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How the Brain Changes with Expertise

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 17:34:34 +0000

How does the brain rewire itself as you learn things? Recently, I came across some interesting research that used fMRI to visualize how the brain changes as you learn something new. The first interesting tidbit is that brain activation goes down as you learn. The better a subject got at a skill, the less of […]



How Einstein Learned Physics

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 16:33:47 +0000

I recently finished Walter Isaacson’s biography of Albert Einstein. The biography covers not just Einstein’s intellectual achievements, but also his anti-war activism, marital difficulties and celebrity. However, I wanted to share just the one part I found most interesting: how did Einstein learn? Wanting to understand how Einstein learned physics may, at first, seem as […]



Some Useful Distinctions When Thinking About Your Career

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 23:50:08 +0000

I recently had a call with someone trying to start a blogging business. They asked me a lot of insightful questions, as I walked through my own history in the career and what I thought about it. As a follow-up, I was interested in knowing what kinds of conclusions this person had drawn from our […]



Book Review: The Wisdom of Insecurity

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:16:53 +0000

A few friends recommended I read this book, because of my budding interest in Buddhism and Eastern religions. Alan Watts was one of the big popularizers of Zen and other Asian spiritual philosophies in the 50s and 60s, and I greatly enjoyed his television program. I’ve become interested in these sorts of ideas because, for […]



Simplicity Beats Nuance: Why the Wrong Answer Can Often Beat the Correct One

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 16:02:22 +0000

Nobody wants to be told their views are oversimplified. So, when thinking about issues, we tend to try to include as many factors as possible. The more nuanced our views become, the less likely they can be attacked for missing something important. But are more nuanced ways of thinking about a problem actually more useful? […]



Should You Set Deadlines for Your Goals?

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 16:21:50 +0000

Say you have a personal goal: you want to build a business, lose weight or learn a language. Does it make more sense to set a deadline for that goal (i.e. I want to speak conversational French in 9 months) or should you ignore it? I think this is an interesting question because, on the […]



What’s More Productive: Counting Hours or Tasks Accomplished?

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 15:21:38 +0000

I’m a big fan of setting constraints to get work done. If you make work a scarcer quantity, you’re more likely to use time wisely and get things done than if it feels like an endless to-do list. There’s two key ways you can do this: restrict your hours or restrict your workload. Restricting hours […]



Why Most People Get Stuck in Their Careers

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 19:43:56 +0000

During this week, Cal Newport and I want to share some of few of the most useful and surprising lessons we’ve learned from teaching our career mastery course, Top Performer, to over two thousand students. We will only be posting this first lesson publicly. If you want to get the other lessons (for free), please […]



What I’ve Been Reading

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 15:28:27 +0000

Here’s some of the books I’ve read lately: Flash Boys – Michael Lewis’s book about high-frequency trading and Wall Street corruption. I’m quite envious of Lewis’s ability to take a complicated story that hinges on weird financial derivatives and somehow make it a page-turner. The Undoing Project – Also by Lewis, this one covers Israeli […]



First, See the Circle

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 15:11:43 +0000

I really enjoyed the first season of HBO’s Westworld. I’m a fan of the robots-who-might-be-conscious-vs-exploitative-humans trope in all its many incarnations, but I felt this show did a particularly good job. The reason I liked it most was the constant uncanny valley between spontaneous and scripted behavior. Without spoiling anything, the show does a masterful […]