Tyrannies of Choice
The return of the infinite liquor cabinet. The tyranny of choice. Meaning. The Onion imitates the meaningless of life. Memory. We can forget it for you wholesale. Self doubt.
A Matter of Stress
69 A surprising world. Flight or fight. Procrastination and the spell of danger. So what is stress? The semantics of demand. The striated musculature. Affective dilemmas. Gut feelings. The somatic marker and risk. The uncertainty principle of stress. Cinderella and her effects. Bonafide magic. Remedies. The fox and the grapes, or Aesop
s modern fairy tale. Stress in the information age. The email of Damocles.
An apple a day. Happiness in plain and foresight. Getting things done. Motivational principle #1: avoid sticky media. A sticky medium. The information diet and the delusion of crowds. Motivational principle #2: Eliminate task uncertainty and sustain performance feedback. Finding motivation in a house of cards. The persistence of memory. Motivational principle #3: Make incentives contingent and real. Turing Machines. A mindful world. A matter of wanting. The semantics of mindfulness. Virtuous worlds.