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weekly article roundup, vol. vii

computer on desk with roses

This week's collection of articles focuses on personality, piggybacking off of the neurology and brain-related stories featured last week.

One interesting article by Vox is about how technology changes our brain, with one of the most big changes is how humans now suffer from being alone more than in the past. Humans also know need more stimulation -- back in the early 19th century, the idea of "boredom" didn't even exist.

Technology isn't the only thing changing how we think. Apparently, rising carbon dioxide levels harm human though process as well -- potentially leading to a "cognition crisis" in the future.

For those who are in the middle of true crime binges, this article from Scientific American has discovered the core nine personality traits that have created the "D Factor" of a sociopathic personality. You can even take a test to see how much of a "dark core" you have.

One scientific study from last week looked into where memories are stored, since it isn't necessarily the brain. Now, a study of a single-organism slime mold has found that memories in creatures without central nervous systems are stored in "architecture of the network-like body." Perhaps the idea of a gut feeling has more science and experience behind it than it gets credit for.

Last but not least, I wanted to end on a note of goal-setting and personal growth. In that vein, here is a fun exploration of what constitutes charisma, and here is a half hour visual video summarizing the teachings of Ray Dalio, i.e. the man who runs the world's largest hedge fund.


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