Multitasking. Is it possible?

  • HotCoach

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    Dec 07, 2009 3:20 PM GMT
    Neurologists say no. The brain can only concentrate on one thing at a time. Doesn't mean you can't do two things at same time but the brain is only concentrating on one of them. And when we do concentrate on that one thing the other slips off the radar.
  • JP85257

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    Dec 07, 2009 3:46 PM GMT
    Im posting on here and bitching out AZ Motor Vehicle Division. Sure its possible.
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    Dec 07, 2009 3:48 PM GMT
    JP85257 saidIm posting on here and bitching out AZ Motor Vehicle Division. Sure its possible.


    yes...but which one of the two are you concentrating on????/ Hmmmm???
  • DiverScience

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    Dec 07, 2009 3:49 PM GMT
    Yep. We can't multitask.

    What we do is *sequence.* (Think electronics, we're wired for processes in series, not in parallel. We can use alternating of circuits to simulate parallel processing, but we don't actually process in parallel). And some do it really well, via a lot of different methods. And the more closely related the two tasks, the harder it is to sequence them.

    And, ironically, most studies indicate that the "better" you perceive yourself to be at multitasking, the worse you are actually at doing anything like multitasking.
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    Dec 07, 2009 4:12 PM GMT
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    Dec 07, 2009 4:24 PM GMT
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    I wonder where gays land in this interesting theory. Enjoy! ;)
  • drypin

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    Dec 07, 2009 4:35 PM GMT
    DiverScience raises the question, what IS multitasking? Isn't sequencing a form of multitasking, as long as we're keeping several balls in the air at the same time? (tee hee, I wrote "balls")

    Or, do I have to be concentrating on two things for it to be considering multitasking? My brain keeps all those involuntary actions like breathing and blinking going on all the time without any concentration... at least none that I'm conscious of.

    If I'm f***ing someone and j***ing them off at the same time (just to choose an innocuous example), am I not multitasking. If I lean over and kiss them too, what am I doing if not accomplishing several (willful) acts at once or rotating incredibly fast through multiple sequences?
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    Dec 07, 2009 4:36 PM GMT
    HotTamale said


    I wonder where gays land in this interesting theory. Enjoy! ;)


    The same, but our boxes are Fabulously decorated!
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    Dec 07, 2009 4:41 PM GMT
    Pfft, I can hold five voices under my fingers playing a Bach fugue. Don't tell me *I* can't multitask icon_wink.gif
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    Dec 07, 2009 4:44 PM GMT
    There are a handful of articles that indicate multi-tasking isn't always efficient. The exception would probably be reading the newspaper while you're taking a dump. icon_lol.gif

    Depending on the situation, I think it's better to focus all of your efforts into completing one task at a time and get it done in a reasonable amount of time so that you can move on to the next task. If you manage your time efficiently, you can get through your entire task list in the same amount of time as you would from multi-tasking. The main difference is that the single task items will have a higher quality of work than the multi-task items. So yeah, concentration, like the OP suggested, is the key factor here.

    Of course there are exceptions, like when something more important comes up. You don't necessarily have to multi-task, but you can stop on your current task and work on the more important one until it's done. And then pick up where you left off on your previous task.

    TLDR.. time management and prioritization are more efficient than multi-tasking.

    Here are a couple of articles you can read on your laptop while multi-tasking on the toilet. icon_lol.gif

    http://www.thenewatlantis.com/publications/the-myth-of-multitasking

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/8219212.stm
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    Dec 07, 2009 4:49 PM GMT
    StudlyScrewRite said
    HotTamale said


    I wonder where gays land in this interesting theory. Enjoy! ;)


    The same, but our boxes are Fabulously decorated!


    You mean something like these...

    1) For jewelry

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    2) For coffee

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    3) For when we shower

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    4) For when we go have drinks

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    5) For lunch

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    6) and for reading

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    All boxes fabulously made by L.V. icon_cool.gif
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    Dec 07, 2009 5:07 PM GMT
    HotTamale said
    StudlyScrewRite said
    HotTamale said


    I wonder where gays land in this interesting theory. Enjoy! ;)


    The same, but our boxes are Fabulously decorated!


    You mean something like these...

    1) For food

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    While I realize the users of Louis Vuitton may live on luxury, can they really eat jewelry? Or should one pack a sandwich next to one's tiara?
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    Dec 07, 2009 5:21 PM GMT
    Red_Vespa said
    HotTamale said
    StudlyScrewRite said
    HotTamale said


    I wonder where gays land in this interesting theory. Enjoy! ;)


    The same, but our boxes are Fabulously decorated!


    You mean something like these...

    1) For food

    iod11_Vuitton-12.jpg

    While I realize the users of Louis Vuitton may live on luxury, can they really eat jewelry? Or should one pack a sandwich next to one's tiara?


    LoL! Sorry for mislabeling! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Dec 07, 2009 5:25 PM GMT
    Ciarsolo7 saidPfft, I can hold five voices under my fingers playing a Bach fugue. Don't tell me *I* can't multitask icon_wink.gif


    You´re just playing chords. Don´t pretend otherwise. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Dec 07, 2009 5:32 PM GMT
    HotTamale said3) For when we shower

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    A very curious piece. If one is traveling in such a way as to be able to accommodate something the size of a steamer trunk, in addition to one's other luggage, would the destination really lack a shower in the first place? I mean, who goes primitive camping with a steamer trunk? Perhaps a Maharaja atop an elephant hunting tigers in the forest?

