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"How to gain control of your free time | Laura Vanderkam" on YouTube
Let's say you're extremely busy and don't have time for anything new. If the water heater in your house breaks, you'll find the 8 hours necessary to deal with the repairs and cleanup, pronto.

Consider your priorities like those 8 emergency hours: do the things you really want to do, first. Then, make time for everything else.

"I don't have time" actually means "It's not a priority".

Think of your annual performance review. Now write one one year ahead. What's in there? What would you congratulate and reward yourself for? Those are your goals.
time  management  paradigm-shift  video  TED 
september 2019 by dandv
"Why Beautiful Things Make us Happy – Beauty Explained" on YouTube
Patients in a renovated hospital ward needed less painkillers than those in an older, run down ward. Beauty of the surroundings increases cognitive function and happiness etc.

Nothing on partner beauty.
beauty  happiness  awareness  cool  video  paradigm-shift 
september 2019 by dandv
Ruth Chang: How to make hard choices | TED Talk
Skip to 9:49.

Hard choices are very hard to make by finding some external reasons, some way to quantify one alternative as better than the other. Because they're not comparable. One is better in some ways, one in others. But you can solve the dilemma by looking for reasons WITHIN YOURSELF:

*** Which choice would bring me closer to the person I want to be? ***

Hard choices are AN OPPORTUNITY to forge yourself into the person you want to become. Be grateful for them.

People who don't exercise their powers to make hard choices are drifters.
paradigm-shift  howto  decide  make  choice  choose  decision  making 
september 2019 by dandv
The Price of Sex: Women Rule, Men Drool, the Market's Cruel | Psychology Today
In summary, the analysis of sex from an economic perspective that sees sex as a commodity owned by women leads to a series of testable predictions, many of which have found support in the literature.

If we view sexy dress as advertising and public relations of a property owner who wishes to sell, we understand that such an owner would want to stimulate interest in as many potential buyers as possible, not because she aims to ‘sell’ to all of them but because she seeks to find the one optimal ‘buyer.’ Thus viewed, an attractively dressed woman conveys an interest in finding a suitable partner, not in finding many partners.

In general, it pays for women to operate as a cartel and cooperate to ensure a high price for sex, just as OPEC ensures high oil prices by controlling coordinated supply. The theory therefore predicts that the effort to neutralize and shame sexually permissive women will come mainly from other women, not men, because permissive women allow men easy access to the resource and thus lower its market value. It is no coincidence, Baumeister points out, that sexual women are often termed ‘cheap.’

Indeed, studies show that women judge sexually permissive women more harshly than do men. In general, women tend to hold more negative views toward those behaviors that contribute to lowering the price of sex, like sex before or outside of marriage, casual sex, etc. According to the research, even the famous double standard whereby a man with many partners is considered a ‘stud’ while a multi-partnered woman is considered a ‘slut’ is maintained primarily by women, not by men.
sex  economics  analysis  perspective  paradigm-shift 
august 2019 by dandv
YouTube comments are heavily manipulated, and I fear for our democracy | Arman Dezfuli-Arjomandi
When you don't know much about the topic, it's very hard to tell bogus YouTube comments from real ones. And in politics, this is *very often* te case.

"YouTube comments are being used to control the conversation and manipulate voters of all ages on a massive scale

YouTube’s reach is absolutely massive. As of mid-2018, it has 1.8 billion logged-in MAU (Monthly Active Users), compared to Facebook (2.2 billion) and Twitter (330 million). The 1.8 billion figure excludes hundreds of millions, possibly over a billion, monthly viewers who do not have accounts, making YouTube the most-used social media site in the world.

It’s also the preferred platform amongst US teens: According to Pew Research, 85% of teens say they use YouTube, compared to Instagram (72%), Facebook (51%) and Twitter (32%). YouTube is extremely popular with our most vulnerable, impressionable population."

Comment: "Here in the Brazilian elections we had a massive manipulation of information very well orchestrated using bots in groups of the Whatsapp app. It’s very sad when it affects a country’s democracy, repeating lies until it becomes “true.” The “average citizen” follows a collective unconscious, and ends up following the herd."

