Welcome to Further! Here are this week’s top ten resources that will help you live your best life.
Today’s lead article is a bit out there on the futuristic side, but human intelligence augmentation is coming, one way or another. Can you imagine that in as little as 15 years, your neocortex could be connected directly to the global computing cloud?
This according to Ray Kurzweil, best known for predicting “the singularity,” or the point when everything changes due to computer intelligence surpassing that of humanity. In his own words:
- “In the 2030s, we are going to send nano-robots into the brain (via capillaries) that will provide full immersion virtual reality from within the nervous system and will connect our neocortex to the cloud. Just like how we can wirelessly expand the power of our smartphones 10,000-fold in the cloud today, we’ll be able to expand our neocortex in the cloud.”
Pretty wild, right? Also keep in mind that over the last 20 years or so, Kurzweil’s predictions have turned out to be correct a stunning 86% of the time.
Check out the article for some of the implications:
Rocky Mountain Runner’s High
Here in my home town of Boulder, Colorado, athletes abound, chasing the euphoria known collectively as “runner’s high.” Another aspect of the population engages in a more expedient form of elation thanks to legalized marijuana. New research shows both groups are actually after the same thing, in that runner’s high doesn’t come from endorphins as previously thought, but from “the body’s own endocannabinoids, the chemicals that, like the cannabinoids in marijuana, lighten mood.”
Food on the Brain
“Switching to a wholesome diet and ditching unhealthy foods got me what I initially wanted: I stopped having gut problems, my skin clarified, and my colds and flu diminished at a dramatic rate. I was healthier, but I noticed that improving my diet not only benefited my body, it created a profound change in my mindset.”
Brown Sugar (Water)
The thought of drinking soda is nauseating to me, so I guess I lucked out there. And yet I still don’t understand how people casually pour that much sugar and empty calories into their bodies. Turns out the answer is simple: “Over the past 60-plus years, Coca-Cola and PepsiCo have invested unfathomable amounts of money to ensure that people crave their core products.”
Let’s face it — Oprah is a bad ass. And I highly recommend this article about her work processes and how she turned around her once-failing OWN Network into a success. This stuck out to me: “I had a vision of what living your best life could look like. The people told me otherwise. I had to redo my vision.”
Working the Room
“While a lucky few clearly have a natural talent for developing business relationships and reaping the resources that come with them, most people find networking uncomfortable, stressful, and even manipulative. I have studied why people have these feelings and have some suggestions for how to overcome them.”
Maybe I’m On to Something?
“What matters instead is influence, and one way to build it is by guiding audiences through the chaos of so much content. Today’s there’s no better way to do that – and demonstrate influence — than producing an email people will actually open.”
Emotions in Motion
Regular readers of Further are well-acquainted with the fact that we’re often on automatic pilot with our choices and actions, and that we’re primarily driven by subconscious emotions that make up the story of us. “We live a half-second behind our own actions, creating a story about why we said, thought, or did what we did.”
What’s Your Goal, Specifically?
We know that the path to personal growth and well-being is what we choose to do next, not where we end up. Whether you call them personal projects, quests, or good old fashioned goals, it helps to understand specifically how different ambitions work and interrelate.
Why So Serious?
A nice little piece to remind you that life should be fun, worrying is unproductive thought about the future, and that letting go and being a little crazy is a good thing. Just not Joker crazy, mmm-kay?
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