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1) Your mind-set makes you smarter: Carol Dweck, the Stanford psychologist, has identified two mind-sets that shape, well, our minds. There’s the fixed mind-set, in which you think your thinking abilities can’t change. Then there’s the growth mind-set, in which your thinking abilities can be developed.

"These beliefs matter," Paul observes, "because they influence how we think about our own abilities, how we perceive the world around us, and how we act when faced with a challenge or with adversity."

The question, then, is how to own our development—which is a matter of deliberate practice.

2) Your concentration makes you smarter: If we consider intelligence to be our ability to solve complex tasks, then we need to appreciate how to deal with complexity—namely, with sustained focus, since that’s the only way we can load difficult problems into our heads.

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It’s Friday! Make it a good one by making note of how you carry yourself today. Why? Because, as a growing body of research is finding, the way you hold your body shapes the way your mood will hold you. In other words, your posture predicts your feelings—and your work.
"Smiling is so effective because it may reduce the body’s stress response when you’re in a brief period of stress, regardless of whether you’re happy or not.”

It’s Friday! Make it a good one by making note of how you carry yourself today. Why? Because, as a growing body of research is finding, the way you hold your body shapes the way your mood will hold you. In other words, your posture predicts your feelings—and your work.

"Smiling is so effective because it may reduce the body’s stress response when you’re in a brief period of stress, regardless of whether you’re happy or not.”

Using modern technology like fMRI scans, scientists have developed a more thorough understanding of what’s taking place in our brains when we meditate, kind of similar to how scientists have previously looked at measuring creativity in our brains.

The overall difference is that our brains stop processing information as actively as they normally would. We start to show a decrease in beta waves, which indicate that our brains are processing information, even after a single 20-minute meditation session if we’ve never tried it before.”

This is your brain on meditation

Here is a basic run down of why you can’t stay focused…

  • After 12 seconds of effort, your neurons are running on empty.
  • They first look to glial cells for lactate, a readily used sugar.
  • If glial cells can’t find lactate, they look for glycogen, which they store up at night and later convert to energy.
  • If your neurons can’t find lactate or glycogen, they get exhausted—enabling other parts of your brain to call for attention

The advanced collective and social intelligence of bacteria colonies makes for some very psychedelic design

Did you know that bacteria can use tools?

"When growing on a surface, a colony might come across a gap that it can’t cross. What a bacteria might then do is send out individual cells to collect spores of fungi and throw them into the gap, effectively growing a natural bridge that the colony can then spread across."

Cool!