Mirror: https://web.archive.org/web/20181030055900/http://rawrmaan.com/youtube-comments-are-heavily-manipulated-and-i-fear-for-our-democracy/
social  media  manipulation  politics  YouTube  comments  fake  news  lies  awareness  paradigm-shift 
october 2018 by dandv
I’m a woman who imitated the swagger of an entitled white male — and it got results | The Star
How leadership is easily attained.

[[When students asked for alternatives to the assignment, I swallowed, paused, and said, “Not gonna happen.” They packed up and got the work done as I asked. I met a graduate student who was dragging her feet on her dissertation with, “Do you have what it takes? Then just do it.” She looked dumbfounded but turned a chapter in shortly thereafter. In a faculty meeting, a colleague ventured complex curriculum revision that I would normally have spoken at length against based on my extensive experience as a former associate chair. Instead I let people cast about with questions and concerns and then said, trying not to laugh at its simplicity, “We’re not gonna do it.” The subject was dropped.

The same was true at home. I responded to my kids’ entreaties with, “Don’t ask me that.” I opened dinner with, “here’s how it’s gonna go” giving each person a job and no room for argument. Our household is so dialogical, I was afraid no one would fall for it, but they did. Things ran my way.

I noticed many things. I wasn’t co-operating, I was dictating, and I used a lot less energy. No one asked followup questions, there was less negotiation, and I didn’t lose time wondering if everyone was OK with the decisions. Students were more productive, and I was more effective at getting what I wanted. I will never forget that my colleagues, with PhDs and argumentation in their bones, dropped a proposal after I uttered five words. Adopting white male southern swagger was pretty darn effective for getting my way.

this was an experiment in affect, language, demeanour and gender, and one I found deeply saddening. Being a good partner, mother, professor and citizen to me has always meant being deferential, inclusive, transparent about what I am thinking, as concrete and thoughtful as possible in explaining my decisions, and collaborative with students, family and colleagues. But these features are not often respected as signs of good leadership, and they are exhausting to perform.]]
leadership  paradigm-shift  howto  animal  primal 
october 2018 by dandv
Elon Musk: How To Achieve 10x More Than Your Peers
@4:03 - Business failure would not bother Elon Musk so much as failure to do something challenging, worthwhile, and exciting. High achievers view not doing something impactful as a much bigger risk than financial or social failure.
video  motivation  paradigm-shift 
october 2018 by dandv
Computer system transcribes words users “speak silently” | MIT News
Other uses: dream reading, interrogations truth serum

"complete silent-computing system that lets the user undetectably pose and receive answers to difficult computational problems. In one of the researchers’ experiments, for instance, subjects used the system to silently report opponents’ moves in a chess game and just as silently receive computer-recommended responses.

system had an average transcription accuracy of about 92 percent

special-ops folks have hand gestures, but you can’t always see those. Wouldn’t it be great to have silent-speech for communication between these folks?"
subvocalization  recognition  machine-learning  cool  HCI  paradigm-shift 
july 2018 by dandv
This Morning Routine will Save You 20+ Hours Per Week
Take with a grain of salt. The author links to study, but also believes in prayer.

[[Most people’s “working time” is not done at peak performance levels. When most people are working, they do so in a relaxed fashion. Makes sense, they have plenty of time to get it done.
However, when you are results-oriented, rather than “being busy,” you’re 100 percent on when you’re working and 100 percent off when you’re not. Why do anything half-way? If you’re going to work, you’re going to work.

The best work happens in short intensive spurts. By short, I’m talking 1–3 hours. But this must be “Deep Work,” with no distractions, just like an intensive workout is non-stop. Interestingly, your best work — which for most people is thinking — will actually happen while you’re away from your work, “recovering”.

For best results: Spend 20% of your energy on your work and 80% of your energy on recovery and self-improvement. When you’re getting high quality recovery, you’re growing. When you’re continually honing your mental model, the quality and impact of your work continually increases. This is what psychologists call, “Deliberate Practice”. It’s not about doing more, but better training. It’s about being strategic and results-focused, not busyness-focused.

In one study, only 16 percent of respondents reported getting creative insight while at work. Ideas generally came while the person was at home, in transportation, or during recreational activity.

Whatever your situation, protect your mornings!

I’m blown away by how many people schedule things like meetings in the mornings. Nothing could be worse for peak performance and creativity.

