Irritable Bowel Syndrome is an unpleasant bloated feeling or gurgling in the abdomen (and susceptibility to diarrhea and constipation). IBS sufferers report anxiety and depressive disorders. If the brain insists, it can receive unwanted information from the gut.
Such a state can also be caused by tiny but persistent micro-inflammations, bad gut flora, or undetected food intolerances. Despite the wealth of recent research, some doctors still dismiss patients with IBS as a hypochondriacs or malingerers because their tests show no visible damage to the gut.
Stress is a major stimuli discussed by the brain and the gut. When the brain…
If you wanted to find the antidote to bullshit, look not further than the fine craftsman. Each product designed by the craftsman is as it should be. At no point does he relax his thoughtful self-discipline, even for parts of his work that aren’t immediately visible. But he does not do this to impress others. It doesn’t matter to him whether they care or notice. He is only interested in appeasing his own conscience. On the contrary, the bullshitter makes no effort of that sort. The bullshitter is only interested in the reaction.
But that is not to say, that…
The reader follows the narration of junkie William Lee, who takes on various aliases, from the U.S. to Mexico, eventually to Tangier and the dreamlike Interzone.
The Biology of Desire
Through the vivid, true stories of five people who journeyed into and out of addiction, a renowned neuroscientist explains why the “disease model” of addiction is wrong and illuminates the path to recovery.
Atomic Habits by James Clear is a concise guide to breaking bad habits and implementing new ones. It is essentially a compilation of psychological tricks that you can use to help you in your fight against yourself.
How to create a good habit?
1. Make It Obvious
2. Make It Attractive
In The 37 Percent Rule, the basic idea is that you have a series of candidates you are interviewing for the role of secretary (this thought experiment originated in the 1950s). You interview each candidate one by one and must decide on the spot if you will stop your search there and hire the candidate. If you decide to move to the next candidate, the previous candidate is gone forever.
The algorithm suggests that to maximize your probability of finding the best secretary, you should interview 37% of the candidates without making a decision, and then hire the next candidate…
There have been multiple articles warning about the dangers of tech addiction, from publications like The Washington Post and The Atlantic, that note that smartphone addiction has resulted in higher rates of depression and suicide among teenagers. There have also been alarming behavioral shifts. Children and teenagers these days seem to be less interested in driving or managing money, adulthood continues to be postponed.
He referred to a legal measure that was taken to control how certain tech products could be designed.
Tulip Mania is known as a primary example of a bubble.
It all started in Holland, in the seventeenth century. Years before (in 1593), a botany professor from Vienna brought to Leyden, a city in the Dutch province of South Holland, some unusual plants from Turkey. The Dutch were fascinated with this new product, but were not very happy with its exorbitant price.
One night, a thief stole the bulbs from the professor’s house — the bulbs were then sold for a cheaper price but at greater profit (the professor’s costs were higher).
Over the next decade, the tulip became…
The problem with deciding or cutting off, is that it is not sensitive enough to the requirements of trial and error. If there was a list of things you had to do, and some of which, you perceived as more or less important than others, then you can, in an orderly way, rank each item according to how important it is relative to the rest of the group.
But it is more often the case that you simply do not know. …
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