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Make the most of your mind

#041 | April 23rd, 2020
Current mood: a real-life mind palace. Photographer: unknown.

Your mind garden.


Hi friends!

I've been thinking a lot about gardening. Not growing plants, because I'm a notorious plant killer, but growing ideas. How can we create an environment for ourselves where ideas are generated as a byproduct of our daily activities?

This week, we'll talk about mind gardens and their extension, digital gardens.

It's also Varsha’s last week at Ness Labs. She has done a stellar job since she joined as a Researcher in Residence at the end of last year. Her task was to describe the state of a specific research area: the impact of cognitive biases on entrepreneurs.

This report is the culmination of her work at Ness Labs. Varsha selected ten of the most common biases in entrepreneurs. Each bias includes an overview of the neuroscience and psychology literature, as well as a detailed look at what it means for entrepreneurs.

Enjoy, and hit reply if you have any questions, feedback, or want to say hello!

New event: Come join us to discuss "Learning in public" in a virtual meetup for Ness Labs members on May 6th. Register »

Brain food


You and your mind garden
In French, “cultiver son jardin intérieur” means to tend to your internal garden—to take care of your mind. The garden metaphor is particularly apt: taking care of your mind involves cultivating your curiosity (the seeds), growing your knowledge (the trees), and producing new thoughts (the fruits).

Cognitive biases in entrepreneurship (early access for members)
Why does construction work always take longer to complete than forecasted? Why do we expect coin tosses to be fair? We reviewed more than 30 research papers and distilled the most important insights for entrepreneurs in this report.

How to use TiddlyWiki as a static website generator in 3 steps
This is a short but technical tutorial for people who may want to use TiddlyWiki as a platform to build a public digital garden.


Brain candy

On the reception and detection of pseudo-profound bullshit (JDM)
“We presented participants with bullshit statements consisting of buzzwords randomly organized into statements with syntactic structure but no discernible meaning, e.g. Wholeness quiets infinite phenomena.”

The pandemic is giving people vivid, unusual dreams (National Geographic)
“Researchers explain why withdrawal from our usual environments—due to social distancing—has left dreamers with a dearth of inspiration.”

Open-ended curiosity (Meaningness)
“Eventually you may realize that experts also can’t reliably find answers. You may discover that there is no The scientific method; and for many fields, no set method is available at all.”


Brain trust

What's going on in the members area this week?

  • Community. Currently discussing online classes, the science (or lack thereof) behind brain-training games, and mapping the future of work space.
  • How to build a writing habit. We had a great virtual meetup discussing writing as a tool for thinking, procrastination versus perfectionism, and killing your inner critic. Read the notes and sign up for the next one.
  • Mind Match. As always, fill this form to get matched with a fellow member for a virtual coffee chat.

Until next week,
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