Schedule all of your meetings for the afternoon, after lunch.
Don’t check your social media or email until after your 3 hours of deep work. Your morning time should be spent on output, not input.]]

Rather than managing your time, then, you should really be focused on *managing your energy*. Your work schedule should be scheduled around when you work best, not around social norms and expectations.

When you’re at work, be fully absorbed. When it’s time to call it a day, completely detach yourself from work and become absorbed in the other areas of your life.
If you don’t detach, you’ll never fully be present or engaged at work or at home. You’ll be under constant strain, even if minimally. Your sleep will suffer. Your relationships will be shallow. Your life will not be happy.

“Play leads to brain plasticity, adaptability, and creativity… Nothing fires up the brain like play.” -- Stuart Brown

In her book, On Repeat: How Music Plays the Mind, psychologist Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis explains why listening to music on repeat improves focus. When you’re listening to a song on repeat, you tend to dissolve into the song, which blocks out mind wandering (let your mind wander while you’re away from work!).
productivity  play  work  life  balance  cool  hacks  paradigm-shift 
may 2017 by dandv
World's most productive countries | Expert Market
[[7 of the top 10 highest GDP producing countries also rank for the top 10 lowest working hours: Luxembourg, Norway, Switzerland, Netherlands, Germany, Denmark and Sweden.

Of the 10 countries with the longest working hours, and the 10 least productive countries overall, 8 rank for both.

Germany held the shortest working hours of all the countries, working on average 1,371 hours per year, in relation to the world average of 1,762, yet they still came out sixth highest in terms of productivity, producing £25.95 per hour, per person.

Mexico holds the longest working hours recorded of 2,228 per year, closely followed by Costa Rica with an average of 2,216. Both countries also took the two lowest positions of all for productivity, with £5.96 and £5.31 per hour, respectively.]]

Layman: https://news.fastcompany.com/the-worlds-most-productive-countries-also-have-the-shortest-workdays-4016006
awareness  productivity  working  hours  countries  study  paradigm-shift 
may 2017 by dandv
DARE - What if your life ended this minute? This video is a must...
Imagine your life has suddenly ended painlessly. No time to say goodbyes.
Pause: take a moment to settle the idea in. Life will go on without you.

Pause on Q1: What did you LOVE about your life?


Pause on Q2: What regrets do you have?


Pause on Q3: If you could come back to life, what would you do with the time you've been given?

Guess what, you CAN come back to life.
video  motivation  emotion  life  cool  regrets  death  paradigm-shift 
april 2017 by dandv
Survivorship bias - RationalWiki
Suppose you're trying to help the military decide how best to armor their planes for future bombing runs. They let you look over the planes that made it back, and you note that some areas get shot heavily, while other areas hardly get shot at all. So, you should increase the armor on the areas that get shot, right?
Wrong! These are the planes that got shot and survived. It stands to reason that on some planes, the areas where you don't see any damage did get shot, and they didn't survive. So those are the areas you reinforce.

Summary of http://youarenotsosmart.com/2013/05/23/survivorship-bias/
survivorship  cognitive  bias  cool  thought  experiment  paradigm-shift 
march 2017 by dandv
Use the Zeigarnik Effect to do and learn anything faster
The brain dislikes unfinished tasks and craves closure. So when the time comes to go to sleep or go to a meeting, do so enthusiastically, because:

1) in the meantime your subconscious will work on the problem
2) you'll be excited to resume in the morning / after the meeting
3) the actual effect is that the brain remembers better interrupted tasks (http://wesscholar.wesleyan.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1286&context=div3facpubs)

Kill the "maker vs. manager time" dread of interruptions!

