October 2016

Everything is interesting

From the author who wrote [an entire book about a journey up an escalator](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Mezzanine), some [thoughts about what’s interesting](http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/11/magazine/fortress-of-tedium-what-i-learned-as-a-substitute-teacher.html): > Everything is interesting. Potentially. Sometimes it may not seem so. You may think a certain thing is completely without interest. You may think, or I may think, eh, dull, boring, heck with it, let’s move…more

You are where your attention is

This line has stuck with me since first reading [Andrew Sullivan’s excellent article on distraction](http://nymag.com/selectall/2016/09/andrew-sullivan-technology-almost-killed-me.html) last week: > *You are where your attention is.* If you’re watching a football game with your son while also texting a friend, you’re not fully with your child — and he knows it. Truly being with another person means…more

Meditation for pain and sport

[Another connection between the mind and physical performance](https://betterhumans.coach.me/meditating-under-duress-how-to-overcome-any-pain-and-use-mindfulness-to-become-a-total-badass-cd576b733c76): > By the end of the cold shower you will have experienced all of the negative sensations without any of the negative perceptions. You’ve eliminated the fear and whining that a normal person would associate with a cold shower… > Competitive runners don’t feel less pain than…more

Civilization as AI

[Smart perspective on “artificial intelligence” from Brian Eno](https://www.edge.org/response-detail/26191): > Global Civilisation is something we humans created, though none of us really know how. It’s out of the individual control of any of us—a seething synergy of embodied intelligence that we’re all plugged into. None of us understands more than a tiny sliver of it, but…more

Two Isolated Americas

[This makes a lot of what’s happening today make sense](https://medium.com/@Chris_arnade/two-isolated-americas-fae2720fb48).