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…more

Lessons from living with an Amazonian tribe

[Or, how to unlearn your first-world problems](https://www.fastcompany.com/40403574/i-spent-a-month-living-with-an-amazonian-tribe-at-23-and-it-changed-my-career-forever): * 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](https://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/490/transcript): > 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…more

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](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B-theory_of_time), and [world lines](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_line), 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…more