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Why rich kids are so good at the marshmallow test

Why rich kids are so good at the marshmallow test

ARTICLE: The ability of young children to delay gratification has been considered an indicator of a high Emotional Quotient (EQ) and a surrogate marker for success in life. A recent study suggests that this trait is merely a product of overall socio-economic factors and has little power for predicting outcomes in the lives of children. SOURCE: The Atlantic ...
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Personality tests with deep-sounding questions provide shallow answers about the ‘true’ you

Personality tests with deep-sounding questions provide shallow answers about the ‘true’ you

ARTICLE: Personality tests that promise to reveal our "True" or deep nature seem appealing yet, they are often poorly designed and, far from providing valuable insights, might actually lead to people being stuck in self-reinforcing and unproductive lines of thought. SOURCE: The Conversation ...
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Are gestures a universal language?

Are gestures a universal language?

LONG ARTICLE FOR HARDCORE READERS: While the ancient belief that, across vast cultural divides, people can understand one another through gesture is largely true, there still are areas of thought that cannot be communicated across language barriers. SOURCE: Aeon ...
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Train yourself to be smarter: 12 useful mental models

Train yourself to be smarter: 12 useful mental models

INFOGRAPHIC/ ARTICLE: “A mental model is an explanation of how something works. It is a concept, framework, or worldview that you carry around in your mind to help you interpret the world and understand the relationship between things. Mental models are deeply held beliefs about how the world works.” — James Clear This post contains an infographic which provides a detailed breakdown of mental models. It's a good starting point for those looking for an introduction to the topic. SOURCE: Medium ...
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The futility of looking for happiness -- in the brain

The futility of looking for happiness — in the brain

ARTICLE: When fMRI was developed, back in the '90s, there was a lot of what was called "Blobology": putting people in scanners and hunting around for "Blobs" of activity in the brain. It's viewing the brain like a car engine; the idea that each brain region must do one thing and one thing only.The question is not 'Where is happiness in the brain?' The better question is 'How does the brain support happiness? All parts of the brain are active, all the time. That's how the brain works. The question is how much more active are these certain regions, and is it significantly more active than it usually is?. SOURCE: Nautilus ...
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The triple overload: data, communication and cognition

The triple overload: data, communication and cognition

ARTICLE: We are being bombarded with more data, more communication, and more interruption than ever before, creating ever more demands on our limited time and attention. That can leave us burned out and feeling as though there simply aren’t enough hours in the day for us to achieve everything we need—and want—to do. Triple Overload -- data overload, communication overload and cognition overload -- is a multifaceted problem; three separate yet interconnected issues that plague almost everyone, in every walk of life. Each is a direct result of the explosion of information and technology that has come to define the modern world. SOURCE: Evernote Blog ...
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The pie chart: data visualisation's star or villain?

The pie chart: data visualisation’s star or villain?

LONG ARTICLE FOR HARDCORE READERS: Multitudes of statisticians and visualisation experts have attacked the pie chart and pushed for the use of alternatives. Though early criticism primarily appealed to logic, in the last 40 years, pie chart critics have marshalled experimental evidence that seems to demonstrate the inferiority of pie charts at accurately conveying information. SOURCE: Priceonomics ...
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Your success is never of your own making; chance determines everything

Your success is never of your own making; chance determines everything

ARTICLE: The person born in poverty, with no parental support, who scrimps to put himself or herself through college, finally achieving success through ceaseless suffering, owes their triumph no less to luck than, say, a Kennedy or Prince William. You didn't choose your parents or most of your teachers; and in any case, you might not have been gifted with the self-discipline to learn from them. OK, but what if you taught yourself the self-discipline? Still luck: you were gifted with the sort of character capable of cultivating self-discipline. You still had to be the kind of person able to pursue it; and even if you became that kind of person by the sweat of your brow, you still must have already been the kind of person who could raise that sweat. SOURCE: The Guardian ...
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Talk to Books: A Google tool for browsing passages from books using AI

Talk to Books: A Google tool for browsing passages from books using AI

UTILITY: Type in a question or a statement, the model looks at every sentence in over 100,000 books to find the responses that would most likely come next in a conversation.  Although it has a search box, its objectives and underlying technology are fundamentally different than those of a more traditional search experience. It enables an AI to find statements that look like probable responses to your input rather than a finely polished tool that would take into account the wide range of standard quality signals. Talk to Books is more of a creative tool than a way to find specific answers. You may need to play around with it to get the most out of it. SOURCE: Talk to Books ...
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Machine learning’s ‘amazing’ ability to predict chaos

Machine learning’s ‘amazing’ ability to predict chaos

LONG ARTICLE FOR HARDCORE READERS: The pioneers of chaos theory discovered that the “butterfly effect” makes long-term prediction impossible. Even the smallest perturbation to a complex system (like the weather, the economy or just about anything else) can touch off a chain of events that leads to a dramatically divergent future. In a series of results, scientists have used machine learning to predict the future evolution of chaotic systems out to stunningly distant horizons. The approach is being lauded by outside experts as groundbreaking and likely to find wide application. (Read this article against the backdrop of the video with Yuval Noah Harari) SOURCE: Quanta ...
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