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Inner Peace - Free Self-Help Software for Inner Peace How to Become a Star Grad Student: James McLurkin and the Power of Stretch Churn March 15th, 2010 · 61 comments The Famous Dr. McLurkin In 2008, when James McLurkin graduated with a PhD in Computer Science from MIT, he was unquestionably a star. Perhaps most telling, even my brother, who finished his systems engineering degree in 2002, knew of James. In other words, James is famous in his field. With these accomplishments in mind, this post asks two simple questions: How did James become such a star? The answers, as you’ll soon encounter, are not what you might first expect… A Star is Born The direct source of James’ stardom is obvious. microrobots he called Ants. To call this swarm a breakthrough risks understatement. “Our group at MIT was way out in front,” James recalls. When James published the paper documenting the project, it sparked a sensation that spread beyond the robotics community. James became a star in the field. Once again, the media turned their spotlight on young engineer: generating the stories highlighted in this post’s introduction. And so on.

10 Painfully Obvious Truths Everyone Forgets Too Soon | Photo Source: LiveLearnEvolve You know how you can hear something a hundred times in a hundred different ways before it finally gets through to you? The ten truths listed below fall firmly into that category – life lessons that many of us likely learned years ago, and have been reminded of ever since, but for whatever reason, haven’t fully grasped. This, my friends, is my attempt at helping all of us, myself included, “get it” and “remember it” once and for all… 1. We know deep down that life is short, and that death will happen to all of us eventually, and yet we are infinitely surprised when it happens to someone we know. LIVE your life TODAY! 2. Your life is yours alone. Remember, it’s always better to be at the bottom of the ladder you want to climb than the top of the one you don’t. And if life only teaches you one thing, let it be that taking a passionate leap is always worth it. 3. Busyness isn’t a virtue, nor is it something to respect. 4. Most mistakes are unavoidable. 5. 6. 7.

Psuedo-Tomatis Healing Sounds Listen to the Psuedo-Tomatis Healing Sounds for at least ten minutes prior to a mentally challenging task and you’ll see, hear, and feel a difference. More importantly, it creates a clear-headed, sparkling aural buzz. How It Works Warning: The below is painfully long and will only be of interest to the most intellectual (i.e. boring) of you wonderful readers. If we cannot hear a certain frequency in our ears, we will not be able to vocalize that frequency in our throats. Tomatis’ next goal was to improve the learning abilities of those with autism and pervasive development disorder (PDD). Consider the sounds “b” and “p,” two letters we can only distinguish through their higher harmonics. To retrain left ear dominant people to hear with an “ideal listening curve,” Tomatis developed gated and filtered audio tracks, a sound therapy of high frequencies that stimulates the brain. Even people without learning disorders can benefit from Tomatis sound therapy.

The Four Habits that Form Habits By Leo Babauta My daughter wants to work out more, but she has a hard time forming the habit (many of you might be familiar with this problem). From having to get dressed to go to the gym, to actually going to the gym, to the thought of a hard workout … our minds tend to put off the habit. The solution is exceedingly simple: just do 3 pushups. Make it so easy you can’t say no. Of course, most people will think that’s too easy, and tell themselves they have to do more than that. Learn the fundamentals of habits before you try to do the advanced skills. Today we’re going to go over the fundamentals of habit — four key habits to form habits. Habit 1: Start Exceedingly Small Another common habit that too few people actually do is flossing daily. Of course, that seems so ridiculous most people laugh. That’s the point. If you want to exercise, it’s more important that you actually do the exercise on a regular basis, rather than doing enough to get a benefit right away. One glass of water a day.

Oxford Mindfulness Centre How to Write Six Important Papers a Year without Breaking a Sweat: The Deep Immersion Approach to Deep Work March 24th, 2013 · 50 comments The Productive Professor I’m fascinated by people who produce a large volume of valuable output. Motivated by this interest, I recently setup a conversation with a hot shot young professor who rose quickly in his field. I asked him about his work habits. Though his answer was detailed — he had obviously put great thought into these issues — there was one strategy that caught my attention: he confines his deep work to long, uninterrupted bursts. On small time scales, this means each day is either completely dedicated to a single deep work task, or is left open to deal with all the e-mail and meetings and revisions that also define academic life. If he’s going to write a paper, for example, he puts aside two days, and does nothing else, emerging from his immersion with a completed first draft. If he’s going to instead deal with requests and logistics, he’ll spend the whole day doing so. On longer time scales, his schedule echoes this immersion strategy.

The Mindfulness Project Best, Worst Learning Tips: Flash Cards Are Good, Highlighting Is Bad In a world as fast-changing and full of information as our own, every one of us — from schoolchildren to college students to working adults — needs to know how to learn well. Yet evidence suggests that most of us don’t use the learning techniques that science has proved most effective. Worse, research finds that learning strategies we do commonly employ, like rereading and highlighting, are among the least effective. (MORE: How to Use Technology to Make You Smarter) The scientific literature evaluating these techniques stretches back decades and across thousands of articles. The WorstHighlighting and underlining led the authors’ list of ineffective learning strategies. The BestIn contrast to familiar practices like highlighting and rereading, the learning strategies with the most evidence to support them aren’t well known outside the psych lab. (MORE: ‘Implicit Learning’: How to Remember More Without Trying)

BTA - Mindfulness for tinnitus Claire Bartlett, Jenna Love and Laurence McKenna discuss a new approach to coping with tinnitus There are a number of startling things to know about tinnitus: it is one of the most common symptoms to affect humanity not every one who has tinnitus suffers the science tells us that those who suffer do not have different tinnitus from those who do not. The psychology of tinnitus At first sight, there would seem to be a real challenge in reconciling these facts. Mindfulness meditation Mindfulness meditation is a particular way of paying attention to the present moment – intentionally and without judgement. We can learn to practice mindfulness in many aspects of our daily life, such as when we brush our teeth, eat a meal, or wash the dishes. Mindfulness and tinnitus Therapy approaches involving mindfulness suggest a way of being with difficult sensations without needing to change them. Mindfulness can also help us to become more aware of our habitual responses to difficulties such as tinnitus.