Read over this list of words once, and try to read them reasonably quickly, you’ll be tested on them later: Snow, Ice, Weather, Sun, Rain, Water, Rainbow, Tree, Summer, Cloud, Sky So much of our lives rest on our ability to find and anticipate patterns. Patterns drive the majority of our behavior. Our habits are…Leave a Comment
Why do we do the things we do? Our behavior is a complex field that many philosophers and psychologists are still trying to understand. Some aspects of behavior are unconscious—such as habits, innate reactions, and idiosyncracies; others are conscious, such as our curiosity to explore, our desire to learn one thing over another, and how we decide to spend our free time.
I maintain that most of us are pretty awful at knowing how to make ourselves happy. Despite all our modern luxuries, are we really any happier than people were a few hundred or thousand years ago? One problem is in how we define ‘happiness.’ Daniel Kahneman noted in Thinking Fast and Slow that being happy now and being…Leave a Comment
Video from Vox. People love labels and categories. While this preference does help to take a load off the brain, it can lead to stereotyping and first impressions that mislead and mislabel people—including ourselves. It helps to be able to separate and measure certain aspects of our underlying personality, especially for research purposes. Finding the innate…Leave a Comment
“The ant in Aesop’s fable instinctively knows what it has to do to prepare for the future, and when summer comes it drags off the food it will need for the winter. But we don’t have the ant’s instincts, and evolution has not yet adapted our brain for dealing concretely with the distant future.” — Walter…Leave a Comment
As a species we’re intent on pushing the limit. There’s really no telling how far we’ll go — to the edges of space and time itself? Or to a self-inflicted oblivion? Whatever the answer, we’re not going to stop trying to push forward anytime soon. We like innovation and creativity, we thrive off of it,…Leave a Comment