Rid yourself of the standards of creating an objet d’art. Instead, make an “object day-art.” I would like to persuade you to make stuff. Persuading you to make stuff begins with thinking about object day-art in the context of stuff in general. We love stuff. We seek it, we cherish it, we love it (Carlin, 1986). […]Read more "Make things, even crappy things."
Holding one’s arm out the window to signal a turn is laborious and insufficient for signaling one’s intent, especially given the modern technological aid known as the “blinker.” One of the truck’s blinkers had been non-functioning for a while and I decided to finally do something about it. I had the bulbs in hand, screwdrivers in the […]Read more "Chevy Tree tale: Installation is the reverse of removal."
As an object, I think that I might dislike the Toyota Prius. But why? Let’s face it right up front: my favorite cars have the subtlety of paint fumes and the delicacy of a tire fire. But this alone should not dictate why I dislike another car. It’s a fine car, and people love their Priuses (more […]Read more "My complicated feelings about the Toyota Prius"
It is told that the Buddha attained enlightenment by meditating under the Bodhi tree. Here I invite you to seek the mindful path of the Chevy Tree. What does it mean to be mindful? The practice of mindfulness is the process of returning one’s attention to the present moment. In this way, driving an old car […]Read more "Meditate under the Chevy Tree"
So you like the car, it drives well, you’ve inspected it closely and/or had a good mechanic inspect the car. Time to close the deal. Bring cash. Here’s where your anxiety will probably go up, you’re going to have to talk about stuff you don’t want to talk about, and that the buyer is not […]Read more "Neurocarbuying*: Negotiate the deal"
So you have now found the car, and you’re ready to start finding your actual car. This takes place in two steps: Contacting the seller, and doing the test drive. Before you start: a word on emotions. Again, choose your emotions wisely. Think of yourself as confident, cold and distant, evaluative, looking for the long term […]Read more "Neurocarbuying*: Evaluating a used car"
So now you’ve decided on a direction for your car buying that is based on some good feelings with a nice blend of short and long term reward. You may also hate the term neurocarbuying, and quite frankly so do I; it’s a crappy term but its my crappy term. The next step is to […]Read more "Neurocarbuying* How to find a car."
(*Again, sorry for the cheesy neuro-blank title, but I’m sticking with it.) I wanted to add a brief interlude here to advocate a personal opinion I have about how to decide what car to buy: I think people should buy cars that are one “degree” more fun than they are prepared to do. This is […]Read more "Neurocarbuying*: In defense of fun cars."
*Quite possible the the worst Neuro-“Blank” combination yet; I’m sticking to it. There are many guides to how to buy a used car, but how many are written by a neuroscientist? Do they need to be written by a neuroscientist? Probably not. Either way, I am asked regularly for advice on how to buy […]Read more "Neurocarbuying*: How to buy a car using the science of decision-making Part One"
Getting that sweater from Grandma can inspire groans, but it should inspire gratitude. Let’s assume we know that this is a time when we should feel grateful, but are not grateful. The question is: how can we generate gratitude for a gift that does not originally inspire gratitude? My passion is in understanding and […]Read more "How to be grateful when we should be grateful, but aren’t."