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
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
The Science of Original Ideas
Everyone in the world of tech is obsessed with “innovation.” It’s a popular word with a nebulous definition. Some people think of it as coming up with unique business ideas, others view it as taking existing ideas and making them ten times better, and so on.[Read more…] about The Science of Original Ideas
A Short Guide to Willpower
Are you reading this right now because you’re trying to avoid doing something else? How much time have you spent idly surfing the web or using social networks today?
Do you feel like that accomplished anything? Even if you’ve been good today, I’ll go out on a limb and assume you’ve spent a fair amount of time wandering around aimlessly when you could have been doing something more interesting.[Read more…] about A Short Guide to Willpower