Friday, June 27, 2014

It's Science

During a recent class I took the professor played a TedTalk in which the speaker was all excited about how science says “rewards can actually lead to poorer performance of tasks that require creativity”. 

And companies are always shocked that their rewards for high levels of creative performance lead to low levels of creative performance. 

Why in heavens name are we ignoring science???

Everyone in the class, including me, was appalled by this outrageous oversight.

Then I came across an article about Whole Foods that mocked the unscientificness of today’s obsession with things like blood building chocolate and paleo and vegan and ashwagandha root.
“I invited a biologist friend who studies human gut bacteria to come take a look with me. She read the healing claims printed on a handful of bottles and frowned.
“This is bull----,” she said, and went off to buy some vegetables.” 

And I thought of 187 other things we do that aren’t supported by science. (And 187 things we don’t do that are supported by science. Like eat vegetables.)

Later in the semester we talked about the usual order of life operations:
      1. Decide what is wanted.
2. Look to science for support or justification. 
    
When science doesn’t support our inclinations we panic and are offended. 

Do you think this is true? Which comes first: the chronic couch potato or expertise in the benefits of relaxation?

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

I'm so fancy





I often think about how I should spend more time on my porch. So last Sunday I brought out some dinner and a book.Which was great. 

Until I looked at myself with caprese salad, pinot grigio and The Brothers Karamazov and wondered, “Is this too much?”

And yes.
Yes, it was. 

Things spiraled out of control when I considered it probably couldn’t be too much without fresh basil on the caprese salad. 

Thankfully it was only last week I learned how to correctly pronounce Karamazov.

One of the neighbors walked by and I quickly mentioned nothing can truly top Miller Lite and Spam.