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Ep. 298: Rethinking Attention

We think of information as something neutral; a spotlight that helps illuminate the reality of the outside world. Accordingly, more information is better than less. In this episode, Cal pushes back on this model, arguing that the form in which information arrives can strongly impact the understanding we extract. We must therefore be more intentional about what and how we pay attention. He then answers reader questions and surveys some unusual but entertaining stories about slowness.

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DEEP DIVE:

– Rethinking attention [4:08]

QUESTIONS:

– What books should I read to help me develop a deep life? [34:35]
– Does writing by hand have benefits for your brain? [38:40]
– Should I get a brain scan to prove I have a low IQ? [43:46]
– Should I use ChatGPT for book recommendations? [47:39]
– How can I avoid wasting your gap year? [49:40]
– CALL: Is “Slow Productivity” related to “The Burnout Society” by Buying-Chui Han? [55:32]

CASE STUDY:

– Utilizing the phone foyer method [1:01:58]

FINAL SEGMENT:

– Slow news [1:10:58]

YOUTUBE TITLE:

– Eliminate Distraction: How To Take Back Control Of Your Focus | Cal Newport

LINKS:

Buy Cal’s latest book, “Slow Productivity” at www.calnewport.com/slow
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Cal’s monthly book directory: bramses.notion.site/059db2641def4a88988b4d2cee4657ba?v=448bf8afad0740d18f6b109b4bd40d51 
slow-watches.com/
penguinrandomhouse.com/books/318747/help-wanted-one-rooster-by-julie-falatko-illustrated-by-andrea-stegmaier/
rte.ie/brainstorm/2023/1108/1415296-why-handwriting-is-good-for-your-brain/ 

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