Category: Type-Long article

Blockchains: What are they and why will they change the world
LONG ARTICLE FOR HARDCORE READERS: There's so much talk about Bitcoin and other "cryptocurrencies". Behind the hype, the technology that powers them is something called the "blockchain". By all accounts, this is where the true potential seems to lie. This article provides a detailed explanation of blockchains. SOURCE: IEEE Spectrum ... Read More
Memory: 4 articles that explore the mystery and magic of how we remember
LONG ARTICLES FOR HARDCORE READERS: It's not possible to conceive living without memory. Everything we do is shaped by our remembrances of events in the past and extrapolations of lessons learned from these imprints, into the future. Yet, memory is a mystery that modern science, fMRIs and all, has not been able to fathom in any meaningful way. Listed below are 4 articles that deal with intriguing aspects of human memory. SOURCE: via The Electric Typewriter ... Read More
There is no one way to live a good life
LONG ARTICLE FOR HARDCORE READERS: Humanistic psychology is an uplifting, compassionate view of humanity. This article offers two models of human development. SOURCE: Scientific American ... Read More
We don't need no ... textbooks: ALEKS, AI-based, adaptive learning
WEBSITE/ LONG ARTICLE: The most important feature of ALEKS (Assessment and LEarning in Knowledge Spaces) is that ALEKS uses artificial intelligence (AI) to map the details of each student's knowledge. ALEKS "knows," at each moment, with respect to each individual topic, whether each individual student has mastered that topic. If not, ALEKS knows whether the student is ready to learn the topic at that moment. ALEKS uses this knowledge to make learning more efficient and effective by continuously offering the student a selection of only the topics she is ready to learn right now. This builds student confidence and learning momentum. SOURCE: ALEKS/ Slate ... Read More
Making philanthropy work: 5 strategies
INFOGRAPHIC/ LONG ARTICLE: Some of our biggest societal changes have been backed by billionaires and big nonprofits in campaigns that have taken decades. Here’s how they did it. SOURCE: Harvard Business Review ... 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
Trees talk to each other using soil fungi
LONG ARTICLE FOR HARDCORE READERS: Trees use a network of soil fungi to communicate their needs and aid neighboring plants. These fungal filigrees help trees send warning signals about environmental change, search for kin, and transfer their nutrients to neighboring plants before they die. Phrases like “forest wisdom” and “mother trees” describe this elaborate system, comparable to neural networks in human brains, Clear-cutting and climate change could disrupt these critical networks. SOURCE: Yale Environment 360 ... Read More
When a 200,000-year-old culture encountered the modern economy
LONG ARTICLE FOR HARDCORE READERS: The Ju/’hoansi shared their food with one another according to a set of social prescriptions that ensured pretty much everyone, including the young, old, or disabled, got a share. As a result the Ju/’hoansi were also thoroughly egalitarian, mercilessly ribbing anyone that developed delusions of grandeur and seeing no point in accumulating wealth or formalizing systems of exchange. They also enjoyed giving friends ritualistic gifts called hxaro, but in these cases it was the implied affection in the act of giving that was important—the gift itself was more often than not soon re-gifted to someone else. All this changed very suddenly, when larger political and economic forces that rattled southern Africa in the 1960s and ‘70s brought an end to the Ju/’hoansi’s isolation, and with it their freedom to live as hunter-gatherers. SOURCE: The Atlantic ... Read More
Men and women think differently because their brains are built differently
LONG ARTICLE FOR HARDCORE READERS: Data from animal research, cross- cultural surveys, natural experiments and brain-imaging studies demonstrate real, if not always earthshaking, brain differences, and that these differences may contribute to differences in behavior and cognition. Many of these cognitive differences appear quite early in life. Could underlying biological differences — subtle though they may be for most of us — help explain these gaping between-sex imbalances in the prevalence of mental disorders and account for the cognitive and behavioral differences observed between men and women? SOURCE: Stanford Medicine ... Read More
Weight loss from dieting may be nothing more than a placebo effect
LONG ARTICLE FOR HARDCORE READERS: While all popular dietary regimens and fads make impressive claims, science has shown again and again that dieting just doesn’t work in the long-term. Most people either don’t lose the weight or see it boomerang right back. If no diet has turned out to be a silver bullet for weight loss, then what could explain why some of them at least seem to work, at least for some time? Could it be that the inherent placebo effect that comes with any diet is what’s causing you to lose weight? SOURCE: Business Insider ... Read More
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