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Are gestures a universal language?

Are gestures a universal language?

LONG ARTICLE FOR HARDCORE READERS: While the ancient belief that, across vast cultural divides, people can understand one another through gesture is largely true, there still are areas of thought that cannot be communicated across language barriers. SOURCE: Aeon ...
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The pie chart: data visualisation's star or villain?

The pie chart: data visualisation’s star or villain?

LONG ARTICLE FOR HARDCORE READERS: Multitudes of statisticians and visualisation experts have attacked the pie chart and pushed for the use of alternatives. Though early criticism primarily appealed to logic, in the last 40 years, pie chart critics have marshalled experimental evidence that seems to demonstrate the inferiority of pie charts at accurately conveying information. SOURCE: Priceonomics ...
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Machine learning’s ‘amazing’ ability to predict chaos

Machine learning’s ‘amazing’ ability to predict chaos

LONG ARTICLE FOR HARDCORE READERS: The pioneers of chaos theory discovered that the “butterfly effect” makes long-term prediction impossible. Even the smallest perturbation to a complex system (like the weather, the economy or just about anything else) can touch off a chain of events that leads to a dramatically divergent future. In a series of results, scientists have used machine learning to predict the future evolution of chaotic systems out to stunningly distant horizons. The approach is being lauded by outside experts as groundbreaking and likely to find wide application. (Read this article against the backdrop of the video with Yuval Noah Harari) SOURCE: Quanta ...
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The brain-body connection is more than we think it is

The brain-body connection is more than we think it is

LONG ARTICLE FOR HARDCORE READERS/ VIDEO: An all pervasive “cerebral mystique” creates a false dichotomy between the brain and the body and ignores bodily influences on our psychology, from chemicals in the blood to bacteria in the gut. What’s outside the body also influences the mind. The environment floods the brain with the equivalent of about 10 megabytes of information per second SOURCE: National Geographic ...
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I have forgotten how to read

I have forgotten how to read

LONG ARTICLE FOR HARCORE READERS: For most of modern life, printed matter was "the model, the metaphor, and the measure of all discourse." The resonance of printed books – their lineal structure, the demands they make on our attention – touches every corner of the world we've inherited. But online life makes me into a different kind of reader – a cynical one. I scrounge, now, for the useful fact; I zero in on the shareable link. My attention – and thus my experience – fractures. Online reading is about clicks, and comments, and points. When I take that mindset and try to apply it to a beaten-up paperback, my mind bucks. SOURCE: The Globe and Mail ...
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5 big philosophical questions

5 big philosophical questions

LONG ARTICLE FOR HARDCORE READERS: In modern times, the business of philosophy is no longer trying to attain empirical truths about the world (we’ve got science for that), but rather to critically explore concepts and notions informed, whenever possible, by science. SOURCE: Footnotes to Plato ...
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The world is falling apart -- not really, it's your cognitive biases that make you feel that way

The world is falling apart — not really, it’s your cognitive biases that make you feel that way

LONG ARTICLE FOR HARDCORE READERS: The world appears to be in a rough place right now. If you turn on the TV or open up your web browser, you’re almost guaranteed to be bombarded by bad news. But is the world really doomed? Or is your animal brain playing tricks on you? Chin up—things aren’t always as bad as they seem. SOURCE: Lifehacker ...
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Here's a complete guide to Climate Change in simple language

Here’s a complete guide to Climate Change in simple language

LONG ARTICLE FOR HARDCORE READERS: At no point in mankind's history has there been a threat to all of humanity as frightening and impactful as Climate Change (we have reached the point in time when it has to be capitalised). Here is a simple, clear, well written summary of what it is all about. SOURCE: Wired ...
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How to spot someone lying

How to spot someone lying

LONG ARTICLE FOR HARDCORE READERS: We’re terrible at detecting lies. Even technology doesn’t improve our chances—a 2009 study examined a technique called voice stress analysis and found that it worked about as well as guessing. To make things worse, a 2014 study found that emotionally intelligent individuals are more easily duped by liars. That’s not to say we can’t improve our chances. While there is no single, silver bullet method to recognize deception, there are many different ways that lies leak. SOURCE: Quick & dirty tips ...
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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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