As long as the next meal is the primary concern of a lot of Filipinos the startup dreams would be of the pipe variety.
Culture Matters to Entrepreneurship
All through childhood and adolescence you are a sponge absorbing cultural stimuli. From local billboard advertisements, to school curriculum stylized to your country; from conversations with your parents about the ways of the world to the thousands of local customs that dictate proper behavior in restaurants, queues, airports, homes, and driving on the road.
Culture matters. That's the title of a compelling set of essays on whether some cultures are better at creating freedom, prosperity, and justice. It is politically incorrect to chalk up massive societal failures in places like Africa to culture — besides, the situation is always more complex than a single factor — but it seems safe to assert that the culture you come up in affects how you think.
via Ben Casnocha: The Blog: Culture Matters to Entrepreneurship.
What this means for me would be drink coffee while coding and don’t drink it while thinking about design and while trying to study the requirement documents.
Use caffeine for short-term performance on a focused task (such as an exam).
Avoid caffeine for tasks that require broad creativity and long-term learning.
(Disclaimer: The greater altertness, larger short-term memory capacity, and eased recall might make the memories you do make of higher quality.)
via Less Wrong: Coffee: When it helps, when it hurts.
This reminds me of the experiment they did on how you create solidarity. The answer being find a common enemy. The long form of the quote below is also nice to read. Read it at the linked site.
The role of the blogosphere
New research supports the notion that we fixate on enemies, and inflate their power, as a defense mechanism against generalized anxiety.
The longer article is here.
Posted by Tyler Cowen on March 10, 2010 at 06:45 AM in Science, Weblogs | Permalink
via Marginal Revolution: The role of the blogosphere.