Episode 59 – Level-Up Your Life

If someone were to place a laptop and a pad of paper and a pen in front of you, which would you reach for to take notes? For most of us nowadays, that’s a no-brainer since it’s often quicker to type than it is to write. This week, I look at the dying art of handwriting, and consider some fascinating benefits that we may lose forever if we just switch to typing. Then, a cool, mathematical solution to a common, real-life problem, and a Let’s Get Physical segment that deals with positive body image and tackling those inner demons that might be telling you that you’re too fat to be photographed.

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Show Notes:

The decline and death of handwriting has been talked about for a number of years now, but research shows that replacing typing with writing may not be the most beneficial for us.

Here is a link to original research done by Pam A. Mueller and Daniel M. Oppenheimer in a recent, peer-reviewed journal.

On this week’s show I reference a Wall Street Journal article about the decline of handwriting. Read the original here.

A bonus resource: a Psychology Today article about the brain benefits of cursive writing.

The random New York Times article I found about Sperner’s Lemma.

Another NYT article that talks about the study of dividing things equally.

Pro photographer, Teresa S. Porter’s article for those who feel like they’re “too fat to be photographed.”


Music beds courtesy of Music Alley from Mevio and the Free Music Archive. Thanks to artists: ZeroV, Duane Carter Band, Gepel.