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What You'll Wish You'd Known

What You'll Wish You'd Known
January 2005 (I wrote this talk for a high school. I never actually gave it, because the school authorities vetoed the plan to invite me.) When I said I was speaking at a high school, my friends were curious. I'll start by telling you something you don't have to know in high school: what you want to do with your life. If I were back in high school and someone asked about my plans, I'd say that my first priority was to learn what the options were. It might seem that nothing would be easier than deciding what you like, but it turns out to be hard, partly because it's hard to get an accurate picture of most jobs. But there are other jobs you can't learn about, because no one is doing them yet. And yet every May, speakers all over the country fire up the Standard Graduation Speech, the theme of which is: don't give up on your dreams. What they really mean is, don't get demoralized. Which is an uncomfortable thought. I'm not saying there's no such thing as genius. Upwind Ambition Corruption Now

Five personality dimensions and their influence on information behaviour Jannica Heinström Department of Social and Political Sciences/Information Studies Åbo Akademi University Tavastgatan 13 FIN-20500 Åbo Finland Abstract This article emphasize the importance of considering psychological mechanisms for a thorough understanding of users of information services. The focal point is the relation between personality and information seeking which is explored through a quantitative analysis of 305 university students' personality traits and information habits. It is shown that information behaviour could be connected to all the personality dimensions tested in the study - neuroticism, extraversion, openness to experience, competitiveness and conscientiousness. Introduction During the last decades we have seen a growing demand on the capacity to handle information. Information seeking has often been compared to a rational problem-solving process, where a gap in knowledge triggers a conscious search for information. Personality Personality theories

What You Want to Do Is Who You Are Lovely post. I completely agree with it. Having undergone a recent tumultous personal loss that has put all housework on my shoulders apart from my office work, the todo lists are keeping me sane and on track. I have prepared a todo list for home and another for office. The todo for home consists of all important things to do such as bill payments, but also things that would be good to do, such as get a new mattress to replace the old one. Similarly, the todo for office consists of important tasks such as complete the pending report development (I am in IT), to improve on a specific skill. I may not be able to keep the list updated (though I try) everyday, atleast I have a clear understanding of the tasks that are pending. On another note - Lifehacker is my most favorite site and I visit it everyday. - Shailesh

Seed: The Shape of Music Zaha Hadid/Swarovski Crystal Palace Collection Roughly 2,500 years ago, Pythagoras observed that objects, such as the anvils he purportedly studied, produced harmonious sounds while vibrating at frequencies in simple whole-number ratios. More complex ratios gave rise to more dissonant sounds, which indicated that human beings were unconsciously sensitive to mathematical relationships inherent in nature. By showing that the world could be described mathematically, Pythagoras not only provided an important inspiration for physics, but he also discovered a particular affinity between mathematics and music—one that Gottfried Leibniz was to invoke centuries later when he described music as the “unknowing exercise of our mathematical faculties.” For a thousand years, Western musicians have endeavored to satisfy two fundamental constraints in their compositions. Together these constraints ensure a two-dimensional coherence in Western music analogous to that of a woven cloth.

Deciding How We Age as We Age Seth Cochran If someone asked me to describe the Transhumanists I know in one word, I would say “ambitious”. We have some pretty lofty goals- immortality, mind enhancement, uploading. Breakdown of white-matter pathways affects decisionmaking as we age According to a poll by the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies: A majority of IEET readers age 35 or older who answered our recently concluded poll say they expect to die within a normal human lifespan. Your brain is constantly changing, and as you age it changes for the worst. Being a youthful 21 years old, on a more personal note, I only have 20-40 years to make rational, well-informed decisions. What’s a Transhumanist to do? Regardless of your pursuit- be it cognitive enhancement, mind uploading, or immortality itself- you're going to need resources. Don't leave the course of your life to chance.

interactive webRadio Lessons from a master I have been re-watching the documentary “Jiro Dreams of Sushi” for the past couple of months. I’ve seen it at least 10 times, probably more, while writing drafts for this article. I’ve watched it alone, with my wife, with friends, and I don’t tire of it; I’ve recommended it to everyone I know, and now I’m wholeheartedly recommending it to you. This little gem of a documentary by David Gelb takes a look at the work and life of Jiro Ono, a Michelin three-star sushi chef who, at 85 years of age, continues to work on his craft every day at his tiny restaurant in a Tokyo office building basement opposite a subway station entrance. His colleagues, his country, and at least one very knowledgeable food writer recognize him as perhaps the greatest sushi chef alive. I have watched this film in fascination, trying to extract lessons from this master. You must fall in love with your work “Once you decide on your occupation,” says Jiro, “you must immerse yourself in your work.

