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知人T-A friend T 認識年齢と生物的年齢-Cognitive age and biological age

2017年01月05日 13時59分00秒 | 生き方

口を使わないで心で話す。

Speaking with mind without using mouth.

その時に言語が必要になってくる。

At that moment, a language becomes necessary.


坐禅を切っ掛けに一人の人に出会った。

Zazen motivated I met a friend.

ネット経由なのでまだ顔も分からないが、

I have known him through internet so don’t know his face yet

その未知の部分があるから想像力が増していく。

-the unknown part creates imagination of him.

その方Tは74才だと明かしているが、

The friend T revealed his age of 74

言われなかったら40代だと思うくらいで

-if he didn’t mention I would have thought he might be in 40’s

言葉使いからは70代を感じさせない。

-he does not let me feel his 70’s.


その友人Tと活字で話をしていると

When I talking with friend T with typing-

人の生物的な年齢は『意識の度合』によって

-human’s biological age is depended on 『Degree of Consciousness』

加齢化になっていくのではないかと思えてくる。

-it seems to make the aging.

年齢に注目し、着実に数えていれば、

If focus on how old and counting age steadily

その意識は注目を浴び、中心になっていく。

-the conscious draws attention and becomes center.


私は自分の年齢を数えない。

I don’t count my age.

元々数学が苦手で数字系にアレルギーもあるからだが。

Basically, I am not good at math and have allergies on numbers.

私が数えなくても、身分証明書や運転免許証に

Even though I don’t count my age, on ID card or Driver’s license

間違いなく書かれているから

-my age is written on it without doubt

自分の年を確認する必要がある時だけ、見ては驚く。

-only when my age comes to be confirmed, see it and surprised.


その知人Tが私にアインシュタインの理論を説明する時、

When the friend T explained Einstein’s theory to me

年齢を超えた知性が野望に燃える青年のように

-his intelligence that beyond his age was like

-a young man who has burning ambition

生き生きして弾性が弾む。

-his mind elasticity has bounced vivid.

 

また彼の文章からは知識が人格と結合し、

Also from his sentences, his personality has combined with knowledge

調和された美を感じさせる。

-making me feel harmonious beauty.

私の夫も言葉使いでは品格があるが、

Although my husband has dignity in using words

知人Tの日本語や英語は

-but friend T’s Japanese and English have more of

   品格+ユーモア=言葉の真意  がさらにある。

  Dignity + Humor = True meaning of words


夫に彼との言語使いの差を比較したら、

Once I compared the linguistic difference of him to my husband

私の打つ日本語を見て分かったふりをして

-pretending understood by looking my Japanese I was typing

 “それか、日本語分かる”とジョークを言って

 “That's it, I know Japanese" he joked

どう分かったか聞く前にどっかに行ってしまった。

-and went away somewhere before I ask how he understood.


昨日の朝の坐禅で気づいたことは

What I realized in the morning session of zazen yesterday morning

もしかしたら、自我にまつわる『私』という生命体は

Perhaps, the life form of『I』which regarded as ego that

言語や意識に振り回される中身が空っぽな

-is an empty filling lingered by language and consciousness

線香の煙ではないか...と思ったが

-may be smoke of an incense stick…as I thought

それも煙のように消えてしまった。

-the thought was gone like the smoke.

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Unknown (Eric The Husband)
2017-01-07 03:32:01
Hahahahaha
Now I REALLY understand. Excellent post.
Reading this brings a thought.
I have always wondered about the self experience of animals, cats, dogs, elephants and other mammals, and even reptiles or fish.
How do animals experience the world and themselves without any language?
Animals, particularly mammals from what I have observed, clearly have understanding, and they learn from their environment as well as instinct, but they do this all without language.
I think animals like humans, have an inner dialogue as they go through their daily activities, but the dialogue must be without words.
I imagine their experience is no less rich and varied than our own.
Perhaps Zen is a way, at least temporarily, TO BE without language.
Unknown (Taky)
2017-01-07 05:01:54
Hi, Eric, Her Husband.

The right sphere of Human brain doesn't speak.
But it surely recognizes Space and Emotion.
Zen emphasizes right brain's activity.


Guess other amimals communicate by emotion,
and keep spaces each other.

Only human beings have words and ,thus,argues,
and invade other people's territory.

Only human lawyers can asisit someone's suffering.
Hope you protect children's happiness.

Happy New Year.

PS.
Please don't forget to protect your wife, The
Precious One, from full of your heart!!
意識と加齢 (のしてんてん)
2017-01-07 14:24:28
「人の生物的な年齢は『意識の度合』によって
加齢化になっていくのではないかと思えてくる。」

確かに私もそう思いますね。

意識に身体が従うのか、身体に意識が従うのか、あるいは平行線で存在するのか。ですが、
私はやっぱり、意識が主だと思いたいですね。

私が瞑想するとき、
その瞬間は、意識(空間)の中にいるようなイメージになります。
意識という空間 (hasunohana1966)
2017-01-08 05:03:34
のしてんてんーさんへ
意識を認識すると
意識から抜け出す瞬間があります。

意識の流れを眺め
意識の鎖を解くためには
意識の殻を破る必要があります。

意識が意識化になれば
意識の支配力から放てるようになります。


Unknown (Eric)
2017-01-08 10:45:44
Hello Taky:

Thank you so much for your reply. It is my great pleasure to meet you.