For the best effect, interrupt on a high note ("when the going is good")

"I never come back to a blank page; I always finish about halfway through. To be confronted with a blank page is not very nice. But Hemingway, a great American writer, taught me the finest trick when you are doing a long book, which is, he simply said in his own words, “When you are going good, stop writing.
And that means that if everything’s going well and you know exactly where the end of the chapter’s going to go and you know just what the people are going to do, you don’t go on writing and writing and writing until you come to the end of it, because when you do, then you say, well, where am I going to go next? And you get up and you walk away and you don’t want to come back because you don’t know where you want to go." - Roald Dahl
paradigm-shift  productivity  interruptions  solution  learning  hack  psychology 
january 2017 by dandv
The Simple Solution to Traffic - CGP Grey
Phantom intersections are slowed down traffic by past obstacles, no longer there when you get to that point

If all cars followed one rule, "Always be in the middle", traffic jams would be solved much faster

Self-driving cars don't care about intersections because they can communicate among each other at the speed of light
traffic  solution  paradigm-shift  video  cool 
november 2016 by dandv
Why the Brain Doubts a Foreign Accent - Scientific American
"Instead of perceiving [the foreigners'] speech as harder to understand, natives are prone to perceive their statements as less truthful."

"negative judgments are the result of the additional effort that our brains must make to process foreign speech. Our brains then shift the blame for this effort onto the veracity of the speaker."

[[In another experiment, Lev-Ari showed that native speakers remember less accurately what non-native speakers say. This is because “we expect non-native speakers to be less proficient speakers, so we rely on our expectations about what they’re going to say, rather than what they actually do say"

Even babies prefer native speakers of their language than they do non-natives.

Native speakers don't necessarily attach negative stereotypes to all foreign-sounding Danish speech. A person with an American accent is thought to be rich, while someone with a French accent will be thought well-educated.

In the US, 13% of the country’s 316 million residents are immigrants.The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is tasked with enforcing federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination and has settled several foreign-accent discrimination lawsuits since 2010. In the most recent of these lawsuits, a Walmart employee from Gambia, Ebrima Jallow, complained that the store manager had mocked his accent. (The manager also made anti-African and Islamophobic comments.) When Jallow complained, the manager threatened to fire him and told other employees not to work with him. The EEOC and Walmart settled for $75,000.]]

-- http://qz.com/624335/the-reason-you-discriminate-against-foreign-accents-starts-with-what-they-do-to-your-brain/ (less worth reading; concerned with linguistic integration in Europe)
accent  discrimination  awareness  paradigm-shift  bias 
july 2016 by dandv
Brian Christian & Tom Griffiths: "Algorithms to Live By" | Talks at Google - YouTube
Three of the 11 concepts (9:57) from the book:
* optimal stopping
* explore vs. exploit
* caching

Stop after:
37% - if you never go back to the first 37% of the candidates, after 37% pick the first that's better than any before it
25% - if candidates can reject your offer with a 50% chance, stop at only 25%
61% - if you can go back to examined candidates and they can accept your offer with a 50% chance, examine 61% of the candidates

Explore vs. exploit:

If you're visiting a town for the first time, and have a finite number of days there, it's best to explore first and exploit last. The first restaurant you visit there will be the best in that town. But if you find an even better restaurant on your last day, that will be a pity. So frontload the exploration, so that you can "exploit" (enjoy the best restaurants) sooner and for longer, when you have more experience to exploit. (That's why old folks are keen on their preferences: regulars at diners, have set routines, smaller social circles etc.: the chances of finding something to enjoy even more are small, and the time left to enjoy known pleasures is shorter, should you keep exploring.)

The above applies if you know how finite the interval is. Which explains why people who live in touristy places often have not seen many of the local attractions.

Gittins index corollary: 0-0 has an index of 0.7, which means you should consider something you've never tried as being just good as something that you know works 70% of the time.

Regret minimization framework: project yourself at the end of your lifespan. You want to have "minimized the number of regrets you have". When making a choice, ask “Which choice would've minimized the amount of regret I have? Once you find that option, take it.”. Done by Jeff Bezos -- https://pinboard.in/search/u:dandv?query=regret+minimization

## Caching:

Sleator and Tarjan (1985) proved that moving the most recent item to the front is at worst twice as bad as clairvoyance (knowing what item you'll need at any time in the future). "No other algorithm has this guarantee" - but see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self-organizing_list#Move_to_Front_Method_.28MTF.29

Human memory works like a cache: it keeps around most frequently accessed items. The chance of seeing a word in a NYTimes headling decreases the longer the time since that word last appeared in a headline.

!: "Intuitively, rational action is exhaustive (considering everything), exact and deterministic, always yielding the right answer." But not even computers do that, except for easy problems. Up against intractable problems, computer scientists consider different solutions. Taking into account the costs involved with decisions, the best strategies may not have any of the properties above.

