The Sociology of Disorders: Why We Can't Sleep
Before artificial light was bent to our will, most people would retire shortly after dusk, sleep for four or five hours, awaken for an hour or two, then drift back to sleep again until sunrise.
Doesn't that sound nice?
"Our sleep patterns have only shifted to the current 8-hour consolidated pattern in the decades since electric light became readily available," notes Ross Pomeroy in today's lesson. In other words, technology is the sleep disrupter. Or rather, technology is the sleep enabler, since our natural state was full of sleep disruptions.
Early humans didn't sleep the same way we do. Pre-industrial couples would wake up in the middle of the night and have sex. But not only that. As Pomeroy reports, they also "did chores, took care of infants, wrote, read, ate, and quietly contemplated life."
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The ability to speak clearly, succinctly, and powerfully is easier than you think
The ability to communicate effectively can make or break a person's assessment of your intelligence, competence, and authenticity.
Researchers discover a link between nonverbal synchronization and relationship success.
- Scientists say coordinating movements leads to increased intimacy and sexual desire in a couple.
- The improved rapport and empathy was also observed in people who didn't know each other.
- Non-verbal clues are very important in the development stages of a relationship.
What defines a dark horse? The all-important decision to pursue fulfillment and excellence.
When we first set the Dark Horse Project in motion, fulfillment was the last thing on our minds. We were hoping to uncover specific and possibly idiosyncratic study methods, learning techniques, and rehearsal regimes that dark horses used to attain excellence. Our training made us resistant to ambiguous variables that were difficult to quantify, and personal fulfillment seemed downright foggy. But our training also taught us never to ignore the evidence, no matter how much it violated our expectations.
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