The brain is fascinating, still a frontier of science and exploration. We can use the Hubble telescope and peer at galaxies 11 billion light years away, yet the brain and consciousness we use to analyze the data is still an organ about which we have much to learn as a species.
I was thinking about your comments on the way animals can use spacial recognition and emotional response to interact with their environment and communicate. It makes much sense.

The lateralization of brain function between the hemispheres tells us that the mind is constructed somewhat like the body. The body is, of course, an amalgam of cells with specialized functions and together, they form a functioning organism. So the brain has "cells" or areas of cortex evolved to handling specific tasks.
I have met people who are very "language dominant". Also, some seem to have an noticeable wide range of skills. My mother was a person who had varied talents that appeared to cross hemispheres. She was ambidextrous, able to use both right and left hand equally.
Anyway, your message motivated me to do a little research and I found the following article which indicates a small part of the human population has unlateralized language skills, spreading across both hemispheres. I hope the following link can be accessed by you and that you find it interesting.
http://www.news-medical.net/health/Language-and-the-Human-Brain.aspx

In case you can't link to it, one paragraph from the article reads as follows (very interesting):

"Recent studies have shown that in around 97% of people, language is represented in the left hemisphere. However, in about 19% of left-handed people, the areas responsible for language are in the right hemisphere and as many as 68% of them have some language abilities in both the left and the right hemispheres."

Evolution is always experimenting to find useful adaptations. I guess we are each little experiments that advance in some small way the cosmos in understanding itself. Anyway, that is my belief and hope.

My brother posted an article about Octopus minds on his facebook page the very same day you sent me your message on Keiren's blog. (Happy coincidence.)

Anyway, I hope you can link to this article and enjoy it. It is titled:" OTHER MINDS
The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness."

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/27/books/review/other-minds-peter-godfrey-smith.html?&moduleDetail=section-news-5&action=click&contentCollection=Book+Review&region=Footer&module=MoreInSection&version=WhatsNext&contentID=WhatsNext&pgtype=article

Take care and kind regards...

Eric Applebaum
なんとなく (のしてんてん)
2017-01-08 13:47:02
「意識が意識化になれば
意識の支配力から放てるようになります。」

ナウイズムの言葉に翻訳しますと、
「自己意識から宇宙意識に入ると、吾は消える」

きっとおなじ風景を見ているのだと思います^ね^
To Eric (Taky)
2017-01-09 09:30:16
Thank you for your reply.
I still didn't have time to go over to the articles you linked. I will do it soon or later.

What came to my mind, though, is that the history of scientific research on Human Brain is still new, only 20years in majority of researches with late 10 years' big burst.

I don't think that the anatomical structure of brain
cells have any difference from right to left of the brain hemispheres.
They must be the same, but can be functionally deferenciated as logical circuits by each person depending on how human beings tend to input external informations to the brain.

It seems very interesting to know why majority of people use the right hand instead of the left hand.
It must have sure reason in the past (as DNA succeeds) why we do so.

But anyway the right hand is used to write and
express your thoughts by gestures in majority of
people(hand talk?? or using weapons in the past??).
And the right hand's nerve fibers are connected to the left side of brain. That's why the left brain controls words and speeches most of the cases.

Samely ,the right side eye which is also connected to
the left brain, recognizes letters and some kind of descriptions,
and the left side eye which is connected to the right side brain recognizes spatial picture of the world.

The ear function is similar. Right ear hears your words, and left ear hears wordless sounds
(as far as I understand).

It's very interesting to know that the anatomical structure of eyes and ears must be identical.
Then why function can be differentiated??

Which one of five senses creates brain hemi-spheres' specialization first,
and which organs of five senses modify their functions depending on the brain function (= as an
order from the brain)?
Interest continues!!


It would be very interesting to talk with you.
Let's continue our conversation.

Thank you. My best regards.






Unknown (taky)
2017-01-09 09:33:34
Correction.
deferenciated......>differentiated
のしてんてんさんへ (hasunohana1966)
2017-01-10 13:15:52
「自己意識から宇宙意識に入ると、吾は消える」この解釈は分かりやすかったです。
同じ風景を見られて嬉しいです。
To 2 men (hasunohana1966)
2017-01-11 06:35:53
I don't have article-data to say my opinion for language brain hemisphere but from my experience, women's language brain is almighty to get what they want.
But men's language brain only can work when its work can bring money and a curvy woman. Later one always has lisky and hard to get but the difficulty is worthy when you grab'em by the language.
Both the money and the curvy have no grantee to get how much you tried but your language brain can save as a brave trial and as a trophy, so carry on to develop quality of language.

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