The 'Selective Attention Test' 17 Years Later, And What It Still Means For Humans
When I first saw the video of people playing basketball, I counted each pass — and missed the obvious. You?
The experiment video, from 1999, is here:
One of the creators of that experiment and video, Christopher F. Chabris, wrote a book about it, and in the clip below, he talks about how it came to be:
Think it's just something to make you go, “Hmmm”?
As he says beginning at around 3:30, it has implications for things like driving while talking on a cell phone, security screeners at airports, lifeguards on duty, and more.
Even scarier implications, actually — especially in this age of drivers with tablets or phones showing video clips and headlines and images of presidential candidates comparing the size of their junk. Yes, I'm talking about using Facebook while driving.
But it goes far beyond that.
Like distracted Daddy-ing.
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Is it "perverseness," the "death drive," or something else?
A growing body of research shows promising signs that the keto diet might be able to improve mental health.
- The keto diet is known to be an effective tool for weight loss, however its effects on mental health remain largely unclear.
- Recent studies suggests that the keto diet might be an effective tool for treating depression, and clearing up so-called "brain fog," though scientists caution more research is necessary before it can be recommended as a treatment.
- Any experiments with the keto diet are best done in conjunction with a doctor, considering some people face problems when transitioning to the low-carb diet.
It's up to us humans to re-humanize our world. An economy that prioritizes growth and profits over humanity has led to digital platforms that "strip the topsoil" of human behavior, whole industries, and the planet, giving less and less back. And only we can save us.
- It's an all-hands-on-deck moment in the arc of civilization.
- Everyone has a choice: Do you want to try to earn enough money to insulate yourself from the world you're creating— or do you want to make the world a place you don't have to insulate yourself from?
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