Category: Do it-soon

The grim conclusions of the largest-ever study of fake news

The grim conclusions of the largest-ever study of fake news

ARTICLE: By every common metric, falsehood consistently dominates the truth on Twitter. Fake news and false rumours reach more people, penetrate deeper into the social network, and spread much faster than accurate stories. A massive new study analyses every major contested news story in English across the span of Twitter's existence-some 126,000 stories, tweeted by 3 million users, over more than 10 years-and finds that the truth simply cannot compete with hoax and rumour. Labeling fake news as such, on a social network or search engine, may do little to deter it. SOURCE: The Atlantic ...
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Say goodbye to the information age: it’s all about reputation now

Say goodbye to the information age: it’s all about reputation now

ARTICLE: Without an evaluative judgment about the reliability of a certain source of information, that information is, for all practical purposes, useless. From the 'information age', we are moving towards the 'reputation age', in which information will have value only if it is already filtered, evaluated and commented upon by others. In the reputation age, our critical appraisals should be directed not at the content of information but rather at the social network of relations that has shaped that content and given it a certain deserved or undeserved 'rank' in our system of knowledge. A civilised cyber-world will be one where people know how to assess critically the reputation of information sources, and can empower their knowledge by learning how to gauge appropriately the social 'rank' of each bit of information that enters their cognitive field. SOURCE: Aeon ...
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3 keys to effective learning

3 keys to effective learning

INFOGRAPHIC: We learn with the hope that what we imbibe stays within us for long periods. We need to be able to access the body of information that we possess, quickly and effectively. There are lots of misconceptions about the way we learn. Cognitive Science shows us what really works. The list is small and involves 3 key elements. The hand drawn and written graphics that accompany this post, outline the steps. Learning is more effective when well worked out processes are used.  SOURCE: Nicky Case ...
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Don't look to YouTube for getting rich: only the top 3% make worthwhile money

Don’t look to YouTube for getting rich: only the top 3% make worthwhile money

VIDEO/ ARTICLE: YouTube stars are cult heroes. Some of them make six figure incomes from ad revenues on their channels. You can have a million views a month and still not be able to make rent. Breaking into the top 3% (more than 1.4 million views per month)  of most-viewed channels could bring in advertising revenue of about $16,800 a year,  Hold on to your day job. SOURCE: Bloomberg Technology ...
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Does writing by hand still matter in the digital age?

Does writing by hand still matter in the digital age?

ARTICLE: Thanks to keyboards and other digital devices, we are writing less and less by hand. Are we losing a valuable skill? Does hand writing offer benefits that digital devices cannot? Picking up a pen has a positive impact not just on literacy but on other disciplines too. There are cognitive advantages to using a pen and paper that keyboards do not confer. SOURCE: The Guardian ...
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A rich social life is the key to living longer

A rich social life is the key to living longer

VIDEO: The Italian island of Sardinia has more than six times as many centenarians as the mainland and ten times as many as North America. Why? According to longevity researcher Susan Pinker, it's not a sunny disposition or a low-fat, gluten-free diet that keeps the islanders alive so long -- it's their emphasis on close personal relationships and face-to-face interactions. SOURCE: TED via YouTube ...
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Intelligent children live longer: results of a 68-year study of 65,765 children

Intelligent children live longer: results of a 68-year study of 65,765 children

ARTICLE/ INFOGRAPHIC: Higher scores on the childhood intelligence test were associated with lower risk of death ascribed to coronary heart disease (heart attacks) and stroke, cancers related to smoking (particularly lung and stomach), respiratory diseases, digestive diseases, injury, and dementia. SOURCE: The British Medical Journal ...
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How compassionate architecture can create dignity for all

How compassionate architecture can create dignity for all

VIDEO: This video takes to task the lack of diversity in design that leads to thoughtless, compassionless spaces. Design has a unique ability to dignify and make people feel valued, respected, honoured and seen. The speaker, John Cary, calls for architects and designers to expand their ranks and commit to serving the public good, not just the privileged few. "Well-designed spaces are not just a matter of taste or a questions of aesthetics," he says. "They literally shape our ideas about who we are in the world and what we deserve." SOURCE: TED ...
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