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Make the most of your mind

#064 | October 22nd, 2020
Hi there! I'm Anne-Laure Le Cunff, the founder of Ness Labs. You are receiving this email because you signed up to Maker Mind, a weekly newsletter about mindful productivity. Thank you for being here. If this email was forwarded to you, get your own ✨
Current mood: chilling in my mind garden. Artist: Useless Treasures.

Jumping to conclusions.


Hi friends!

Earlier this week, I was having a chat with a friend, and I noticed they kept on jumping to conclusions. Not judging other people—judging themselves.

“There’s no way I can learn how to code” or “I’m just not technical enough for this job” were a couple of things they said.

How many opportunities do we miss because we quickly infer a conclusion despite a lack of information?

This week, we'll have a look at this phenomenon, which psychologists call the inference-observation confusion.

We'll also talk about the hermeneutic circle, a concept that sounds crazy complex but that's actually pretty simple, and which can help you improve your critical reading.

Finally, I’ve been busy working on something I’m sure many of you will enjoy: a 40-page report on the state of personal knowledge management, with a directory of 120+ links to tools for thought. Whether you’re a knowledge worker, an entrepreneur, a researcher, or an investor, I hope you find this resource helpful.

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

p.s. Do you wear glasses?

Mind Wandering. Some people see mind wandering as a negative habit that must be controlled; others as a creative necessity. The truth, as often, is more balanced. Come and discuss the art and science to mind wandering. Register »

Brain food

Jumping to conclusions: the inference-observation confusion (5 min)
Do you know someone who always seems to jump to conclusions? While this behaviour may be more obvious in some people than in others, we are all prone to it.

The hermeneutic circle: a key to critical reading (4 min)
For a text to be interpreted, you need a text and an interpreter. This may seem obvious, but too often we forget that our interpretation of a text is shaped by our pre-existing beliefs, knowledge, and expectations.

The state of personal knowledge management (yearly members only)
The PKM ecosystem is becoming complex. However, some visible trends are emerging: indie thinkers are making a living from conducting online research; tools are becoming more integrated; apps encourage active creation over passive collection of knowledge.


Brain candy

Alright, here goes. (Reddit)
“If you're lucky, you'll have lots of scars from lots of loves.”
— via Visakan Veerasamy

Growing a language (YouTube)
“Guy Steele discusses the importance of and issues associated with designing a programming language that can be grown by its users.”
— via Conor White-Sullivan

Early work (PG)
“Unfortunately, if you want to do new things, you'll face a force more powerful than other people's skepticism: your own skepticism.”
— via Paul Graham


Brain trust

Here's a sneak peek into what's going on in the community. If you enjoy Maker Mind, become a member to support the newsletter and to expand your mind!

  • Consistency vs intensity. We had an amazing meetup about the tension between consistency and intensity, and how we can make the most of both. Watch the recording.
  • Mind wandering. In our next meetup, we'll talk about the art and science of mind wandering. Register.
  • Community. Currently discussing the curse of curiosity, productivity tools, being honest, mental toughness, spaced repetition, learning from conversations, and more. Join the conversation.
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Brain waves

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