Category: Do it-soon

I have a right to believe whatever I want -- no, you don't

I have a right to believe whatever I want — no, you don’t

ARTICLE: Amidst our many freedoms, the right to believe in whatever we chose is ill advised. This supposed right is often claimed as the last resort of the wilfully ignorant, the person who is cornered by evidence and mounting opinion. There is an ethic of believing, of acquiring, sustaining, and relinquishing beliefs - and that ethic both generates and limits our right to believe. SOURCE: Aeon ...
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Bizspeak is buzzkill: business jargon makes communication unclear

Bizspeak is buzzkill: business jargon makes communication unclear

INFOGRAPHIC/ ARTICLE: If you are perplexed by the jargon used in business communications and feel that the words thrown around belong to another language, here's a list of the top items that should go into your education in bizspeak. SOURCE: Quartz ...
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7 habits to avoid while speaking in public

7 habits to avoid while speaking in public

INFOGRAPHIC: Every speaker needs to be credible. Sometimes your credibility has as much to do with your behaviour as it does with the message itself. Here’s a list of 7 common bad habits to watch out for. SOURCE: Fast Company ...
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Ditching Google Maps et al: the lost secrets of natural navigation

Ditching Google Maps et al: the lost secrets of natural navigation

ARTICLE: We had thousands of years of wanting to get from A to B in the most expedient way possible. But now we can get between places incredibly efficiently without actually noticing what we are doing. There are potentially 11 million pieces of information hitting our brain every second but our brain filters out 99.9% of it. Simply by being more attuned to this information, we can put together an almanac of tricks and tips that we’ve lost over the years. We can regain the “sixth sense”: our innate ability to scan the landscape and anticipate what might happen next. SOURCE: The Guardian ...
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Religion isn't going anywhere, but the demographics are shifting dramatically

Religion isn’t going anywhere, but the demographics are shifting dramatically

ARTICLE/ INFOGRAPHIC: Religion is still an integral part of many modern societies, influencing laws and people's behaviour, as well as the way adherents relate to others in the world. Are religions going away any time soon? Despite what some decry, there is little evidence of that. What is changing is the composition of the world's believers. SOURCE: Big Think ...
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To eliminate waste, we need to rediscover thrift

To eliminate waste, we need to rediscover thrift

VIDEO: There's no such thing as throwing something away -- when you toss a used food container, broken toy or old pair of socks into the trash, those things inevitably end up in ever-growing landfills. But we can get smarter about the way we make, and remake, our products. This video shares exciting examples of thrift -- the idea of using and reusing what you need so you don't have to purchase anything new -- as well as advances in material science, like electronics made of nanocellulose and enzymes that can help make plastic infinitely recyclable. SOURCE: TED ...
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How the progress bar on your computer screen keeps you sane

How the progress bar on your computer screen keeps you sane

VIDEO: A lot of time spent on the computer involves waiting -- for programmes to load, files to save and so on. The progress bar is our constant companion during these periods. We hardly ever give a thought to the progress bar. This delightful video tells you that there is a lot more behind this humble utility. The video traces the evolution of the device and the psychology that lies behind it. SOURCE: TED ...
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The population bomb has been defused -- Malthus was wrong

The population bomb has been defused — Malthus was wrong

VIDEO/ INFOGRAPHIC/ ARTICLE: In order to put the dire prognostications of Malthus and Ehrlich about population growth outstripping the capacity of the Earth to feedits people, inally to rest, an important component is needed - lower fertility rates. Overall world fertility has fallen. There's a strong association between fertility and income levels - once a country passes about $5,000 in per capita annual gross domestic product, it almost never has a high fertility rate. Overpopulation concerns have shifted from global to regional. Countries such as Nigeria, Ethiopia, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of the Congo still have very high fertility rates. SOURCE: Bloomberg ...
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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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