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Comment Attention = physical environment + reward - risk (Score 1) 147 147

The "experts" have focused on squeezing blood out of a turnip or cracking the whip over the decades, but they don't know human nature nor do they show much evidence of catering to well-being (which would have a positive effect on productivity). Everyone has his own particular psychology and ecosystem. My office is like a sensory deprivation chamber -- no natural light, no noise (except the occasional cell block-like clang down the hallway when someone shuts his door. The sheer lack of stimulation in a small cube-shaped space -- as with ~200 pound mammals in old-fashioned zoos -- causes its own pacing back and forth. Evidently human experiments showed that after a certain time people actually begin to hallucinate, given lack of (diverse) sensory input. The senses (plural) evolved for millions of years to hunt for food and avoid danger. Real-time information processing, environmental interaction. Not sitting in a cell, staring at a screen.

Interesting in our modern society is that we have a plethora of terms describing short attention spans, but not nearly as many for a overly-long or poorly directed attention spans. These scenarios, which I've seen occur more frequently over the years, are llikewise responsible for loss of productivity. People focusing obsessively on minutiae, rabbit holes, constantly refactoring, not sticking to an 80/20 or 90/10 rule, etc. The modern office has no evolutionary basis in primate history.

Anyway, this guy summed it up tongue-in-cheek as ADD: Ambition Deficit Disorder: http://www.examiner.com/articl.... It turns out that there are not sufficient rewards in most large organization for hard work.

Comment Re:First (Score 1) 616 616

Well, at least government could more easily clamp down on white-collar crime, lending fraud, dirty CIA/drug banks, find missing e-mails, recover billions of disappeared money over the various wars that have been fought, excessive corporate influence, foreign influence, etc. Hahaha -- just kidding.

Comment Covered in a Gilligan Island's Episode (Score 1) 808 808

There was an episode in the second or third season in which a big-game hunter lands on the island and decides he wants to hunt humans instead. So he discretely interviews each of the castaways to determine which would present the greatest challenge for him. When he interviews the Professor (Jungian archetype for intelligence) he concludes that he'd have the professor bagged & mounted before the professor could figure out his next move. The implication here is that there's an aspect of intelligence which suggests so-called intentionality, intelligence may be directed "toward" something, some problem, function, etc. Some problems are extremely complex and need some deliberation. Others are challenging in a different way, and need a snap/real-world decisions or cunning. Could be a language limitation also. We tend to confuse cleverness, wisdom, cunning, reptilian intelligence, memory, success, business or strategic/military knowledge, and learning ability all as "intelligence". I can't think of a single test which would gauge all of that.

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