Can you measure Deep Thoughts?


Saint Paul


Oy, what’s the good word?

I’m getting a late start today, and –I know– I missed emailing you on Saturday. No excuses.

On Saturday night we watched the film, Crazy Rich Asians. It was much better than most rom-coms out there. Going into it, the most I knew was about a single scene where some fancy watch was flown around the world for the filming.

Watches. What can I say, Google Now knows what I like.

(Actually it’s pretty bad — I get too many stories about Super Hero shows and movies! I can’t tell GNow often enough that I’m not interested in whatever super hero film of the week)

Anyway, during the Crazy Rich Asians movie, of course my kids wake up and call out for water and all that. While my lovely lady was helping them, I took the opportunity to record a video for you.

In the book, Thinking, Fast and Slow, Nobel prize winner Daniel Kahneman discusses an experiment where they film the pupils of subjects under cognitive load. As the subjects think harder and struggle, the pupils measurable expand.

I wrote to you about this a few weeks ago, suggesting you count backwards from 200, by 7s. (200, 193, 186, 179…) and  watch your eyes in the mirror.

Maybe you tried it?

You didn’t?

Well, I did it for you, and recorded it. Check it out as I count backwards — and make a handful of mathematical mistakes along the way.

Pretty cool, innit?

That’s what I have for today. With my late start, I have some things to get moving.

Keep your chin up,