August 6, 2016

Happiness studies

Is happiness a purely subjective feeling, or can it be somehow measured? Can you be happy without knowing it? Can you only be happy without knowing it? Could someone be thoroughly miserable yet be convinced they were in ecstasy?

-- Asking for William Davies.

January 11, 2016

Show them what you have achieved through your tidy room, your freer soul

Marie Kondo:

"With willpower, I think about the balancing point between having the determination to start something and having the wisdom to stop. When I was younger I would reach a point in my tidying where I would throw out almost anything. My brother's stuff, my sister's--even my parents' and my teachers' things weren't safe.

What for many people is so difficult to start [WSJ] --tidying--was sometimes difficult for me to stop. One of the most common questions I hear is 'Your book helped me, but what can I do about the messiness of my husband, wife, co-worker, etc.?' I always answer the same way: 'Nothing. You can't change them, and you shouldn't try.'

Show them what you have achieved through your tidy room, your freer soul, and let them find their own way forward. Willpower is not only the drive to change yourself, it's also the sense of understanding that this power has limits."


The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo.

October 4, 2015

A medical procedure that alters people's brains

There's a lot of talk about a medical procedure that alters people's brains so they'll become sexually enslaved to the first person they see afterward, the way baby geese supposedly think that you're their mother if you're on hand when they hatch. The characters rush to secure the participation of whoever has been tantalizing or rejecting them.

December 9, 2012

On rowing

There's nothing psychological about rowing.

It's all engineering and physics. From this point of view, the erg is dynamic:
the resistance is no more than the force we apply (Newton - action and reaction are equal and opposite);
and Work (which is what moves the boat) is the product of force and length.

July 6, 2006

Exercise vs sport

While it may seem logical for disciplined competitors to continue a
workout routine, experts say it takes significant reprogramming.

Exercise just seems to lack purpose or meaning.
It's pointless.

-- Tom Raedeke,
Associate professor of sport science at East Carolina University
in Greenville, N.C.

Part of the problem is that some athletes were more involved in
the game than in the exercise.

-- Bill Karper,
Associate professor of exercise and sport science at the University
of North Carolina at Greensboro.