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Comment: creativity and learning (Score 1) 150

by itchybrain (#48202547) Attached to: Isaac Asimov: How Do People Get New Ideas?

There are two modes of thinking: focus and diffuse. To be creative, the brain needs to be in a relaxed state, i.e., to be able to form new pathways to new ideas. There are methods to induce diffuse thinking. One of them, as the article suggests, is to do mundane chores, such as clearing out old files.

In the Coursera course, Learning How to Learn by Barbara Oakley, there are anecdotes of how famous people (Thomas Edison, Salvador Dali) trigger their subconscious minds to do their biddings.

Comment: this may just be convoluted logic (Score 1) 150

by itchybrain (#46788637) Attached to: Investors Value Yahoo's Core Business At Less Than $0

Let me get this straight.

The stock price of a company is reflected in its market cap.

The company has assets (AliBaba and Yahoo Japan) that exceeds its market cap

Shouldn't the proper conclusion drawn be that the company is undervalued, and its stock price is cheap? To label its core holding as worthless is just not helpful.

Comment: wait a sec (Score 1) 554

I watched this on CBC. Dr. Peter Lin made two good points:

(1) The study was carried out on healthy subjects. Thus the impact is minimal.

(2) Vegetarians, pregnant moms and people who are selective in their diets (college students) can benefit from supplements.

I could not find the transcript but the video is available here:

ps: just fast-forward to 2:03

The more cordial the buyer's secretary, the greater the odds that the competition already has the order.