The paradox of Breathing Assumptions

The paradox of Breathing Assumptions

It amazes me the life lessons we learn from nature. One great lesson is our tendency to β€œbreathe assumptions”. I know this title shall confuse the reader; yet it is a habit that we keep repeating. If you are patient enough to read the rest of this post for one or two more minutes you shall know what I mean.

There is something funny falling in a hole and then fall in the same hole repeatedly. We do it. Many species in nature do it as well.

One peculiar example is what research revealed recently about the parachute flower plant. Its name reveals its shape. Like all plants it doesn’t move. It needs to reproduce and therefore to invite or trick insects to spread its pollen. It does this by making itself smell like a dying bee. That is for a reason. The pollinating insect (a fly) feeds on predators of bees. While the predator is joyfully killing the bee, some nectar runs out and the watching fly enjoys feeding on it. If the insect can have the flower without the intermediary of the predator why not?

It is this trait that the parachute flower exploits brilliantly. It excretes volatile similar to those that a dying bee releases to invite pollinating insects. The insect assumes the plant as a dying bee. It rushes to it for it is a good source of food without a predator being around. But only to be trapped inside the long hairy tube of the flour. No way the insect can escape. The hairs in the tube then covers the body of the insect with the flower’s pollen. The insect will be jailed for almost twenty four hours to be then released by the flower. Getting out exhausted from its long imprisonment and burdened with the load of pollen covering its body and feeling hungry suddenly glances a dying bee. Again, its assumption is false and falls yet again in the jail of yet another parachute flower. It keeps doing the same mistake and only to be punished repeatedly.

These insects don’t learn from the mistakes of their long assumptions. The weaker they get, the hungrier they are when released and they are progressively easier alluded the weaker they get. It is the punishment of the weak.
Ali Anani, PhD

I hope the image that I drew explains what I have just said.

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What does this have to do with humans? The example I am giving was inspired by the great comments of Edward Lewellen and CityVP Manjit on my previous post. Part of Manjit’s comment reads β€œ. For me oxygen does keep us alive but also in terms of quality of life, it has impacts in the brain. Without oxygen there is severe damage to the brain, the same does not apply with emotion. Too much oxygen can lead to nausea, confusion, sleep issues and so that is not good for the brain”. Edward mentioned in his comment that β€œ. However, in order to open the small alveolar, they actually need carbon dioxide. Those preparing for being in high altitudes use devices to simulate this effect. Those with lung diseases can die from not having enough carbon dioxide because the lungs will eventually close up and suffocate them with too much oxygen”. As much as we have bad attitude to carbon dioxide it has some great benefits.

The previous comments prompted me to study how humans breathe and the roles of these two gases in the breathing process. This search led me to the idea of this post.

One reference that immediately attracted my attention has the eye-catching title β€œHow Anxiety Causes Lack of Air/Breathlessness - Calm Clinic”. This post discusses hyperventilation-commonly misunderstood and attributing it to the lack of oxygen rather than carbon dioxide. The post explains that β€œA common anxiety symptom is a feeling of having a lack of air. Sometimes referred to as shortness of breath or breathlessness, a lack of air is a harmless condition but can result in its own symptoms that may make our anxiety attacks worse.

Because of this wrong assumption that hyperventilation is due to the lack of oxygen when we feel short-breathed we tend to breathe quickly. This leads to β€œover breathing”. Because of fast breathing we exhale more carbon dioxide than we have a chance to keep it in balance. Instead, we take more oxygen than our bodies need and so, our stomachs aren’t able to expand as much. This creates a feeling as though we lack air. The symptoms deteriorates as we continue to try to breathe in more air than we need without regaining our carbon dioxide levels. These findings are in full alignment with the excellent comment by Amina Alami. In her comment on my previous post Amina wrote "Something is always born of excess. With excessive emotions come exceptional perception". This is exactly what led to the paradox of breathing.

It is our false assumptions that make us fall in the same trap again and again. We are like the parachute flower plant that keeps exploiting the wrong assumptions about the fly.

How many investors repeatedly kept assuming the stock market trends only to go bankrupt?

Assumptions without verification is even like breathing in carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen and then we hope things shall get better!!!


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Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#16
Fay Vietmeier Satan wants us to do wrong. We help Satan by holding to wrong assumptions. Yes, we then become easy prey to his aggression. Keep your spirits high dear friend.

