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Exhalation by Ted Chiang Blew My Mind

I like sci fi but I was a little worried bc short stories don’t tend to have the same impact on me that a novel has. That’s having been said, I absolutely loved 8/9 of these stories. Simply put, this is sci fi at its best: thought provoking and original. He tackled so many huge, important subjects in these stories and I can’t remember the last time a book made me think this much.

Cannot recommend it enough and for those who have read it, what did you think?

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Human exhalation diffusion during a face-to-face conversation with masks.
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Is there a name given to deep slow full inhalation and full exhalation breathing and what are it's benefits?

The reason I wan to know is so I can look it up. I like to do it most days and I love the feeling of my lungs being given a stretch. I had my lung capacity tested recently and apparently I have the lungs of a 31 year old, I'm 47! Could it be from doing this breathing? What are known benefits to the method and what effect would adding breath holds have?

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LPT: When you prolong the exhalation phase of breathing through your mouth, the vagus nerve secretes acetylcholine to slow down your heart rate - this helps with anxiety or panic attacks.
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"Reading is inhalation, writing is exhalation."

Hello all writers

I recently took this screenshot from Twitter and still thinks it is some of the best writing advice I have come upon.

"Walk every day too. When you move, your mind moves too. And don't get so busy writing you have no time for reading. Reading is inhalation, writing is exhalation. Breathing requires both."

Courtesy of a great writer, David Mitchell.

Have a great day everyone.

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Friendly reminder that masks with exhalation valves ARE NOT SAFE.
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Appreciation for Ted Chiang's short story collections, Stories of Your Life and Others + Exhalation

I was browsing Facebook and my friend had posted a photo of a tall tower of wooden blocks his wife had been building and bam! Immediately I was thinking about Ted Chiang's gorgeous, haunting story "Tower of Babylon" where people have built the enormous tower of Babel. People live their entire lives on the tower and miners at the top are trying to break through the firmament.

If you haven't read these collections yet, I would highly recommend them. Some stories are fantasy, some are sci-fi, all are absolutely brilliant. You know the movie Arrival? That's based on one of Ted Chiang's stories, "Story of Your Life." They're the sort of stories that change the way you think about things, that linger, that fill you with wonder.

"Hell is the Absence of God" assumes that God and angels are real, actual beings that interact regularly with the world and also engage in incomprehensible destructive acts (as well as miracles). The way different people cope with this in his story is fascinating.

"Exhalation" explores the second law of thermodynamics through a race of air-driven mechanical beings. After some time discrepancies, a scientist hypothesizes that their brains are running more slowly.

"The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate" is an original and mesmerizing take on time travel, set in medeival Baghdad. I don't want to say any more so as not to spoil it.

"Liking What You See: A Documentary" is told as though someone is filming a documentary. It takes a deep dive on a procedure that eliminates people's abilities to perceive physical beauty, exploring both the positive and negative effects on society as well as individuals.

There are so many more and they are all so so SO good!

I'm a writer. Mostly when I read a good book or story, I think, "Hmmmm I think I can figure out how to do that." Ted Chiang's work is the sort I read and know I will never, ever be that good no matter how long I live or how hard I try.

My only consolation is pushing his stories on everyone I know so we can all marvel and discuss!

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Face shields and masks with exhalation valves are not effective at preventing COVID-19 transmission, finds a new droplet dispersal study. (Physics of Fluids journal, 1 September 2020) aip.scitation.org/doi/10.…
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I am an RN who cares for trach/vent kiddos. If I am giving a nebulizer to an infant, and the infant has a trach/vent, and the vent tubing has an exhalation valve, am I supposed to do something about the exhalation valve during the nebulizer? Because it seems like the mist is exiting from the valve.
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The appearance of lies, contradictions, and fraud are not bugs but features of the true church. Only by allowing all this opposition can God create the faith necessary for exhalation.

Only through abandoning all critical thinking and reason can we hope to obtain the highest level of intelligence like God. God has discovered that strict robotic obedience is the sure path to reaching your full potential. It creates such an open mind just ready to accept new knowledge. This POS that God created is such a wonder to behold.

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Immolation Exhalation [Warrior Spell]
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[Exhalation] how did they have light if they are in an enclosed space, was someone from the outside use fiber or electricity to give it to them?
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Ted Chiang will talk about a short-story from Exhalation at our webinar this Friday (02/26) at 12PM (EST). The webinar is free and open-access, but won't be recorded, so this is your one and only chance to see it! Register here! reddit.com/gallery/lrjxu9
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NIOSH study of N95 masks with exhalation valves shows source control about as good as cloth masks cdc.gov/niosh/docs/2021-1…
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Exhalation: Stories, Ted Chiang (Kindle, $2.99) amazon.com/gp/product/B07…
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Social Distancing Isn’t Enough to Prevent Infection: The Fluid Dynamics of Exhalation Show a Clear Picture scitechdaily.com/social-d…
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Exhalation during breathing exercises

Hello dear fellow icemans,

I've been regularly following the WHM for 2 months now (daily cold baths + breathing) and it has been a wonderful experience up until now . Even though I've read here in this forum and other places that the retention duration time is not the main goal of the breathing exercise, I somehow have been trying to gauge my progress taking this into account.

