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Is Work Necessary? I saw this bouncing around Facebook, and I would like to endorse the underlying philosophy: For those of you still using text-based browsers (hey, remember Lynx?) , here we have Buckminster Fuller making a point about work and responsibility in a high-tech society. Namely: maybe people don’t have to work. Maybe, if machines become really good at producing the basic necessities of life, rather than bemoaning a loss of jobs we should celebrate our liberation from the toil of labor. As a practical matter, I recognize that this might be hopelessly utopian. But nevertheless the spirit is admirable, and that’s what I want to endorse.

Good and Bad Habits of Smart People. SHADOW | Community of Dreamers by hunter lee soik. “Sleep on it.” We’ve heard it before—this incitement to hit pause on a complex challenge, to let your brain work its magic, to give what’s troubling you over to Steinbeck’s “committee of sleep.” And it works. Our brain is an incredibly creative problem solver.

And some parts of it are most active while we’re sleeping. Electricity, Frankenstein’s monster, nonviolent resistance, laser technology—all of these were conceived in dreams. Here’s how it works: Quantified self products and alarm clocks that visualize your sleep patterns typically use built-in motion sensors to identify when you’re asleep and when you’re awake. The SHADOW actigraph will use the same motion sensor technology to track your sleep patterns, but add an extra layer of data personal to you: every morning when you wake up, SHADOW will ask you how groggy you feel.

There’s a lot of conflicting data about which sleep state (light vs REM) is the most natural for you to be awoken from. I don’t really believe in limits. 2 books about brain: What best neuroscientists can teach us about memory, creativity, society, productivity, work & leadership. Not a long time ago I wrote a post about My Stroke of Insight by Jill Bolte Taylor. And during last couple of months I listened to and read 2 more: Brain Rules by John Medina and Your Brain at Work by David Rock.

Unlike Jill, they don’t tell their own stories but try to give real life recommendations based on neuroscience research. John focuses on general principles rules of brain functioning which he covers relatively briefly. David on the other hand provides more of a deep dive in various situations that we face daily, mostly at work but views them through the prism of our brain and its biochemistry. Social concepts, such as status, reward and others are explained through things like oxitocin, dopamin & epinephrin.

Those who find such topics interesting can find my notes below. 1. I used the actual “brain rules” by John from his website as the basis for my notes and briefly tried to explain main idea of each one. EXERCISE | Rule #1: Exercise boosts brain power. 2. Otherwise, here it is: Skilled at visual learning? Measure your musical-visual intelligence online! While working at the music and neuroimaging lab at Beth Israel/Harvard Medical School in Boston, I developed a quick online way to screen for the tonedeafness. It actually turned out to be a pretty good test to check for overall pitch perception ability.

The test is purposefully made very hard, so excellent musicians rarely score above 80% correct. Give it a try! In our research, we were looking for neuro-anatomical correlates of tonedeafness (called "congenital amusia" in the scientific literature. The test you are about to take was used as a screening test to roughly characterize a patient’s pitch discrimination and musical memory abilities.

Flash is necessary to take the tonedeaf test. After completing the test, your score will be automatically and anonymously submitted. An Infinitesimally Small Universe? - Matt Barnett. From Umberto Eco. 6 Surprising Ways City Life Affects You. Cultural Studies & Analysis. Watch: A 2-Minute Animation Of Stephen Hawking's Big Ideas. As one of the most brilliant theoretical physicists in the world, Stephen Hawking writes books that can intimidate those among us who barely passed Physics for Poets or Rocks for Jocks.

In A Brief History of Time, he tackles questions like “How did the universe begin?” And “Does time always flow forward?” While the rest of us distract ourselves from these daunting unknowns with Internet cat videos. The latest of the Guardian MadeSimple animation series presents “Stephen Hawking’s Big Ideas Made Simple,” which condenses his grandest theories into a 2.5-minute video. In the playful cut-paper animation, a smiling cartoon Hawking rides his wheelchair like a chariot through space with his colleague, Roger Penrose.

They slip into a black hole, where lots of matter--including lamps, light bulbs, and flashlights--gets crumpled up by a god-like pair of hands into a point of infinite density called a “singularity.” Be sure to catch the E.T. reference at the end. 10 Paradoxical Traits Of Creative People. Editor's Note: This is one of the most-read leadership articles of 2013. Click here to see the full list. I frequently find myself thinking about whether I am an artist or an entrepreneur. I am simply trying my best to create my own unique path. It is safe to say that more and more entrepreneurs are artists, and artists of all kinds are entrepreneurs. And the trend is only on the rise as all things (art, science, technology, business, culture, spirituality) are increasingly converging.

Creativity is the common theme that drives both entrepreneurs and artists alike. Over this past Labor Day weekend, I found myself reading excerpts from distinguished professor of psychology and management Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s (pronounced me-HIGH chick-sent-me-HIGH-ee) seminal book Creativity: The Work and Lives of 91 Eminent People (HarperCollins, 1996).

He writes: Mihaly describes ten traits often contradictory in nature, that are frequently present in creative people. 1. 2. 3. 5. 6. 7. 8. 10. The 150 Things the World's Smartest People Are Afraid Of. Every year, the online magazine Edge--the so-called smartest website in the world, helmed by science impresario John Brockman--asks top scientists, technologists, writers, and academics to weigh in on a single question. This year, that query was "What Should We Be Worried About? ", and the idea was to identify new problems arising in science, tech, and culture that haven't yet been widely recognized. This year's respondents include former presidents of the Royal Society, Nobel prize-winners, famous sci-fi authors, Nassem Nicholas Taleb, Brian Eno, and a bunch of top theoretical physicists, psychologists, and biologists.

