18. november 2015
13. november 2015
6. november 2015
30. oktober 2015
....With each new thought you begin to create a new neural pathway. This is analogous to walking through a field of tall grass. When you look back you can distinctly see the path you have taken. The grass is bent and broken where you have trodden. If you continue to take the same route through the field it will eventually become a well-formed path. This is no different with the brain. Every time we repeat a thought or an emotion we reinforce a neural pathway.
7. oktober 2015
5. juli 2015
Sometimes after a rejection, we want the ground to swallow us up. At the very least, it’s tempting to make a swift exit from the scene.
But wait! There is value in resisting the urge to run. Now is your chance to find out the reason behind the rejection.
It’s a good idea to stick around and ask why you were turned down. This makes a rejection easier to deal with, and helps you formulate a more successful strategy next time.
This is similar to “retreat or rout” tactics in military warfare. A retreat is a withdrawal to regroup, and is usually temporary. A rout, on the other hand, is a disordered and confused running away, a breakdown of discipline and morale.
Therefore, an orderly retreat is far more desirable. Retreating means asking questions about a rejection to help you regroup and adapt your approach, according to the answers you receive.
In addition to asking questions and tweaking your approach, frequently changing the audience, environment and circumstances for your pitch to will increase your chances of getting a “yes.”
This effective approach involves posing your request to different people, rather than trying to repeatedly hammer home one idea to the same person.
12. mai 2015
Firstly, evolution has determined the limits of our cognitive functioning.
The range of thoughts we can think is actually limited to things that were useful for our ancestors. For example, if you try to visualize a five-dimensional cube, you’ll find it impossible. This is because the ability to see five-dimensional objects did not provide any evolutionary advantage.
The range of tasks we are adept at is also pretty limited. For instance, we are actually fairly bad at performing large mathematical computations because our ancestors never really needed them as hunter-gatherers. On the other hand, they did need the ability to navigate social problems like detecting and punishing cheaters, so humans today are fairly adept at this.
Secondly, evolution also guides our preferences in matters of taste and attraction.
Most people find things like apples, eggs and potatoes tasty. Why? Because they contain sugars, proteins and vitamins, all of which were useful for our ancestors’ survival.
We also have a strong aversion to even the idea of eating fecal matter. Why? Because it contains harmful microbes that would make us sick, so presumably any ancestors who were drawn to it died out long ago.
If we look at what kind of creatures we’re sexually attracted to, this also tends to make evolutionary sense: we’re not attracted to frogs, but rather other humans. This is because cross-breeding with other species is not possible, so being attracted to them would be pointless from an evolutionary standpoint.