10 Irrational Thoughts People Think

irrational thinkingIrrational thoughts occasionally occur in the minds of all people.  Intelligence does not make someone immune to irrational thought.  These thoughts typically clutter our minds with feelings of resentment and distaste.  Sometimes they are based on internal defense mechanisms we develop to mitigate personal anger in an attempt to avoid facing the truth about ourselves or our immediate circumstances.  If someone imposes stringent expectations related to a stressful issue on themselves or their close companions, irrational thought is likely to set in, and all parties involved will probably experience needless emotional grief.

Passionate perceptions of an event made by someone in distress can seem crazy from a third party perspective.  This craziness is simply the sum of stress and irrational thought.  These thoughts allow the distressed party to remain the victim while avoiding all situational responsibility.  One must learn to break this momentary negative thought process in order to achieve continuous stability in their life and in their relationships.

Here are 10 irrational thoughts that rational people often fall victim to at one point or another:

  1. Mistakes are never acceptable.  If I make one, it means that I am incompetent.
  2. When somebody disagrees with me, it is a personal attack against me.
  3. To be content in life, I must be liked by all people.
  4. My true value as an individual depends on what others think of me.
  5. If I am not involved in an intimate relationship, I am completely alone.
  6. There is no grey area.  Success is black and failure is white.
  7. Nothing ever turns out the way you want it to.
  8. If the outcome was not perfect, it was a complete failure.
  9. I am in absolute control of my life.  If something bad happens, it is my fault.
  10. The past always repeats itself.  If it was true then, it must be true now.

Your life will be more productive if you learn to avoid this type of negative thinking.

Why is there only an up and down on Earth and not out in space? 

There’s no gravity in space. On a planet like ours, down is always toward the center of gravity.  Up is always the opposite of the center of gravity. Drop a ball, it goes down. Up is the opposite.

In space if you let go of a ball it stays where you let go of it (as long as you weren’t moving your hand, that is.)

Your personal sense of up and down is caused by your inner ear. In space, however, sometimes people feel sick because it feels like they’re falling all the time (and in fact, when in orbit you are falling all the time).

What year do you believe people will begin inhabiting Mars? 

That will happen when a human sets foot on the surface of Mars. Probably sometime in the 2030’s.

Did you know the Moon was inhabited by astronauts? Yes. It’s true. When they landed on the moon they had to stay several days before taking off again. That means they lived on the Moon and thus inhabited it for a short period of time.

The same will go for humans on Mars except they will likely have to stay longer because it takes about two years for Earth and Mars to be close to each other in orbit for a return flight.

Space Shuttle and the Horses Ass

Did you know…. The gauge for the U.S. railways is 4 feet eight and a half inches. That’s a weird number. It also, as we shall see, has relevance to the now retired U.S. Space Shuttle program and the horses ass. This post was copied from a Facebook page.

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Why was that railway gauge used for train tracks in America? Well, because that‘s the way they built them in England, and English engineers designed the first US railroads.

Why did the English build them like that?
Because the first rail lines were built by the same people who built the wagon tramways, and that’s the gauge they used.

So, why did ‘they’ use that gauge then?
Because the people who built the tramways used the same jigs and tools that they had used for building wagons, which used that same wheel spacing.

Why did the wagons have that particular odd wheel spacing?
Well, if they tried to use any other spacing, the wagon wheels would break more often on some of the old, long distance roads in England . You see, that’s the spacing of the wheel ruts.

So who built those old rutted roads?
Imperial Rome built the first long distance roads in Europe (including England ) for their legions. Those roads have been used ever since.

And what about the ruts in the roads?
Roman war chariots formed the initial ruts, which everyone else had to match or run the risk of destroying their wagon wheels. Since the chariots were made for Imperial Rome , they were all alike in the matter of wheel spacing. Therefore the United States standard railroad gauge of 4 feet, 8.5 inches is derived from the original specifications for an Imperial Roman war chariot. Bureaucracies live forever.

So the next time you are handed a specification/procedure/process and wonder ‘What horse’s ass came up with this?’, you may be exactly right. Imperial Roman army chariots were made just wide enough to accommodate the rear ends of two war horses. (Two horses’ asses.)

Now, the twist to the story:

When you see a Space Shuttle sitting on its launch pad, there are two big booster rockets attached to the sides of the main fuel tank. These are solid rocket boosters, or SRBs. The SRBs are made by Thiokol at their factory in Utah . The engineers who designed the SRBs would have preferred to make them a bit fatter, but the SRBs had to be shipped by train from the factory to the launch site. The railroad line from the factory happens to run through a tunnel in the mountains, and the SRBs had to fit through that tunnel. The tunnel is slightly wider than the railroad track, and the railroad track, as you now know, is about as wide as two horses’ behinds.

So, a major Space Shuttle design feature, of what is arguably the world’s most advanced transportation system, was determined over two thousand years ago by the width of a horse’s ass. And you thought being a horse’s ass wasn’t important? Ancient horse’s asses control almost everything and….

CURRENT Horses Asses are controlling everything else.

The US standard railroad gauge (distance between the rails) is 4 feet, 8.5 inches. That’s an exceedingly odd number.

How would we protect future human civilization on Mars from cosmic radiation?

A great question, and there’s no easy solution to this critical problem!

The sun gives off deadly radiation all the time. On Earth we are shielded from it here because of our magnetic poles and this is what causes the Aurora borealis (northern lights).

On Mars this will be a deadly problem whether or not there would be an atmosphere like Earth.

The best solution, like on the International Space Station, stay indoors as much as possible!

Besides, I don’t think we will be able to terraform Mars!

How long before the expansion of the Universe causes our Earth to drift away from the Sun?

What if Earth animals were introduced to a terraformed Mars, how would they evolve on the Red Planet?

Terraforming Mars is a long ways off. In fact, it’s highly unlikely that it would ever be possible and since there’s no organized magnetic field on Mars, any life that walked outside would be exposed to lethal radiation from the sun with or without an atmosphere.

That being said, life can evolve even with high amounts of radiation under certain conditions. Over time, life finds a way to exist even in extreme conditions. Evolution would follow a random pattern – the fittest of those would survive and the less fit would perish. Survival of the fittest is what drives Evolution, whether on Earth or on Mars, forward.