psychometrics

Measurement

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When it’s hot out, how do you confirm your sweatiness? When you rent a car, how do you prove to the dealer your old enough? When your bartender announces the last call, how do you call bull? All of these encompass various ways we measure things in order to do other things. This process of measurement is so commonplace that we tend to overlook how much of our day is affected by measurement. But what is measurement? In as little terminology as possible, measurement is the process of assigning numbers […]

Habits

Breaking barriers

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I like creating. More specifically, I like writing. When I first started blogging, I remember how exciting it was to tackle a topic and at the end of it all feel like I really might have taught someone something, but somewhere along the way, I lost that. Writing became tied to what I thought others thought of me. What I said needed to be eloquent, logically consistent, and all the other gold stars people were dishing out. I build up these psychological barriers to something I thoroughly enjoyed because I […]

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Book Summary: The Embodied Mind, by Francisco J. Varela, Evan Thompson, and Eleanor Rosch

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The Embodied Mind: Cognitive Science and Human Experience, by Francisco J. Varela, Evan Thompson, and Eleanor Rosch Print The Essence What happens when a perception scientist, and psychologist, and a philosopher ask themselves what lies between the gaps of what can be understood scientifically and phenomenologically about the mind? Physical reductionist would argue that the mind is merely a representation of something within the brain. However, as the work argues, the mind is more of a relational process, one that cannot exist outside of its capacity to enact meaning for […]

Fitness

Master Cleanse: Reflecting On 10 Days Without Food

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Master Cleanse: Reflecting On 10 Days Without Food | Forces of Habit “Everyone gives what he has. The soldier gives strength, the merchant goods, the teacher instructions, the farmer rice, the fisherman fish. The merchant asks of Siddhartha: Very well and what can you give? What have you learned that you can give? I can think, I can wait, I can fast. Is that all? I think that is all. And of what use are they? For example, fasting, what good is that? It is of great value, sir. If […]

Habits

Being Bald: Voluntary Discomfort In Action

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Being Bald: Voluntary Discomfort In Action | Forces of Habit I recently razor shaved my head bald. Now as this was another means to an intentional living end, I think it is important to de-brief my line of thought on the matter, as well as what I hope to gain from the experience. Like many choices in our lives, I think that this decision to shave my head is a reflection of my choice to overcome some of the developmental mechanism built without my conscious consent during my early life […]

Fitness

My First Marathon: What I Learned

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My First Marathon: What I Learned I recently completed my first Marathon this past weekend. This being a sizeable accomplishment for me, I wanted to share how I prepared, my thoughts on the experience and what I would do differently next time. You’ll find that intentional living is sprinkled all throughout my marathon experience. Whether it be the lack thereof that lead to a few missteps or the embodiment that facilitated the accomplishment, intentional living surely impacted the overall results. Preparation Preparation begins internally, and I had a lot of […]