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What Happened to Downtime? The Extinction of Deep Thinking & Sacred Space

What Happened to Downtime? The Extinction of Deep Thinking & Sacred Space
Interruption-free space is sacred. Yet, in the digital era we live in, we are losing hold of the few sacred spaces that remain untouched by email, the internet, people, and other forms of distraction. Our cars now have mobile phone integration and a thousand satellite radio stations. When walking from one place to another, we have our devices streaming data from dozens of sources. Even at our bedside, we now have our iPads with heaps of digital apps and the world’s information at our fingertips. There has been much discussion about the value of the “creative pause” – a state described as “the shift from being fully engaged in a creative activity to being passively engaged, or the shift to being disengaged altogether.” However, despite the incredible power and potential of sacred spaces, they are quickly becoming extinct. Why do we crave distraction over downtime? Why do we give up our sacred space so easily? We are depriving ourselves of every opportunity for disconnection. 1. 2. 3. 4. Related:  MINDTime - le Temps (the subject of my thesis)Tendenza Zen

Home - Scott Hagwood Philosophical Transactions B - Time Although time is part of our experience, it is nowhere to be found in the physical world. There exists no sense organ for time, yet we perceive its passage and can judge duration. Because our experience of time is intangible, it seems that this topic of research is so complex that, surprisingly enough, there is still no consensus on how and where in the brain time is processed. In this issue of the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, leading researchers in the field of the neural basis of time perception present their most recent ideas and findings within psychological and neurobiological theories. We show that the experience of time depends on a complex set of brain-body factors that include cognitive, emotional and body states. Issue compiled and edited by Marc Wittmann and Virginie van Wassenhove This issue is now available online. You can purchase this print issue here. For other issues in neuroscience and cognition, please click here.

5 Quotes By Lao Tzu that, if applied, will change your life! 1. “If there is to be peace in the world, There must be peace in the nations. If the is to be peace in the nations, the must be peace in the cities. Peace in the world begins with yourself, be a lovable person, be positive and forgive quickly! 2. Are you are worrier or a warrior? 3. Gratitude is the best attitude. 4. In order to achieve your dreams, or to be a ‘better’ person you have to let go of your old life. 5. Everybody knows deep down what he truly wants. Related posts: 10 Laws of Productivity You might think that creatives as diverse as Internet entrepreneur Jack Dorsey, industrial design firm Studio 7.5, and bestselling Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami would have little in common. In fact, the tenets that guide how they – and exceptionally productive creatives across the board – make ideas happen are incredibly similar. Here are 10 laws of productivity we’ve consistently observed among serial idea executors: 1. Break the seal of hesitation. A bias toward action is the most common trait we’ve found across the hundreds of creative professionals and entrepreneurs we’ve interviewed. 2. When our ideas are still in our head, we tend to think big, blue sky concepts. 3. Trial and error is an essential part of any creative’s life. To avoid ‘blue sky paralysis,’ pare your idea down to a small, immediately executable concept. 4. When working on in-depth projects, we generate lots of new ideas along the way. 5. 6. 7. 8. Few activities are more of a productivity drain than meetings. 9.

Three Technologies That Changed Our Brains | Nicholas Carr With rendition switcher Question: What are some technologies, prior to the Internet, that have radically reshaped the way our brains work? Nicholas Carr: I think that if you look across the entire world of tools and technologies, what you see is that there are different categories. And before the map came along people understood where they were and where they were going purely through their sensory perceptions, through what they saw, also what they hear and so forth. And I think you see a similar thing when the mechanical clock comes around. So here again, we see an intellectual technology, that beyond its practical uses really changed in a kind of fundamental way, I think, the way people think. At about the same time, a little after the arrival of the mechanical clock, we saw the introduction of the printing press and hence printed books, which replaced handwritten books. I think what the book did in addition to its practical uses, is it gave us a more attentive way of thinking.

Can We Download Our Brains? | Dr. Kaku's Universe With rendition switcher Question: Will it be possible to transfer one’s memory into a synthetic medium in our lifetime? (Submitted by Tomas Aftalion) Michio Kaku: Tomas, you ask a very controversial question. The question is, can you download our consciousness into a chip and have that chip being stored into a computer and basically have our personalities last forever; we would be immortal. Well, first of all, that raises a question: who are we anyway? Well, first of all, you ask for a timeline.

Julius Thomas Fraser J. T. Fraser (May 7, 1923 in Budapest, Hungary – November 21, 2010 in Westport, Connecticut) made important scholarly contributions to the interdisciplinary Study of Time and was a founding member of the International Society for the Study of Time.[1][2] His work has strongly influenced thinking about the nature of time across the disciplines from physics to sociology, biology to comparative religion, and he was a seminal figure in the general interdisciplinary study of temporality.[3] His work has been particularly influential on the work of Frederick Turner and Alexander Argyros. Biography[edit] Born and raised in Hungary, Fraser was not drafted into the military on account of his partial Jewish heritage. Fraser died on November 20, 2010 in his home in Westport, Connecticut, which he shared with his wife, Jane. Central themes in his writings[edit] Throughout his many works, two themes stand out centrally: The Hierarchical Theory of TimeThe Theory of Time as Conflict Books[edit]

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