Saturday, January 07, 2006

Dangerous if true

The Edge Foundation, an out-of-the-ordinary think tank, is, as it does every year, posing a deep question to its members. For 2006, the question is, "What idea do you think would be dangerous if true?"

Here are the replies.

An idea that appealed to me is UC Davis ophthalmologist and neurobiologist Leo Chalupa's: that "what's needed to attain optimal brain performance ... is a 24-hour period of absolute solitude."

In this harried, hustle-and-bustle world of cellphones, 24-hour TV, video games, computers, long commutes, and whatnot, time spent in quiet contemplation is becoming harder to get but even more important for our emotional well-being.

Now, 24 hours is a long time, but let's remember that every little bit helps, even a 5-minute do-nothing break here and there.

—Mellow Monk

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