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  1. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Aug23Post.mp4 It's always cool when you find a secret hack. Hack, of course, is a very broad category. Once when I was in elementary school, I found a coupon for a free candy bar on the last page of the Sunday comics. I went and got one, verified there weren't any strings, and called my friend. Behind the supermarket they had a large dumpster that was somehow filled up with Sunday papers by the afternoon. Neither of us had any idea why. But we went dumpster diving for the Sunday comics. And sure enough, for pretty much e
  2. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/July30Post.mp4 A common piece of advice is to leave everything on the field. If you are playing in a championship game, this is good advice. But sometimes, it's pretty bad advice. More so in some sports than others. Maybe in football, where each game is pretty important. And you've got a week in between games. But for sports like baseball, if you "left everything on the field" every single game, you'd risk injury. The COSTS (potential injury) wouldn't be worth the benefits, of MAYBE eking out a win when you might have ot
  3. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/July06Post.mp4 They say that our memories can't distinguish between a false memory and real memory. There is plenty of data to support this. For example, most of our memories are false anyhow. But these false memories drive our behaviors, as if they are real. This usually involves how we give intentions to actors in our mind. We remember the behavior, the things others did or said. But we tend to imagine the worst case intentions behind those words or actions. But this false memory idea also works when you purposely crea
  4. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Jun11Post.mp4 When I was very young, I went with my older brother to local university. He was in some internship program, and he had to go and do some kind of paperwork. I had about an hour to kill, so I went off exploring. I found this upper level in the gym, next to the office where he was doing his stuff. They had a ton of high jump cushions all stacked up. Maybe about two layers of 6 or 7 mats. There was also this kind of catwalk you could get up by a ladder. About 10 or 20 feet above the mats. Naturally, I took
  5. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Jun04Post.mp4 Steve Martin made a movie a long, long time ago called, "The Lonely Guy." He didn't have any friends. He'd go out eat by himself. He'd have a "cover" that he was a food critic. But that was after he'd sat down. When he'd walk in, and ask for a table for one, everybody would stop. All the people in the restaurant, in the middle of their conversations, would stop and look at him. They'd even have a spotlight on him. This is how it feels for most of us, when we go social places alone. "Hey! Who is
  6. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Jun03Post.mp4 There are two kinds of instincts. Those in our DNA, and those in our brain. Those in our DNA are things like hunger, sex, fear of snakes, etc. The ones in our brain are things that we've learned to the point of unconscious competence. Riding a bike, tying our shoes, playing music or sports if you are a musician and athlete. Some of these secondary instincts are set and forget, like riding a bike. Some are things you can continuously improve and enhance. Like sports, music, and communication. Some of ou
  7. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/May31Post.mp4 Most things fall prey to the dismal science. The dismal science being economics. Why dismal? Because economics forces us to confront the harsh truths of life. That everything costs something. That there is no free lunch. For example, a common expression in business is that you can have it fast, you can have it cheap, and you can have it high quality. But you can only pick two. If it's fast AND high quality, it's going to be VERY EXPENSIVE. It it's cheap and high quality, it's to take a LONG TIM
  8. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/May30Post.mp4 There's an idea in psychology that us humans come with a "blank slate." That our minds are perfectly void of anything. This is a fantastic idea if you want to be a brainwashing politician. Those dudes LOVE the idea of implanting beliefs in people's brains to build a better society. That way, no matter how miserably any society fails, the political goofs in charge can say to themselves: "Hmm, maybe we need a better set of ideas. Once we put THOSE ideas in everybody's brain, they'll all BEHAVE like they SHOULD!"
  9. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/May29Post.mp4 Whether you are religious or not, plenty of human wisdom can be found in religious texts. This is a pretty common idea. Of taking something that is true. But if you attribute this "true" idea to some no name, nobody will believe it. This is our ancient "authority" instinct at work. If any thing comes from an unknown person, we won't pay any attention. But if the same idea comes from a recognized authority figure, even a made up deity, we'll pay close attention. For example, of the quotes from Jesus is about
  10. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Mar02Post.mp4 One common trait that most people enjoy is a sense of humor. It's one thing most ladies like in their men. It's one thing that most people dig in their friends. Even most movies, no matter how serious they are, need to have a bit of comic relief. Psychologist believe that humor is a kind of pressure relief valve. When we laugh, our bodies quickly tense up and then relax. Even animals like to goof around, seemingly for the same reason. But what goes in your brain when you laugh? What, specifically, is t
  11. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Dec14Post.mp4 Humans have a collection of deep instincts, and conscious desires. The deep instincts operate more or less subconsciously. Our conscious desires are kind of how those are represented up on the surface. You don't have to remember to get hungry. If you don't eat, that will happen automatically. But it's up to you and your conscious brain to figure out HOW to satisfy that desire. For something simple like eating, the transition from subconscious instinct, to conscious desire, to action, to satisfaction happens pret
  12. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Aug27Post.mp4 In banking, they have something called "duration mismatch." When people make deposits, they can take them out at any time. These are called "demand deposits." But when banks lend out money, then lend the money for longer, fixed periods. Which means that on one side, they have, say $1,000,000 in deposits. These are deposits that could, theoretically, be withdrawn at any time. But that same money is lent out, but in fixed terms. Car loans, house loans, etc. These are for much longer periods. Theoret
  13. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Aug26Post.mp4 One of the most powerful words is "because." A study demonstrated this. A woman was waiting in line at a copy machine. She asked if she could cut in line, and most people said no. Then she asked if she could cut in line BECAUSE her car was parked in a towing zone. Most people said yes. Then the researchers had her ask again, only this time, the reason made no sense. She asked if she could cut in line BECAUSE she had copies to make. And most people said yes. Researchers have also done plenty of stu
  14. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Aug25Post.mp4 For some things, practicing is easy. Very, very boring, but easy. Playing the guitar for example. Many people would LIKE to be able to play. But few people do. The reason is pretty simple. We humans won't do anything unless we believe the benefits will be greater than the costs. You might imagine being to hang out somewhere, strum a few chords and get plenty of positive attention. That imagination would be the benefits. And so long as the costs were vague, it would be a fairly strong desire.
