How Humans and Machines follow Negida Law II - Issue #4



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Ahmed Negida
Ahmed Negida
Hey Friends,
For a long time, I have studied the psychological dynamics of how we win and lose things in life. As a result, I came up with a set of personal rules in life (I call them, Negida Laws). I would like to briefly show an example of “Negida Law II” that again happened to me recently.
When I bought dark blue jeans similar to the one I was wearing one day, the old one was torn on the same exact day. When I went to a mobile shop to see the most recent available smartphones, my mobile phone stopped working on the same day. This week, a similar thing happened to me. Although my car’s low beam lights were working well, I turned on the high beam lights when returning back at midnight, and surprisingly, the low beam light stopped working for unknown reasons, and immediately Negida Law II jumped into my mind [this is the only explanation]. So what is Negida Law II?
Negida Law II states that “Seeking more alternatives for something contributes to partial or complete loss of what you already have of the thing”.
We, humans, subconsciously handle things carelessly once we have an available alternative. My pants did not realize I bought a new one but I mishandled them carelessly without being aware I did so. Similarly, my mobile phone did not realize I’m looking for an alternative but because I sought alternative ones, I subconsciously used several exhaustive tasks and apps working simultaneously on that day to the point that my mobile stopped working completely. Yesterday, it turned out that my car battery became weaker and could not handle so many android app things running, mobile re-charging, the warm air conditioner, and the lights turned on for 1.5 hours. So my car system prioritized the limited energy by shutting down the low beam lights for sake of allowing the high beam lights and since that time, it is not working properly due to battery inefficiency. This battery power story simulates our human attention. When we give our attention to the alternative things we subconsciously shift our attention and care from the things we already have, which leads to partial or complete loss of what we already have. Simply because we have limited attention exactly like the limited power supply of the machines. This is exactly what Negida Law II means.

From the Neurosurgical Operation Room
In the past few weeks, I was very happy because every Sunday and Tuesday when I join neurosurgical operations with my supervisor (Prof. Ahmed A. Hegazy, from Kasr Alainy, Cairo University) and his team, I was aware of the tumors, neurosurgical approaches, and the anatomy that we are confronting. I enjoyed Neurosurgery so much and I find it very interesting and exciting specialty for me.
However, yesterday (Tuesday 2/3) was not a good day for me. The team operated a case of large cavernous sinus meningioma. The tumor originated from inside to outside and messed up the brain microanatomy. For the first time in weeks, I felt disappointed in myself and I realized I need to study hard for the microanatomy part and also I need to join many operations as much as I can. Neurosurgery is like many other surgical areas in medicine where the learning curve is very steep in the beginning.
New things that I found on the internet
The 10 best Google Chrome extensions for productivity
Interesting Article I read this week
I came across an interesting article discussing where and how empathy lives in our brains. They discuss the findings of a study that showed that we, humans, have neurons in our heads that encode for someone else’s idea of reality, rather than what’s actually true or real. This holds rather unnerving implications, in that the neurons solely reflect someone else’s specific perspective—your perspective, or the truth, doesn’t come into play.
This Is Where Empathy Lives in the Brain, and How It Works
A few months ago, I wrote on my Facebook profile that the J&J vaccine will be a better choice for us despite being relatively late in the clinical trials process compared to Pfizer’s, Moderna’s, and Astrazenca’s vaccines.
A recent analysis of the J&J vaccine showed it is a safe and efficacious vaccine even when given as a single shot which makes it the vaccine of choice for many countries around the world. These are the current headlines in media - I predicted the same thing 4 months ago.
F.D.A. Analyses Find Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Works Well
What I'm reading read this week
I’m still listening to “How to Be a Productivity Ninja: Worry Less, Achieve More and Love What You Do”, I still did not finish it yet. But I also started a top recommended book on audible called “Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones”.
Best YouTube video I watched this week
Notion lacks the bidirectional links among inputs but this week I found an excellent tutorial video by Thomas Frank where he explains how to make linked databases. I started to use the same template database as Thomas Frank. You can download it from the links in his video description and on his website.
Notion Masterclass: Build a Task Manager from Scratch
The course I'm taking this week (week #10 in 2021)
Matthew Walker Teaches the Science of Better Sleep | Official Trailer | MasterClass
The Course I'm teaching this weekend - none
2021 winter season of my courses have ended. The next live season is scheduled for July 2021. However, all courses are now available for enrolment as recorded videos (+150 hours of training). Anyone can register and take the courses through my website here:
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Ahmed Negida
Ahmed Negida @NegidaMD

I’m Ahmed, a medical doctor from Egypt, a Ph.D. candidate in the UK, and a Global Neurosurgery Fellow at Harvard Medical School.

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