I’m in the midst of a busy 10 days. Variety is the spice of life:
On Feb 25 at a local humanist meeting I will give a brief talk The Devil’s Advocate: On the Utility of Theistic Concepts and Myths for Psychologically-minded Atheists, followed by a group discussion.
Continue reading The Devil’s Advocate: On the Potential Usefulness of Theistic Myths
On Thursday, Dr. Elliot Kyung Lee, medical director of the Sleep Disorder Clinic at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre, and I were interviewed by Matt Galloway on The Current (CBC National radio) regarding the pandemic, insomnia and mental perturbance. You can listen to the episode on this CBC page which also includes an article about the interview.
In this blog post, I’d like to elaborate on the concepts of mental perturbance and insomnolence that were discussed. I’d also like to put the sleep tips in context.
Preamble: Replacing worry with curiosity
My colleagues and I at CogSci Apps have put a lot of work into our cognitive tools to help people do deep work with knowledge (Hook software, my Cognitive Productivity books and a forthcoming book.) I’ve also recently had the pleasure of collaborating with over 24 other knowledge workers (developers, professors and podcasters) towards the Manifesto for Ubiquitous Linking. It’s always gratifying to read about our work being discussed around the web. I’d like to single out a couple of pieces in particular.
Over 20 Mac app developers, professors and podcasters have jointly originated/signed The Manifesto for Ubiquitous Linking, which will be published on Dec 6, 2021 EST ! This is a very significant development for everyone who values being able to access information with hyperlinks on any device.
On reading about the 14-inch M1 (Max) 2021 MacBook Pro, I quickly got a crush on it. Who wouldn’t? I really hoped and expected the crush would turn into a reasonably long-term love affair. But within hours of using it, I feared, and soon confirmed, that it was not the Mac for me.
Stay tuned for why…
Way back in early 2012, I argued in favor of the benefits of dictation. At that point, I was not yet using (the then-recently-released) Siri. I’ve been pretty happy with Siri in last few years, except for when Internet is unavailable. Apple recently claimed Siri dictation is no longer dependent on Internet. However, even with iOS 15.1.1 ( dictation enabled of course), I am often told “Something Went Wrong Please Try Again?” This tends to happen where Internet is choppy and only when I am dictating via a verbal command (“create a new note”). I can understand that Siri might try to use the Internet, fail and give up trying to create the note (though, really, why not go offline [“on device] all the time for mere dictation requests?) But to fail several times in a row is rather inconvenient.
I’m an avid Mac user but I don’t tend to blog about the latest Apple news. Nor do I publicly speculate about future Apple products. So, I don’t participate in 99% of what is written about Apple. However, 24 hours into using my new MacBook Pro M1 Max, I’m already missing the Touch Bar (as I expected). And I can no longer resist the temptation of discussing its demise and predicting its reincarnation.
Tomorrow, I will give the keynote address at SnoozzZfest™: All About Sleep International Virtual Conference (runs October 23-24, 2021). (Join the conference!) The title of my talk is “Mind your Emotions: Mental perturbance matters”.
My talk is @ 1:10PM–1:55PM EASTERN Sunday.
Je ne semblais probablement pas être disparu mais …