Does Digital Distraction Stunt Your Creativity?
Some of the world's top professional writers swear by software that makes the Internet inaccessible while they write. Is Internet access keeping you from more create enterprise?
What's the Latest Development?
If you've got work to do at the computer, especially somewhat creative work, to what extent does the unavoidable urge to surf the Net distract from the quality of your enterprise? Apparently a lot. Or that, at least, is the idea behind a couple of software tools that make the Internet and social media inaccessible while you are at the keyboard. One program, called Freedom, "was developed by Fred Stutzman, visiting assistant professor at the University of North Carolina’s School of Information and Library Science, and counts Nick Hornby, Dave Eggers and Naomi Klein among its users."
What's the Big Idea?
Artistic production is more frequently than not born from observation and introspection, two tasks which the Internet keeps us from in the most delightful ways. The Web is an extremely powerful tool, to be sure, but it does not come free. It is actually changing how our brains work. "How can people not think this is changing your brain?" asks the neuroscientist Baroness Susan Greenfield, professor of pharmacology at Oxford University. "How can you seriously think that people who work like this are the same as people 20 or 30 years ago?"
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Giving our solar system a "slap in the face"
- A stream of galactic debris is hurtling at us, pulling dark matter along with it
- It's traveling so quickly it's been described as a hurricane of dark matter
- Scientists are excited to set their particle detectors at the onslffaught
Two massive clouds of dust in orbit around the Earth have been discussed for years and finally proven to exist.
- Hungarian astronomers have proven the existence of two "pseudo-satellites" in orbit around the earth.
- These dust clouds were first discovered in the sixties, but are so difficult to spot that scientists have debated their existence since then.
- The findings may be used to decide where to put satellites in the future and will have to be considered when interplanetary space missions are undertaken.
Once again, our circadian rhythm points the way.
- Seven individuals were locked inside a windowless, internetless room for 37 days.
- While at rest, they burned 130 more calories at 5 p.m. than at 5 a.m.
- Morning time again shown not to be the best time to eat.
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