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.
To strengthen your mind, work with your hands, says former astronaut Leland Melvin.
- Learning is a mental and physical pursuit, says retired astronaut Leland Melvin.
- Recalling his childhood, Melvin explains how working with his dad to turn a $500 bread truck into a family RV camper ultimately made him a better astronaut, able to maneuver the $2-billion dollar Columbus Laboratory out of the payload bay of a shuttle and attach it to the International Space Station.
- Experiential learning — like hands-on DIY, engineering kits, and Duplo games — wires your brain for problem solving from a young age. It's a leg-up we can all give to the children in our lives.
- "[W]hen we let [kids] build and create and it's meaningful and it helps them solve a problem, that gets them thinking about how they can be change makers themselves and how they can be scientists and engineers," says Melvin.
Why free thought has died on university campuses.
- Freedom is speech is being eradicated on college campuses in favor of identity politics and "snowflake" culture.
- Rather than be open to new ideas, differing opinions that might make students "feel bad" are shut out.
- This creates a cycle of negativity between not only the colleges and the students but also the very idea of college being a place of higher learning.
A new study re-assesses multitasking.
Need to kick-start your creativity? This technique can really help.
- The best way to become more creative? Exercise your creativity like you would your body.
- Set realistic expectations. Nobody is going to become the best immediately and write an amazing novel, or what have you, in a week.
- Curiosity is the fuel that drives creativity. Pick a big goal and find out every small aspect about it to break it down.
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