Secrets of Meeting, Attracting, and Dating Women - Tips, Advice, and Free Articles Mind-Blowing Story: “Talking to God…” I met god the other day. I know what you’re thinking. How the hell did you know it was god? Well, I’ll explain as we go along, but basically he convinced me by having all, and I do mean ALL, the answers. Every question I flung at him he batted back with a plausible and satisfactory answer. Which is odd, because I’m still an atheist and we even agree on that! It all started on the 8.20 back from Paddington. What did he look like? Well not what you might have expected that’s for sure. ‘Anyone sitting here?’ ‘Help yourself’ I replied. Sits down, relaxes, I ignore and back to the correspondence on genetic foods entering the food chain… Train pulls out and a few minutes later he speaks. ‘Can I ask you a question?’ Fighting to restrain my left eyebrow I replied ‘Yes’ in a tone which was intended to convey that I might not mind one question, and possibly a supplementary, but I really wasn’t in the mood for a conversation. .. ‘Why don’t you believe in god?’ The Bastard! But then I thought ‘Odd! He paused

Internet Sacred Text Archive Home Why Not Be Good At Everything? In a society that relies on pigeonholing you into a specific major in college or job in the workplace, becoming a jack of all trades is often frowned upon. But who wants to be defined by just a single thing they do? When you spend a lot of time doing something, whether you are paid to do it or not, you are bound to have the urge to try out other things. Just because you get paid to do something for a living doesn’t mean that your career defines 100% of who you are. Be A Polymath What we are all really striving for is a sense of balance. We don’t want to have to label ourselves with just a single word that describes our occupation. I’m an accountant.I’m a nurse.I’m a photographer. In a way, doing this is a bit demeaning. We are experts at a bunch of things, not just one. The Bigger Questions How does it make you feel when you try to explain all the things you enjoy and like to do? Does it make you feel like you should be “focusing your energy to maximize your output”? What It Takes img

How Thinking Goes Wrong How Thinking Goes WrongTwenty-five Fallacies That Lead Us to Believe Weird Thingsby Michael Shermerfrom his 1997 book "Why People Believe Weird Things"(used by kind permission of the author; all rights reserved) In 1994 NBC began airing a New Age program called The Other Side that explored claims of the paranormal, various mysteries and miracles, and assorted "weird" things. I appeared numerous times as the token skeptic -- the "other side" of The Other Side, if you will. On most talk shows, a "balanced" program is a half-dozen to a dozen believers and one lone skeptic as the voice of reason or opposition. The Other Side was no different, even though the executive producer, many of the program producers, and even the host were skeptical of most of the beliefs they were covering. Another program was on astrology. In my opinion, most believers in miracles, monsters, and mysteries are not hoaxers, flimflam artists, or lunatics. Hume's Maxim Problems in Scientific Thinking 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Does ideology trump facts? Studies say it often does We like to think that people will be well informed before making important decisions, such as who to vote for, but the truth is that's not always the case. Being uninformed is one thing, but having a population that's actively misinformed presents problems when it comes to participating in the national debate, or the democratic process. If the findings of some political scientists are right, attempting to correct misinformation might do nothing more than reinforce the false belief. This sort of misinformation isn't hypothetical; in 2003 a study found that viewers of Fox News were significantly more misinformed about the Iraq war, with far greater percentages of viewers erroneously believing that Iraq possessed WMDs or that there was a credible link between the 9/11 attack and Saddam Hussein than those who got their news from other outlets like NPR and PBS. Over half (56 percent) of Democratic subjects disapproved of Roberts before the misinformation. Further reading:

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