Sometimes I think about the future of self driving cars and how everyone I talk to about that future is like “okay but in an emergency we’ll be able to take back manual control, right?” and I usually placate them by saying, yeah, that’s totally how it’ll happen, but actually we’re already seeing the opposite. Cars with “self driving” features like steering and breaking that kick in and take control from the driver if the driver is about to rear end someone or is in a dangerous situation because the truth is computers can think faster and have better reflexes than us and I think about this going into the future and how if the self-driving cars are able to share their data with each other and learn from the driving experiences of every car on the road soon we’ll have cars that are so massively experienced at driving and avoiding accidents and making microsecond decisions and partial degree turns of the wheels and being so damn precise that automobile accidents will be almost unheard of and that’s when we’ll develop the most wasteful hilarious extreme sport in history where a single human driver will go up against an arena of ultra smart self driving cars and just by driving around recklessly try to coral them into crashing into each other and I tell you I would watch that sport all day.

everyone else playing Pokemon go: haha I’ve already caught 34503 pokemon and evolved them!
me, with no driving experience or car, living in a 10 house neighborhood with the only poke spot being a church 20 minutes away in walking distance while the weather outside is on average 100F: this is scrungus the rattata, he is my only friend

Inspired by sixpenceee’s Call of The Void post.

Intrusive thoughts are unwelcome and upsetting involuntary thoughts, images, or ideas. We all experience these disturbing thoughts that fly through our heads from time to time. You may be driving and experience the involuntary thought of crashing your car into the one in front of you. You may be standing on a bridge and have a sudden urge to jump off. Perhaps you are cooking dinner and wonder what it would be like to stab your significant other with the large steak knife you’re holding. You quickly dismiss these thoughts, but they are disturbing nonetheless. 

Luckily, these thoughts are normal. A recent study showed that 94 percent of people experience intrusive thoughts in their daily lives.

Sigmund Freud proposed an interesting theory to explain these intrusive thoughts. You may be familiar with his psychoanalytic theory of the conscious and unconscious mind. Essentially, the unconscious represents the irrational and instinctual side of our brain. It is made up of three parts: Id, Ego, and Super Ego.

Buried at the bottom of our unconscious mind is the Id, which represents all of our most basic, instinctual desires. Within the Id lies the life force (our basic human survival instincts) and the death force (our negative human destructive instincts). Freud concluded that people hold an unconscious desire to die, but that this desire is overpowered by the life instincts. He proposed that intrusive thoughts are a appendage of this death force. 

When an individual tries to suppress thoughts, the frequency of those thoughts increases and becomes even more apparent than before. A Harvard Study showed that the more you try to suppress a thought, the more intrusive it becomes. In the study, they asked people to NOT think of a white bear. Participants were allowed to think of anything expect for the bear. But of course, being told not to think about the bear only made them think about it more.

Going to great lengths to suppress these thoughts and prevent them from occurring is associated with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. The best thing to do to get rid of these thoughts is not obsessing over them, rather, you should be unresponsive to them and avoid wasting time trying to push the thoughts away. You can also try focusing your energy on something else. Studies show that you should focus on one thing in particular though, because multitasking can actually be more harmful for your brain.

tips to help you stop dissociating while driving (based on experience and things that have worked for me):

  • turn the radio up
  • sing along to the radio
  • remind yourself where you are, where you are going and where you are coming from.
  • if you have your blinker on and it’s making noise try to focus on the sound (sounds weird but it’s helped me stay grounded)
  • rub the steering wheel with your thumbs, focus on the texture and how it feels (but also keep your eyes on the road of course)
  • roll the window down
  • while still trying to stay focused on driving notice the colors of the cars around you, try to find all the red ones

if you start dissociating pretty heavily it would be a good idea to pull over where it will be safe, breathe, tell yourself where you are, start identifying objects around you outside and inside your car, breathe (do any other grounding techniques you might know of) and when you feel safe, safely get back on the road.


Villain Academy at Circuit of the Americas | F-TYPE COUPE | Jaguar USA

Sebastian Stan experienced the thrill of pushing the F-TYPE Coupe on the track at Circuit of the Americas while attending the Jaguar Villain Academy - a special version of the Jaguar Performance Driving Academy.

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