Other chapters from the book not in this video: sorting, overfitting, scheduling, Bayes' rule, game theory, relaxation, randomness, networking
paradigm-shift  smart  video  algorithms  decision  making 
may 2016 by dandv
Now you can learn to fly a plane from expert-pilot brainwave patterns | KurzweilAI
novice pilots who received brain stimulation via electrode-embedded head caps improved their piloting abilities, with a 33 percent increase in skill consistency, compared to those who received sham stimulation

-- http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fnhum.2016.00034/full
paradigm-shift  stimulated  learning  tDCS  neuro 
may 2016 by dandv
What If 3D Printing Was 100x Faster? | Joseph DeSimone | TED Talks - YouTube
CLIP - Continuous Light Interface Production: control light and oxygen to solidify or not a liquid resin, pulling it out of a reservoir of liquid. 25x-100x faster than traditional layer-by-layer 3D printing, smooth surface finish, uniform mechanical properties, directly manufacturable from the CAD model. Supports any polymer, e.g. dampening (vibration control) or elastic elastomers (sneakers), ultra-strong, very light etc.

* real-time stent fabrication in the operating room
* digital dentistry
* mezoscale fabrication - 10 to 1000 microns (subtractive techniques from the silicon industry can't do that very well)
TED  3D  printing  revolution  cool  video  manufacturing  game  changer  paradigm-shift 
april 2016 by dandv
How To Stop Being Lazy And Get More Done - 5 Expert Tips
VERY good. Five key strategies:

* To-Do Lists Are Evil. Schedule Everything.
* Assume You’re Going Home at 5:30, Then Plan Your Day Backwards
* Make A Plan For The Entire Week
* Do Very Few Things, But Be Awesome At Them
* Less Shallow Work, Focus On The Deep Stuff

"Shallow work stops you from getting fired — but deep work is what gets you promoted."
productivity  paradigm-shift  best  time  management 
december 2015 by dandv
Unreliable research: Trouble at the lab | The Economist
Half of 304 journals claiming to do peer review accepted for publication a test paper full of conspicuous errors. 200+ of British Medical Journal's reviewers failed to pick on avg. 6 out of 8 deliberate mistakes in a 1998 test article. Reviewers did no better when instructed about what to look for, and 92% got slowly but steadily worse with experience.

28% of academics claimed to know of colleagues who fabricated or muddled with data.

"Often, only people with an axe to grind pursue replications with vigour—a state of affairs which makes people wary of having their work replicated."

Replication is hard because not all data is shared. "only 143 of 351 randomly selected papers published in the world’s 50 leading journals and covered by some data-sharing policy actually complied"

A lot of research is unpublished, even if funded by the NIH, which requires publication: only 22% released results within 1 year of completion, and 1/3 remained unpublished after 4 years.

PLoS is a lot less strict about what they publish than Nature. Even so, "They thus ask their peer reviewers only if a paper is methodologically sound. Remarkably, almost half the submissions to PLoS One are rejected for failing to clear that seemingly low bar."

[[According to some estimates, three-quarters of published scientific papers in the field of machine learning are bunk because of this “overfitting”, says Sandy Pentland, a computer scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Evidence that many more dodgy results are published than are subsequently corrected or withdrawn calls that much-vaunted capacity for self-correction into question. There are errors in a lot more of the scientific papers being published, written about and acted on than anyone would normally suppose, or like to think.

“There is no cost to getting things wrong,” says Brian Nosek, a psychologist at the University of Virginia who has taken an interest in his discipline’s persistent errors. “The cost is not getting them published.”

A study of 4,600 papers from across the sciences conducted by Daniele Fanelli of the University of Edinburgh found that the proportion of negative results dropped from 30% to 14% between 1990 and 2007.

Statisticians have ways to deal with such problems. But most scientists are not statisticians. Victoria Stodden, a statistician at Columbia, speaks for many in her trade when she says that scientists’ grasp of statistics has not kept pace with the development of complex mathematical techniques for crunching data. Some scientists use inappropriate techniques because those are the ones they feel comfortable with; others latch on to new ones without understanding their subtleties. Some just rely on the methods built into their software, even if they don’t understand them.

