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Moving around has been linked to increased performance on creative tests. Exercising releases endorphins — chemicals our bodies produce to relieve stress and pain. 

When we are less stressed, our brains venture into more fruitful territory.

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Positive-Sounding Traits That Are Bad In The Long Run

Some behavioural traits generally have a positive connotation to them, but are self-sabotaging in the long run:

  1. Thriving Under Pressure
  2. Thoroughly Exploring Your Options
  3. Being In Control
  4. Striving For Excellence

These traits can set us up for success initially but have a downside to them.

Stoicism is basically inner engineering, choosing our response and judgement towards external events that are not in our control.

It is the basis of modern psychological therapies like Cognitive Behavioural Therapy(CBT) and goes deep into how we behave towards unexpected and unforeseen blows of life.

Plausibility of Jurassic Park

In 1993, Newsweek ran an article affirming the scientific plausibility of Jurassic Park. They pointed out that two Berkeley scientists announced that they had cloned 40m-year-old bee DNA after finding the insect preserved in amber.

But to replicate a dinosaur genome, you would need billions of DNA building blocks. They could not harvest more than 250. Moreover, the amber-based experiments of the bee DNA finding were likely based on false results. Lastly, no one has ever found any dinosaur DNA since DNA degrades over time.

Fear manipulates us through:

  • Impatience - Being fearful has made us into beings that want to have a solution for every single problem even though it isn't happening at the moment.
  • Future Orientation - Fear makes us internally experience something that isn't currently happening which fills us with adrenaline so that we'd be able to stave off the problem.
  • Time Distortion - Fear makes us feel like we're "stuck" and may never be able to get out of the situation.
  • Self-Generation - Fear demands us to keep on thinking.

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