Category: Thinking

Want to be more creative? Go for a walk

Want to be more creative? Go for a walk

VIDEO: When trying to come up with a new idea, we all have times when we get stuck. But according to research by a behavioural and learning scientist, getting up and going for a walk might be all it takes to get your creative juices flowing. This talk explains how walking could help you get the most out of your next brainstorm. SOURCE: TED ...
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What is a “red herring”: pitfalls in critical thinking

What is a “red herring”: pitfalls in critical thinking

VIDEO: This video introduces you to the “red herring”: a rhetorical device and fallacy that is often difficult to spot. A red herring occurs when something is introduced to an argument that misleads or distracts from the relevant issue. This presentation walks us through the rhetorical device and shows us how to avoid committing a fallacy. SOURCE:Wireless Philosophy via YouTube ...
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Manage your attention; managing time will take care of itself

Manage your attention; managing time will take care of itself

LONG ARTICLE FOR HARDCORE READERS: Most people who claim to have a time management problem have an attention management problem. If you can learn to manage your attention, managing time will not only take care of itself, you’ll have a massive competitive advantage over most people. “Deep Work”, the ability to focus on a cognitively demanding task over an extended period of time, is the equivalent of a 21st-century superpower. Managing your attention plays a major role in becoming a productive individual. SOURCE: Medium ...
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Terrifyingly tricky IQ test leaves the internet stumped

Terrifyingly tricky IQ test leaves the internet stumped

UTILITY: A particularly tricky IQ test has left internet users stumped, pushing their mathematical and linguistic skills to the limit. Jumping right in at the deep end with a complicated numerical question, the Playbuzz quiz is certainly not for the fainthearted. SOURCE: Daily Mail ...
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Our visual imagination -- the mind's eye -- has a narrow bandwidth

Our visual imagination — the mind’s eye — has a narrow bandwidth

ARTICLE: It can indeed be shown that there are severe limitations to our visual imagination. We use visual imagery when we remember the past and plan for the future; when we retain and manipulate visual information in our working memories; it even plays a role in our moral judgments, and our intentions to help others. The capacity limits to visual imagery we have discovered will likely influence the amount and quality of information we are able to maintain and process during any of these situations. These limitations to our imagery can constrain what we are able to achieve, both in daily life and in therapeutic interventions. For now, the jury is still out as to whether or not our capacity for visual imagery can be improved . SOURCE: Undark ...
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6 reasons why we self-sabotage — shoot ourselves in the foot

6 reasons why we self-sabotage — shoot ourselves in the foot

ARTICLE: Call it getting in your own way, call it self-defeating behaviour, call it accidentally-on-purpose shooting yourself in the foot. Whatever you call it, if you have a goal, you can make sure it doesn’t happen with self-sabotage. Self-sabotage is any action that gets in the way of achieving your goals. SOURCE: Quick and dirty tips ...
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The history of human emotions

The history of human emotions

VIDEO: The words we use to describe our emotions affect how we feel, and they've often changed (sometimes very dramatically) in response to new cultural expectations and ideas. Take nostalgia, for instance: first defined in 1688 as an illness and considered deadly, today it's seen as a much less serious affliction. In this fascinating talk about the history of emotions, learn more about how the language we use to describe how we feel continues to evolve -- and pick up some new words used in different cultures to capture those fleeting feelings in words. SOURCE: TED ...
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Why should you read Charles Dickens?

Why should you read Charles Dickens?

VIDEO: The starving orphan seeking a second helping of gruel. The spinster wasting away in her tattered wedding dress. The stone-hearted miser plagued by the ghost of Christmas past. More than a century after his death, these remain recognisable figures from the work of Charles Dickens. But what are the features of Dickens’ writing that make it so special? SOURCE: TED-Ed via YouTube ...
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