The number of retractions has grown tenfold over the past decade. But they still make up no more than 0.2% of the 1.4m papers published annually in scholarly journals. Papers with fundamental flaws often live on. Some may develop a bad reputation among those in the know, who will warn colleagues. But to outsiders they will appear part of the scientific canon.

“the experimenter’s regress”—you can say an experiment has truly been replicated only if the replication gets the same result as the original, a conclusion which makes replication pointless.]]
science  scientific  study  false  against  debunk  statistics  research  paradigm-shift  studies  awareness 
january 2014 by dandv
Esther Perel: The secret to desire in a long-term relationship
@3:30 so we come to one person and want them to give us what once took an entire village to give us, and we live twice as long

The crisis of desire is a crisis of the imagination. Love is "to have". Desire is "to want". Love and desire conflict: love wants to minimize the distance and tension, but desire means we don't want to go to places we've already gone, we want an "other", a bridge to cross. Fire needs air. Desire needs space.

Survey with Mating in Captivity. Question: "When do you find yourself most drawn to your partner". Across cultures, religions, genders in 20 countries, the top answers were:

1. "I am most drawn to my partner when we are apart, when we reunite, basically when I get back in touch with my ability to IMAGINE myself with my partner, when I can root the imagination in absence and in longing, which is a major component of desire"

2. "When I look at my partner in their element, confident, doing what they do best, when other people are drawn to them"
Desire is when "this person I already know is once again somewhat mysterious, somewhat elusive".
"Novelty is not going to new places, but seeing places with new eyes" - Proust
Thus, desire is seeing the partner enveloped in something, when we get a shift in perception.
There is no need in desire, there is no caretaking. Caretaking is mightily loving, a powerful ANTI-APHRODISIAC

3. "When I'm surprised, when we laugh together, when there is novelty in the parts the partner brings out"

Erotic intelligence consists of: *imagination*, playfulness, novelty, curiosity, mystery

"If you are dead inside, the other person can do a lot of things for Valentine, it doesn't make a dent, there's nobody at the reception desk."

The very ingredients that nurture love: mutuality, reciprocity, protection, worry, responsibility for the other - are something the very ingredients that stifle desire. Desire comes with feelings that aren't so conducive to love: jealousy, possessiveness, aggression, power, dominance, naughtiness, mischief.
Love comes with selflessness, but desire comes with selfishness, in the best sense of the word.

Foreplay starts after the previous orgasm.
Responsibility and desire just butt heads.
paradigm-shift  desire  attraction  love  what  women  want  TED  talk  relationship 
december 2013 by dandv
How to master your life - Leading a better life - Quora
"Being successful at The Sims is very easy. It’s just like real life, **except without a barrier between what you decide and what you do.**"

Say you want to get fit.

In the Sims, you immediately buy whatever lame fitness equipment you can afford. If you can’t afford anything, go run in the park. Each day you tell your Sim to spend a spare minute exercising, and although progress is slow, you see their bars slowly inch up. Success is guaranteed.

In real life you think about getting fit. You’re not sure what to buy. Can you really afford the ‘right’ equipment? You read reviews. Do you have enough time? You ask questions on Quora. Maybe you buy something. You don’t know how to use it. Maybe you use it a couple times. You don’t see any results. You talk and think and share and do anything but exercise.

The first lesson from The Sims is good decisions require little thought. To get fit: exercise. To be smarter: read. To eat healthier: cook. Such mechanics are elementary to a child playing the game, but when leading your own life, your mischievous mind paralyses you with too much thinking. Stop holding out for perfect decisions. Pick. Act.

You can solve half the hassles of humanity this way. “I like this girl, how do I get her to like me?” Just click on her, and pick something.

“But what do I say?” Anything moves you closer to your goal. Pick something. “But she might not like me!” Right now, she doesn’t even know you. Fix that. Pick something.

The second lesson from The Sims is to nurture your state.

If your Sim is tired, desperate for company or wetting themselves, they won’t get much done. A decent player keeps an eye on these bars and never lets them slide too far; the exceptional player builds a life that takes care of them automatically.

