October 20th, 2016

I found this podcast series via James Hamblin’s video for The Atlantic titled: Creative Ideas Happen When You Stop Checking Your Phone that features Note To Self host Manoush Zomorodi and artist Nina Katchadourian. (Katchadourian was one of Walter Mischel subjects in the marshmallow study.) I was taken by her exercise for creating a state of boredom by writing 1010101010101010101… as many times as you can, as small as you can on a piece of paper. (In the Bored-To-Brilliance Challenge she tasks participants to put a pot of water on the stove and watch the water come to a boil.)

After watching the video I decided to try an experiment of my own with one of my math students in whom I’m attempting to instill a bit of wonder about math.

I downloaded and listened to this podcast series during my daily 80 minute, round-trip commute today and now I’ve even more pumped to try my own version of the bored-to-brilliance challenge. I’ve also found Zomorodi’s Bored and Brilliant, The Lost Art of Spacing Out video that I’ve begun to watch.

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