This week we speak with Cal Newport, computer science professor and author of Digital Minimalism. Our conversation is all about how we can use technology strategically and reduce the harmful effects of the addictive habits and platforms that have crept into our lives over the past decade. We talk about the effects of these problems on our brains, the benefits of walking and reflection, how to replace wasted time with quality analog activities, and much more. For an inspiring and thought-provoking discussion, be sure to tune in.
Key Points From This Episode:
“When you actually dive deeper into what is this unease that people are increasingly feeling about technology, it’s not as much about the technology as you would think.” — Cal Newport [0:09:03.5]
“This is a big reason why people today feel uneasy if they can't really put their finger on it.” — Cal Newport [0:14:22.8]
“It's a combination of things you step away from completely, plus things that you have very clear specifications for how you're supposed to use it, that gets you as close as possible to not using it.” — Cal Newport [0:51:07.3]
Links Mentioned in This Episode:
Bonafide Provisions — https://www.bonafideprovisions.com/
Cal Newport — http://calnewport.com/
Digital Minimalism — https://www.amazon.com/Digital-Minimalism-Choosing-Focused-Noisy/dp/0525536515/
Georgetown University — https://www.georgetown.edu/
MIT — http://www.mit.edu/
Dartmouth College — https://home.dartmouth.edu/
Steve Jobs — https://www.biography.com/people/steve-jobs-9354805
ExxonMobil — https://corporate.exxonmobil.com/
Lead Yourself First — https://www.amazon.com/Lead-Yourself-First-Inspiring-Leadership/dp/1632866315
Blaise Pascal — https://www.britannica.com/biography/Blaise-Pascal
Abraham Lincoln — https://www.biography.com/people/abraham-lincoln-9382540
Virginia Woolf — https://www.britannica.com/biography/Virginia-Woolf
Wendell Berry — https://www.poemhunter.com/wendell-berry/
Jon Kabat-Zinn — https://www.mindfulnesscds.com/
A Philosophy of Walking — https://www.amazon.com/Philosophy-Walking-Frederic-Gros/dp/1781688370/
Freedom — https://freedom.to/
Marie Kondo — https://konmari.com/
Slack — https://slack.com/
Primal Palate — https://www.primalpalate.com/
McCormick — https://www.mccormick.com/
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