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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

HALT! – don’t make decisions when you are Hungry, Angry, Lonely or Tired

VIDEO (How to): The average person makes about 35,000 decisions every day—from trivial to life-changing. But research shows that all that decision making can be mentally and physically draining. Humans have a limited reserve of daily energy that’s dependent on adequate rest and sustenance. As these reservoirs are depleted, our ability to make sound judgments can deteriorate. Using the HALT system — ask yourself if you are: Hungry, Angry, Lonely or Tired — to do a personal self-inventory, we can recognize when we’re most vulnerable to making poor decisions.

SOURCE: Quartz

The stories behind The New Yorker’s iconic covers

VIDEO: In this visual retrospective, Francois Mouly, longstanding Art Editor of the New Yorker, considers how a simple drawing can cut through the torrent of images that we see every day and elegantly capture the feeling (and the sensibility) of a moment in time. Although referring solely to the New Yorker, the video covers a much larger sweep in terms of how line and colour, stripped to essentials, can capture ideas and the spirit of events.


Weight loss from dieting may be nothing more than a placebo effect

LONG ARTICLE FOR HARDCORE READERS: While all popular dietary regimens and fads make impressive claims, science has shown again and again that dieting just doesn’t work in the long-term. Most people either don’t lose the weight or see it boomerang right back. If no diet has turned out to be a silver bullet for weight loss, then what could explain why some of them at least seem to work, at least for some time? Could it be that the inherent placebo effect that comes with any diet is what’s causing you to lose weight?

SOURCE: Business Insider

Why there’s no such thing as a gifted child — all children have the potential for greatness

ARTICLE: Even Einstein was unexceptional in his youth. Adults can help almost any child become gifted. The latest neuroscience and psychological research suggests most people, unless they are cognitively impaired, can reach standards of performance associated in school with the gifted and talented. However, children must be taught the right attitudes and approaches to their learning and develop the attributes of high performers – curiosity, persistence and hard work, for example – an approach called “high performance learning”.

SOURCE: The Guardian

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