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Happiness research shows the biggest obstacle to creativity is being too busy — Quartz. Multitasking is probably the single most overrated skill in modern life.

Happiness research shows the biggest obstacle to creativity is being too busy — Quartz

It drains your brain of oxygenated glucose that could be put toward paying more focused attention, makes it difficult for a person to switch between tasks, and is generally an illusion anyway. Only 3% of the population are “supertaskers,” according to a study from Ohio University. The rest of us just pretend to be. A number of systems have been developed to save us from our endless to-do lists, which can turn any job into a soulless assembly line of chores. One such system is “Personal Kanban,” which was named for the Japanese concept that inspired it, a just-in-time manufacturing process developed at Toyota in the late 1940s. The Loneliness Of Not Knowing Ourselves.

People are “connected” to others more than ever before because of technology: Texting, emailing, social-networking—we are constantly plugged in and communicating with other people from across town to the other side of the world.

The Loneliness Of Not Knowing Ourselves

Auditory Illusions : Holophonic Sound. Update: July 27, 2008 – Mike Costa emailed me tonight with this tidbit..

Auditory Illusions : Holophonic Sound

I thought I’d share the information and link. Thanks to Mike for the 411. Hey, I just got a Stumble Upon your bog about “holophonic sound” today and though you might be intersted to know that it was more-than-likely recorded with one of these: A Neumann KU 100, two microphones that are essentially a replica of a human head. Now you know! These super clear audio files are called holophony (holophonic sound recordings) and are designed to be listened to with headphones for the best effect.

8 Signs You Have A Strong Personality That Might Scare Some People. Hearing Things: When Sounds Come Unbidden : Krulwich Wonders... You Are Two. Having A Purpose In Life Can Make Life Longer And Healthier. Daniel Haskett/Ikon Images/Getty Images The dictionary defines ageism as the "tendency to regard older persons as debilitated, unworthy of attention, or unsuitable for employment.

Having A Purpose In Life Can Make Life Longer And Healthier

" But research indicates that ageism may not just be ill-informed or hurtful. It may also be a matter of life and death. Not that it's literally killing people. Researcher Becca Levy, a professor of epidemiology and psychology at the Yale School of Public Health, says it depends on how much a given individual takes those negative ideas to heart. In one study, Levy looked at people's attitudes about aging when they were in late middle age and then followed them over time. Now that doesn't mean that if you think positive thoughts about aging, it's OK to sit on the couch in front of the TV and eat a pound of bacon. But according to Levy's other studies, this mind/body connection counts for a lot.

His typical day? Jim Shute at age 94, out for his morning walk. Best Age to Get Married: What Math Tells Us - Motto. A new study suggests that people should get married between the ages of 28 and 32 if they don't want to get divorced, at least in the first five years.

Best Age to Get Married: What Math Tells Us - Motto

Before we proceed to the explanation: Don't shoot me if you're older than that and not married yet. These are just statistics and can in no way account for your personal situation, or that last cheater/psycho/narcissist you wasted 18 months on. Nobody's blaming you. You are a wonderful and entirely loveable person. Now, moving on. The study was done by Nick Wolfinger, a sociologist at the University of Utah, and published by the generally pro-marriage Institute of Family Studies.

Wolfinger analyzed data from 2006-2010 and the 2011-2013 National Survey of Family Growth. There are lots of reasons why late 20s/early 30s would make sense as a time to start a lifelong partnership with someone: people are old enough to understand if they really get along with someone or are just blinded by hormones. Until the next study. Auditory Illusions : Holophonic Sound. How not to say the wrong thing. When Susan had breast cancer, we heard a lot of lame remarks, but our favorite came from one of Susan's colleagues.

How not to say the wrong thing

She wanted, she needed, to visit Susan after the surgery, but Susan didn't feel like having visitors, and she said so. The Night My Girlfriend Dissociated and Forgot Who I Was. Images by Mark Duffy The situation, as it stood, couldn't have looked much worse.

The Night My Girlfriend Dissociated and Forgot Who I Was

A man had cornered a tearful, terrified woman in the lobby of an apartment building and wouldn't let her leave. If another person entered at that moment, the woman would say the man was a complete stranger. She'd say she had no recollection of how she'd got here. The third person would—quite reasonably—deduce that, in all probability, the man had drugged the woman and, if he had a shred of human decency, would come to her rescue by whatever means. I played the hypotheticals through in my head and, to a God I decided in that instant was real, I prayed.