A Mind In Two Places At Once
Be careful what you read on (or into) a label. You might believe the words on it.
Ghrelin is called the “hunger hormone” because it supposedly regulates appetite.
Well, that’s what licensed scientists say, and, who are we, the unlicensed hoi polloi, to disagree?
The supposed “satiety hormone” (leptin) is supposedly the opposite of the supposed “hunger hormone” (ghrelin).
According to Alix Spiegel (“Mind Over Milkshake: How Your Thoughts Fool Your Stomach,” NPR Morning Edition, Apr. 14, 2014) …
“[Alia] Crum created a huge batch of French vanilla milkshake, then divided it into two batches that were labeled in two very different ways.
“Half the stuff was put into bottles labeled as a low-calorie drink called Sensishake — advertised as having zero percent fat, zero added sugar and only 140 calories.
“The other half was put into bottles that were labeled as containing an incredibly rich treat called Indulgence. According to the label, Indulgence had all kinds of things that wouldn’t benefit your upper thighs — including enough sugar and fat to account for 620 calories. In truth, the shakes had 300 calories each.”
According to the same source …
“If you believed you were drinking the indulgent shake, she says, your body responded as if you had consumed much more.
“‘The ghrelin levels dropped about three times more when people were consuming the indulgent shake (or thought they were consuming the indulgent shake),’ she says, compared to the people who drank the sensible shake (or thought that’s what they were drinking).”
Adano Ley (Swami Nitty-Gritty) often held up a pen and asked, “How many ends does this pen have?”
“Two,” most people replied, demonstrating the mind’s natural duality because of our two brain hemispheres.
Adano accepted the following answers …
“One continuous end.”
Renu Lal Singh (Right Life: Teachings of the Shivapuri Baba, 1975, 1984) wrote …
“Shri Shivapuri Baba challenged the proposition 1 + 1 = 2. Einstein at once became contemplative but could not follow him. So far as I remember and understand, Shri Shivapuri Baba told Einstein, ‘Absolutely speaking, only God exists, so the question of adding one thing to another cannot be entertained. Relatively speaking, no two things or beings are exactly alike. So, to say 1 + 1 = 2 is convenient but not correct.”
According to Kabir …
“I’m looking at you, you’re looking somewhere else. Damn the kind of mind that’s in two places at once.”