Category: Quickly

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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The futility of looking for happiness -- in the brain

The futility of looking for happiness — in the brain

ARTICLE: When fMRI was developed, back in the '90s, there was a lot of what was called "Blobology": putting people in scanners and hunting around for "Blobs" of activity in the brain. It's viewing the brain like a car engine; the idea that each brain region must do one thing and one thing only.The question is not 'Where is happiness in the brain?' The better question is 'How does the brain support happiness? All parts of the brain are active, all the time. That's how the brain works. The question is how much more active are these certain regions, and is it significantly more active than it usually is?. SOURCE: Nautilus ...
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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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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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The triple overload: data, communication and cognition

The triple overload: data, communication and cognition

ARTICLE: We are being bombarded with more data, more communication, and more interruption than ever before, creating ever more demands on our limited time and attention. That can leave us burned out and feeling as though there simply aren’t enough hours in the day for us to achieve everything we need—and want—to do. Triple Overload -- data overload, communication overload and cognition overload -- is a multifaceted problem; three separate yet interconnected issues that plague almost everyone, in every walk of life. Each is a direct result of the explosion of information and technology that has come to define the modern world. SOURCE: Evernote Blog ...
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The pie chart: data visualisation's star or villain?

The pie chart: data visualisation’s star or villain?

LONG ARTICLE FOR HARDCORE READERS: Multitudes of statisticians and visualisation experts have attacked the pie chart and pushed for the use of alternatives. Though early criticism primarily appealed to logic, in the last 40 years, pie chart critics have marshalled experimental evidence that seems to demonstrate the inferiority of pie charts at accurately conveying information. SOURCE: Priceonomics ...
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Your success is never of your own making; chance determines everything

Your success is never of your own making; chance determines everything

ARTICLE: The person born in poverty, with no parental support, who scrimps to put himself or herself through college, finally achieving success through ceaseless suffering, owes their triumph no less to luck than, say, a Kennedy or Prince William. You didn't choose your parents or most of your teachers; and in any case, you might not have been gifted with the self-discipline to learn from them. OK, but what if you taught yourself the self-discipline? Still luck: you were gifted with the sort of character capable of cultivating self-discipline. You still had to be the kind of person able to pursue it; and even if you became that kind of person by the sweat of your brow, you still must have already been the kind of person who could raise that sweat. SOURCE: The Guardian ...
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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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