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Want to be more creative? Go for a walk
VIDEO: When trying to come up with a new idea, we all have times when we get stuck. But according to research by a behavioural and learning scientist, getting up and going for a walk might be all it takes to get your creative juices flowing. This talk explains how walking could help you get the most out of your next brainstorm. SOURCE: TED ...
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What is a “red herring”: pitfalls in critical thinking
VIDEO: This video introduces you to the “red herring”: a rhetorical device and fallacy that is often difficult to spot. A red herring occurs when something is introduced to an argument that misleads or distracts from the relevant issue. This presentation walks us through the rhetorical device and shows us how to avoid committing a fallacy. SOURCE:Wireless Philosophy via YouTube ...
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When does work actually get done?
ARTICLE/ INFOGRAPHIC: Everyone’s productivity ebbs and flows at work. There are certain times where we’re more likely to get our work done. When are we more likely to be productive? At what time of day do we complete the most tasks? Which days of the week are best for productivity? How about months, or even seasons? For this report, the investigators worked with data spanning hundreds of thousands of users to determine how and when people complete tasks. SOURCE: Redbooth ...
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Manage your attention; managing time will take care of itself
LONG ARTICLE FOR HARDCORE READERS: Most people who claim to have a time management problem have an attention management problem. If you can learn to manage your attention, managing time will not only take care of itself, you’ll have a massive competitive advantage over most people. “Deep Work”, the ability to focus on a cognitively demanding task over an extended period of time, is the equivalent of a 21st-century superpower. Managing your attention plays a major role in becoming a productive individual. SOURCE: Medium ...
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Terrifyingly tricky IQ test leaves the internet stumped
UTILITY: A particularly tricky IQ test has left internet users stumped, pushing their mathematical and linguistic skills to the limit. Jumping right in at the deep end with a complicated numerical question, the Playbuzz quiz is certainly not for the fainthearted. SOURCE: Daily Mail ...
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Our visual imagination -- the mind's eye -- has a narrow bandwidth
ARTICLE: It can indeed be shown that there are severe limitations to our visual imagination. We use visual imagery when we remember the past and plan for the future; when we retain and manipulate visual information in our working memories; it even plays a role in our moral judgments, and our intentions to help others. The capacity limits to visual imagery we have discovered will likely influence the amount and quality of information we are able to maintain and process during any of these situations. These limitations to our imagery can constrain what we are able to achieve, both in daily life and in therapeutic interventions. For now, the jury is still out as to whether or not our capacity for visual imagery can be improved . SOURCE: Undark ...
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How to deliver your presentation in half the time allotted
ARTICLE: It's not uncommon for presenters to be suddenly told that their allocated time has been cut down. Nothing catches a speaker off guard as much as these abrupt decisions. Rather than rush through your slides by speaking quickly, it is better to have a "Plan B" wherein you can cut down on the slides but not lose the message. Here's how. SOURCE: Fast Company ...
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6 reasons why we self-sabotage — shoot ourselves in the foot
ARTICLE: Call it getting in your own way, call it self-defeating behaviour, call it accidentally-on-purpose shooting yourself in the foot. Whatever you call it, if you have a goal, you can make sure it doesn’t happen with self-sabotage. Self-sabotage is any action that gets in the way of achieving your goals. SOURCE: Quick and dirty tips ...
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Applying McLuhan’s Tetrad to the smartphone
LONG ARTICLE FOR HARDCORE READERS/ INFOGRAPHIC: McLuhan’s tetrad serves as a framework for analysis, consisting of a set of four effects to examine media in their historical context and present environment as well as the characteristics and attributes of the medium itself. SOURCE: Glocality ...
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The history of human emotions

The history of human emotions
VIDEO: The words we use to describe our emotions affect how we feel, and they've often changed (sometimes very dramatically) in response to new cultural expectations and ideas. Take nostalgia, for instance: first defined in 1688 as an illness and considered deadly, today it's seen as a much less serious affliction. In this fascinating talk about the history of emotions, learn more about how the language we use to describe how we feel continues to evolve -- and pick up some new words used in different cultures to capture those fleeting feelings in words. SOURCE: TED ...
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Why should you read Charles Dickens?
VIDEO: The starving orphan seeking a second helping of gruel. The spinster wasting away in her tattered wedding dress. The stone-hearted miser plagued by the ghost of Christmas past. More than a century after his death, these remain recognisable figures from the work of Charles Dickens. But what are the features of Dickens’ writing that make it so special? SOURCE: TED-Ed via YouTube ...
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How machines learn

How machines learn
VIDEO: This rather scary video gives us a glimpse into the workings of machine learning. From the author's description, it appears that once triggered, the process can be inexorable, with no one clearly understanding how the scheme works. More and more, free will is being eroded -- if it ever existed at all. SOURCE: YouTube ...
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Who will be remembered in 1,000 years?
LONG ARTICLE FOR HARDCORE READERS: Hopeful contenders for everlasting fame must run the gauntlet of numerous challenges, including the jealousy of rivals and possible extinction of their own civilisation and language. How do you remain remembered for generations? SOURCE: BBC ...
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Why anti-corruption strategies may backfire
ARTICLE: Transparency International states that more than 6 billion people live in countries with a serious corruption problem. Ways to curb corruption in rich countries may backfire in poor ones.The authors' research challenges widely held assumptions about how best to reduce corruption This study suggests that corruption is largely inevitable due to our evolved psychological dispositions; the challenge is apparently to find the conditions where corruption and its detrimental impacts can be minimised. The study indicates that corruption mitigation strategies help in some contexts, but elsewhere may cause the situation to deteriorate and can backfire. SOURCE: Nautilus ...
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5 habits of effective thinkers

5 habits of effective thinkers
VIDEO INFOGRAPHIC: Human thinking and judgment often isn’t rational. Given a situation where someone has to make a decision, she will often take a decision that “leaps” to her immediately rather taking than a decision that incorporates the structure of the problem, data available immediately and the data that should be collected. In many cases, intuition and reasoning arrive at the same decision so it isn’t an issue. But, in many other cases, intuition leads to a worse decision in retrospect. SOURCE: Inverted Passion ...
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