Category: Do it-now

HALT! – don’t make decisions when you are Hungry, Angry, Lonely or Tired

VIDEO (How to): The average person makes about 35,000 decisions every day—from trivial to life-changing. But research shows that all that decision making can be mentally and physically draining. Humans have a limited reserve of daily energy that’s dependent on adequate rest and sustenance. As these reservoirs are depleted, our ability to make sound judgments can deteriorate. Using the HALT system — ask yourself if you are: Hungry, Angry, Lonely or Tired — to do a personal self-inventory, we can recognize when we’re most vulnerable to making poor decisions.

SOURCE: Quartz

Reality might be hallucinations created by your brain

VIDEO According to neuroscientist Anil Seth, we’re all hallucinating all the time; when we agree about our hallucinations, we call it “reality.” Right now, billions of neurons in your brain are working together to generate a conscious experience — and not just any conscious experience, your experience of the world around you and of yourself within it. How does this happen?

Don’t miss this completely fascinating talk that challenges all our conceptions of reality and consciousness — and is eerily similar to the teachings of Zen Buddhism.

SOURCE: TED via YouTube

4 steps you can take to mitigate climate change to the max

INFOGRAPHIC & VIDEO: The climate mitigation gap: education and government recommendations miss the most effective individual actions. A study recommends four widely applicable high-impact (i.e. low emissions) actions with the potential to contribute to systemic change and substantially reduce annual personal emissions: 1. having one fewer child, 2. living car-free, 3. avoiding airplane travel and 4. eating a plant-based diet. These actions have much greater potential to reduce emissions than commonly promoted strategies like comprehensive recycling (four times less effective than a plant-based diet) or changing household lightbulbs (eight times less).

SOURCE: Environmental Research Letters

Seeing AI: Microsoft’s smartphone app for enhancing the world for the visually impaired

VIDEO: A free app that uses a smartphone to narrate the world around you. Designed for the visually impaired, this research product from Microsoft harnesses the power of artificial intelligence and the cloud to describe people, text, objects and more. The app turns the visual world into an audible experience.

SOURCE: Microsoft

The third thumb: prosthetic that enhances the prehensile capability of the hand

VIDEO: The human thumb has a really dynamic movement, the opposing movements working together make the thumb more functional than a single finger. The Third Thumb replicates these movements. It investigates the relationship between the body and prosthetic technology in new ways. It is part tool, part experience, and part self-expression. It instigates necessary conversation about the definition of ‘ability’. The Third Thumb aims to challenge the perception of prosthetics. By extending the body it creates a similar trajectory for prosthetics as glasses or plastic surgery — creating a shift from medical device to positive body image statement.

SOURCE: Dani Clode Design

Your smartphone causes “brain drain”

VIDEO INFOGRAPHIC: One’s smartphone is more than just a phone, a camera, or a collection of apps. It is the one thing that connects everything—the hub of the connected world. The presence of one’s smartphone enables on-demand access to information, entertainment, social stimulation, and more. However, our research suggests that these benefits—and the dependence they engender—may come at a cognitive cost. The mere presence of one’s own smartphone may induce “brain drain” by occupying limited-capacity cognitive resources for purposes of attentional control.

SOURCE: Journal of the Association for Consumer Research

Here’s how your stories can be made interesting to other people

VIDEO: We often have a powerful urge to tell those around us stories about what happened to us. But our listeners are also liable to feel restless and bored during our narration of the dream. The issue takes us to the heart of the challenges of communication. Factual events (dates, times, actions) are always less interesting (though far easier to remember) than feelings – and yet it’s the feelings that invariably contain the kernel of what can intrigue others. It’s how we feel about what happened, not merely what happened, that counts.

SOURCE: The School of Life/ Youtube

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