All this was fun but I could definitely feel my brain getting frazzled as the week went on. I’m reading William James’s “Talks to Teachers on Psychology”, and at one point he stresses how physical activity is so essential to healthy psychology. He tells of a conversation with a colleague who said that as technology progresses, our brains become more and more important while our body and muscles grow less so, even joking that some day we might be just brains with inert bodies, getting nutrients pumped in so that we never need be interrupted in the important business of our thinking. James disagrees with this strongly, saying that there must be bodily exertion too, to keep our thinking healthy and productive. I guess nowadays the science supports James’s view, but in 1899 when he gave the talks I don’t think the issue was as settled. Anyway, it helps to be reminded because even if one knows something is true, we don’t always remember or think about it even when we could use it.
The weather cleared up and I did get out for a run finally, and had a bit better sleep. This afternoon I took a break from computer stuff and just sat outside and watched the leaves and the sky. This helped my sore eyes but I also felt a slowing and settling of my mind. Much needed, because I tend to get fixated on things and unable to break out of mental loops. This weekend I’m going to install my new harddrive (got SATA cable in the mail), tinker with the laptop, and I think play some Wizardry 8 and Hollow Knight if nothing else strikes the fancy.
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