Category: Do it-later

Men and women think differently because their brains are built differently

LONG ARTICLE FOR HARDCORE READERS: Data from animal research, cross- cultural surveys, natural experiments and brain-imaging studies demonstrate real, if not always earthshaking, brain differences, and that these differences may contribute to differences in behavior and cognition. Many of these cognitive differences appear quite early in life.

Could underlying biological differences — subtle though they may be for most of us — help explain these gaping between-sex imbalances in the prevalence of mental disorders and account for the cognitive and behavioral differences observed between men and women?

SOURCE: Stanford Medicine

Politics, religion and money: how to approach these 3 taboo conversational topics

ARTICLE (How to): It is often said that you should never discuss religion, money, or politics with people. The introduction of these “controversial” subjects can lead to a conversation getting overly heated, create misunderstandings, cause people to take offense, and end a relationship before it’s even begun. So while it’s tempting to let it all hang out with everyone, all of the time, it’s best to move into dicier stuff gradually — to first build a supportive scaffolding of trust and respect.

SOURCE: Art of Manliness

‘Anumeric’ people: where a language has no words for numbers

ARTICLE: Numbers do not exist in all cultures. There are numberless hunter-gatherers embedded deep in Amazonia, living along branches of the world’s largest river tree. Instead of using words for precise quantities, these people rely exclusively on terms analogous to “a few” or “some.” In contrast, our own lives are governed by numbers. The exact (and exacting) numbers we think with impact everything in our daily lives. But, in a historical sense, numerically fixated people like us are the unusual ones. For the bulk of our species’ approximately 200,000-year lifespan, we had no means of precisely representing quantities.

SOURCE: The Conversation

Writing by hand: the rumours of its demise are greatly exaggerated

INFOGRAPHIC: What are you losing out on by not putting the pen (or pencil) to paper? Studies show that you are losing out on a lot including improved critical thinking skills, a better understanding of new ideas, and enhanced focus. Take a look at how you can reap the benefits of handwriting at work in our infographic below. With science-backed data and practical applications, you’ll be increasing your brain power at the office in no time. The feel of a writing implement on paper is unique and, like reading from a physical book, irreplaceable.

SOURCE: Getvoip

Prism: A tool for collaborative interpretation of texts

UTILITY/ WEBSITE: Prism is a tool for “crowdsourcing interpretation.” Users are invited to provide an interpretation of a text by highlighting words according to different categories, or “facets.” Each individual interpretation then contributes to the generation of a visualization which demonstrates the combined interpretation of all the users. We envision Prism as a tool for both pedagogical use and scholarly exploration, revealing patterns that exist in the subjective experience of reading a text.

SOURCE: PRISM

Eminence is a poor guide to quality of scientific papers

ARTICLE: Many decisions about whose work is recognized are at least partially arbitrary, and we should acknowledge that.
• Recognition is awarded partly on the basis of past recognition (so a scientist is more likely to get a publication accepted if he or she has a track record of good publications). Favouring elite scientists when evaluating papers and proposals is like giving Usain Bolt a 10-metre head start in his next race because he won his last five.
• Rather than relying on heuristics such as the prestige of their university, or previous recognition, let’s read people’s work and evaluate each study or proposal on its merits.

SOURCE: Nature

In the knowledge economy, we need a Netflix of education

LONG ARTICLE FOR HARDCORE READERS: Before Netflix, Spotify, Reddit and similar curated content apps, you had to go to numerous sources to find the shows, music, news and other media you wished to view. Now, the entertainment and media you actually want to consume is easily discoverable and personalized to your interests. In many ways the entertainment model is a good framework for knowledge management and learning development applications.

SOURCE: TechCrunch

The paradox of the elephant brain

LONG ARTICLE FOR HARDCORE READERS: With three times as many neurons, why doesn’t the elephant brain outperform ours? There is something unique about our brain that makes it cognitively able to ponder even its own constitution and the reasons for its own presumption that it reigns over all other brains. If we are the ones putting other animals under the microscope, and not the other way around, then the human brain must have something that no other brain has.

SOURCE: Nautilus/ The MIT Press

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