Filling the mental well

We’re not born with information running through our fingertips. But we develop brains that know how to interpret images, words, and YouTube videos. Yet, our comprehension doesn’t stop there. We have to train ourselves to see. In the ear of the listener and in the eye of the viewer is a mental well predetermined by […]

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Anticipatory senses

When you already know what’s coming next, you’re immune to the feeling. Take self-massage for instance. It always feels better when someone else rubs your shoulders for you. People externalize touch the same way they externalize their thoughts and other senses—the body elevates in anticipation of the surprise. When it comes to ice cream, for […]

Aggregating sources

You’ve got to taste the wine yourself, build your own record collection, and collect your own artifacts. You can’t afford to outsource these experiences to others if you want to be original and develop your own taste. Whether it’s other human teachers or machines, having all the answers delivered to your doorstep of knowledge hinders […]

This Japanese philosophy may hold the secret to a happy work life

Ikigai is a Japanese concept that translates to “a reason for being.” It may also hold the keys to prolonging your life. At the intersection of ikigai is having a purpose—feeling as though one is contributing to society in a positive way gives them something to live for. Perhaps the best illustration of ikigai exists […]

The number of combinations

To make anything is to change perception, as every viewer comes with their own interpretation based off the culmination of experience. Even twins see things differently.  Even more, impressions continue to pivot with the accumulation of knowledge.  There is no formula for novel creation when there’s a prebuilt audience of understanding. The act of pioneering […]