Category: Thinking

Scientists chart 27 distinct human emotions on this interactive map
INFOGRAPHIC/ ARTICLE: The best part of the map is that it’s interactive. If you take your mouse and hover over any part of it, you’ll soon find a short video popping up. Although one can see some strict delineations between one emotion and the next, the visual map also blends categories when necessary, making it highly nuanced. To create this map, the researchers collected 2,185 online videos. Each was a 5-10 second clip portraying a particular emotion. SOURCE: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS)/ Big Think ... Read More
There's more to life than being happy; the key is leading a meaningful life that rests on 4 pillars
VIDEO: Our culture is obsessed with happiness, but what if there's a more fulfilling path? Happiness comes and goes but having meaning in life -- serving something beyond yourself and developing the best within you -- gives you something to hold onto. Learn more about the difference between being happy and having meaning. Esfahani Smith offers four pillars of a meaningful life: belonging, purpose, transcendence and story telling. SOURCE: TED ... Read More
Outsmart evolution and master your emotions
VIDEO TALK: Introducing conscious awareness to facial expressions can help one override and control their emotions. If you put on your face one of the universal expressions you will turn on the physiology of emotion. You will begin to experience that emotion. So the face is not simply a display system that tells you what's happening inside me. I can self generate any emotion by making the movements on my face. The way in which we can improve our emotional life is to introduce conscious awareness into the process and that will take practice since nature did not want you to do that' so you have to do it yourself. SOURCE: Big Think via YouTube ... Read More
Maybe we all need a little less balance
ARTICLE: An interesting idea: maybe the good life is not about trying to achieve some sort of illusory balance. Instead, maybe it’s about pursuing your interests fully, but with enough internal self-awareness to regularly evaluate what you’re not pursuing as a result — and make changes if necessary. Living in this manner trumps balance any day. SOURCE: New York Times ... Read More
Your mind can be tricked into feeling less pain
INFOGRAPHIC/ VIDEO: Pain is never a nice things to experience, but it is one of the most useful bodily signals we have. It acts like an alarm system – sending an immediate message for harmful and potentially fatal conditions. New research now shows how as well as being tricked into experiencing pain, the brain can also be fooled into experiencing pain relief. What we know to be true can be overridden by the brain. In practical terms, these findings could present viable treatment and pain relief in conditions for people with chronic pain potentially offering hope to thousands of people whose lives are blighted on a daily basis. SOURCE: The Conversation ... Read More
A bird’s-eye view of nature’s hidden order
LONG ARTICLE FOR HARDCORE READERS: Scientists are exploring a mysterious pattern, found in birds’ eyes, boxes of marbles and other surprising places, that is neither regular nor random. Hyperuniformity is clearly a state to which diverse systems converge, but the explanation for its universality is a work in progress. ... hyperuniformity as basically a hallmark of deeper optimisation processes of some sort ... But what these processes are might vary a lot between different problems. SOURCE: Quanta Magazine ... Read More
Can a robot pass a top-tier, university entrance exam? It did, and in the top 20 percent.
VIDEO: Meet Todai Robot, an AI project that performed in the top 20 percent of students on the entrance exam for the University of Tokyo -- without actually understanding a thing. Todai Robot's success raises alarming questions for the future of human education. How can we help kids excel at the things that humans will always do better than AI? SOURCE: TED ... Read More
It’s okay to “forget” what you read
LONG ARTICLE FOR HARDCORE READERS: Many of us feel this near-existential fear that we might “lose” what wisdom we extract from the books we read. Such fears are unfounded. SOURCE: Medium ... Read More
Why is it so hard to change your core beliefs?
INFOGRAPHIC/ COMIC STRIP: Gem of a piece; read the comic strip now. Core beliefs are those which people cherish the most deeply. They usually develop from childhood and are compounded by life's experiences. Core beliefs are inflexible, rigid and incredibly sensitive to being challenged. SOURCE: The Oatmeal ... Read More
How Nature inspires and Technology responds
ARTICLE/ VIDEO:: Biomimicry is an approach to innovation, defined by the Biomimicry Institute as seeking: “sustainable solutions to human challenges by emulating nature’s time-tested patterns and strategies.” There are many solutions in nature — and we are learning about more and more of them. However, as we learn more, we discover that we have made gross oversimplifications for many natural phenomena — so we need to remain curious and observant of the natural world and get down to the details, without losing sight of the entire system. SOURCE: The Conversation ... Read More
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