Category: Do it-later

How open minded are you? A simple eye test will tell you

ARTICLE/ UTILITY: Researchers administered a “big five” personality test to participants: measuring their extroversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, neuroticism, and openness to experience. They were then given a test for binocular rivalry. Participants were shown a patch of red in one eye and a patch of green in the other. Those who scored higher for openness were able to merge both images into one unified red-green patch. Those who scored lower for openness tended to switch back and forth between the incompatible images.

SOURCE: Good/ Journal of Research in Personality

We could all do with learning how to improvise a little better

LONG ARTICLE FOR HARDCORE READERS: Life is intrinsically changing, moving, disappointing and positively surprising. Meeting life with unbending expectations is a recipe for disaster. Those who expect the world to conform to their preset calculations and predictions are destined to be frustrated. They are uncomfortable with spontaneity, and rail against deviations.cOur bohemian tendencies assume that improvisation is the antidote to rigid thinking. But improvisation isn’t foolproof either. Are there ways to learn how to improvise better, not only in the arts, but in life?


The Earth isn’t as hospitable to us as we believe — we have made it so

ARTICLE: “You Are Already an Astronaut”. People are mistaken when they think the biosphere is “wonderfully hospitable” to mankind. Earth, no more provides us with a life-support system than it supplies us with radio telescopes. This article takes a counter-inuitive point of view and points out that mankind has, in a way, acted like astronauts colonising another planet when it spread all over the globe, often to areas that are extremely hostile and need considerable ingenuity to live in. Traveling to Mars to set up colonies may not be as far-fetched as we think.

SOURCE: BigThink

Why can’t scientists talk like regular humans?

LONG ARTICLE FOR HARDCORE READERS: Scientists are often juxtaposed with the general public, as if the two are separate, mutually exclusive entities—i.e., “not one of us.” This attitude, held on either side of the divide, makes scientists and non-scientists feel culturally inaccessible to each other. When this divide sets in, it compromises a scientist’s ability to be an effective science communicator.

SOURCE: Scientific American

Payments for content on the Web might be a good idea

LONG ARTICLE FOR HARDCORE READERS: The incentive structure of the free web might encourage one type of content that differs dramatically from the kind incentivized by the paid web. The former rewards volume of attention while the latter depends on depth of interest and engagement. Which makes for a compelling proposition: Maybe subscriptions aren’t just a way for YouTubers and other content creators to make money—maybe it’s a way to improve the quality of the web.


Florence Nightingale was an infographic designer of extraordinary talent

INFOGRAPHICS: When someone mentions Florence Nightingale, the image that is most likely to come to mind is one of a caring presence, head covered by a shawl, holding a lamp as she ministers to patients in the dark. The “Lady with the Lamp,” as she was known, still serves as a symbol for nurses everywhere.

But for every hour Nightingale spent burning the midnight oil to help a sick soldier, she likely spent another up late doing something else: working on some of the world’s first explicitly persuasive infographics. In addition to caretaking and advocating, Nightingale was a dedicated statistician, constantly gathering information and thinking up new ways to compare and present it.

SOURCE: Atlas Obscura

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