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(Inc)   Your desk is making you stupid, or perhaps you were never the brightest crayon in the box to begin with   ( inc.com) divider line
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2012-07-19 01:09:20 PM  
You mean increasing the blood flow to my brain might make it work better? Thanks Rick!
2012-07-19 01:22:01 PM  
up for half an hour and 1 comment?

I guess this hits too close to home here

/I have redlights with more activity
2012-07-19 01:43:07 PM  
It's not the desk, it's the chair. Even the author didn't read his article. Probably got one of those comfy Aeron chairs.
2012-07-19 02:00:56 PM  
the answer is... 4?
2012-07-19 02:06:24 PM  

tomWright: up for half an hour and 1 comment?
I guess this hits too close to home here

/I have redlights with more activity

Came to say this, and come up with something clever.

/I'll retroactively come up with something clever.
2012-07-19 02:22:13 PM  
Not my desk Subby.

2012-07-19 02:54:21 PM  
This is my favorite part of working from home. It's so easy to get up and wander around while thinking about a problem. Beats the hell out of sitting at a desk in the office all day.

/and no one around to start talking to me while I'm trying to think
2012-07-20 08:03:38 AM  
I'm no scientician, but I'm not reaching the same conclusions from the information as provided in TFA. My takeaway is that:
1) Unconstrained activity can increase cognition;
2) Unstructured activity can free the mind for more creative thinking; and
3) Combining the above two can produce measurable benefits compared to not doing them, at least insofar as memory and 'breakthrough' thinking are concerned.
But that's not the same thing as saying that sitting makes you dumb.

If you're in front of your source material, memory matters less, because you can readily refer to it -- and not having to remember things may free your mind for other tasks that are at that time more important. And unstructured thinking is exactly the opposite of what you need to perform certain kinds of tasks. It's not that structured thinking is worse, just different, and there are times you want both. Both at the same time might be nice, but not necessarily possible, or even ideal. Consider that being awake is nice, but so is sleeping, and you can't say that one is better. You might as well say that standing and walking keeps you awake. And following the graf's logic concerning one of the later links, being sober makes you dumb, too.

I consider my own experience: I work with various legal documents a lot, and this would obviously impossible if I tried to do it while walking around. And I've found from personal experience that it's very uncomfortable to do while standing, also. Not because standing itself is uncomfortable, but because most legal work takes time, and standing for long periods -- hours -- gets very uncomfortable. (You might notice that all the bigger and better public records rooms provide tables and chairs. This isn't because they're wallowing in tax dollars or are planning to add a Starbucks. The work that's done in those places is best done sitting.) As an amateur writer, I've often gotten my best ideas while driving -- which I most certain don't do while standing or walking. So much for sitting makes you dumb.

Finally, if we're to take the graf at face value (I'm certainly not blaming subby here, who only lifted it), the desk isn't mentioned even once in TFA after that. Sitting is, but only in (perhaps relevant, perhaps not) comparison to walking. So, perhaps ice cream counters also make you dumb? Restaurant tables? Car seats? Video gaming? Any sitting activity?

Is it really too much to ask for thoughtfully written science reporting these days? I mean, I've learned to just accept that most reporting these days is lazy and careless, but in respect to science, would it be asking too much for the popular article based on the abstract to at least plausibly reflect its relevant content?
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