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Issue #75  (Results From Eating the Best Brain Foods) 07/20/20

Why do people avoid facts that could help them? That's what a recent Scientific American article discussed. Below are some interesting and somewhat sobering quotes from the article on people's behavior in this regard.

Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil
Many people today choose to "see and hear no evil", so to speak.
On the topic of wellness:

"...people avoid learning certain information related to their health even if having such knowledge would allow them to identify therapies to manage their symptoms or treatment."

"Similarly, participants in a laboratory experiment chose to forgo part of their earnings to avoid learning the outcome of a test for a treatable sexually transmitted disease. Such avoidance was even greater when the disease symptoms were more severe."

When discussing receiving potentially significant life information:

"The seriously information-averse were a minority, although a substantial one: On average, participants reported that they would definitely or probably not want to receive such information 32 percent of the time."

Does this explain why so many people today make poor choices? I don't know, and it's important, as always, to point out that the data is based on small samples and might not cover a broad or diverse demographic.


Now on to this week's hand-picked productivity links!

Tools & Apps

TonyDoorAI - A smart AI assistant for meetings. Record, transcribe, and summarize a meeting without any effort.

Kap - An open-source screen recorder for MacOS, built with web technology.

LoveTab - A chrome extension that keeps track of the Tweets you like, and shows you one of them each time you open a new browser tab.

CubeWeaver - A collaborative multidimensional spreadsheet service. Implement a wide range of planning, budgeting or reporting solutions, create financial models, and perform what-if simulations without writing code.

Jumpcut - A macOS clipboard manager that provides Mac users with quick, intuitive access to their clipboard history.

The Most Powerful CI/CD Tool - Automate your development process quickly, safely, and at scale.   promoted  

Articles & Resources

Which Productivity Method is Right For You? - This is a pretty extensive resource from Todoist covering a number of different productivity-related categories. Or you can take a quiz to find out your productivity fit.

What Happened When I Ate the Best Brain Foods for a Week - From 2017, one author's experiment and the subsequent benefits from eating healthier.

Remote Work Has its Perks, Until You Want a Promotion - A few months of pandemic-mandated working from home has many companies questioning their corporate culture and processes.

Job Burnout: How To Spot It and Take Action - Useful 2018 post from the Mayo Clinic website that looks at burnout symptoms, possible causes, risk factors, consequences, and how to take action.

5 Cheap(ish) Things to Help with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome - These are some good practical tips but be sure to get professional medical help before trusting anything online.


Have a suggestion for a productivity-related tool, article, or other resource? Send me a direct message via X (@LouisLazaris) and I’ll consider including it in a future issue.

Stay productive!


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