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Happiness From a State of Flow

“…happiness is not something that happens. It is not the result of good fortune or random chance. It is not something that money can buy or power command. It does not depend on outside events, but, rather, on how we interpret them. Happiness, in fact, is a condition that must be prepared for, cultivated, and defended privately by each person.…

Knowledge is Power Only When You Can Use It

“… knowledge is powerful only when it is applied appropriately, and thought is powerful only when it can utilize a large and accurate base of knowledge.” Diane Halpern, in her book Thought and Knowledge, strikes upon a notion also present in Isaac Newtons famous quote—”If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” Application is…

The Evolution of Fear and Pleasure

“The earliest brains evolved pleasure and fear systems that rewarded the fulfillment of these fundamental needs along with the basic behaviors that facilitated them.” Futurist Ray Kurzweil goes on a journey through the brain in his book How to Create a Mind. A takes a look specifically at the how we’re wired to process fear and pleasure, and even though…

The Internet Diet

“The Net has become my all-purpose medium, the conduit for most of the information that flows through my eyes and ears and into my mind.” Nicholas Carr describes the tumoltuous relationship between his brain and the internet. Something that at first seemed harmless and in many beneficial, but that soon took a turn for the worse. “Calm, focused, undistracted, the…

Train Your Brain

“There is no soreness in your cortex the day after a particularly tough training session. You don’t have to go out and buy new hats because the old ones are now too small. You don’t develop a six-pack on your forehead. And because you can’t see any changes in your brain, it’s easy to assume that there really isn’t much…

The Creation of Money

“Money was created many times in many places. Its development required no technological breakthroughs – it was a purely mental revolution. It involved the creation of a new inter-subjective reality that exists solely in people’s shared imagination.” Yuval Noah Harari, in one of many eye-opening recounts of human evolution, pulls apart the nature, purpose, and problems of our evolving monetary…

Why Society Rests Upon the Collective Imagination

“Most people can neither intimately know, nor gossip effectively about, more than 150 human beings” Yuval Noah Harari travels along evolutions timeline, from the first signs of life to the future of mankind, in Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind. One topic he presents is that of socialization and tribe formation, an interesting exploration of why there were certain limits…