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Focusing On Self-Improvement


The Nightcap

Nightcap for March 21st, 2018

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“Love is all, it gives all, and it takes all.” – Soren Kierkegaard



All Hands On Deck

They say “idle hands are the Devil’s workshop.”

Who said that, exactly? I have no idea. Probably some tyrant boss that wanted to ensure company productivity by making threats of Satan. After all, who wants to be associated with the Devil?

It turns out there may actually be something to this old adage, but not quite what we initially thought. New scientific research suggests that keeping busy – more pointedly, keeping your hands busy – can actually change neuropathic behavior in the brain, helping alleviate or subdue feelings of anxiety and depression.

In layman’s terms: The more crap you do, the happier you will be.

Of course, that doesn’t mean “work like a slave until you die.” That certainly wouldn’t calm anyone down. What it means is that filling your free time doing things like knitting, gardening, cooking, or drawing can actually change your brain chemistry for the better. (No word back yet on if filling up your wine glass falls into this category.)

Here’s the full explanation.



Robotic Revolution

Fourteen years ago, the movie “I, Robot” came out, starring Will Smith and a cast of robots who tried to take over the world.

At the time, it seemed pretty far-fetched, even for the biggest Sci-Fi enthusiasts among us. Yes, we recognized that technology was rapidly evolving. But, surely, we as a human race would never allow it to get so far that we were at war with the very machines we created… right?

We used to think that the only threat robots imposed was taking our jobs. After all, the digital revolution has replaced bank tellers, restaurant workers, and grocery store cashiers.

But now it looks like they may be taking our lives, as well. This was the case of one man in Germany who was killed by a robot at a Volkswagen Plant. Is this just the beginning of an international takeover by machines?

Read about the scary encounter, here.


Egoistic Altruism

Why should you care about the well-being of people half a globe away? According to this video, there is a selfish argument for making the world a better place.

Do you agree?



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Written by Mcclain Warren


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