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
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
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
Multitasking is a Myth
The other day I was in the gym and I saw something that inspired me to write this blog post: a man who was reading the newspaper between sets. Actually, he wasn’t just sitting and reading the paper.[Read more…] about Multitasking is a Myth
Am I Too Old to Learn X?
This question gets tossed around all the time, especially amongst people who are over the age of 25. I’m not a sociologist, but I would guess this has a lot to do with how images of young, successful geniuses have been propagated throughout our society.[Read more…] about Am I Too Old to Learn X?