From OptimalScience

Key Claims

  • Intensity, as an ideal or virtue, concerns putting your whole attention completely into the task at hand.
  • Intensity takes place entirely in task attention, which concerns only the present moment.
  • Creative work takes place when task attention enters a cloud of unknowing.
  • Most fundamental act of intensity, which shapes task attention, is committing fully to the task at hand.
  • Working with intensity means unitasking.
  • Multitasking is a myth, and it lowers your IQ.
  • Task attention concerns what is real, what really exists.
  • Predictive attention concerns the unreal.
  • Mindfulness is an exercise of task attention.
  • Mindfulness turns off your predictive attention.