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Psychology

Call to mind

photo by Wells Baum

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 biology. Otherwise, images, thoughts, and things are loose pieces of triviality. We make objects important.

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Life & Philosophy Quotes

Gladwell: ‘Contradict yourself on a regular basis’

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If you don’t contradict yourself on a regular basis, then you’re not thinking.

Malcolm Gladwell

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Creativity Life & Philosophy

Think for your selfie

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Your first opinion is always someone else’s. There’s nothing wrong with that; that’s just the way we learn. At first, we copy, then we pursue our own version of the truth. The truly curious will spend time doing research and originating their own thought.

Thinking takes a lot of work. You can spend years analyzing and combining disparate ideas, letting it all marinate. Only then does the big idea hit you in the shower.

If there were one answer, people would’ve stopped thinking a long time ago. What we consider truth now is what we know to work most of the time. But we’re all still guessing.

To propose new ideas is only risky because of all the pertinacity required to get others to accept them. It’s even harder in a world that twists the facts. But the facts don’t lie. They explain.

To echo William Gibson: the doctrine of the future is already here — it’s just not evenly distributed. What matters isn’t always popular, at least just yet.

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Politics & Society

The stimulation of chaos

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Everything binds to each other. It all bleeds and blends. Like interconnected dots, blood coagulates to scab a wound. We stem the flow. Throw on a band-aid. Put a damn up. Anything to thwart the chaos of nature.

Within a controlled environment, we manufacture new freedoms. We the protect the fragility of intention the best we can. But algae grows, and it doesn’t want to move. We max out progress, assuming modernity is the acme of our potential. Indifference morphs into stagnancy and then a reignited desire for chaos.

Pushing onward is a mindset. When the thinking stops, and people resurrect the instincts of the past, dipping their toes into the end of history. Time heals all wounds until the default setting becomes stale once again. “We are now condemned to live in exciting times,” writes author Shadi Hamid. How quickly we forget what was worth preserving.

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Culture

What’s next?

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What’s next? Are we over the smartphone boom and the newest social networking app already?

We live in a ‘next’ society. We need something new every couple of months. As the chips get faster, so too do our consumption habits. 

We long to get over what’s staring us in the face so we can move on to the next dopamine hitNo one wants to wait. No one wants to cope with their boredom. Phoneless, people would rather zap themselves instead.  

Facebook is in a hurry to beat out Snapchat and recreate the Prisma app. Twitter dropped Vine. We’re all treating things like we get treated at the DMV; like cogs in a queue we can’t skip, made to feel suppressed and unimportant. Next in line!

Just because we’re in the industrial revolution of computers doesn’t mean we need to speed up all behaviors. Myopia is killing long-term thinking and shortening our appreciation for what already exists. What happened to celebrating small victories and supporting the Internet of niches–or did the Internet mainstream everything (re: MIA)?

The Zeigarnik effect wants us to replace anticipation with actions we can’t even remember afterward. You accomplished XYZ, but what does it all mean?

When we slow down, do our thing, and let other do their’s, life meets us halfway. We can’t all do each other’s work, out copy each other and live each other’s lives. What’s next is sticking to the real you.

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Culture Politics & Society Tech

Thinking hard about culture

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Culture is a broad term used to describe the habits and practices of society. Cultures differ because people differ–in looks, tastes, and religion–and when there’s a hodgepodge of cultures, they mix to create something novel, i.e. America, which then becomes its own cultural pillar.

As broad as culture is, in say music with its infinite number of genres and subgenres, it can also be limiting. For instance, the three most popular operating systems smartphones run on are iOS, Android, and Microsoft. Given the scarcity of choice, people choose sides, resulting in Apple fans, Google geeks, and Microsoft traditionalists.

But even when there’s a variety of choice, a favorite always wins out. Whether it’s a preferred operating system, musician, film, or shoe style, some cultures become mainstream. If you copy such trends, you are the benefactor of the wisdom of crowds. If you’re an early adopter or renegade, you look for things on the edges which are a plausible reaction to the herd mentality.

Given culture’s categorizations, people always conform to a certain type regardless of how big or small a niche. Culture’s resistance to sameness guarantees the durability of uniqueness, and there may be no better modern-day American dissenter than Mark Grief who appears to be against everything.

Read Louis Menand’s Cultural Criticism and the Way We Live Now