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Comment: Unchain Your Brain (Score 4, Interesting) 312

by chthon (#48532983) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Dealing With Electronics-Induced Inattentiveness?

This week I found a book in the library, "Ontketen je Brein" (Unchain Your Brain), the result of scientific research by Dutch psychologist Theo Compernolle.

In this book, he show how the brain really works and what adversely affects it.

The main thing he he does not stop repeating is: take a break, go off-line.

The main brain chains are:

  • Being always on-line
  • Multitasking and context switching
  • A continuing low level of stress
  • Lack of breaks and sleep
  • Open offices

Very interesting stuff to read.

Comment: Re:they will defeat themselves (Score 1) 981

by chthon (#47934815) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

People will need to realize how the second world war was won.

The Japanese did horrible things, the SS did horrible things. In that regards, ISIL is not that much different.

Actually, ISIL make the same error as the Japanese. The Japanese thought that they could terrorise the opposing armies by acting brutally and barbaric. That did not work out for them (look what happened on Guadalcanal).

The main problem is that current opposing political forces in the Middle East will have to work together to crush ISIL.

Comment: Re:Lawn Dart Alert! (Score 1) 364

by chthon (#47422903) Attached to: The Pentagon's $399 Billion Plane To Nowhere

The people involved learned certainly nothing from history.

While Germany was dabbling with all kinds of expensive new tank designs, the Russians built only one kind (with incremental improvements) but in large quantities. Guess which one made the difference? Actually, the same goes for the English and the Americans. While inferior, the Sherman tanks could be made in much larger quantities.

Comment: Re:Sad, but... (Score 1) 66

by chthon (#47269845) Attached to: HUGO Winning Author Daniel Keyes Has Died

I discovered 'The Hobbit' on my Speccy in 1984. The first adventure game I ever played. I then tried to solve it with a cousin of mine who had the book.

In order to stay on topic, I read the story when I was 11 yrs old in another book (for Dutch and Belgian Slashdotters: Het Bonte Boeketboek), a kind of single-topic book, but with the topic seen from different angles. This one was about the human body, and this story was part of the chapters about the brain and the nervous system. I must say that it did made an impression, but due it being written in the first person I did not completely understand it at the time. But I always felt sad after reading it.

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