“…we need to actively think through problems in new ways to achieve innovative, elegant solutions. (…) The key to mindfulness is learning to look at the world in a more conditional way.”
“Somos humanos desde hace 2,5 millones de años. Nos convertimos en predadores y nos adaptamos al consumo de proteínas”
– Miki Ben-Dor
“Our fantastic civilization has fallen out of touch with many aspects of nature, and with none more completely than night. Primitive folk, gathered at a cave mouth round a fire, do not fear night; they fear, rather, the energies and creatures to whom night gives power; we of the age of the machines, having delivered ourselves of nocturnal enemies, now have a dislike of night itself. With lights and ver more lights, we drive the holiness and beauty of night back to the forests and the sea; the little villages, the crossroads even, will have none of it. Are modern folk, perhaps, afraid of the night? Do they fear that vast serenity, the mystery of infinite space, the austerity of the stars? Having made themselves at home in a civilization obsessed with power, which explains its whole world in terms of energy, do they fear at night for their dull acquiescence and the pattern of their beliefs? Be the answer what it will, to-day’s civilization is full of people who have not the slightest notion of the character or the poetry of night, who have never even seen night. Yet to live thus, to know only artificial night, is as absurd and evil as to know only artificial day.”
– Henry Beston
In a world where you can now watch simulcasts of the Metropolitan Opera (instead of buying tickets to regional opera performances) or “study with” superstar professors in MOOCs (instead of settling for the instructor nearby), there’s less room for average performers. You can’t get away with being the best option at hand; in a global economy, you need to be recognized as the best – period.
“Stand Out”, by Dorie Clark
In order to thrive in this time of exponential change and rapid digital disruption, it is imperative to actively scan far outside of your industry looking for new ways to disrupt yourself, before others do ir for you. When you do discover a new technology or technology-driven trend that could be used to disrupt you, it is important to separate what I call the Hard Trends that will happen from the Soft Trends that migth happen.
— Anticipating Digital Disruption (Huffington Post)
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain.
– Frank Herbert
O título desse post, assim como os tweets abaixo, são do neurocientista Moran Cerf durante apresentação no MIT Media Lab hoje à tarde. É evidente que não conhecemos todo o potencial de nossos cérebros, mas também que não estamos preparados para incorporar nossas mentes à tecnologia, pelo menos não sem levantar barreiras éticas ou de privacidade.
Se não conseguimos expressar tudo o que pensamos, há uma grande fatia que permanece enclausurada e nunca chega a ver a luz do dia.
Understanding how the brain works leads to understanding why we do what we do.
We think we’re in control because the things we want are happening; we assume we’re the one driving the wagon.
Changes to our brain lead to changes in our behavior.
We rewrite history to explain how we ended up where we are. Our brains justify everything.
When the brain recognizes something our brain cells burst into activity, and we can see the moment before it happens.
We observe our own language as much as the audience does, but we claim agency of our words.
We can now see brain activity without actually going inside the brain.
In 2010 I was misquoted saying a dream recorder was possible, and argued against it. Four years later it was invented
We can see that you’re going to make a choice seconds before you make it, and play your own brain against you.
By looking inside the brain we can anticipate every move, no matter how fast a person moves.
By monitoring brain activity we can tell what ending an audience will want from the movie they are watching.
Your bodies listens to and react to cues much faster than you can consciously process them.
When we’re sleeping we do shut down some of the barriers in the brain. We get much more access to who you really are.
You’re a lot less likely to lie to yourself when you are sleeping.
The biggest problem with bringing brain-reading tech to market is that we are not ready for it.
“it’s like you’re floating in an ocean, and you want to build a raft. so you just float there and you wait and wait. and eventually this little piece of something comes drifting by, maybe a memory, and you hang on to it, and then another little piece comes around, it is unrelated, maybe it’s a funny sentence you overheard somewhere. and you keep collecting all these little things that just sort of drift by… a dream, a beautiful sentence in your head that just appeared while doing the dishes, an anecdote you stole from your old diary… and eventually you find connections between all the things and with all these parts you’ve gathered up you now have enough stuff to build a raft. and then once you have the raft you can remove all the bits that don’t quite fit anymore, the spare parts that you didn’t need after all, you toss them back or maybe save them for another raft later. when i write, there isn’t a lot of active effort or swimming around, or calculation… for me that can be very poisonous to creativity. the big ideas won’t happen right when you mentally stress on them… it is more a matter of being patient and being open to all the things that just drift in”
– Don Hertzfeldt