Combustibil pentru minte (VI)

Combustibil pentru minte a ajuns la ediția a VI-a, acest tip de articole pe care le postez din când în când să împărtășesc lumii una alta, un fel de selecție trimestrială. Practic, lucruri care mi se par de dat mai departe, gânduri interesante sau inițiative pe care consider că lumea trebuie să știe. Am citit niște lucruri bune în ultima vreme și merită să le distribui, cum s-ar zice, mi-am umplut capul. Consider că e important felul de mâncare cu care ne hrănim creierul. 

Selecția este, desigur, eclectică. 🙂 Îmi cer scuze în avans că majoritatea articolelor e în engleză – fără nici o jignire intenționată, mi se pare dificil de găsit la noi articole cu conținut bun sau cel puțin interesant. (dacă aveți asemenea surse, vă rog să le împărtășiți) Sper să găsiți ceva util sau valoros.


  • Google Director Of Engineering: This is how fast the world will change in ten years – Dacă vă uitați și voi cu scepticism la dinamica lumii, iată o perspectivă interesantă despre cum să ne pregătim pentru următorii 10 ani și cum 2020 s-a simțit ca un an înglobat cu schimbări ca în 7:
    • Rather than inhabiting a world of time wealth, we’re inhabiting a world of time poverty. Rather than feeling the luxury of time freedom, we’re feeling the burden of constant hurry. (……)
    • In other words, in a moment when many are already feeling overwhelmed by change, things are about to take off even faster. 20 years from now, the rate of change will be 4x what it is now. Things will keep accelerating from there, and in 40 years, it will be 16x (more on these numbers later).
  • Our Brain Typically Overlooks This Brilliant Problem-Solving Strategy – Din seria ”Ce pozne mai face creierul uman”… :)) De ce ”adăugăm” factori problemelor când o strategie poate fi… să reducem din actorii acestora? Ceva cu siguranță interesant de citit. 
    • ”While the propensity for businesses and organizations to opt for complexity rather than simplification was previously known, the novelty of this paper is that it shows that people tend toward adding new features, “even when subtracting would clearly be better,” he adds.”
  • A Lot of the Woo-Woo Probably Works – David Cain ”strikes again” cu o idee la care poate nu m-am gândit atât de mult până acum. (inserați emoji gânditor aici)
    • ”If something is true, but counterintuitive for its time, it is probably going to sound ridiculous at first. The notion of germs was once considered woo-woo (or hogwash or horsefeathers or whatever). Tiny creatures that get into our bodies and make us sick? Poppycock!
    • So it stands to reason that some unlikely-sounding health and well-being practices do work, in some way. We just don’t know which ones. That much might seem obvious, but here’s the interesting part: whichever woo-woo practices do work, they would work just as well today as they will in 50 years, when science and the general public has recognized their efficacy.
  • The Multidisciplinary Approach to Thinking – Un transcript al unui speech al lui Peter Kaufman, spus la ceva club de economie al Politehnicii din California, despre gândirea multidisciplinară.
    • ”So why is it important to be a multidisciplinary thinker? The answer comes from the Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, who said, “To understand is to know what to do.” Could there be anything that sounds simpler than that? And yet it’s a genius line—”to understand is to know what to do.” How many mistakes do you make when you understand something? You don’t make any mistakes. Where do mistakes come from? They come from blind spots, a lack of understanding. Why do you need to be multidisciplinary in your thinking? Because as the Japanese proverb says, “The frog in the well knows nothing of the mighty ocean.” You may know everything there is to know about your specialty, your silo, your “well,” but how are you going to make any good decisions in life—the complex systems of life, the dynamic system of life—if all you know is one well?”


  • Scientists address myths over large-scale tree planting – În caz că v-ați întrebat despre eficacitatea plantării copacilor la scară largă…iată aici o variantă de răspuns. 
    • ”All too often natural forests teeming with plants, animals and fungi are replaced by commercial plantations with row upon row of timber trees, which will be harvested after a few decades, she told BBC News.
    • „What we’re trying to do is to encourage people, wherever possible, to try and recreate forests which are similar to the natural forests and which provide multiple benefits to people, the environment and to nature as well as capturing carbon.”
    • The review of research, published in the journal Global Change Biology, found that in some cases, planned tree planting does not increase carbon capture and can have negative effects.
  • How Big Oil Misled The Public Into Believing Plastic Would Be Recycled – Mi-ar fi plăcut să fie un articol mai pozitiv, schimbarea-n lume, toate cele. Nu prea e. Bine de înțeles și partea cealaltă a monedei… despre plastic.
    • „I remember the first meeting where I actually told a city council that it was costing more to recycle than it was to dispose of the same material as garbage,” she says, „and it was like heresy had been spoken in the room: You’re lying. This is gold. We take the time to clean it, take the labels off, separate it and put it here. It’s gold. This is valuable.”
    • But it’s not valuable, and it never has been. And what’s more, the makers of plastic — the nation’s largest oil and gas companies — have known this all along, even as they spent millions of dollars telling the American public the opposite.
    • Here’s the basic problem: All used plastic can be turned into new things, but picking it up, sorting it out and melting it down is expensive. Plastic also degrades each time it is reused, meaning it can’t be reused more than once or twice.
    • On the other hand, new plastic is cheap. It’s made from oil and gas, and it’s almost always less expensive and of better quality to just start fresh.
    • All of these problems have existed for decades, no matter what new recycling technology or expensive machinery has been developed. In all that time, less than 10 percent of plastic has ever been recycled. But the public has known little about these difficulties. It could be because that’s not what they were told.”
  • Ăsta e și gunoiul nostru – Pe același calapod, dar nu chiar. Tot despre gunoi, mai bine zis: gunoiul care va fi să vină.
    • ”O categorie de deșeuri pe care nu o valorificăm decât în câteva locuri din țară este cea a biodeșeurilor (resturi de mâncare, coji) care ocupă aproximativ jumătate din gunoiul nostru. 
    • În acest scop, a intrat în vigoare la începutul lui 2021 și Legea Compostului, care spune că administrațiile locale trebuie să creeze infrastructuri pentru colectarea separată a biodeșeurilor.
    • De la 1 aprilie 2021 Oradea a făcut trecerea la programul „Plătești pentru cât arunci”, care vine cu provocări, și pentru că unii locuitori refuză schimbarea. Una dintre noutățile programului la Oradea este introducerea pubelei pentru biodeșeuri, pentru toți locuitorii.
    • Înainte de schimbarea asta, Oradea a mai rulat un program pilot pentru colectarea de biodeșeuri, pe 10% din populație, la bloc. De acolo, autoritățile au învățat că schimbarea nu va veni de pe o zi de alta și că e nevoie să  comunice mai mult cu cetățenii, dar și să ne schimbăm fiecare relația cu gunoiul nostru.
    • Sunt idei pe care treptat le vom dezbate în toată țara, pentru că schimbarea nu e opțională, chiar dacă momentan așa poate părea.”