  15. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Jun29Post.mp4 A long time ago I worked in a lab. One day, an engineer and I were doing an experiment. It involved slowly adding this organic chemical to a solution, and waiting for something to happen. Once that something happened, it would happen VERY quickly. And the threshold for the amount of the organic chemical we were adding was TINY. Meaning one drop too many, and we'd miss the reaction. I was putting in a fraction of a drop, we'd wait a couple minutes, and then repeat. We couldn't let our minds wander, as once t
  16. https://loopvids.s3.amazonaws.com/Jun17Post.mp4 Once I was at this local bar. And they had this blues band playing. A local band. Their guitarist was much better than you'd imagine to see in a small local bar playing up on stage. The bar could hold maybe 50 people, if it were packed. But this guy was up there just absolutely shredding. But he was doing it in a way that indicated he didn't need much of his conscious brain. Of course, nobody thinks like this. "Wow, that guy seems to well into the range of unconscious competence!" But when somebod
  17. Pop art tends to pace the human condition very well. Especially pop music and popular TV. The song, "Destroyer," from the Kinks, for example, has the following line: "You get a good thing going and you blow yourself out..." The song, "Should I stay or should I go," from The Clash has a similar line: "This indecision's bugging me..." A common trope in movies is the hero starts to fall hard for their romantic interest. But they have a deep fear. That their romantic interest will find out who they REALLY are, and flee. Perhaps you've felt this before?
  18. Humans are driven by instincts. And we have been for a long, long time. Long before we developed self-awareness and language. What instincts? Things that keep us safe, and happy. Things that keep us out of danger. You don't need to learn to be afraid of snakes. Experiments on babies show that in the first few days, we are naturally drawn toward sweet smells and tastes. And we naturally turn away from pungent smells like garlic. Unless the baby's mother is a garlic eater, then the baby comes out naturally attracted to garlic. Because we are high
  19. Dale Carnegie came across a lot of golden tips back in the day. He started his deal during the depression. When people were struggling. Kind of like today. All his ideas in his famous book, "How To Win Friends And Influence People," came from a public speaking club he founded. It was kind of a lab for interpersonal ideas. People would go out and try things, and come back, and give a speech. The speeches were restricted to ONLY two minutes. So they had to be quick, they had to be engaging, and they had to be packed with information. One of the golden
  20. Imagine if a rich person reached out to you. They wanted to do some kind of experiment. Maybe a new reality show or something. Every day, they'd give you a stack of $100's. All you had to do was hand them out. Walk up, introduce yourself, hand them a c-note, and bounce. For every person that accepted a hundred bucks, you'd get $20. Would that be fun? Would that be easy? Or would you be worried about getting rejected? Here's another mind experiment. Imagine you were hosting a party. But the only people coming were shy introverts.
  21. One of the most common fears is the fear of rejection. When you think about learning skills, we can put them into two categories. Those that involve other people, and those that don't. Those that DON'T involve other people are things you do on your own. Learning software, instruments, playing sports. Sports sort of involves other people, but it doesn't invoke the fear of rejection. Even in one-on-one sports like boxing and martial arts since they are performance based and not choice based. Meaning each person does their best, and whoever performs the best win
  22. Most of the time our brains work as repeaters. We soak up ideas from others, and then pass them right along. Way back in the days of dangerous living, Mother Nature decided that a fast and inaccurate brain was much better than a slow and accurate brain. So we developed a LOT of short cuts in thinking. Our brains are VERY expensive organs. Independent thinking is VERY difficult. Two of the most powerful short cuts in thinking are social proof and authority. Most people are perfectly OK so long as they are in a group of like minded people who are being directed
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