Category: Do it-now

If you are looking for a new idea, start at the edge of what is known

If you are looking for a new idea, start at the edge of what is known

VIDEO: Where do great ideas come from? This video takes us on a journey to explore a possible scheme that explains the birth of the new. Learn more about the "adjacent possible" -- the crossroads of what's actual and what's possible -- and how studying the logic that drives it could explain how we create new ideas. The video exposes the infinite vista of new ideas and innovations, presenting an encouragingly positive perspective of the future. SOURCE: TED ...
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You can't teach an old dog (or your brain) new tricks: why learning is hard

You can’t teach an old dog (or your brain) new tricks: why learning is hard

VIDEO EXPLAINER/ ARTICLE: The hallmark of intelligence is the ability to learn new tasks. How does the human brain go about the task? The human brain, remarkable as it is, does not go about the task of learning in a very efficient manner. It uses a highly inefficient approach called "Reassociation." We appear to  learn new tasks simply by repeating the original neural activity patterns and swapping their assignments. Although "quick and dirty" it's not the best way to learn. SOURCE: Quanta ...
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The best and the worst ways to argue: 7 levels

The best and the worst ways to argue: 7 levels

INFOGRAPHIC: Disagreement is a far more common form of response to statements and arguments. Agreeing tends to motivate people less than disagreeing; when you agree there's less to say. When we disagree, we should be careful to do it well. Most of us can tell the difference between crude name-calling and a carefully reasoned refutation, but it would help to put labels on the intermediate stages. Here's an outline for a disagreement hierarchy based on 2 elements: the quality of the statement(s) used and the underlying emotion that accompanies the disagreement. SOURCE: Paul Graham ...
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A "global useless class": the future as seen by Yuval Noah Harari

A “global useless class”: the future as seen by Yuval Noah Harari

VIDEO: Just as the Industrial Revolution created the working class, automation could create a “global useless class,” and the political and social history of the coming decades will revolve around the hopes and fears of this new class. The combination of biotech and I.T. might reach a point where it creates systems and algorithms that understand us better than we understand ourselves. The problem is understanding the “extremely complicated chains of cause and effect” in the world. “Time is accelerating,”. The long term may no longer be defined in centuries or millenniums — but in terms of 20 years. “My fear is that homo sapiens are not just up to it. We have created such a complicated world that we’re no longer able to make sense of what is happening.” SOURCE: The New York Times ...
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How to stop someone from talking incessantly

How to stop someone from talking incessantly

INFOGRAPHIC/ VIDEO: Some people love to hear themselves talk so much that, try as you might, you can’t get a word in edgewise. One part art of the problem is that you’re waiting for them to pass the baton to you: they’re simply not going to do it. You don’t have to interrupt them; you can use your body language and shut them up with non-verbal cues . SOURCE: YouTube via Lifehacker ...
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A ritual for the later years of life: give away what you have treasured

A ritual for the later years of life: give away what you have treasured

VIDEO: We use rituals to mark the early stages of our lives, like birthdays and graduations -- but what about our later years? In this meditative talk about looking both backward and forward, Bob Stein proposes a new tradition of giving away your things (and sharing the stories behind them) as you get older, to reflect on your life so far and open the door to whatever comes next. SOURCE: TED ...
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Get rid of negative thoughts and ideas by identifying 4 bad habits

Get rid of negative thoughts and ideas by identifying 4 bad habits

INFOGRAPHIC: A pessimistic, negative outlook extracts a toll on your life in many ways. It is strongly linked to heightened risk of physical health disorders, mental health problems, dysfunctional relationships, and financial difficulties. Negative thinking is not a fixed state that persists unchanged. Everyone can learn how to combat negative thinking by keeping a watch for 4 patterns of behaviour. SOURCE: Inc ...
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Five Books: The best books on everything

Five Books: The best books on everything

WEBSITE: Today, our knowledge goes well beyond anything imaginable; if anything there is too much to read. Five Books is building a comprehensive library of knowledge, curating recommendations on any topic you might want to read books about. It has covered 1,055 topics so far and aims to add at least two new ones every week. SOURCE: Five Books ...
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3 myths about the future of work

3 myths about the future of work

VIDEO: "Will machines replace humans?" This question is on the mind of anyone with a job to lose. In this video, Daniel Susskind confronts this question and three misconceptions we have about our automated future, suggesting we ask something else: How will we distribute wealth in a world when there will be less -- or even no -- work? SOURCE: TED ...
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There is no scientific basis for homeopathy

There is no scientific basis for homeopathy

VIDEO: Homeopathy is one of the most popular systems of alternative and complementary therapy. Its effectiveness has been repeatedly questioned. This is a carefully constructed, objective look at homeopathy. Based on what we know from modern Science, there is no support for its use other than as a placebo. Homeopathy doesn't work. Its claimed success may well be the result of a placebo effect derived from the routine of analysing a patient's complaint and prescribing a long and arcane set of do's and don'ts.The video explains many principles about drug testing and therapeutic usage. SOURCE: Kurzgesagt ...
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6 degrees of ... Wikipedia

6 degrees of … Wikipedia

UTILITY/ WEBSITE: “Six degrees of separation” is a well known meme which postulates that any two people in the world can be connected, in six steps or less, by people, mutually known to each other.This utility extends the concept using Wikipedia’s gigantic storehouse. Enter any two topics and the programme will connect them via known Wikipedia topics. SOURCE: 6 degrees of Wikipedia ...
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Money does buy happiness but only up to a point

Money does buy happiness but only up to a point

INFOGRAPHIC/ ARTICLE: Does happiness rise indefinitely with income, or is there a point at which higher incomes no longer lead to greater well-being? A research study based on data from a representative survey sample of more than 1.7 million individuals from 164 countries showed that satiation occurs at $95,000 for life evaluation and $60,000 to $75,000 for emotional well-being (the estimates were averaged based on purchasing power and questions relating to life satisfaction and well-being). SOURCE: Nature Human Behaviour ...
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The political compass: take a test to find out where you stand

The political compass: take a test to find out where you stand

UTILITY/ WEBSITE: If you consider the points in a political compass as Left-Right and Authoritarian-Libertarian, where do you stand? Take this test to find out. And, get a nicely formatted, multi-colour certificate with your name on it at the end of the session. There is also a large collection of resources on this subject. SOURCE: Political Compass ...
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Ikigai: how the Japanese find meaning in life

Ikigai: how the Japanese find meaning in life

INFOGRAPHIC/ ARTICLE/ VIDEO: Ikigai is a Japanese concept that means "a reason for being." It is similar to the French phrase “raison d'être”. Everyone, according to Japanese culture, has an ikigai. Finding it requires a deep and often lengthy search of self. Such a search is important to the belief that discovering one's ikigai brings satisfaction and meaning to life. SOURCE: Big Think ...
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The danger of a single story

The danger of a single story

VIDEO: Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice -- and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding. SOURCE: TED via YouTube ...
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