Why can't we concentrate? | Salon Books
090608Findings - Ear Plugs to Lasers - The Science of Concentration - NYTimes.com
How to concentrate and get rid of distractionsSalon.com Books | Why can't we concentrate?
Article on challenges of living/working in a world that is full of distractions and the impact that this has on us as individuals - both in terms of productivity and sense of well being
Review of Gallagher's 'Rapt'
April 2009: Twitter and e-mail aren't making us stupider, but they are making us more distracted. A new book [Winifred Gallagher's "Rapt: Attention and the Focused Life"] explains why learning to focus is the key to living better.
Twitter and e-mail aren't making us stupider, but they are making us more distracted. A new book explains why learning to focus is the key to living better. By Laura MillerFindings - Ear Plugs to Lasers - The Science of Concentration - NYTimes.com
Review of "Rapt" by Winifred Gallagher -- focuses on the culture of distraction
For the focused life, forget multitasking and try meditating.
The book’s theme, which Ms. Gallagher chose after she learned she had an especially nasty form of cancer, is borrowed from the psychologist William James: “My experience is what I agree to attend to.”8 Things Everybody Ought to Know About Concentrating
AJ Jacobs: My colossal task burden - loved this article! http://bit.ly/bcwvQx
Is multi-tasking bad for you? As somebody who suffers from a chronic butterfly mind, I do wonder whether becoming a a 'uni-tasker' wouldn't be a bad idea. A thought provoking and amusing read.
As a counterpoint to the NYTimes article, AJ Jacobs on his experiment living life with no multitasking http://bit.ly/bhMVL9
When AJ Jacobs learned multitasking was bad for you, he decided to kick his chronic addiction to mental juggling. Get ready for Operation Focus…On Distraction by Alain de Botton, City Journal Spring 2010
i agree 100% on the following One of the more embarrassing and self-indulgent challenges of our time is the task of relearning how to concentrate. The past decade has seen an unparalleled assault on our capacity to fix our minds steadily on anything. To sit still and think, without succumbing to an anxious reach for a machine, has become almost impossible.
A brief post by Alain de Botton about fasting from cultural consumption.
... @ City Journal. "Our minds, no less than our bodies, require periods of fasting."
Curiously, boldly short comment on distraction: "The need to diet, which we know so well in relation to food, and which runs so contrary to our natural impulses, should be brought to bear on what we now have to relearn in relation to knowledge, people, and ideas. Our minds, no less than our bodies, require periods of fasting."
The obsession with current events is relentless. Our minds need to go on a diet - by Alain de Botton
@ale_benevides Yes, we probably need to go on a "diet" and change our relation to knowledge, people, and ideas http://ow.ly/1Zjzc