Category: Thinking

What is cognitive behavioural therapy and why does it work so well?
LONG ARTICLE FOR HARDCORE READERS: There are many routes to emotional equanimity: it is the thoughts in our heads, and the words we choose to express them, that are the gatekeepers of our psychological wellbeing. This concept is at the core of cognitive behavioural therapy, or CBT, a tried and tested compilation of practices that support us while we straighten our thoughts in order that our emotional states remain in equilibrium and we safely and effectively get through daily life. SOURCE: Aeon ... Read More
The basic laws of human stupidity
LONG ARTICLE FOR HARDCORE READERS: It is not difficult to understand how social, political and institutional power enhances the damaging potential of a stupid person. But one still has to explain and understand what essentially it is that makes a stupid person dangerous to other people - in other words what constitutes the power of stupidity. This brilliant piece from 30 years ago remains fresh and vital in the age of venal politicians and fake news. SOURCE: Carlo M. Cipolla via Whole Earth Review and Zoon ... Read More
SMMRY (pronounced SUMMARY): the best text summarising tool on the Internet
UTILITY/ WEBSITE: : Don't let the stark, visually unappealing interface get in the way of the value of this site. It is easily the best, most powerful utility of its kind. The plain interface comes with a host of options for refining the output. SMMRY was created to summarise articles and text. SMMRY's mission is to provide an efficient manner of understanding text, which is done primarily by reducing the text to only the most important sentences. SOURCE: SMMRY ... Read More
You're much more successful than you think if you say yes to most of these 7 statements
INFOGRAPHIC/ ARTICLE: Regardless of how ahead of the game you really feel, there is always somebody else who looks more fortunate. Look for these 7 signs that show you're more successful than you might think - and, in all likelihood, that you're happier than you think, too. SOURCE: Inc ... Read More
Correlations can’t imply causation? Not always: a primer on causal networks
VIDEO: The old statistics axiom that correlation doesn’t imply causation is true, but causation can be drawn from more than one correlation. A clever and impressively efficient explainer, this short animation from MinutePhysics clears up a common maths misconception by showing how the concept of causal networks can be used to draw a straight line between correlations and causation via a process of elimination. SOURCE: Aeon via YouTube ... Read More
Cultivating our memory in the age of Google
INFOGRAPHIC/ VIDEO/ ARTICLE: When the sum total of human knowledge rests an arm’s length away in each person’s pocket, why do we have to remember anything anymore?vThis instant-fact setup clouds our judgment on what information to filter and store, leaving us with greater cognitive space. But how do we select what we remember? SOURCE: New York TImes ... Read More
Do we have free will or are we predetermined?
VIDEO: The question of whether we are fundamentally free or pre-determined in our thoughts and actions has been the subject of philosophical debate for many centuries. The two points of view are mutually exclusive; accepting one automatically shuts out the other. This leaves most of us, non-philosophers, in a quandary with regards to the practical utility of this debate. Here, the well known populariser of philosophy, Alain de Botton, presents a middle ground that could be useful in our day-to-day lives. SOURCE: The School of Life via YouTube ... Read More
The Universal Basic Income: earning money in a future without jobs
VIDEO: Machines that can think, learn and adapt are coming -- and that could mean that we humans will end up with significant unemployment. What should we do about it? In a straightforward talk about a controversial idea, futurist Martin Ford makes the case for separating income from traditional work and instituting a universal basic income. SOURCE: TED ... Read More
Why curiosity can be both painful and pleasurable
LONG ARTICLE FOR HARDCORE READERS: Scientists may have identified two types of curiosity. “… a chief motivation for exploration is curiosity, … [but] very little research had been done on curiosity on the neuroscientific side, in spite of its enormous importance." One set of discoveries were generally consistent with curiosity being fundamentally a disagreeable state, while others were consistent with curiosity being primarily a pleasurable condition. SOURCE: Nautilus ... Read More
How to seek truth in the era of fake news
VIDEO: Known worldwide for her courage and clarity, Christiane Amanpour has spent the past three decades interviewing business, cultural and political leaders who have shaped history. In conversation with TED Curator Chris Anderson, Amanpour discusses fake news, objectivity in journalism, the leadership vacuum in global politics and more, sharing her wisdom along the way. "Be careful where you get information from," she says. "Unless we are all engaged as global citizens who appreciate the truth, who understand science, empirical evidence and facts, then we are going to be wandering around -- to a potential catastrophe." SOURCE: TED ... Read More
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