We can all do many things to increase our novelty; go on a trip, learn something new, learn a language, pick up a musical instrument, read a good book, play games (traditional and computer), experience surprise, etc.
Yesterday, I experienced a very nice double whammy – that kicked my novelty score into overdrive.
1: I managed to pick up Neal Stephenson (wiki) latest novel Anathem (released Sept 9 2008). He is one of my favorite writers (Cryptonomicon was brilliant). There are not too many better pleasures (ok I can think of a few) than reading a good novel that teaches you something, brings new thoughts to your neurons, and stretches your mind.
Sometimes I feel that I get to know characters from a good book better than I do my close friends (because I get to ‘hear’ more of the inner dialogue of the book characters, but then again if my friends have had a few drinks you start getting more of that inner dialogue coming out )
2: The roughly 15,000 abstracts for the annual society for neuroscience meeting were released yesterday (think of 30,000+ crazed neuroscientist descending on Washington DC (November 15-19, 2008) and scrambling around seeing hundreds of posters and talks every day for 5 days). I madly searched thousands of abstracts for every morsel of new information faster than a kid can rip off Christmas wrapping paper from all the presents underneath the tree.
Either of these two events, release of the annual neuroscience abstracts, or a new novel by one of my favourite authors is like Christmas for me – but for both of them to happen on the same day – I was dancing in the streets (exercise is also good for brain health) though my dancing is downright shamefully bad.
What was your novelty score today? (I think I should semi-formalize a daily novelty score – I can imagine the web-app already :) )