Autopilot, by Andrew Smart (Chapter 7)

Have you ever heard the phrase, “too much of a good thing”? You probably have and Smart probably has too, but that doesn’t mean he kept it in mind all of the time. The tidbits about neuroscience when they matched up with the benefits of slacking were interesting and well said. Likewise, Smart’s interest in…

Autopilot, by Andrew Smart (Chapter 6)

Nick’s Notes: Sorry about the lack of posts lately! I’ve just been absolutely exhausted from pet sitting and needed to take the last few days (or so) off from writing. I meant to write this yesterday, but I left Autopilot at the pet sitting place. So I’m posting this today instead! Revolution or Suicide Chapter…

Autopilot, by Andrew Smart (Chapter 5)

Chapter 5: You are a self-organizing system As far as I can tell from my notes, this chapter starts off really interesting but then falls flat after that. The reason why it starts off so interesting is because Smart quotes Peter Kropotkin. Kropotkin, for those who don’t know, is a notable anarchist communist thinker who…

Autopilot, by Andrew Smart (Chapter 3 & 4)

Chapter 3 Up until now I’ve only had some minor complaints about Smart’s attempt to scientifically justify laziness. The biggest being that he’s not giving us any citations and almost never gives references to the studies that would help prove his point. Even when he mentions certain studies he doesn’t go into their methodology, sample…

Autopilot, by Andrew Smart (Chapter 2)

This chapter focuses on noise and its benefits to the brain as well as returning to the resting brain. And as far as the resting brain goes, it’s pretty interesting: When you activate your default mode network by doing nothing, it becomes robust and coherent. So, somehow our brains seem to violate the second law…

Autopilot, by Andrew Smart (Chapter 1)

Chapter 1: That Loathsome Monster Idleness The previous chapter set the stage for the rest of the book in a fairly interesting and engaging way, let’s look at how Smart follows up on that effort. First, Smart talks about the history of our attitudes towards idleness all around the world. From the attitudes stemming from…

Autopilot, by Andrew Smart (Introduction)

Introduction I got this book at the New York Anarchist Book Fair a year or so ago. At the time I wasn’t doing terribly well on finances and I went back and forth on what looked like a really good book. The seller was offering it for a decent price (between $10-15, I can’t remember…

Workaholism and Mental Health

The topic of mental health and work is no stranger to this site as I’ve discussed it a few times either personally or more generally. A particular phenomenon within work itself however, workaholism, hasn’t really been discussed (surprisingly) and certainly not in any detail when it comes to its correspondence to various mental health issues.…