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How Fast Does Your Brain Process Information?
October 15, 2007

Midlife Wisdom For Men Issue #092, October 15, 2007

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· How Fast Does Your Brain Process Information?

· Book Review: The 4-Hour Workweek


Written by Noel McNaughton
(c) copyright 2007


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Welcome to this issue of Midlife Wisdom for Men.

Perhaps you have noticed that you can't figure things out as quickly as you used to. Don't despair.

When I was back at university twenty years ago, I took a psychology course on 'adult aging and change'. About the only thing I remember from that course is that as we get older, our ability to solve problems quickly (a measure of IQ) decreases, but our ability to ask good questions (a measure of wisdom) increases. Being in my forties at the time, I felt heartened, as I would rather be able to ask good questions than quickly solve problems that perhaps would not have to be solved if some good questions had been asked to begin with!

That being said, check out the link below for a test that will tell you just how fast your brain is processing stuff these days.

Ever wished you could go off on an adventure, take an exotic holiday, or do something wild for a change? The book review below might help you with that.

There are about 800 words in the articles in this newsletter, which should take you about two and half minutes to read.




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How Fast Does Your Brain Process Information?

Brain research has come out with a lot of interesting stuff during the past few years. One consistent finding is that our brains stay healthier (e.g. we are less likely to get Alzheimer's), if we use them more. Being a couch potato staring mindlessly at the tv every evening will literally make us more mindless.

We can keep our brains sharp by learning new things, doing puzzles such as crosswords and sudoku, and (my favourite) playing music.

Even so, as we age the speed of our brain's ability to process information generally slows down a certain amount. If you want to know how much your brain's processing ability has slowed down since you were a young feller, go here and take this short test:

Have fun, and let me know how it goes :-)


When asked whether he had visited the Pyramids during his visit to Egypt, a footballer was heard to say: "I can't really remember the names of the clubs that we went to."


Book Review: The 4-Hour Workweek

by Timothy Ferriss, Crown Publishers, New York, 2007.

If you are working too hard, and putting off what you would really like to do till some future, unknown date, you will find this book useful and exciting.

The Author, Timothy Ferriss, has been living the life he writes about for the past five years.

He pretty much guarantees that if we follow the directions in the book, we can literally do whatever we want, and have as much money as we need to do it.

I am about half-way through the book, and so far, I would say he is probably right.

Ferriss maintains that our society's current 'plan for success' - get an education, get a job, work long hours for 40 years so you can finally do what you want - is all wrong.

He gives a literal road map for liberating ourselves so we can do what we want now.

One of his suggestions is that we sit down and clearly analyze the fears that hold us back from carrying out some of our dreams. Maybe we want to take three months off and travel in Central America, but we 'know' we can't do it right now. The 'timing is wrong', or 'we can't afford it', or... you name it.

He says if we really look at our fears (i.e. excuses), and write down the worst case scenario, we will find it is not anywhere near as bad as we think. I can attest to that. When I thought of quitting my job as a CBC tv news reporter twenty years ago, and going back to university, it seemed daunting. What would I do for money? Maybe I would go bankrupt, have to quit school, lose my house, etc., etc.

As it turned out, about the time I started back at university, my wife said she wanted a divorce, we ended up selling the house anyway, and I had to move into an apartment. It was worse than I imagined! But really not all that bad in reality. I finished my Master's degree, and started teaching Holistic Management, which I loved.

I got a note just last week from a subscriber who has just quit his job with a cable company, and become the Public Affairs Coordinator with the local Habitat For Humanity chapter. It's a big change, but fits more with what his soul calls him to.

Many years ago I met a couple who had sold their house, car, and other accoutrements, and moved to New Zealand for a year. He was a teacher, and they went as part of a teacher exchange. They had a wonderful time, and when they came back, they both went back to work (she was a nurse), and in no time bought another house, car, and the other stuff they had let go. The only difference I could see between them and the other teachers I knew was that they had a big adventure, and the others didn't.

If you are looking to get more out of life, and not work so hard for it, I recommend this book.


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I Need Your Questions and Feedback!

Got comments? Questions? I'd love to hear from you.

Just email your suggestions and/or questions to . I look forward to hearing from you. And thanks.


Well friend, that's it for now. Again, if you enjoyed this and/or found it useful, and know of anyone else who might like it, please pass it forward. And if you have questions or recommendations, I would love to hear from you.

All the best, Noel

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