There are two people living inside our heads, one left brained and analytical and the other right brained and more free-flowing and creative. Together, they work in harmony. Of course, we also have a third piece of our brain that spaces out. Daydreams are moments that spark the foundation of new ideas, where the subconscious […]
“Don’t whine, don’t complain, don’t make excuses, just do the best you can do,” said UCLA coach John Wooden. It turns out coach was on to something. Recent studies show that complaining every day changes the structure of the brain. Harmful behaviors such as complaining, if allowed to loop within the brain continually, will inevitably […]
“Who you are depends on what your neurons are up to, moment by moment,” writes David Eagleman in his book The Brain: The Story of You. The classical textbook tells you that you’re immutable after a certain point, that in fact, you can no longer change. After your teens, your neurocognitive code is set in […]
The mind is the kite, the heart is the string.
Our mind never turns off. Even when we’re doing nothing, the brain is always active, processing, remixing, and imagining in what neuroscientist Marcus Raichle calls a ‘default mode network.’ Writes Manoush Zomorodi in “What Boredom Does to You:” The default mode, a term also coined by Raichle, is used to describe the brain “at rest”; that is, when […]
We tend to forget the mundane and remain loyal to the weird. What’s uninteresting remains unremembered. What peers into the mind eye’s with a little humor and exaggeration is the stuff that sticks. Too ordinary becomes unextraordinary, not silly enough to make a significant dent. Try not thinking about a purple cow, rainbow-striped zebra, or […]
We are told to ship it; release it before it’s finished, get it out of our hands so we can get the feedback we need to iterate and perfect our product. It’s a grueling process that fires up the anxiety. Is this thing going to work or go out to the void? In his latest […]
Wouldn’t it be great to retire by thirty or forty years old? What sounds good in theory though has negative consequences for the brain. Indeed, a lot of work is repetitive and unnecessarily political, as we jump through hoops to make it up the ladder. And while our work may not be the most stimulating […]
The phone is negentropic; it gets better through software. Similarly, the human head carries a brain that improves over time. Scientists have shown again and again that the mind, like a piece of software, is elastic. We are the sum of a hundred billion neurons that strengthen through knowledge and experience. Our skull evolves within a […]
When an image comes to mind, it goes from dreamy obscurity to reality. Images don’t exist until our eyes give them an interpretation. They wait for the brain’s chaotic cellular information to connect. Our visions act like an aperture on the iPhone, rendering the highest pixel resolution. What brings life into existence is the stimulus of […]
The brain is just a collection of tangled wires with neuron connectivity levels. We call its output ‘information’ because we need some way of describing chemical synchronicity. The computer works the same way. On the inside, it’s a collection of chips and wires with various voltage levels. What we see on screen is what we […]
Knowledge has become a kind of obesity of the mind in the digital age. Why remember anything or master a skill if you don’t have to? Could knowledge become a commodity? Perhaps people who know things without using Google or Photomath will be considered superior, maybe even genius.
Humans aren’t going to be running the show too much longer. The machines are learning fast and securing our dependency on them. They don’t just fix our brains; they ARE our brains.
Adam Gazzaley, a superstar neurologist on why we need focus: “It allows us to interact with the world through our goals and not be led by or be a slave to our environment. It has allowed us to do every remarkable achievement — creation of society, culture, language. They are all dependent on being able to focus […]
Everything is just a matter of organization. The way we organize our thoughts, our fears, and our work helps us understand, perceive, and make decisions in the world around us. There is no such thing as the perfect organization. There’s only a system that works for you or doesn’t work at all and needs change. […]
Our brain capacity is limited. Our ability to digest new information dwindles with each piece of new information we take in. That’s why people are taking deliberate breaks away from the Internet. The only way to fight feed-based culture is to turn it off completely, whether that’s through a 5-minute meditation or more intensively, through […]