And so it is in real life. If you’ve found yourself having a crappy pointless argument, chances are you were a bad mix of tired, stressed, or hungry at the time. If you want to be your wittiest, smartest, and most resilient, you’d better take consistently good care of yourself. The best way to be consistently awesome is to be in a consistently good state.

The third lesson from The Sims is to build selected skills.

Almost every action your Sim can take makes them better at something. Some skills are easier to gain, depending on your natural strengths, but you can get impressively decent at just about anything with time.

You don't live forever though, so to get great at something means saying no to something else. You must pick, and focus. Fully developed strengths tend to make your weaknesses irrelevant. Woody Allen would not be better off if he had spent less time writing and more time at the gym.
insight  game  gaming  Sims  life  lesson  parallel  paradigm-shift  inspiration  motivation  profound 
november 2013 by dandv
Singular Sensations - NYTimes.com
What time is at the North Pole?
Irrelevant - you can skip from one time zone to another.

Plus some things about palm lines that's TL;DR
paradigm-shift  time  zone  North  Pole 
november 2013 by dandv
Are You As Busy As You Think? - WSJ.com
Time log, and:

[[Change your language. Instead of saying "I don't have time" try saying "it's not a priority," and see how that feels. Often, that's a perfectly adequate explanation. I have time to iron my sheets, I just don't want to. But other things are harder. Try it: "I'm not going to edit your résumé, sweetie, because it's not a priority." "I don't go to the doctor because my health is not a priority." If these phrases don't sit well, that's the point. Changing our language reminds us that time is a choice.]]
productivity  time  management  priority  lifehacks  paradigm-shift 
august 2013 by dandv
12 Business Lessons You Can Learn from Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos
Keep teams under 6 members
Invent, experiment, measure, think long term
Present and discuss narratives, not slide shows
Obsess about customers
Base your strategy on things that *don't* change

Regret Minimization "Framework" (actually a question): Imagine you're at the end of your life looking back and ask yourself, “Which choice would've minimized the amount of regret I have? Once you find that option, take it.”

In other words, take the option you’ll regret least even if you fail.

Most people apply that to dating, but it works in business as well.

"I knew that if I failed I wouldn’t regret that, but I knew the one thing I might regret is not ever having tried. I knew that that would haunt me every day, and so, when I thought about it that way it was an incredibly easy decision."

This solves short-term concerns like missing a paycheck or bonus.
regret  minimization  framework  howto  make  decision  decide  Jeff  Bezos  Amazon  business  advice  paradigm-shift 
august 2013 by dandv
Myth of the Flat Earth - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
HA. Actually pretty much nobody since Aristotle believed that the earth was flat. "By the 14th century, belief in a flat earth among the educated was dead."

[[According to Stephen Jay Gould, "there never was a period of 'flat earth darkness' among scholars (regardless of how the public at large may have conceptualized our planet both then and now). Greek knowledge of sphericity never faded, and all major medieval scholars accepted the earth's roundness as an established fact of cosmology."]]
science  history  awareness  Earth  flat  paradigm-shift 
april 2012 by dandv
Is there really a safe, over the counter pill that can increase muscle and get rid of fat? Yes.
6 wk of supplementation with FO significantly increased lean mass and decreased fat mass.

[[Subjects were healthy and active, but not engaged in consistent, systematic exercise training. In total, 44 individuals volunteered to participate. Subjects were asked to maintain their current diet and exercise practices throughout the study.

Fish oil (FO): 4 g/d concentrated fish oil (o3mega extra strength, Genuine Health Corporation, Toronto, Ontario, CA) administered in 4 enteric-coated capsules (each capsule provided 400 mg EPA and 200 mg DHA).

Subjects took 2 capsules with breakfast and 2 capsules with dinner for a 6 wk period.

Body composition was assessed by whole body densitometry using air displacement via the Bod Pod®

Additionally, they found that young men taking the fish oil supplements had a significantly greater reduction in waist circumference compared to the control group, or the group that increased their dietary intake of fish.]]
paradigm-shift  food  supplements  health  fat  decrease  muscle  build  howto  DHA  oil  fish  fish_oil 
march 2012 by dandv
What is Wrong with Global Warming Anyway? | David Friedman
Excellent essay on how we freak out about global warming, while nobody knows its *net* effect, which may very well include climate improvements in huge areas of land, like Northern Canada or Siberia. Instead, we assume that Bangladesh will still be a poor country in a few tens of years, unable to move its population more inland or erect levees as Holland did long ago.

