A friend of mine and I recently had a conversation about the accumulation of knowledge and the limits of human information processing. He asked me whether my reading and research habits (which I’ll admit are a bit maniacal) were an example of cognitive overload that would lead to a bias against action.[Read more…] about How to Use a Brain
The Illusions of Memory
Let’s do a little exercise. At this very moment, I want you to stop doing anything else you’re trying to do aside from reading this article. Stop checking your phone, close other windows, turn off any music or podcasts you’re listening to and just focus on this.
It’s tough to do sometimes, but I promise you it will be worth it.[Read more…] about The Illusions of Memory
Boxing, Violence & the Brain
Not too long ago, I walked into a gym here in San Diego. It wasn’t a regular gym, filled with bros flexing in the mirror. No, this was an MMA gym, populated by people smashing into bags, focus mitts and, in the ring just to the right of the entrance, each other.
I wasn’t sure what I was going to get out of being there, but I did know one thing: I wanted to learn how to box.[Read more…] about Boxing, Violence & the Brain
Systems & Information
Quora is one of my favorite websites. It’s chock full of amusing, insightful answers to questions about every subject under the sun. Sometimes I write answers, and they’re all about learning, memory and how the brain works.[Read more…] about Systems & Information
Passion is for Amateurs
Buzzwords are all over tech, but one that has been turned into a sort of a standalone pseudo-religion is the concept of “passion.” Startups love talking about how they’re passionate about their app and the culture they’re fostering that only welcomes those who are also passionate.[Read more…] about Passion is for Amateurs