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Everything is fizzling and bobbling about « Snarkmarket
"Thatcher’s study sug­gests a coun­ter­in­tu­itive notion: the more dis­or­ga­nized your brain is, the smarter you are...It’s coun­ter­in­tu­itive in part because we tend to attribute grow­ing intel­li­gence of tech­nol­ogy world w/ increas­ingly pre­cise electro­mechan­i­cal chore­og­ra­phy...

Instead of thoughts of con­crete things patiently fol­low­ing one another, we have the most abrupt cross-cuts and tran­si­tions from one idea to another, the most rarei­fied abstrac­tions and dis­crim­i­na­tions, the most unheard-of com­bi­na­tions of ele­ments… a seething caul­dron of ideas, where every­thing is fiz­zling and bob­bling about in a state of bewil­der­ing activ­ity, where part­ner­ships can be joined or loos­ened in an instant, tread­mill rou­tine is unknown, and the unex­pected seems the only law.

He’s describ­ing “the high­est order of minds”—but he could just as eas­ily be describ­ing a startup, or a city. Which is exactly, I think, the point."
cognition  ideas  robinsloan  mind  brain  stevenjohnson  books  cities  startups  cv  howwethink  disorder  noise  disorganization  messiness  intelligence  crosspollination 
july 2010 by robertogreco
Brave New World Revisited (1958) by Aldous Huxley
"It is perfectly possible for a man to be out of prison, and yet not free -- to be under no physical constraint and yet to be a psychological captive, compelled to think, feel and act as the representatives of the national State, or of some private interest within the nation, want him to think, feel and act. ... The nature of psychological compulsion is such that those who act under constraint remain under the impression that they are acting on their own initiative. The vic­tim of mind-manipulation does not know that he is a victim. To him, the walls of his prison are invisible, and he believes himself to be free. That he is not free is apparent only to other people. His servitude is strictly objective. "
aldoushuxley  politics  world  culture  books  freedom  mind-manipulation  institutions  tcsnmy  lcproject  liberty  mind  tyranny  psychology 
december 2009 by robertogreco
Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School [blog: http://brainrules.blogspot.com/]
"How do we learn? What exactly do sleep & stress do to our brains? Why is multi-tasking myth? Why is it so easy to forget—& so important to repeat new knowledge? Is it true that men & women have different brains?" + http://www.brainrules.net/the-rules
learning  brain  research  education  lifehacks  neuroscience  johnmedina  books  psychology  science  sleep  stress  teaching  brainresearch  information  efficiency  health  exercise  curiosity  memory  mind 
june 2008 by robertogreco
Mind Hacks: The neurology of Alice in Wonderland
"It was first reported by psychiatrist John Todd in a 1955 article that noted its connection with epilepsy and migraine. There are a variety of other possible syndromes that appear in the story, however. Dr Andrew Larner, author of the recent article, not
biology  books  neuroscience  literature  brain  mind 
october 2007 by robertogreco
Psychology Today: Trashing Teens
"Psychologist Robert Epstein argues in a provocative book, "The Case Against Adolescence," that teens are far more competent than we assume, and most of their problems stem from restrictions placed on them."
robertepstein  adolescence  behavior  books  culture  education  learning  media  mind  psychology  society  teens  lcproject 
june 2007 by robertogreco
ABC News: Borat, Colbert and Our Loopy Selves
"I just read of a panel discussion...whose subject was the number of levels of reality present if Stephen Colbert, anchor of the faux news "Colbert Report," were to interview Sacha Baron Cohen, creator of the characters Borat and Ali G."
books  reviews  reality  self  identity  perception  mind  brain  consciousness  science  neuroscience 
june 2007 by robertogreco
The Genius in All of Us
"How science is unveiling a rich new understanding of talent, "giftedness," and brilliance -- and the lessons we can all apply to our own lives."
blogs  brain  life  lifehacks  mind  people  research  books  genius  intelligence 
january 2007 by robertogreco

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