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libertygrl
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Posted 07/21/11 - 6:27 PM:
Subject: boredom
is it a state of mind or a state of body?

is it a product of too much leisure time? or does any repetitive activity lead to boredom?

do you suppose people in general are more bored now than they were 100 years ago? how about 1000 years ago, or 10K years ago?

any thoughts?
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Posted 07/22/11 - 9:10 AM:

Mostly: I think boredom is the result of too much free time.

A Zombie Apocalypse is a sure cure to the ailment.
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Posted 07/22/11 - 11:57 AM:

libertygrl wrote:
is it a state of mind or a state of body?



It's mind. Mind is boredom. The moot point is: How much of mind is body and vice versa!

is it a product of too much leisure time? or does any repetitive activity lead to boredom?


Not necessarily. What leads to boredom is 'thoughts' ; especially when they are random; triggered by some unease( which can be caused by anything undesirable )

do you suppose people in general are more bored now than they were 100 years ago? how about 1000 years ago, or 10K years ago?

any thoughts?


10K might be too much of a speculation to be honest; because, we are not very sure about the cognitive-patterns of human(oids) of that time! Do animals other than human really get bored? It suggests that it takes a certain amount of mental development to get bored.

If you have a pet dog and you take it out for a walk in evening every day; you will notice certain conditioning towards it ( and towards many other similar things related to its behavior ) : It will get restless at regular intervals when it needs to go out for walk; which is very similar to boredom ( because, it's not necessarily required for it to go out to survive)

I do not think that there is sufficient evidence to suggest that humans were less bored 100 years ago, unless, we can come up with the evidence that they have accumulated a lot of agitated thinking!

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Posted 07/22/11 - 1:41 PM:

quirk wrote:
A Zombie Apocalypse is a sure cure to the ailment.

a quick neuroscientific run-down on the zombie brain may also cure a little boredom:

www.wired.com/underwire/201...&pageid=72255&viewall=true

Thinker wrote:
10K might be too much of a speculation to be honest; because, we are not very sure about the cognitive-patterns of human(oids) of that time! Do animals other than human really get bored? It suggests that it takes a certain amount of mental development to get bored.

If you have a pet dog and you take it out for a walk in evening every day; you will notice certain conditioning towards it ( and towards many other similar things related to its behavior ) : It will get restless at regular intervals when it needs to go out for walk; which is very similar to boredom ( because, it's not necessarily required for it to go out to survive)

good observations. i was thinking similarly that people may have been *less* bored in general about 100 years ago due to having fewer entertainment options - no television, no radio, no video games, no internet and so on. i think these inventions may have conditioned people to have shorter attention spans and thus greater restlessness and greater tendency toward boredom.

Thinker wrote:
10K might be too much of a speculation to be honest; because, we are not very sure about the cognitive-patterns of human(oids) of that time!

indeed, although i wonder if any theories can be extrapolated based on this idea of restlessness growing out of conditioned stimulations. also, i've recently heard that the neanderthal genome has been sequenced, i wonder if this may soon (if not already) give some clues to the humanoid cognitive patterns of eras past.


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