April 2017

Why thinking about the future matters

Jane McGonigal on why and how to think about the future: Some people regularly connect with their future selves, but a majority does not. And this matters, beyond the links between future thinking and greater self-control and pro-social behavior. Thinking about the five-, 10-, and 30-year future is essential to being an engaged citizen and […]

Lessons from living with an Amazonian tribe

Or, how to unlearn your first-world problems: You learn to ignore the mosquitoes. And hunger. And all the other stuff too. Everyone depends on everyone else Lack of distraction leads to deeper thinking Everything else seems easier afterward

The new economy and disability

Millions of people are unable to work because of a disability, but that has as much to do with the changing nature of work as with the disabilities themselves: When I said things like, what about a job where you don’t have to lift people, or a job where you don’t have to use your […]

The shape of time

I thought I’d posted about this before, but I’ve always been intrigued by the idea of the “B-Theory” of time, and world lines, and the possibility of our actions in the present forming something visible outside of time. So here’s a post that includes all those words that I can add to when I find […]