One of my favorite movies of all time is “Inception”. Mainly because I’ve had a lifelong obsession with lucid dreaming, and the film does a reasonable job of depicting what it’s actually like. Of course, if it were more accurate the characters would get swept up in how real everything seemed, and keep forgetting they were in a dream.
Throughout his presidency, Donald Trump made it clear that his version of reality was robust enough to resist influence from any amount of hard “science” or factual claims. By selectively filtering out information that didn’t serve him, he created a reality that suited him better.
Dr. Cameron Sepah, assistant clinical professor at UCSF medical school, had no idea of the media attention his idea would attract when he chose the catchy name “dopamine fasting”.
The human brain makes up just 2% of total body mass but consumes 20% of our energy supply. Whether we’re doing calculus, or relaxing in the bath, this figure only changes by a few percent. What is it doing at “rest” that requires so much energy?
Our brain is wired to seek leisure. Probably because when we decide to #netflixandchill, our survival is not at stake. The brain equates leisure to a higher likelihood of survival. But does a life of leisure lead to the happiness and life satisfaction our brain suggests?
If you’re the type of person who tends to shove things in the nearest drawer, either because you’re too busy or can’t be bothered to put it back where it belongs — these tips are for you, kindred spirit.
Enhance learning, memory, and resilience to stress with these simple ways to introduce novelty and sensory stimuli
Understanding how algorithms manipulate our behavior and what to do about it (play audio) On my recent birthday, only four of my 711 Facebook “friends” wrote on my wall. It was tempting to assume that people scrolling their news feeds saw it was my birthday and thought “Nah, not interested.” My rational brain, however, knew […]
When personal development hinders our capacity for self-acceptance (play audio) For most of my life I have alternated between an admired version of myself, and a version I would rather disown. I was never sure which one I truly was. In times of accomplishment, I was exactly who I wanted to be, yet in times […]
The evolution of time management in 5 stages and 3 epiphanies