How green tea stops cognitive decline

By Jordan Michaelides
April 10, 2017

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Image: Wired

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Image: Matt Cherubino


Random

This week I came across a hilarious video by Casually Explained 

The creator’s relaxed explanation of life in gaming form will have you snorting your coffee straight back up.

Here are my favourite lines:
“Once you’ve chosen your character & race, you basically sit through a 9 month spawning phase.”
“What’s even worse, once you’ve actually spawned, you have to spend 18 levels going through the tutorial mode.”



Neuro

🖥️  Brain Computer Interfaces

A burgeoning field of tech and will be the primary reason behind us solving the artificial intelligence control problem. There’s a plethora of early stage startups already involved, and focusing on neurological diseases.

🚀 No surprises, Elon Musk is actually entering the fray with Neural Link 

A sign that people are starting to pay attention to this nascent technology.

🍵 More reasons to support my consumption of green tea

Daily consumption of tea may protect the elderly from cognitive decline  - a study suggests - by up to 50%. T he study also found gene carriers who are at risk of developing Alzheimer's (APOE e4) disease may experience a reduction in cognitive impairment risk by as much as 86 per cent. An intriguing read for tea lovers.

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Image: Wired




Mental Models

😑  The one thing by Gary Keller - developing your minding power

This is an interesting video essay on the book review. The short of it is, how much willpower you use over the day has consequences to completing anything - interested to investigate the neurochemistry behind this.

📚 Circle of competence

Warren Buffett has always spoken about defining your circle of competence, and knowing the edge of it. In a way, this is merely a matter of simplifying what you’re good at, focusing on it, and becoming elite at it. Having read a few pieces on this including Understanding Circle of Competence , Circle of Competence Theory , and Different Layers of Competence in the last few months - I can say that this is incredibly important in our busy modern world.

Too many people spend unnecessary hours on irrelevant things. In my case, for the last two years I wasted unnecessary time on things I’m just not competent in (tech startups, engineering, etc). In reality, studying this form of simplification has made me realise what I’m good at:

  • Reading

  • Analysing

  • Decision-making (particularly under pressure)

  • Communicating

Now I’ve been able to really roll back to what I’m good at - I can tell you it’s saved me an immeasurable amount of time. No more piss-farting around with startup and tech ideas, unnecessary gadgets, or anything else that I’m just not good at. Just reading, bringing experts to talk about unique areas to improve our performance, and investing in technologies or businesses that further that. At first it’s bloody hard, and I still don’t deviate from investing in new things, I just don’t spend hours wasting time on unnecessary work.

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Image: Huffington Post




Automation

🤖  We’ve built up a considerable amount of AI related links over the last few months

Here’s the most important for keeping on top of what’s happening and what’s applicable to our daily lives. We are ensuring that we keep on top of any changes in this space, particularly as we see this as the area that will destroy labour in favour of capital in the next few years. As a knowledge worker and investor, it’s important to understand how and where:

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Image: Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko





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Happy reading,

Jordan