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I used to feel guilty about unread books pilling up. However, unread books can be as powerful as the ones we have read, if we choose to consider...

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Make the most of your mind

#065 | October 29th, 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: embracing the unknown. Artist: Chris Austin.
 

Antilibrary.

 

Hi friends!

This is the last week of my Master's in neuroscience. My dissertation is due early next week. What an incredibly learning journey over the past two years! Thank you for following along.

Paradoxically, learning more about the brain made me become aware of how much we don't know about the brain. I feel like I'm swimming in an ocean of unknowns. But, instead of being terrified by the sheer lack of knowledge, I'm excited and grateful for all our future discoveries.

This shift in mindset is reflected in the way I manage my personal book library. I feel increasingly comfortable buying books I may not be able to read for a while. All of these unread books remind me of endless opportunities for learning, and make me humble.

This week, we will talk about the benefits of building an antilibrary and how you can go about it. We'll also talk about the hindsight bias—when we say "I knew it!", but really... We didn't.

Finally, I'm very excited to share a rare interview with Alexandra Elbakyan, the founder of Sci-Hub, who was sued by Elsevier in 2015 for building an illegal open science platform.

Many of you asked for interviews of researchers and creators, and there will definitely be more of these in the future.

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

p.s. my highlight of the week :)

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Brain food

Building an antilibrary: the power of unread books (6 min)
An antilibrary is a private collection of unread books. The concept was first mentioned by Nassim Nicholas Taleb in his book The Black Swan, where he describes the unique relationship Umberto Eco had with books.

Hindsight bias: the knew-it-all-along phenomenon (5 min)
Historians and physicians alike are constantly fighting an invisible beast: the hindsight bias, which is the tendency for people to perceive past outcomes as having been more predictable than they actually were.

Interview: collective intelligence with Alexandra Elbakyan (7 min)
Read to learn about Alexandra's view on collective intelligence, brain-machine interfaces, the relationship between consciousness, religion, and communication, the Information Integration Theory, and more.

 

Brain candy

Feature visualization (Distill)
“How neural networks build up their understanding of images.”

A city is not a tree (Twitter)
“This is an interesting idea in urban design. It was written in 1964 by mathematician/architect Christopher Alexander. He realized natural, organic cities are more beautiful and more efficient; they are structured as complex systems.”

Listening to the world (The On Being Project podcast)
“Amid the harshness of life, Mary Oliver found redemption in the natural world and in beautiful, precise language. Oliver, who died in 2019, was one of the most beloved poets of modern times.”

 

Brain trust

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Brain waves

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Anne-Laure.
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