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  1. #1 Hi, my name is Leo Hopkins 
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    Hi,

    I never saw this section before so let me introduce myself.......

    .....My name is Leo Hopkins, I am living in Croydon (South London, England,)

    I am 27. I left school with no qualifications whatsoever (due to a very unsettled childhood)

    I have been stuck in dead end jobs most of my life. I am a chef by trade, which is great as it means I dont have to think about what im doing and I can leave my brain free for what I do best.......thought experiments.

    I spend literally every waking hour of the day thinknig about the deeper questions. I cannot help it; it is almost involuntary.

    At the age of two years I was given the whooping-cough vaccination which had like a million to one chance of affecting a child. I was that one. It gave me epilepsy which lasted for six months. I do not suffer with epilepsy now and havnt for the past 24 years; however one grand-mal seizure which lasted for a full half an hour give me minimal brain damage. (Now known as ADHD)

    My first scientific theory I wrote down when I was 12 years old, regarding the asteroid belt and how maybe a planet exploded, and that Mars which had running water and simple life froms at that time shifted out of orbit and froze.

    Hey, maybe that other planet harboured life too but it exploded due to a some advanced civilisation experimenting with particle accelerators and it was this meteor shower from the exploded planet which caused the dino's to die out, and paved the way for us to evolve again.

    (doubtful)

    Well thats me.......
    Leo


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    Hi, welcome! So what kind of thought experiments have you been boiling up lately? :wink: Maybe you could turn some of them into real experiments on this forum, we have the experimentation section for that.

    Btw does ADHD hinder the reflexion and thought experiments or actually enhance it? I'm curious because I don't know much about this condition. It's usually associated with children running around all the time but that's probably a simplification.


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    Hi no........

    ADHD hinders it a little bit in the sense that i do not have a great ability to concentrate on one particular thing for any length of time; on the other hand it can help, like say if im thinking about one thing then my mind wanders off to the next, thing, sometimes the two pieces seem to fit together like a jigsaw. If that makes any sense.

    And as for thought experiments; i do loads of them all the time about all of the things we dont yet know or cant quite explain and do my best to look at them from different frames of reference. However my ability to come to a complete conclusion is hindered my by abysmal mathematical ability. Put a formula infront of me and i'll run !!
    The hand of time rested on the half-hour mark, and all along that old front line of the English there came a whistling and a crying. The men of the first wave climbed up the parapets, in tumult, darkness, and the presence of death, and having done with all pleasant things, advanced across No Man's Land to begin the Battle of the Somme. - Poet John Masefield.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leohopkins
    I spend literally every waking hour of the day thinknig about the deeper questions. I cannot help it; it is almost involuntary.
    I know what you mean. I wonder sometimes if that is where the migrains come from. They are probably the only thing that makes me stop.

    It seems you are not too new here but since this is an introduction thread I will say Welcome. You may want to check out the philosphy froum if you haven't already.

    Just a thought, and I don't want to sound intrusive here, but you should make ADHD one of your thought experiments. I am sure that a few months ago or even now I could be diagnosed with such a disorder but I began to investigate a while back because I had a freind with it... it seems everyone has it these days. I came across meditation through my digging and was very enlightened (pardon the pun) by what I came up with. One if not the primary purpose of meditation is to enhance concentration. Think about it. If you can't concentrate on just sitting calmly and quietly than how can you truly concentrate on anything. I personally don't meditate but only because at the moment I don't have the time. But I always keep the idea in the back of my head. When I do things I remind myself to stay focused. I have been doing this for quite a while now and recently I have been noticing very significant improvments in my studies (I'm in college) and in work habbits.

    They (whoever they are) say that ADHD is caused by a chemical inbalance in the brain. I say it is the mental state, environmental pressures, personal issues etc. that cause the behavior which leads to the chemical imbalance. I am the type to blame myself for my problems (as apposed to the doctor who diagnosed me). Therefor I take it upon myself to analyze and resolve the issue.

    I am not doctor or a psychologist but, just a person with an idea that seems to work for me so I am suggesting it to you. Maybe something good will come out of it. Maybe your ADHD is part of your personality and not a disorder at all. Either way it is something else to ponder.

    Jeeze that was a long post... sorry. Again, welcome and enjoy.
    Do not try and bend the spoon. That's impossible. Instead... only realize the truth. There is no spoon. Then you'll see that it is not the spoon that bends, it is only yourself. -Spoon Boy
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