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  • 1. UR DOIN IT WRONG (or: quit hacking, go outside and play, and take a nap.) file under neurophilosophy by Naomi Theora Most          @nthmost July 16, 2009
  • 2. Neurons: Longer Harder Faster MOAR
    • Long-Term Potentiation : the potential of neurons to store memory and skill-related information on a long-term basis, and the metric of the efficacy of that connection.
    • Number of Synapses: the denser your network, the more varied things you can think.
    • Exercise results in Neurogenesis via Human Growth Factor (IGF-1)
    • http://jap.physiology.org/cgi/content/full/99/6/2312  - Journal of Applied Physiology
    • Llorens-Martín M ,  Torres-Alemán I ,  Trejo JL .  Reviews: Mechanisms Mediating Brain Plasticity: IGF1 and Adult Hippocampal Neurogenesis . The Neuroscientist : a review journal bringing neurobiology, neurology and psychiatry. 2009 Apr;15(2):134-48.
  • 3. You Need to Go Lay Down
    • Naps versus Coffee for productivity: Naps win.
    • * Dr. Sara Mednick (UCSD sleep researcher) advocates 30-minute naps in place of coffee.
    • * MOST ppl are sleep-deprived -> increase in depression
    • * You can sculpt your naps to optimize brain wave cultivation - correspondance w/ various modalities (creativity, memory, etc)
    • http://www.saramednick.com/
    • If it takes you 10 minutes to brew or buy coffee and another 5 to 10 minutes to drink it, you may as well have just taken a 30 minute nap.
  • 4. You Are What You Think
    • ...and you THINK what you ARE.
    • * Mood affects what are you able to perceive.
    • Schmitz, T.  et al  (2009). Opposing Influences of Affective State  Valence on Visual Cortical Encoding. J. Neurosci.  29 : 7199-7207. DOI:  10.1523/JNEUROSCI.5387-08.2009 . 
    • * How you perceive others influences your sense of touch.
    • Serino, A.,  et al  (2009). I Feel what You Feel if You Are Similar to Me.  PLoS One  4 (3) DOI:  10.1371/journal.pone.0004930 .
  • 5. Think Absolutely Nothing of It
    • * Meditation reduces stress (measurable by cortisol levels in blood) - work of Dr. Ramachandran
    • * "Stress damages virtually every kind of cognition that exists." --  Dr. John Medina, developmental molecular biologist
    • Read Brain Rules (website http://brainrules.net)
  • 6. You Can't Think Harder.
  • 7. Subversive Activities
    • Take breaks to stare into space and think absolutely nothing
    • Take Naps
    • Notice Stuff
    • Don't Drive 9 to 5
    • Refuse to sit still
    • DESIGN your time
    • ...and of course, reject reductionist mind-body dualism.
  • 8.  
  • 9. "inoculating against stupid" NAOMI THEORA MOST is @nthmost on Twitter