  • What Your Upbringing Says About Who You Are in Bed – Articolele despre sexualitate nu sunt întotdeauna ușor de împărtășit, de teama punerii unei etichete – ”Ia uite și la asta ce ne dă să citim.” Păi dau! Că e important. Că nu vorbim despre asta, că nu știm să ne analizăm comportamentele și ce ne dorim. 🙂 Eticheta o iau și trag apa după ea. Acesta e un interviu cu Esther Perel (Inteligența erotică) ce mi s-a părut valoros.
    • ”The blueprint, for me, is: If you tell me some of these details of your emotional history, it helps me to understand how you experience receiving, taking, asking for something, and pleasure in the full sense of the word—the abdication of responsibility, the unselfconsciousness, the freedom, the playfulness, the unproductive nature of the erotic. This all gets at how you experience aliveness. Do you let yourself feel alive, outside of just feeling safe? Safety is the first base, but it’s not yet alive. Feeling truly alive involves risk-taking, mischief, curiosity. All of these experiences we—every man and every woman—have, we experience in our bodies. They are embodied experiences, part of being human.
    • In order to feel that you’re not taking too long, you need to feel worthy of taking whatever time you take. That means that you’re not thinking about what the other person thinks. It means that you’re not thinking—period—because you’re in your body, experiencing the beauty and pleasures of lovemaking, of erotic intimacy. When someone wonders if they’re taking too long, they’re not in their body.
    • “A conversation about sexuality is a conversation about relationships, and identity, and power, and society.”
  • What is the biggest benefit technology will have on ageing and longevity? – Poate vă mai gândiți uneori la bătrânețe. Poate că tehnologia ne va ajuta. 🙂
    • ”Technology adoption and use have increased tremendously, with 44% of those 50 and older more comfortable with technology now than before the pandemic. This desire to communicate digitally isn’t going away after COVID. We need to harness that potential, design experiences that allow for social connectivity and make universal, high-speed, low-cost internet a reality.
    • The use of technologies such as assistive technology and care robots has enormous potential to increase older persons’ ability to live independently and autonomously, and to fully exercise their human rights on an equal basis with others. Robots and monitoring technology could reduce abuse and maltreatment of older persons in care settings and provide better insights into older persons’ health.”
  • how to avoid half-heartedness – E atât de plin acest articol, că nu prea e nevoie să-l descriu prea mult. E plin, deși vorbește despre ”half-heartedness”. 🙂
    • ”So: if the person you like likes you back, you can probably tell. If you’re not sure they like you, they’re almost certainly half-hearted or conflicted or lukewarm. And that’s fine! It is really, truly okay if someone is not very into you. The interesting question here is why you care so much: why do you need to obsess over it, why do you need to figure out exactly what’s going on? Why are you so okay with half-heartedness?
    • I think that people come alive when they’re serious about what they love—when they choose to pay careful attention to what feeds and sustains them. If you want to be loved, find something you love. People can sense it when you have something you’re dedicated to.
    • Briana West: “You want [love] to provide for you what you think you cannot give yourself: stability, security, hope, happiness. So long as you function on this belief, you place “love” as being something that is outside of you when the reality is that you cannot see, create, or experience on the outside what you are not already.”
  • How to Be Happier Without Really Trying – Nu bullshit, ci știință. Subestimăm grav mecanismele creierului și cum ne duc acestea la fericire (sau nu). Mi-a plăcut sumarul (extrem de simpatic) lui Eric Barker despre ce am putea face cu vocea din capul nostru.
    • ”The voice can come in many forms (when a song is stuck in my head, I like to think of it as my inner voice serenading me). Sometimes it’s a helpful friend offering advice but when we’re stressed it can be a relentless, finger-wagging scold that invents a whole new category of badness.
    • But I’m not here to be some alchemist of melancholy. Far from it. I even went to the clickbait extreme of promising you more happiness “without really trying.” And I plan to make good on that. Because Ethan’s research shows you can go a long way to taming that voice with just one word. One.”
  • First and last songs the extinct song of the kauai oo – O poveste sfâșietor de tristă despre ultimul cântec al unui mascul în căutarea unei partenere, însă din păcate… el era ultimul. Nu a mai găsit pe nimeni. Prea emoționant să nu dau mai departe ce am primit cu drag.


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