Fay Vietmeier

Fay Vietmeier

1 year ago #16

#12
Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee There is a rich spiritual lesson here as well ... You say: "It is our false assumptions that make us fall in the same trap again and again. We are like the parachute flower plant that keeps exploiting the wrong assumptions about the fly." The evil one, Satan does precisely this "exploit our wrong assumptions" "come into my parlor said the spider to the fly"

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#14
Fay Vietmeier My Imagination Wonderment- I love the parachute flower example "LIES are like the parachute flower ... and people like the FLY'S who get trapped ... REPEATEDLY" Spot on my dear

Fay Vietmeier

Fay Vietmeier

1 year ago #14

#3
Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee Zacharias \ud83d\udc1d Voulgaris ... my dear Professor ... not sure how I missed this post but here I am ;~) Your reply to Zacharias" "Information without verification can be used to manipulate us. WE again fall in the same trap. We assume the information is correct when it is not." Reminds me of this quote ... "LIE ... LIE loud ... LIE often ... and people will think (assume) you are telling the truth LIES are like the parachute flower ... and people like the FLY'S who get trapped ... REPEATEDLY

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

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Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#10
Dear Fay Vietmeier My dear mentor- I read the post and the full story of my experience with you to co-author a poem. I revealed my feelings on your post. It is a great read.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#9
I am dancing to the beauty of your comment dear CityVP Manjit. What a thoughtful comment yours is! It is splendid. I enjoyed reading this part immensely "The instinct kicks in that we need to pull back up to the air, but the reality is that the more we try to pull up, the more we remain under the water, as the canoe goes back to its initial upside state". This speaks volumes of wisdom. It is something that shall stay in my mind. I hope other readers read this comment because we all need to know that we may mislead ourselves by the wrong actions into risky situations. Yes, your comment and coupled with that of Edward Lewellen were what initiated the idea of this post. I raise my hat for both of you

Fay Vietmeier

Fay Vietmeier

1 year ago #10

Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee The rose has opened ... for thee ;~) "The Pearl-holder" and the field of bees https://www.bebee.com/producer/@fay-vietmeier-pennsylvania/the-pearl-holder-and-the-field-of-bees

CityVP Manjit

CityVP Manjit

1 year ago #9

When we master the counter-intuitive we become the flower and not the fly. While we remain the fly we shall continue with habits that instinctively make sense but which practically are either ineffective or in some situations dangerous. An example of a dangerous situation is when a person capsizes in their canoe. The instinct kicks in that we need to pull back up to the air, but the reality is that the more we try to pull up, the more we remain under the water, as the canoe goes back to its initial upside state. With some training we would be taught that in the event of our canoe capsizing, that we need to push into the water, rather than try to get back up. This push through the water means we complete a full rotation. In that full rotation the canoe right sizes itself and we are saved. Yet someone who is foolish enough to go into a canoe without safety instruction or the confidence to do the right thing if the canoe turns upside can become as mindless as a fly. There is a sports parody called "Man vs Fly". In the attached example it is a boxer vs the fly https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-USO_aFkjSY unfortunately in this contest the fly does get knocked out but remember this is a parody - but that is not the case when we chase around the house trying to kill a fly. If the flower can get the fly, the fly has got the better of many humans who simply do not think the fly problem through. It was interesting to discover what Edward Lewellen pointed out about the role of carbon dioxide, further reinforced by the article about hyperventilation. Knowledge is power but recognizing that sometimes knowledge from one experience can become counter-intuitive in another - so lesson is context matters.

CityVP Manjit

CityVP Manjit

1 year ago #8

The article linking to Calm Clinic can be found here https://www.calmclinic.com/anxiety/symptoms/lack-of-air - the existing link in the article is currently broken, probably due to copying some extra words that have become a part of that URL.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#6
John Rylance Your comment is wise. I wrote a while ago that complex systems healthiness can be measured by simple indicators.As complex as the human body is the temperature and pressure of the body tell us a lot. AS for the breath I published several scientific papers using a photoacoustic spectrometer to show the spectrum of our breath. If there acetone in the body then a sharp peak shall appear on the spectrum even though the concentration of the acetone is less than one part in million. I also wrote a story in Arabic titled "Breath Prints". In fruits we measure with a simple portable and handy device the Brix Number. This tells us a lot about the quality of the fruit. So, your comment makes a lot of sense.

John Rylance

John Rylance

1 year ago #6

#5
As per usual I did a little digging around the topic. What surprised me was the number of conditions that have breathlessness as a symptom. Our hearts are the thing that keeps us alive, but our breathing appears to be a leading indicator of our state of health.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#4
Debasish Majumder Great example yours is and it shows that we need to pause and think so that we don't suffer from adverse effects. I thank you also for your reshare dear friend.

Debasish Majumder

Debasish Majumder

1 year ago #4

exactly. sometime owing to strong immunity in some cases not only body politic may identify quickly and destroy the harmful viruses, at the same time the strong immunity mechanism may become and adverse mechanism, resulting cytokynosine storm in the concern body and results death to a patient. however, lovely insight sir Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee! enjoyed read ad shared. thank you for the buzz sir.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#2
Zacharias \ud83d\udc1d Voulgaris Information without verification can be used to manipulate us. WE again fall in the same trap. We assume the information is correct when it is not. What is based on sandy information shall not build castles in the air.

Zacharias 🐝 Voulgaris

I wonder how this applies to information, which has come to be our minds' oxygen...

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

Edward Lewellen You are quoted in this post.

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