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5 Reasons why social media are increasing intelligence

By darinlhammond, published on Oct 17, 2012

Although the question of whether the internet affects our brains did not originate with Nicholas Carr, his July 2008 article in The Atlantic Monthly titled "Is Google Making Us Stupid?"certainly brought the issue into the mainstream media. He contends that Internet use in general, not just Google, changes the brain. The statement is obvious, as all things we experience, especially those over an extended period of time, change or brains, neural pathways, and cognition. However, what agitated people was his assertion that extensive use of the web makes us think in a less complex, in-depth manner.Carr... (more)

Tags: mind, internet, social media, technology, brain

Productive procrastination? Zen Remedies

By darinlhammond, published on Oct 16, 2012

I sit at my computer all Saturday, and this is the place I should be. I begin early with ambition, 5:00 AM. Blank white windows on my Mac's Retina screen await my brilliant ideas, and my mind is bubbling with them. But I wait to write because I need to research my ideas. I can't just whip out whatever slop comes to my mind. No, I need some scholarship to support my ideas and clarify my thinking.Hours pass as I not only read too much about my topic but spend time promoting my blog, sending emails, feeding children, and raking some dry yellow leaves that have fallen from my backyard birch.... (more)

Tags: Meditation, procrastination, writer's block, productivity, zen, self-discipline

Power verbs dazzle search engines and empower SEO

By darinlhammond, published on Oct 12, 2012

School Time VerbsThese words made my eyes roll into the back of my skull in public education: noun, verb, adjective, adverb, pronoun, etc. In fact, they still numb my mind, and as an English professor I avoid them as much as possible. They turn language into a perverse form of mathematics. Grammar turns students off.In school we get so caught up in identifying subjects and verbs that we forget the language, the beauty and power of unique sentences. Worksheet after worksheet in school made mundane work of language.

Verbs Defined, BoringTechnically, the definition of verbs makes them... (more)

Tags: writing, tips, books, advice, blog, titles

Social Media and the Individual - Humans Design the Universe

By darinlhammond, published on Aug 15, 2012

Pardon me please for being overly personal and sentimental here, but have you ever been so moved by a thing that you cannot exorcise the demon until you've written about it? Alright, perhaps you find that strange, but this happens to me periodically, not often. The feeling is one of unsettled, repressed, and vehement emotion--positive or negative, perhaps both.

My mother, Karen Hammond, died in 1996 when I was 24 and she was 42. I put this in writing here for the first time, and I am at once liberated and pained. Doctors diagnosed her with fairly benign breast cancer in the spring, and... (more)

Tags: writing, death, order, design, discovery, chaos

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