The British philosopher reminds us that meaning is anywhere we choose to look.
- Alan Watts suggests there is no ultimate meaning of life, but that "the quality of our state of mind" defines meaning for us.
- This is in contradiction to the notion that an inner essence is waiting to be discovered.
- Paying attention to everyday, mundane objects can become highly significant, filling life with meaning.
Have swipes and scrolls replaced deep thinking?
- Technological advancements were supposed to free up our time and free up our minds, leading to a cognitive surplus. That hasn't happened, says Douglas Rushkoff.
- The digital media environment deals in absolutes: yes or no; thumbs up or thumbs down. Chasing weird uncertainties and lines of thought is not a trademark of today's culture.
- More time should equal more thought. But humanity seems to be swiping left on true cognitive engagement. So, asks Douglas Rushkoff, has the internet made us smarter, or just busier?
These quick bursts of inspiration will brighten your day in 10 minutes or less.
4 steps to go from nervous wreck to networking master.
- This crash course in communication will help you turn an opportunity into a real outcome.
- There are 4 progressive stages to networking: Ask curious questions, listen and probe (or share), connect and find similarities, and the close.
- The exit is one of the most important stages; a good close means managing the mood memory – leave the person with a positive mood connected to your conversation, even if they don't remember exactly what you said.
The paradox of failure explains why even a healthy rage-quit won't keep a good gamer down.
- When we fail at video games, we discover an inadequacy (however small) in ourselves — yet a growing number of people continue to seek out these digital challenges.
- Game designer Jesper Juul calls this the paradox of failure and argues it offers a unique space for personal growth.
- By using the paradox of failure as a tool, video games could teach us to develop open mindsets and evade the pitfalls of learned helplessness.
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