In parallel, I'm also reading "Breath" by James Nestor (still didn't get to the section of the book where the WHM is mentioned), where I came across the "importance" of keeping the CO2 levels in the body as high as possible, so that the exchange of O2 between blood and tissue is maximised. As far as I've understood, this a way of optimising our respiratory system, in order to expend less energy in inhaling and exhaling (reducing the breathing rate and therefore the respiratory system demand) - the Buteyko method is used as means of achieving this.

With this in mind, today I carried a small "experiment" when performing the breathing exercise. The variable was the amount of air exhaled during the exercise. What I've noticed is that, the more air I exhaled, the less I would hold on in the retention time (in some cases 1 minute less). Looking at the explanation I presented above, I think it makes total sense - with more CO2 stored in the body due to less exhaled air (even though not all expelled air is CO2, some O2 that is not absorbed is also released), and with the lungs full of O2 after the last inhalation, the total transfer efficiency is enhance by the fact that there is more CO2 stored to in the body, which enables to "use up" more of the O2 in the lungs (anyway, and correct if I'm wrong, the need to inhale comes from the lack of CO2 on the body rather than O2 as most of the people think).

After all this rather extensive introduction, my question is: when considering the WHM, what is the most important aspect, the stress caused by the hyperventilation (which is what I believe the method is all focused on - similar to the concept of cold showers) that helps the body to gradually adapt or is it useful to have this low exhalation rate in order to increase the retention time ? (I know this might not be linear since the physiology of each individual is different and the reactions might actually be very different).

Apologies for the long post, but would hope to get some guidance from the more experienced icemans out there regarding their experience. Additionally, I also apologise i

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Relationship between human exhalation diffusion and posture in a face-to-face conversation with masks. aip.scitation.org/doi/ful…
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For anyone needing to discreetly exhale, I've devised my own exhalation apparatus, very common execution with layered dryer sheets and spray fragrances, however I have had excellent results with mixing a healthy amount of fragrant washing crystals. They do extremely well filtering out odors!
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My roommate is really enjoying Ted Chiang’s Exhalation!
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Can anyone give me a deep insight into the Exhalation short story ? I just fell off the reading train a long time ago and can't grasp deeper thoughts.

I've started this book yesterday, loved the first short story even though i had a crude understanding of it.

That's my issue, i've been lazy for a good decade and didn't really take care of my intellect and now that i'm trying to dig my way out of that hole it dawns on me that i'm not capable of critical thinking anymore, i can't analyze what i'm reading on a deeper level and i feel like i'm only grasping the mere surface of a story.

It's fine when i read fantasy or straightforward books, but Ted Chiang is an entirely different kind of affair, i feel it. I am aware that there are a lot of underlying meanings and symbolism in his works, i feel it, but i can't put my finger on it, i just don't know how to do that anymore and yes... i might need a push to see what i'm missing.

I've read extensive reviews on the first short story but i'd love to hear your thoughts and your process to understand a story such as the second one "Exhalation".

Half the time i didn't understand the technological jargon, should i assume that we're not suppose to really understand those technical details about his brain beyond the fact that what matters is that the balance between air flows is what makes it tick ?

Am I supposed to guess what they are ? Where they are ? Or is it just a setting and nothing more ?

I'd tend to think it's just an allegory, but i can't even figure out the "of what?"

What is your train of thought when you read those stories, how do you build your understanding of them and go to deeper thoughts from there ?

Thank you, to anyone that might answer.

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Stop demonizing N95s with exhalation valves. They work better than surgical and cloth masks at stopping the spread of Covid-19.

Cross-posting for visibility since the post didn't get traction in /r/coronavirus.

https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/2021-107/default.htmlA study by the CDC released in December shows that an n95 with an exhalation valve is more effective at reducing exhaled particles than surgical masks, and cloth face coverings.

"These findings show that FFRs with an exhalation valve provide respiratory protection to the wearer and can also reduce particle emissions to levels similar to or better than those provided by surgical masks, procedure masks, or cloth face coverings."

Also of note, a surgical mask over-top the exhalation valve does help, but not as significantly as you would hope. The best easy method they recommend is covering the valve on the inside of the mask with paper tape. This reduces exhalation particulates to 5%.

I think it's important to get this information out there because these masks are currently stigmatized but actually offer better public protection. With a minor modification, they are extremely effective for both the wearer and the public. They are also widely available.

Edit: There seems to be some confusion about which masks they tested. This article is specifically discussing n95s with an exhalation valve, not any mask with an exhalation valve. For a list of the n95s tested, check page 13 of the study.

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A comparison of performance metrics for cloth face masks as source control devices for simulated cough and exhalation aerosols medrxiv.org/content/10.11…
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Moon in Libra, Mercury direct post-shadow, balancing exhalation before 11/11 portal

I get that 'anxiety' posts during and after election season are no-brainer.

I don't follow politics, especially during this collective time of anxiety and chaos, yet still deeply felt connected to this energy of concern, anger, conflict and upheaval.

