QS Discussion Group #4

At our last discussion group, we discussed memory, cognitive performance, mood hacks, and other assorted fun topics that people brought with them.

We're happy to announce another Tuesday lunchtime QS chat! Our moderator will be the wonderful Rajiv Mehta. Feel free to come with a question or challenge you're having in their tracking, or something interesting you've read about, or an idea to share.

Of course you're welcome to come even without anything prepared, we'd love to see you! As before, if a show&tell randomly happens, that's great, but we won't have slides or video or anything formal.

Please join us on Tuesday April 10 from 12:30-2 pm, at BioCurious in Sunnyvale. See you there!

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  • Gordon

    The discussion group was great. It was small and informal - we all sat on folding chairs, and expanded the circle as more folks arrived. Being small meant that everybody got to talk. There was a wide variety of folks with different backgrounds, experiences, and goals. It was an hour and a half well spent. My only fear is that this positive review may cause this meetup to grow to large.

    April 11, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    A very interesting group. I left with a lot to think about. Why do people try to quantify themselves, why do we seek data...
    A buddhist answer would be to eliminate suffering and fing happiness. Of course, there are a lot of other answers that work, scientific and spiritual alike.

    April 11, 2012

  • Jack M.

    Discussion afterwards more valuable than discussion during but would not have happened if not for discussion during.

    April 11, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    wide ranging thoughtful discussion of meditation, monitoring sleep, real purpose for collecting data at an individual and group population level, mindfulness, writing apps that people will use, use and limits of technology for self-awareness and self-mastery, detecting self-deception, complexity of living systems, success of 10,000 steps campaign, and correlating urine pH with migraine onset.

    April 11, 2012

  • Phil von S.

    Very lively group! Lots of topics, lots of connections. My interest is 'memory', since mine is not good enough! Here are a few of the 'memories' I wrote down....
    Phil's Notes:
    - Self-tracking: weight, blood pressure, proteins, metabolism, sleep, what we eat
    - Complexity of pharma and nutriaceutical interactions
    - Link physical data to mood.
    - Whitestrips - the killer app! (Teeth Whitening) we need something like that in QS.
    - iPhone app to track posture
    - Any good app must be 'low friction'
    - Equanimity is a simple meditation app
    - Important to ask: WHY do you track?
    - Micro-incentives can motivate, but long term?
    - Need human mentor/trainer in addition to good apps
    - History proves that scientists are usually wrong…!
    - 10,000 steps is good, but slouching IS comfortable :)
    - When, How, Who is Gamefication good for?
    - Be Gentle :)

    April 11, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    A well-organized, managed, and lively discussion. Everyone got a chance to talk, as others listened thoughtfully and respectfully. All in all, I came away with a lot of interesting bits and pieces which made it well worth the time invested.

    April 11, 2012

  • Alex C.

    Very lively philosophical discussion this week. Next time let's try out a practical one and see what happens. Thanks everyone :)

    April 11, 2012

  • Rex S.

    Hey there, Alexandra! Thanks very much for this... I still get confused on the use of the word "hacks", and I wasn't sure if the term was being used in the pejorative. Looking forward to meeting you one of these days (soon!). Thanks again. Rex

    April 10, 2012

  • Rex S.

    Howdy! I just joined the group, so I am not even going to put my name in for tomorrow's wait list, though I would love to hear more about the last discussion, especially "mood hacks"... I sense that is not a term of endearment? Can't wait until I can get my name in on time so I can meet what looks like a very interest array of good minds and good people. Anyone who has the time to fill me in on the 'mood hack' stuff, please do. It's an area of great interest to me... Thanks. Rex

    April 9, 2012

  • Alex C.

    Hi folks! Just a quick reminder about the discussion group tomorrow. Bring your lunch if you like, bring an interesting self-tracking tidbit to talk about, or just come and be part of the fun. :) Also, PLEASE update your RSVP if can't come so people on the waiting list can have a chance. Excited to see everyone tomorrow! Alex

    April 9, 2012

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