ENOUGH. [GMT+8 HONG KONG]

Posted: May 15th, 2011 | Author: | 1 Comment »

The opening bars of Es ist genug by Sven-David Sandström, 1986.

Text from a Buxtehude cantata.


ENOUGH. [GMT-4 NEW YORK]

Posted: May 15th, 2011 | Author: | No Comments »

Thinking out loud:

Though it is necessary to presume free will in daily decision making, it may be that  people have less control over how they behave than they would like to think. Our physical appearances, moods, general health, and even interests have been shown to be determined or at least heavily influenced by genetics. To what extent our actions are prescribed by our genes may be an unnerving thought.

Consider the following: someone offers a second helping of mashed potatoes at Thanksgiving dinner. You decline the offer, politely, as you cradle your bloated belly. “I’m stuffed,” you say. “I’ve had enough.” This deliberate choice is a feeling that is governed by inheritable biological factors that differ from person to person. From animal studies, we now know that feelings of satiety are controlled by an area of the hypothalamus, and defects in its structure make it less responsive to hunger-suppressing hormones. If feelings can be affected by inheritable differences in the brain, does it then follow that future potential actions are predetermined? What leads us to believe that actions are not as immutable as hair or eye color?

Oh, you feel full, do you? Yeah, you would.


ENOUGH. [GMT+1 LONDON]

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POLITE WAYS TO SAY YOU’VE HAD ENOUGH, ON A DINNER DATE AND/OR IN BED.

1. Indicate that you’re stuffed.

2. Change the topic.

3. Mention that you have to be up early.

4. Take a phone call and step out of the room.

5. Say the safeword.