The Disciplined Pursuit of Less
July 25, 2017
Why successful people and organizations do not automatically become very successful, and what we can do to avoid dissipation of effort and continue our upward momentum.
Here are three suggestions.
Source: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less – Greg McKeon – Harvard Business Review
Why Men Don’t Live as Long as Women. It’s the testosterone, don’t you know.
April 17, 2017
The Heroism of Incremental Care
April 2, 2017
We devote vast resources to intensive, one-off procedures, while starving the kind of steady, intimate care that often helps people more.
“We have a certain heroic expectation of how medicine works. Following the Second World War, penicillin and then a raft of other antibiotics cured the scourge of bacterial diseases that it had been thought only God could touch. New vaccines routed polio, diphtheria, rubella, and measles. Surgeons opened the heart, transplanted organs, and removed once inoperable tumors. Heart attacks could be stopped; cancers could be cured. A single generation experienced a transformation in the treatment of human illness as no generation had before. It was like discovering that water could put out fire. We built our health-care system, accordingly, to deploy firefighters. Doctors became saviors. But the model wasn’t quite right. If an illness is a fire, many of them require months or years to extinguish, or can be reduced only to a low-level smolder. The treatments may have side effects and complications that require yet more attention. Chronic illness has become commonplace, and we have been poorly prepared to deal with it. Much of what ails us requires a more patient kind of skill.”
Source: The Heroism of Incremental Care – Atul Gawande, The New Yorker
April 2, 2017
“We know very little about what Adderall does over years of use, in and out of college, throughout all the experiences that constitute early adulthood. To date, there is almost no research on the long-term effects on humans of using Adderall. In a sense, then, we are the walking experiment, those of us around my age who first got involved with this drug in high school or college when it was suddenly everywhere and then did not manage to get off it for years afterward — if we got off it at all.”
You Should Work Less Hours, Darwin Did
April 2, 2017
Figures as different as Charles Dickens, Henri Poincaré, and Ingmar Bergman, working in disparate fields in different times, all shared a passion for their work, a terrific ambition to succeed, and an almost superhuman capacity to focus. Yet when you look closely at their daily lives, they only spent a few hours a day doing what we would recognize as their most important work.
“How did they manage to be so accomplished? Can a generation raised to believe that 80-hour workweeks are necessary for success learn something from the lives of the people who laid the foundations of chaos theory and topology or wrote Great Expectations? I think we can. If some of history’s greatest figures didn’t put in immensely long hours, maybe the key to unlocking the secret of their creativity lies in understanding not just how they labored but how they rested, and how the two relate.”
When you examine the lives of history’s most creative figures, you are immediately confronted with a paradox: They organize their…
Source: You Should Work Less Hours—Darwin Did – Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, Nautilus
Daniel Dennett’s Science of the Soul
March 25, 2017
A philosopher’s lifelong quest to understand the making of the mind.
How to Meditate
March 5, 2017
Learning how to meditate is straightforward, and the benefits can come quickly. Here, we offer basic tips to get you started on a path towards greater equanimity, acceptance and joy.