Proposals encouraging readers to step outside of their comfort zone and try different activities and techniques to trigger out-of-box thinking. These pieces are often inspired by scientific, philosophical, or creative principles.
Inabilities are provisional. Ineptitudes are interim. “I’m not good at x,” or “I’m not really a y type” – these should all be appended with a “…yet.”
This penchant for efficiency permeates into situations that don’t call for it. It eliminates, or vastly diminishes, the possibility for discovery and expanding that set of established knowledge on your own. It limits your experiences to those that have been lived, instead of creating new ones by following your intuition.
During a freestyle, the parts of your brain that monitor self-censorship switch off, while the regions related to emotional activity light up. It’s a flow state. Like the late night moves that come out on a sweaty dance floor, you never know what’s going to surface, but it feels close to your center.
When a son looks at his father’s convictions, he can choose to see certainties or see questions.
Routines are safe. They can be valuable. They are one less thing to think about in times of tension and transition. Rinse. Repeat. They can also can also be dangerous habits in which our agency is lost to the passive voice.
The sprawling members of the New York crew were devotees of chess, comic books, and various forms of eastern philosophies, often referring to their borough of Staten Island as ‘Shaolin Island.’ In southern France, far from its glamorous capital, most of IAM’s members took on the names of Egyptian pharaohs.
‘There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.‘ – Hamlet As the above musing from Shakespeare’s Hamlet suggests, life is rarely black and white or defined objectively. Rather, our subjective perceptions of events and circumstances give them their meaning. Our interpretations of them is ultimately what makes otherwise neutral happenings […]
We recently stumbled across these bizarre images of Moroccan goats suspended in the most precarious of positions upon the spindly branches of Argan trees. No they’re not fake, and yes the goats got themselves up there totally unaided. These intrepid little adventurers hop, jump and scale the thorny trunks – which can grow up to […]
Summer is tennis season and while we talk about the mind a lot at Seymour, watching all these incredible tennis players play Roland Garros and Wimbledon got us thinking about the seemingly effortless link they display between thought and action. Some research brought us to an essay by David Foster Wallace about Roger Federer. In […]
Nowadays, we tend to define genius as a gift of an exceptional nature; usually one that is creative or intellectual. Interestingly, we often think of genius as being a gift bestowed upon the very select and few, an incredibly rare attribute to have. However, in the ancient world it was believed that everyone possessed their […]