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I was wondering how many paragraphs it would take you to mention Buddhist practices and/or meditation. :) Seriously, I think Weiser and Brown (still) have a point: design can make it much harder, or easier, to achieve calmness. The airliner cockpit is a good example—though years of training and experience are required just as you observed, the UI design, for lack of a better term, has been steadily improved in pursuit of a "calmer" flight crew. In practice, "free from agitation, excitement, and disturbance," seems a good design criterion, if nothing more than that.

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