Even in an era of Kardashians, actually making things matters. “Tangible achievements,” Hidalgo says, “whether these are songs, books, works of art or scientific discoveries, are better tickets to long-term immortality than the accumulation of material wealth.”


The research was conducted by cognitive neuroscientist Josep Marco-Pallerés, who studied thirty otherwise-healthy college students who identified themselves as “very sensitive,” “moderately sensitive,” or “not sensitive at all” to music.

Each student was asked to bring in their favorite music from home—a few in the latter group did not own any music at all and had to borrow some from a family member—and then had their heart rate and sweat levels monitored while listening to said music.

The result? The same group who claimed to experience no pleasure from music, indeed, had no autonomic response while listening to the music they themselves brought in. And while they could identify whether a song was supposed to be happy or sad, they felt no corresponding emotion when listening to it.

The German psychiatrist Martin Doehlemann identifies two categories of boredom beyond situational and existential. These are a boredom of satiety, when one gets too much of something so that it loses its meaning, and a creative boredom, which is characterised by the way it compels a person to try something new.

My new Monday evening routine seems to have become:

1) pour bourbon over big ice into pint beer glass

2) add some seltzer

3) watch last night’s Venture Bros.

It’s a good routine. :)