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December 26th, 2021 at 5:49:44 AM permalink
rxwine
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Renowned surrealist Salvador Dali had an unusual method of getting inspired. When he decided to take a nap on his chair after a long day of thinking about liquid watches and swans reflected in elephants (themes in his paintings) he would take a bunch of keys in his hand, place it on the edge of his chair and nod off in a light sleep. There was a metal tray on the floor and when he would really fall asleep, the keys would fall out of his hand, hit the tray with a loud noise and wake him up.

Like American inventor Thomas Edison, who used the same technique, Dali believed that sleeping this way gave him a creative boost. As soon as the object hit the tray, he would wake up and return to work. Many people think he was talented, but researchers only recently tested whether this technique will work even on people who arenít similarly gifted.


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In a study published in Science Advances, the research team said that they distributed mathematical problems to participants, each of which had a hidden rule that if found could solve the problem "almost immediately.Ē

After failing to solve the problems, participants were divided into three groups before trying again to solve the problem: people who stayed awake, people who were allowed to sink into a shallow sleep phase of non-rapid eye movements (known as N1) for more than 30 seconds and those who were permitted to drift deeper into sleep for at least 30 seconds.

Participants again tried to solve the problems to try to find the hidden rule.

Researchers found that participants who spent at least 15 seconds in N1 tripled their chances of finding the hidden rule, implying increased creative thinking, than those who remained awake during the break. Eighty-three percent of people who entered the N1 sleep cycle were able to identify the rule compared to only 30% of the awake group.


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However, if they reached deeper sleep levels known as N2, monitored experimentally using an electroencephalogram, the effect passed.

The authors added that these results show that an incubation period, which is a short period of N1, has a significant effect on insight. But the beneficial effect disappears when people fall into a deeper sleep.


https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/wellness/salvador-dali-s-bizarre-sleep-technique-increases-creativity-study/ar-AAS8AAb?ocid=msedgntp
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December 27th, 2021 at 12:42:09 PM permalink
rxwine
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James Webb updates.

Other than the obvious info, at the bottom of the video stream, you'll see a timeline and the day where things will happen.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bh-inlQrjak
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December 29th, 2021 at 11:30:12 AM permalink
rxwine
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In a 2017 study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers surveyed thousands of people who sometimes paid other people to perform tasks they didnít enjoy or didnít want to do. Like mowing the lawn. Or cleaning the house. Or running errands. Stuff they needed to do, but didnít particularly want to do.

Unsurprisingly, people who were willing to spend a little money to buy a little time were happier and felt greater overall life satisfaction than those who did not.
Correlation isnít always causation, though. Maybe the people who spend money to buy time are happier simply because they have the money to buy time?

Nope. While relatively wealthy people who spent money to buy a little time were happier than relatively wealthy people who did not, people at the bottom end of the economic spectrum who spent money to buy a little time were happier than those at the bottom end of the economic spectrum who did not.
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