Category: Thinking

Coincidence and synchronicity: random or meaningful?

Coincidence and synchronicity: random or meaningful?

ARTICLE: Despite the strong scientific reasoning that rules out coincidence and synchronicity as nothing more than random events that have no causal connection, we humans seem to have an existential need to assign meaning to such occurrences. SOURCE: Aeon ...
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Which kind of individual provides the best value to an organisation?

Which kind of individual provides the best value to an organisation?

INFOGRAPHIC: The best employees are not always the agreeable ones. "Givers" and "takers" both can be either agreeable or disagreeable. Disagreeable givers are the best value for an organisation. SOURCE: Quartz ...
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If there are aliens in the Universe, where are they?

If there are aliens in the Universe, where are they?

ARTICLE: Considering the immensity of the Universe, it is highly likely that our Earth cannot be the only repository of life and intelligence. Granted, but then, as Enrico Fermi famously asked: "Where is everybody?" SOURCE: The Atlantic ...
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How to audit the success of brainstorming sessions

How to audit the success of brainstorming sessions

INFOGRAPHIC: Brainstorming has been receiving a lot of criticism in terms of its effectiveness. “What was the value generated from a brainstorm session?” or “was the brainstorming purposeful?”: these are some commonly asked questions. Auditing the success of a session is therefore crucial. Here is a simple technique using Postit notes. SOURCE: Signature UX ...
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Want to feel like you have  more time? Ask yourself this question

Want to feel like you have more time? Ask yourself this question

ARTICLE: Consistently asking yourself a simple question: "Why is today different from other days?" will increase the number of memory units you record and will make you feel like we have more time. SOURCE: Fast Company ...
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“Sleep inertia” is why you feel so groggy when you wake up

“Sleep inertia” is why you feel so groggy when you wake up

ARTICLE: If sleeping is meant to be restful, why do we feel so damn tired when we wake up? It's due to something called "sleep inertia" and is related to the amount of sleep we have had before waking up -- 8.5 hours is the recommended duration of sleep. SOURCE: Quartz ...
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How the organisation of knowledge has changed from trees to networks

How the organisation of knowledge has changed from trees to networks

VIDEO: The top-down "tree of knowledge" has been displaced by networks. Positions in a hierarchy are no longer as important as connections and networks. This video will walk you through the history of this transition. SOURCE: TED ...
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How to become a "memory athlete" using an old strategy -- and bring about lasting changes in the brain

How to become a “memory athlete” using an old strategy — and bring about lasting changes in the brain

ARTICLE/ VIDEO: Scientific studies suggest that an old memorisation technique known as “the method of loci” could, when taught systematically, improve memorisation capability of ordinary people to remarkable levels. Scans of the brain in these people showed changes that were similar to those seen in “memory athletes”. SOURCE: The Verge ...
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Why rich kids are so good at the marshmallow test

Why rich kids are so good at the marshmallow test

ARTICLE: The ability of young children to delay gratification has been considered an indicator of a high Emotional Quotient (EQ) and a surrogate marker for success in life. A recent study suggests that this trait is merely a product of overall socio-economic factors and has little power for predicting outcomes in the lives of children. SOURCE: The Atlantic ...
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Personality tests with deep-sounding questions provide shallow answers about the ‘true’ you

Personality tests with deep-sounding questions provide shallow answers about the ‘true’ you

ARTICLE: Personality tests that promise to reveal our "True" or deep nature seem appealing yet, they are often poorly designed and, far from providing valuable insights, might actually lead to people being stuck in self-reinforcing and unproductive lines of thought. SOURCE: The Conversation ...
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