughts, better lifestyle

Some of these just past through my mind and I thought it’s a good opportunity to write them down, then make them goals and use them to enhance the process of achieving my dreams.

So in order to have a better lifestyle and change my main issue, the selfishness, I will

  • start building my world and stop expecting others to build it for me,
  • give more and become a teacher in what I do,
  • replace constructive criticism with usual complaints and rants,
  • be more positive / less negative,
  • see the problems if I was after fixing them,
  • mention the problems if I found a channel or person to fix them,
  • learn from failures,
  • etc.

I guess a todo list would help organising the messed up mind.

Space Time

I was very young, maybe 12, that my teacher was telling us a story in classroom. At one part he said that God ever existed, exists and will exist forever. It was a really mind twisting claim. I went home and thought about it. I remember that my aunt told me that it is true and try to not think about it, because it will drive me crazy. She tried to scare me, but for my curious mind, I couldn’t let it go. My most of thoughts were on bed, and I came up with a solution, we are trapped in space and time, that’s why it wouldn’t make sense that something has ever existed.

There were times that world problems would excitingly hook me for a long time. It’s funny, but I was trying to invent some simple math formulas, like how to calculate square of a number, just by having the square of the previous number; like we have 169 (which is 132) and we want the square of 14, which is 196. And the solution is to add the base numbers to the smaller square: 169 + 13 + 14.  I know I’m terrible at describing it, but my point is that I was always fascinated with science.

I had this ridiculous idea of creating a device that works like a blackhole. Imagine a device in your bedroom with lights on, and the device will suck the light in and the room becomes dark. Then I had the same idea with the sound, it would be a great isolation 🙂

The more practical thought was to create a speed bump that is car friendly. My idea was to implement 2 or 3 air suspensions underneath the bump’s skin, then slow cars would easily press that down and cross safely, but faster cars will really feel that bump, because it takes time to turn flat.

Sometimes I really want to go back to physical sciences and study physics, chemistry, geology.. I’m 26 and still have doubts what I’m gonna do in future.

How I lost weight

you’re FAT and want to know what to do? this is what i’ve done last year that helped me losing 3 stones.

I fell sick in February 2014, I lost my appetite and didn’t eat enough for few days, I lost 4 kilos (which later I realised that it was mostly water weight) and made me wonder the significance of diet on weight loss.

so the idea was from this fact that if we don’t eat, first glycogen will get drained, then body turns into fat burning mode (ketosis) and then protein and bones etc. so i thought what if i only eat protein? then my body won’t cannibalize the muscles! well yeah it worked, but there are consequences that you need to be aware of. I basically went on boiled eggs and veggies diet.

  • high protein diet from meat and dairy products mean acidic blood, so you need to alkalise it with veggies and other stuff, unless you like cancer.
  • again on meat and dairy protein diet, you’ll barely go to toilet for number two, so you need some real good waste like fibre.
  • vegetable protein amino acids are not complete, so you need to have a diverse range of them + take care of vitamin B12 deficiency.
  • our brain’s “preferred” energy source is sugar, not fats, so the functionality drops to about 80%.
  • being on ketosis, changes person’s mood, messes with hormones and metabolism (i had quarrels once in a while).

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Religion talk

Within last few weeks (especially in Ramadan), I had to explain to every nation that being an Iranian doesn’t necessarily mean we are muslims. Iran is not Saudi Arabia. Majority of Iranians are muslim, but we also have christians, jews, zoroastrians, atheists, etc.

You can figure it out yourself by these facts:

  • Iran’s population: ~78 million
  • Check out population pyramid of Iran, majority are young.
  • Not everyone has access to internet
  • Facebook is blocked in Iran
  • Iranian Atheists & Agnostic pages on Facebook has more than 150k fans and growing rapidly.
  • Iran’s government persecutes irreligiousness or religions other than Islam.

Religion is fading away in Iran. Please stop generalising/stereotyping that every Iranian must be a muslim. Hell no, I’m an agnostic atheist and not giving a damn for god’s existence. I believe in humanity, caring about animals and enjoy drinking draft sake and beer.

Peace.