Why I Don’t Listen to Critics Anymore

Publicity photo of the comedy team Cheech & Chong.
My critics have gotten worse. Two of them replied to me in forums and I discovered that both of them were criticising so that they could manipulate me. I learned too that critics don’t admit their own mistakes—even blatant ones. Wise counselors don’t criticize. They suggest with tact. I now presume that critics are always destructive. So stay away from me if you are one.

Why Your Critics Aren’t The Ones Who Count
‘There is nothing more frightening than the moment we expose our ideas to the world. Author and vulnerability researcher Brené Brown shows us how to deal with the critics and our own self-doubt by refusing to “armor up” and shut ourselves off. “Not caring what people think,” she says, “is its own kind of hustle.”

‘Instead we must “reserve a seat” for the critics and our own self-doubt. “Tell them, I see you, I hear you, but I’m going to do this anyway.”…’

The ‘Present Moment’ Lasts for 15 Seconds
My theory is: The future is always just one second away. Do you think this study refutes that?

Study reveals fascinating details of perception
You might be seeing this on a 15-second delay: study
‘Our eyes are continuously bombarded by visual information – millions of colours, shapes and ever-changing motion – yet seeing never feels like work.

‘Researchers have discovered one reason: Our brains perform automatic visual smoothing over time. A new study has found that our visual perception of things is influenced by what we saw up to 15 seconds ago. This helps create a stable environment, despite sacrificing some accuracy.

‘It also means that what you see around you – that cup of coffee, the face of your co-worker, your computer screen – may be a time-averaged composite of now and the past.

‘”What you are seeing at the present moment is not a fresh snapshot of the world but rather an average of what you’ve seen in the past 10 to 15 seconds,” said study author Jason Fischer, a neuroscientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology…’
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Even casually smoking marijuana can change your brain, study says

Baloney. How can you believe this when:
‘“This study raises a strong challenge to the idea that casual marijuana use isn’t associated with bad consequences,”…’
‘The study did not look at the behavior of the pot smokers, only their brains. What effect, if any, Wednesday’s findings will have on future legislation remains unclear.’
I personally know some casual pot smokers who are self-disciplined. They are decent and productive citizens who don’t cause trouble.

‘The days when people thought only heavy Cheech-and-Chong pot smokers suffered cognitive consequences may be over. A study in The Journal of Neuroscience says even casual marijuana smokers showed significant abnormalities in two vital brain regions important in motivation and emotion.

‘“Some of these people only used marijuana to get high once or twice a week,” said co-author Hans Breiter, quoted in Northwestern University’s Science Newsline. Breiter hailed the study as the first to analyze the effects of light marijuana use. “People think a little recreational use shouldn’t cause a problem, if someone is doing OK with work or school,” he said. “Our data directly says this is not the case.”…’

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Poch is a Bookrix author and a freelance writer. He is a frequent contributor to TED Conversations.
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