In this video Michael Stevens looks at possible reasons for human boredom. He explains that boredom occurs when we are disinterested in the outside world and the inner world of our thoughts — in essence, we are bored when we are left alone with ourselves. Does this mean that human existence itself is “off” or somehow “incomplete?” Or is human existence so absolutely awesome that it’s sometimes difficult for us to find activities that can measure up to our high expectations? One thing we do know, is that boredom certainly isn’t boring!
Neuroscientist Russell Foster describes sleep as “the single most important behavioral experience that we have.” He describes how our perception of sleep has changed over the course of human history — from that of an appreciated necessity in the 16th century to “a criminal waste of time” by the start of the 20th century. Dr. Foster describes the importance of sleep in memory consolidation and problem solving, and highlights the link between sleep deprivation and setbacks such as poor judgement, drug/alcohol consumption, weight gain, mental illness and even cancer.
Nearly everyone is looking for ways to improve brain function and mental focus these days. Often times, we zero in on specific behaviors and actions that can provide optimum results — but rarely do we ever focus on what is happening at the most basic level of our brain’s formation.