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A new powernotes edition is here, so make yourself comfortable, grab your hot (or cold) drink and get ready for bite-sized content packed with interesting information.
We will start today with this video that explains why 3 degrees of global warming would be catastrophic.
Yes, there’s a climate crisis and yes, we need to take actions. Everyone needs to do it, we can only save the planet together.
Check out this week’s technology, culture and philosophy notes:
Microsoft becomes the world’s most valuable company, overtaking Apple.
A Beginner’s Guide for all those who wanted to use Snapchat and didn’t do it yet. How to use Snapchat.
Netflix launched it’s video games platform. Read more.
Paypal could possibly buy Pinterest. You may wonder why…maybe because Paypal bought more and more companies recently, and Pinterest shifted slowly to the e-commerce zone. Hmm, now it makes some sense.
Alphabet makes water out of air. And it’s open-sourced. Read more about it.
Want to learn the basics of music making? You can, with these lessons from Ableton.
If you were criticized by your partner, a wish was behind it, according to Esther Perel. A short youtube video of Esther Perel Explaining Why Your Partner Criticizes You.
BBC Travel gives you 50 Reasons to Love the World.
Science is making huge progress every day. Blind patients will be able to see with the help of brain implants. Read more, if you’re interested.
A new study reveals that children make our life more complicated, and some of us actually said they were happier before having children. But it’s much more complicated. There’s something deeper about having children, and it’s about meaning and purpose, and way beyond happiness. A very interesting read.
Find out why Humans are exceptional.
Here are 100 Ways to Live Better. Check out if this pieces of advice are good for you or not.
The best way to learn anything. The Feynman Technique.
Our fist book this week is My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante.
Here are five notes from the book:
When there is no love, not only the life of the people becomes sterile but the life of cities.
Children don't know the meaning of yesterday, or even of tomorrow, everything is this, now: the street is this, the doorway is this, the stairs are this, this is Mamma, this is Papa, this is the day, this the night.
We grew up with the duty to make it difficult for others before they made it difficult for us.
When you haven’t been in the world long, it’s hard to comprehend what disasters are at the origin of a sense of disaster: maybe you don’t even feel the need to.
Is it possible that in all those years she left me nothing of herself, or, worse, that I didn’t want to keep anything of her?
The second book of the week is a book you’ve probably heard about already, maybe even read it : Ego is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday.
Here are five notes from the book:
Though we think big, we must act and live small in order to accomplish what we seek.
It is not “Who do I want to be in life?” but “What is it that I want to accomplish in life?”
Greatness comes from humble beginnings; it comes from grunt work. It means you’re the least important person in the room - until you change that with results.
As our island of knowledge grows, so does the shore of our ignorance.
All of us waste precious life doing things we don’t like, to prove ourselves to people we don’t respect, and to get things we don’t want.
Professor of Leadership and Organizational Behaviour George Kohlrieser on external motivation and why it won't make us happy:
The best motivation is intrinsic motivation - where you do it because you're challenged, you want to learn something, you want to be a part of a team, so it comes from inside. Unfortunately the research shows that the majority of people are motivated by externals - bonuses, money, a promotion, something external. And we're growing into a culture of consumerism in which we identify happiness with having more things. We have to help people understand that high performance is about how you go inside.
Professor Frank Burnet on how to keep your brain young:
The brain is like your leg muscles. Basically if you use it, it gets better and better. So actually the brain is much more flexible than we once believed and you can train it. Particularly if you're older like I am, basically you can really improve the way your brain is working. For example you know doing simple mental arithmetic - by doing puzzles, by doing crosswords, by talking a lot, actually by generally thinking, and arguing, and discussing, and being active. The thing you must do is keep your brain working
Billionaire Jeff Bezos about the realities of loving your job:
If you can get your work life to where you enjoy half of it, that is amazing. Very few people ever achieve that.Because the truth is, everything comes with overhead. That’s reality. Everything comes with pieces that you don’t like.You can be a Supreme Court Justice and there’s still going to be pieces of your job you don’t like. You can be a university professor and you still have to go to committee meetings. Every job comes with pieces you don’t like.And we need to say: That’s part of it.
And now it’s time for a short fresh breath of nature:
This week’s interesting articles and stories :
🟪 How We Fixed The Ozone Layer. The story behind humanity’s greatest environmental success is too rarely told and too often taken for granted. This is how humanity fixed the ozone layer and why it matters.
🟩 Around the World in 50,000 Years: The Genetics of Race. To fully understand race and genetics, we have to consider where we came from and how we got here.
🟨 The three-or-four-hours rule for getting creative work done. You almost certainly can't consistently do the kind of work that demands serious mental focus for more than about three or four hours a day.
This week’s interesting finds for you:
🟣 An amazing course to increase your happiness. The Science of Well-Being.
🟢 A game that helps recovering from post-traumatic stress. Unpacking.
🟡 Hidden Brain. A fascinating podcast.
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