TOPIC: The Attention Stack
This week, Dan and Merlin talk about—what?—maybe the attention stack. How what we pay attention to (and, yes spend our time on) can't help but affect how we see, think, feel, and decide.
Not happy with any of those things? Start working your way down the stack.
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