And the list is long. Like, book-length long. There are some 150 different things that worry 151 of the planet's biggest brains. And I read about them all, so you don't have to: here's the Buzzfeedized version, with the money quote, title, or summary of the fear pulled out of each essay. What keeps the smartest folks in the world awake at night? 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Image. The 5 Step Process to Develop Life Long Motivation. Motivation is often cited as the magical answer to everything you want. If you were motivated you would lose that weight, write that book, start the business and so on. So how do we develop the habits and mind power needed to stay motivated on a daily basis? Here is my 5 Step Process to Develop Life Long Motivation. But, here’s a question: What if motivation never strikes? What are you going to do then? Is Motivation The Solution? I often hear people say “if I could just find the motivation to…” Within these words are an implication.

If you were motivated you would pay off that debt, find a new job, and go back to school. But what if that’s not the case? What if motivation isn’t the solution? What if motivation is a consequence of the actions you take? What Came First: The Motivation or The Action? I believe that there is a dance between motivation and action. Who makes the first move? The first step? Who leads the dance? Motivation isn’t something that can be summoned upon demand. How do you feel? Strictly Speaking. HYSTERICAL LITERATURE: THE ORGASM AS ART. In his latest project, Hysterical Literature, photographer Clayton Cubitt takes a beautiful woman, places her at a table in front of a black backdrop and gets her to read from her favorite book while an unseen accomplice below the table attempts to bring the woman to orgasm with a vibrator.

The results are an intimate, sexy experience that captures a beauty rarely found in most modern pornography. Session Five: Teresa Session Four: Stormy Session Three: Danielle Session Two: Alicia Session One: Stoya Stoya writes about her encounter: Sexually speaking I really enjoy things that I can’t predict and things that are new to me. When I tell Clayton’s lovely assistant for the evening that I’ve never experienced the Hitachi, her eyes light up. And Clayton Cubitt talks to Salon about the project. Okay, and now, the shameless product placement. Upworthy: Things that matter. Pass 'em on. The Wheel of Emotion. In my book Creative Visualization For Dummies I introduce a useful visual device I call a Wheel of Emotion, which I think you will find helpful in any personal improvement program. It has a similar name to another design, the Wheel of Emotions, by Robert Plutchik so, because he thought of his wheel (or, more precisely, cone) first, let’s take a look at that first: Plutchik’s Wheel of Emotions With this diagram Plutchik demonstrates a selection of major human emotions, how they are related to each other, and how they are different too (or bipolar as he calls the emotions at opposite sides).

At the center of this wheel there are eight basic emotions (as he refers to them) such as ecstacy and grief. Then each of these is connected to two more subtle emotions that lead to what Plutchik calls the eight advanced emotions – those around the outside. My Wheel of Emotion Both wheels have 32 emotions, many of which are the same. The purpose of my wheel is also more precise than Plutchik’s. Fifteen Cool Websites You Need To Visit - Geeks.com. All of us have our own personal favorite websites, and many of them may be the same favorites of many other people. However beyond the Youtube’s, CNN’s and Facebook’s of the world lay some other terrific websites. In this week's Tech Tip, we’ll be looking at fifteen cool websites that are a must visit.

Some you may know about, and others may be new to you, so without any further ado we present (in no particular order) the fifteen sites! 1. Archive.org Want to know what Geeks.com looked like back in 2001? 2. Has someone sent you an e-mail saying that Bill Gates is asking that you send it on to ten people to get a prize? 3. Tired of the US or European centric news feeds? 4. This is a website for all you Star Wars junkies out there. 5. This is one of those websites that likes to advertise a lot via banners ads, however it is also one that is a definite go to site. 6.

This is the website to make custom tee-shirts, coffee mugs, etc on the cheap. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. In Conclusion. 40 websites that will make you cleverer right now. The indexed web contains an incredible 14 billion pages. But only a tiny fraction help you improve your brain power. Here are 40 of the best. whizzpast.com – Learn about our awe inspiring past all in one wonderful place. khanacademy.org – Watch thousands of micro-lectures on topics ranging from history and medicine to chemistry and computer science. freerice.com – Help end world hunger by correctly answering multiple-choice quizzes on a wide variety of subjects. artofmanliness.com – Blog/site dedicated to all things manly, great for learning life skills and good insights. unplugthetv.com – Randomly selects an educational video for you to watch. coursera.org – An educational site that works with universities to get their courses on the Internet, free for you to use. mentalfloss.com – Interesting articles guaranteed to make you smile and get you thinking. feelgoodwardrobe.com – Find out how the world of fashion really works and what you can do to combat it. lifehacker.com – Learn to hack life!

Instead of TV, you should watch... 40 websites that will make you cleverer right now. Do Lectures - Talks that inspire action. TREND HUNTER - #1 in Trends, 2013 Trend Reports, Fashion Trends, Tech, Style, Design & Pop Culture. 100 Very Cool Facts About The Human Body. The Brain The human brain is the most complex and least understood part of the human anatomy. There may be a lot we don’t know, but here are a few interesting facts that we’ve got covered. Nerve impulses to and from the brain travel as fast as 170 miles per hour. Ever wonder how you can react so fast to things around you or why that stubbed toe hurts right away?

It’s due to the super-speedy movement of nerve impulses from your brain to the rest of your body and vice versa, bringing reactions at the speed of a high powered luxury sports car.The brain operates on the same amount of power as 10-watt light bulb. Hair and Nails While they’re not a living part of your body, most people spend a good amount of time caring for their hair and nails. Facial hair grows faster than any other hair on the body.

Internal Organs Though we may not give them much thought unless they’re bothering us, our internal organs are what allow us to go on eating, breathing and walking around. Bodily Functions Senses.