The argument that human affairs are optimized for current conditions, and global warming will cause a loss is weak. The change will be gradual, and crops or buildings are changed or rebuilt more frequently than once every 100 years, when the ocean level is projected to have risen by a foot or two.
against  global  warming  net  effects  paradigm-shift  cool  climate  change 
september 2011 by dandv
‪Would You Give Up The Internet For 1 Million Dollars?‬‏ - YouTube
"Brought to you by the private sector". Very good arguments for capitalism. Awesome reframing at the end.

Doesn't mention the role of DARPA (and government bodies in general) in standardizing and protocols. In Europe, for instance, there is government pressure to standardize cell phone chargers, see http://pinboard.in/u:dandvd/t:standard/t:charger
give  up  Internet  how  much  perspective  rich  paradigm-shift  capitalism 
august 2011 by dandv
Patri Friedman on seasteading, from a political perspective
No country is better than all others in all aspects. If we mix and match policies from different countries, we can get a system better than any existing one.

If a law has a social cost of $1 per person, but 100 people from the government make $1M each from it, for a population of 200M, this law will have a social cost of $100M. "I guarantee you that this law will pass". If each citizen decided to do something to stop this law, and spends one hour on it, they get a whooping $1/hour. Contrast this with lobbyists, who will be willing to spend many hours to get $1M.

Technology and incentives are much more effective ways of changing people's behavior, than trying to convince them.

There is a "libertarian" personality. Estimates say that 6% to 16% of the US population are natural libertarians.

Jonathan Hay research: morality is innate, and people have snap moral answers, and all the logic they make about moral rules are just post-factum rationalizations.

PT-BR version at http://vimeo.com/13110207 ?
video  Patri  Friedman  seasteading  against  debunk  democracy  government  incentive  libertarian  politics  paradigm-shift 
may 2011 by dandv
NEJM -- Comparison of Weight-Loss Diets with Different Compositions of Fat, Protein, and Carbohydrates
The protein/fat/carb composition of diets followed for weight loss is largely irrelevant. All that matters is the calorie count and attendance of group sessions. 2-year randomized blind trial on 811 overweight adults. "By 2 years, weight loss remained similar in those who were assigned to a diet with 15% protein and those assigned to a diet with 25% protein (3.0 and 3.6 kg, respectively); in those assigned to a diet with 20% fat and those assigned to a diet with 40% fat (3.3 kg for both groups); and in those assigned to a diet with 65% carbohydrates and those assigned to a diet with 35% carbohydrates (2.9 and 3.4 kg, respectively) (P>0.20 for all comparisons)."
weight  loss  diet  study  health  calorie  awareness  paradigm-shift  composition 
february 2009 by dandv
The Power Of An Hour · LifeReboot.com
How we waste our time without realizing it, how we can become aware of that, and how we can put that time to much better use. Completely ignored that time is not fungible.
time  management  cool  paradigm-shift 
february 2009 by dandv
The Extended Mind
"If, as we confront some task, a part of the world functions as a process which, were it done in the head, we would have no hesitation in recognizing as part of the cognitive process, then that part of the world is (so we claim) part of the cognitive process." "By embracing an active externalism, we allow a more natural explanation of all sorts of actions. One can explain my choice of words in Scrabble, for example, as the outcome of an extended cognitive process involving the rearrangement of tiles on my tray. In a very real sense, the re-arrangement of tiles on the tray is not part of action; it is part of thought." "If the thesis is accepted, how far should we go? All sorts of puzzle cases spring to mind. Is my cognitive state somehow spread across the Internet? It may be, for example, that in some cases interfering with someone's environment will have the same moral significance as interfering with their person."
philosophy  extended  mind  paradigm-shift  boundary  body  environment  cognitive  thought  experiment  neuro  consciousness  technology  Internet  expanded 
january 2009 by dandv
Death and Time Traveling
Mind-boggling thought experiment article presenting a novel and physically attainable way to travel interstellar distances within the human lifespan
time  space  travel  death  science  fiction  cool  interesting  paradigm-shift  thought  experiment 
june 2006 by dandv

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