Pragma Synesi – interesting bits

Compendium of interesting bits I come across, with an occasional IMHO

Your future self is a stranger

Ever wonder why so many people don’t save for their retirement?  It turns out humans treat their future selves as a stranger — and would you give money to a stranger?  The article below explains this further and suggest ways you can counteract it:

Our Puny Human Brains Are Terrible at Thinking About the Future

And that has consequences.

Jane McGonigal | Apri 13, 2017 | Slate

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April 15, 2017 Posted by | brain, psychology | , | Leave a comment

A study in maximising motivation

In describing her studies, Ms. Oyserman gives you many good ideas on how to better motivate yourself to reach your long-term goals. If you are serious about self-improvement, it’s worth reading through the less exciting portions of this article.

When does the future begin? A study in maximising motivation

Is it important to plan for the future and, if so, how far in the future should those plans stretch?

Daphna Oyserman | April 22, 2016 | aeon

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May 14, 2016 Posted by | behaviour | , , , , | Leave a comment

How to Spot the Future

Excellent article from the May 2012 issue of Wired.  Also worth checking out from the same issue: 8 Visionaries on How They Spot the Future

How to Spot the Future

By Thomas Goetz

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May 7, 2012 Posted by | business | , , | Leave a comment