Last night I had a near panic attack for no major, outstanding, conscious reason.

I felt like my crown and third-eye were flooded with information.

I turned to the beaches to calm and collect, and came back with equal force of overloads of thought processes and overwhelming energy.

I limit my energy reading/assessing only to when I'm compelled and in equal state of mind and space. I don't believe that energy readers should work, or convey their work when they themselves are undergoing massive, major emotional and spiritual fluctuations that inevitably skew the analysis of what is happening.

Remaining and sustaining objectivity is paramount to being of service to others.

This moon in Libra summons a deep emotional, empathic rebalancing intercepting those whom are swimming in their unconscious and subconscious depths.

Dreams are wild and vivid, even lucid. Providing a bridge for our conscious to unconscious minds to make sense of our inner worlds shaped by our outer.

Since our outer world has molded a negative and toxic energetic web, each of us have had to process in our way, in our own experience and wisdom, defense and belief mechanisms how to bring balance so that we may meet objectivity to problem solve, create, grow, manifest.

With many planets characterizing slowness, stickiness and limitations via retrograding, including our ability to process intellectually and emotionally, today feels like a leap forward as we exit Mercury retrograding shadow period.

I use this logic to explain how I had a flood of information attacking my higher chakras despite feeling and living a fairly balanced lifestyle through and through.

I find that Libra moons are deeply healing. Rooted with balance in mental and emotional intelligence as modes for balancing, repaving, and refining our inner mechanisms that operate so synchronistically to our realities.

This is a great time to heal the solar plexus and heart chakras through the throat. Using poetry, singing, shouting, story-telling, expressing ourselves to dynamically move our energy.

This is also a great time to honor the sacral chakra. To use movement and rhythm to symbolize flow. To write creatively and even drum up some new goals and plans for the

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Q about Inhalation-Retention-Exhalation ratio

I practice the ratio of Puraka, Kumbhaka and Rechaka is 1:4:2. Puraka is inhalation. Kumbhaka is retention. Rechaka is exhalation

A challenge i have is the following, at the ratio of 5:20:10, i notice that i have trouble exhaling for 10 seconds through one particular nostril.

Should i first master 5:20:10 on both nostrils before i move on to 6:24:12?

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That smile, and the obligatory exhalation noises
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Any love for Exhalation by Ted Chiang?

I just read Exhalation for a book club and absolutely loved it. So imagine my shock when no one in my book club enjoyed it except myself and ONE other person haha.

Gosh he has a terrific gift - how can he bring up questions of humanity, technology, artificial intelligence, faith, our purpose, our life choices, etc in such a beautiful way? In so few pages?

He talks about extinction in a way that makes me cry but makes me oh so happy at the same time. The beauty that anything has ever lived just shines through some of his stories!

Super excited to pick up his other book now.

What are your thoughts, r/books? :)

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December Read Exhalation by Ted Chiang and The Expert System's Brother by Adrian Tchaikovsky

This month, due to people possibly being busy with the holidays (or trying to get their Goodreads Reading Challenge knocked out) we decided to go with some shorter fiction to make life easier.

This month's winners were:

Short Story: Exhalation by Ted Chiang

>In the epistolary Exhalation, an alien scientist makes a shocking discovery with ramifications not just for his own people, but for all of reality.

Novella: The Expert System's Brother by Adrian Tchaikovsky

> After an unfortunate accident, Handry is forced to wander a world he doesn't understand, searching for meaning. He soon discovers that the life he thought he knew is far stranger than he could even possibly imagine.

Read either, read both. If you want more, the other nominations in the nomination thread are also really good (looking at you For a Breath I Tarry), and many of them can be found online for free in either text or audio format.

This is a spoiler free discussion post, expect a spoiler friendly post on or about December 15th.

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High-speed visualization techniques show why masks with exhalation valves do not slow the spread of COVID-19. v.redd.it/t4xbwm4lyfy51
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5 Seconds till Exhalation v.redd.it/qkjk4oou4i861
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December Read - Exhalation by Ted Chiang and The Expert System's Brother by Adrian Tchaikovsky - Spoilers and Discussion

Nominations Thread

Announcement Thread

This month, due to people possibly being busy with the holidays (or trying to get their Goodreads Reading Challenge knocked out) we decided to go with some shorter fiction to make life easier.

This month's winners were:

Short Story: Exhalation by Ted Chiang

>In the epistolary Exhalation, an alien scientist makes a shocking discovery with ramifications not just for his own people, but for all of reality.

Novella: The Expert System's Brother by Adrian Tchaikovsky

>After an unfortunate accident, Handry is forced to wander a world he doesn't understand, searching for meaning. He soon discovers that the life he thought he knew is far stranger than he could even possibly imagine.

This thread is spoiler friendly!

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"Reading is inhalation, writing is exhalation."

Hello all writers

I recently took this screenshot from Twitter and still thinks it is some of the best writing advice I have come upon.

"Walk every day too. When you move, your mind moves too. And don't get so busy writing you have no time for reading. Reading is inhalation, writing is exhalation. Breathing requires both."

Courtesy of a great writer, David Mitchell.

Have a great day everyone.

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