    BTW, not stated at their online site, except for a general reference to special services, is their collaboration with luxury car makers, for luggage custom designed to fit individual trunks/boots. My mother had that done for her, an elegant lady whose money gene tragically skipped a generation in my case. LOL!

    But honest to gawd, there was a time when I bought cars, that I brought my empty luggage to the dealer, or else had the car brought to me, so I could check the fit of my various pieces in the trunk. I'm too poor for such silliness nowadays, and most of my stuff is soft luggage, anyway, no longer the hard-side 3 and 4-suiters I once used. Still, it would be nice to be living in circumstances again where a single piece of luggage costs more than my entire typical vacation does these days. [SIGH] icon_sad.gif
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    Dec 07, 2009 5:39 PM GMT
    HotTamale said
    Red_Vespa said
    While I realize the users of Louis Vuitton may live on luxury, can they really eat jewelry? Or should one pack a sandwich next to one's tiara?

    LoL! Sorry for mislabeling! icon_biggrin.gif

    And you hopefully will make allowance for my bringing your petit erreur to everyone's attention, but I really could not resist such a comical mistake, n'est ce pas? (And I see you have edited your original post)
  • HotCoach

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    Dec 07, 2009 5:50 PM GMT
    DiverScience saidYep. We can't multitask.

    What we do is *sequence.* (Think electronics, we're wired for processes in series, not in parallel. We can use alternating of circuits to simulate parallel processing, but we don't actually process in parallel). And some do it really well, via a lot of different methods. And the more closely related the two tasks, the harder it is to sequence them.

    And, ironically, most studies indicate that the "better" you perceive yourself to be at multitasking, the worse you are actually at doing anything like multitasking.


    Thanks Diver.

    Sequencing..nice term and it fits the discussion.
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    Dec 07, 2009 5:52 PM GMT
    1. I've been sick of seeing LV since 2006.

    2. The brain works pretty much like a computer, things are sequenced and multitasking is done via mental "windows" keep relevent information in our short term or working memory depending on the situation. Although there are a few debates weither working memory actually exists and isn't just a byproduct of various other memory processes but that's just opening another can of worms. Anyway IQ was born from the same misunderstanding and even though it's destroying society it's still a usable measurement.
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    Dec 07, 2009 5:57 PM GMT
    Rawrly saidI think that's for hanging suits.

    That would not explain the wood palettes inside and outside the trunk. Suit trunks typically have a hanger bar that pulls out when the trunk is open on its end like this, though it's possible to have a hanger bar that move upward for greater access. Still, that white curtain suggests a shower, otherwise if a dust cover I would expect it to be some darker matching shade.
  • DiverScience

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    Dec 07, 2009 5:58 PM GMT
    drypin saidDiverScience raises the question, what IS multitasking? Isn't sequencing a form of multitasking, as long as we're keeping several balls in the air at the same time? (tee hee, I wrote "balls")

    Or, do I have to be concentrating on two things for it to be considering multitasking? My brain keeps all those involuntary actions like breathing and blinking going on all the time without any concentration... at least none that I'm conscious of.

    If I'm f***ing someone and j***ing them off at the same time (just to choose an innocuous example), am I not multitasking. If I lean over and kiss them too, what am I doing if not accomplishing several (willful) acts at once or rotating incredibly fast through multiple sequences?


    In terms of the scientific/neurologic definition what we mean is actually parallel processing. Thinking about two different things/tasks at the same time.

    Jacking/fucking is neither parallel nor sequenced. It is, in fact, one task. Just a task with two actions. Like holding a cup and pouring into it.

    Involuntary actions are not processed. They are run by a separate system called the autonomic system.

    Sequencing is functional multitasking, but not true multitasking in the scientific sense.
  • DiverScience

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    Dec 07, 2009 5:59 PM GMT
    HotCoach said


    Thanks Diver.

    Sequencing..nice term and it fits the discussion.


    No problem. Before I was a biochemist, I was a neuroscientist. And back in the day, I did computers.
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    Dec 07, 2009 6:03 PM GMT
    My Mom and I were joking about this because my Uncle is absolutely NOT able to multitask (nor most straight men that I know)...so we came to the conclusion that straight men could not do this, and women were able to do it....then I asked her, "Mom, why is it that I can multitask?"

    "Obviously, because you're gay...you are much more in tune with your feminine side" was her response. I think we both almost wet our pants we were laughing so hard.

    The frightening thing is the stories I could tell you about my Uncle, and some of his very interesting fixes for problems he encounters...comedy skits could be written about this stuff.
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    Ciarsolo7 saidPfft, I can hold five voices under my fingers playing a Bach fugue. Don't tell me *I* can't multitask icon_wink.gif


    You´re just playing chords. Don´t pretend otherwise. icon_rolleyes.gif


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    Lostboy said
    Ciarsolo7 saidPfft, I can hold five voices under my fingers playing a Bach fugue. Don't tell me *I* can't multitask icon_wink.gif


    You´re just playing chords. Don´t pretend otherwise. icon_rolleyes.gif


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    Dec 07, 2009 7:18 PM GMT
    Ciarsolo7 said
    Lostboy said
    Ciarsolo7 saidPfft, I can hold five voices under my fingers playing a Bach fugue. Don't tell me *I* can't multitask icon_wink.gif


    You´re just playing chords. Don´t pretend otherwise. icon_rolleyes.gif


    Polyphonic slander. Tonight we duel.


    Bach's polyphony is beautiful but evil to those of us trying to learn it.

    <--Hopes to have the 'Little Fuge' under control this next year.