I think you would be hard pressed to find someone who would argue that their brain was unimportant (and if they did, you would wonder how well it was functioning anyway). Yet on our travels we find that many people misuse their brains. They expect it to perform well in areas where science and experience tell us it just doesn’t cut the mustard. And that means they don’t exploit its full potential. We’ve learned enough about the brain in the last 60 or so years to know that it is powerful and dependable at some things, and limited and unreliable when it comes to others. Only You Can Prevent Brain Abuse - Next Action Associates
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There’s been a video that’s been passed around recently around the interwebs that shows a “lost” interview with Steve Jobs earlier in his career between the time of being dismissed from Apple and being a few years into NeXT, his literal next adventure. Steve Jobs: Be a Thinker-Doer as a Blogger
Don't Mistake Intelligence for Laziness There's something to be said for doing things the hard way, but often times an easier method is smarter. It is also often mistaken for laziness, and so we sometimes pass it up. This is a bad idea. Achal Aggarwal, co-founder of Kinesis.io, explains the problem with the following anecdote: Someone recently told me a story about their daughter.
47 Ways to Fine Tune Your Brain Your brain is a complex organ. It is the controller of your body, your thoughts, your state of mind and your ultimately your life. There are some who abuse it, some who under- use it, and some who overuse it to the point of meltdown.
THE CITY HAS always been an engine of intellectual life, from the 18th-century coffeehouses of London, where citizens gathered to discuss chemistry and radical politics, to the Left Bank bars of modern Paris, where Pablo Picasso held forth on modern art. Without the metropolis, we might not have had the great art of Shakespeare or James Joyce; even Einstein was inspired by commuter trains. And yet, city life isn't easy. The same London cafes that stimulated Ben Franklin also helped spread cholera; Picasso eventually bought an estate in quiet Provence. While the modern city might be a haven for playwrights, poets, and physicists, it's also a deeply unnatural and overwhelming place. How the city hurts your brain - The Boston Globe
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WHY DO SOME PEOPLE RESIST SCIENCE By Paul Bloom and Dena Skolnick Weisberg It is no secret that many American adults reject some scientific ideas. In a 2005 Pew Trust poll, for instance, 42% of respondents said that they believed that humans and other animals have existed in their present form since the beginning of time. A substantial minority of Americans, then, deny that evolution has even taken place, making them more radical than "Intelligent Design" theorists, who deny only that natural selection can explain complex design. But evolution is not the only domain in which people reject science: Many believe in the efficacy of unproven medical interventions, the mystical nature of out-of-body experiences, the existence of supernatural entities such as ghosts and fairies, and the legitimacy of astrology, ESP, and divination. There are two common assumptions about the nature of this resistance.
axioms Contents Contents | rgb Home | Philosophy Home | Axioms | Other Books by rgb: | The Book of Lilith | Axioms is a work that explores the true nature of human knowledge, in particular the fundamental nature of deductive and inductive reasoning. It begins by embracing Hume's Skepticism and Descartes' one ``certain'' thing, and then looking for a way out of the solipsistic hell this leaves one in in terms of ``certain'' knowledge. Indeed, to the extent that philosophy in the past has sought to provide certain answers to virtually any question at all, philosophy itself proves to be bullshit - all philosophical arguments ultimately come back to at least one unprovable premise, usually unstated, and can be refuted by simply asserting ``I don't agree with your premises.'' The way out is to give up the idea of certain knowledge.
The people you spend time with Recently I sat down with a new friend I met for dinner. We talked about what it takes to achieve the goals you want to achieve in life. My friend is already a very accomplished marketing professional. And yet, there was lots more she wanted to do. One conclusion I kept coming back to in this talk is that a large amount of how successful you will be in life comes down to the people you spend time with.
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Developing our sense of smell Mar. 25, 2013 — When our noses pick up a scent, whether the aroma of a sweet rose or the sweat of a stranger at the gym, two types of sensory neurons are at work in sensing that odor or pheromone. These sensory neurons are particularly interesting because they are the only neurons in our bodies that regenerate throughout adult life -- as some of our olfactory neurons die, they are soon replaced by newborns. Just where those neurons come from in the first place has long perplexed developmental biologists.
6 Apps & Websites to Get Your Ear in Shape If you followed along with us a few weeks ago, you know how much interval ear training can help you as a musician and how to get started with training itself. If you haven't read it, head on over to Boot Camp for Your Ear.
For me, it comes down to the science underlying the phenomenon, and by science I mean actual hard numbers published in peer reviewed journals. For example, the placebo effect is a real measurable phenomenon and has been documented in hundreds of examples, and even salami-sliced to uncover some facets of it (such as the fact that the magnitude of the placebo effect is different if the patient is told that the drug they're getting is cheap or expensive, as published in NEJM a couple of years back). On the other hand, some of the stuff in the above article, including single "lucky" anecdotes, does not even warrant discussion. Embrace the Supernatural: How Superstitions, Placebos and Rituals Help You to Achieve Your Goals
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Could Déjà Vu Be a Way to Obtain Information from Other Dimensions? | The Mind Unleashed Deja vu is one of the little-known and mysterious phenomena of our psyche. Many people sometimes feel that a situation in their life has already been experienced before in all the details.
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