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'Stress, Neurodegeneration and Individual Differences' by Robert Sapolsky
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How I Failed, Failed, and Finally Succeeded at Learning How to Code - Technology The programming website Project Euler provides a plan for how to learn anything in fun, discrete steps When Colin Hughes was about eleven years old his parents brought home a rather strange toy. It wasn't colorful or cartoonish; it didn't seem to have any lasers or wheels or flashing lights; the box it came in was decorated, not with the bust of a supervillain or gleaming protagonist, but bulleted text and a picture of a QWERTY keyboard. It called itself the "ORIC-1 Micro Computer." The package included two cassette tapes, a few cords and a 130-page programming manual. On the whole it looked like a pretty crappy gift for a young boy. How I Failed, Failed, and Finally Succeeded at Learning How to Code - Technology

from Science, Order, and Creativity by David Bohm and F. David Peat In the introduction, a call was made for a new surge of creativity in science. By now it will be clear that such a surge must extend into all areas of human activity if the actual challenge, which has finally revealed itself, is to be met. But does this mean that creativity must somehow be elicited from an organism that does not have in itself a natural potential for creativity? Creativity and What Blocks It Creativity and What Blocks It
In the Introduction I describe how the cognitive effects of stress - particularly as studied in neuroscience labs and military contexts - degrade the very faculties we need to be good at programming. I also propose that since the neurochemical effects of stress - particularly the release of dopamine and norepenephrine - are so similar to the effects of addictive drugs, we might expect whole groups to become addicted to maintaining a locally comfortable level of psychosocial stress. Because the members of the group don’t realize they are stuck in an addictive loop and are experiencing both cognitive impairment and gratification of their addictive need, they have little chance of gaining insight and instead will tend to rationalize their stress-raising behaviours as inevitable or desirable, but won’t be able to say why. No part of this is terribly radical, but taken together it certainly is. The Programmers’ Stone The Programmers’ Stone