Have you forgotten how to read?

Online reading is different than experience than reading a book. For one, the digital experience is stickier because of its dopamine-hitting bells and whistles. We are constantly shifting between articles, apps, and text messages, hijacked by the latest gaze of entertainment. It’s the equivalent of flipping TV channels. Writes Canadian author and journalist Michael Harris: … Continue reading Have you forgotten how to read?

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The emotional journey of creating anything great

Why is it that every new idea begins with excitement but ends in the ‘dark swamp of despair?’ Writes Angela Duckworth in her book : “Enthusiasm is common. Endurance is rare.” The key to achieving anything is not necessarily maintaining that excitement but pushing through all the CRAP (criticism, rejection, assholes, and pressure) and maintaining a … Continue reading The emotional journey of creating anything great

‘Trust that your intuition is leading you somewhere.’

“A leaf does not resist the breeze. A goose does not resist the urge to fly down south. Is this not happiness? Is this not freedom? To access this incredible state, we need only one thing: Trust. Trust that, when you are not holding yourself together so tightly, you will not fall apart. Trust that … Continue reading ‘Trust that your intuition is leading you somewhere.’

Question the algorithms

It is a canard to think that math can’t fail. All you need to do is look at the way society constructs algorithms – from job and college applications to Facebook feeds to find out that sorting can be wrong and biased. In the case of the 2016 election, algorithms did more harm than good. Facebook … Continue reading Question the algorithms

Stuck in the industrial mindset

The factory mentality is society’s attempt to numb the weird out of you and replace it with average. It’s easier to mold someone and make them normal than give them the freedom to be themselves. 9 to 5 is a relic of industrialization which has nonetheless persisted through to today’s equivalent of the railroad, the … Continue reading Stuck in the industrial mindset

How to do deep work, China’s ‘Chabauduo’ mindset, Giphy’s art exhibition, NEW beats and more

Read of the week: Cal Newport explains how to do deep work Scroll down for ‘tracks of the week’ 🔻 Arts & Culture China’s ‘Chabuduo’ Mindset Done is better than perfect, in some cases, as in updating a web design or app. But in China, ‘almost’ is a pervasive and dangerous mindset. Known as ‘Chabuduo’ … Continue reading How to do deep work, China’s ‘Chabauduo’ mindset, Giphy’s art exhibition, NEW beats and more

China’s ‘Chabuduo’ Mindset

Done is better than perfect, in some cases, as in updating a web design or app. But in China, ‘almost’ is a pervasive and dangerous mindset. Known as ‘Chabuduo’ or ‘good/close enough,’ can have disastrous effects when it comes to building everyday things, especially infrastructure. James Palmer is a foreigner living in China and writes … Continue reading China’s ‘Chabuduo’ Mindset

The placebo buttons that lie to you

Placebo effects are imaginary. They work because they help establish a mindset of control. When you push a button a crosswalk, the perception is that you have communicated with the traffic light system to accommodate your safety. However, even in New York, placebo buttons are all in the pedestrian’s imagination. “the majority of crosswalk buttons in … Continue reading The placebo buttons that lie to you

Fixed vs. Growth: The Two Basic Mindsets That Shape Our Lives

A “fixed mindset” assumes that our character, intelligence, and creative ability are static givens which we can’t change in any meaningful way, and success is the affirmation of that inherent intelligence, an assessment of how those givens measure up against an equally fixed standard; striving for success and avoiding failure at all costs become a … Continue reading Fixed vs. Growth: The Two Basic Mindsets That Shape Our Lives