"In order that the mind may not be taxed, moreover, by the manifold and confused reading of so many such things, and in order to prevent the escape of something valuable that we have read, heard, or discovered through the process of thinking itself, it will be found very useful to entrust to notebooks ... those things which seem noteworthy and striking."

[Commonplace books: Thomas Farnaby, 17th-century]

"Target panic, as the condition is known, causes crack shots to suddenly lose control of their bows and their composure. Mysteriously, sufferers start releasing the bow the instant they see the target, sabotaging any chance of a gold-medal shot. Others freeze up and cannot release at all ... sufferers might actually have a problem called focal dystonia, a common affliction of musicians caused when the neurons that guide a particular movement -- be it aiming a bow or sinking a putt -- become worn from overuse."

[target panic: Katie Thomas, NY Times]

Posted by Daniel on 08.01.2008

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