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Are you a body with a mind or a mind with a body?

Are you a body with a mind or a mind with a body?

VIDEO: Our bodies – the physical, biological parts of us — and our minds — the thinking, conscious aspects — have a complicated, tangled relationship. Which one primarily defines you or your self? Are you a body with a mind or a mind with a body? SOURCE: TED-ED via YouTube ...
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Bitcoin: Seven questions you were too embarrassed to ask

Bitcoin: Seven questions you were too embarrassed to ask

LONG ARTICLE FOR HARDCORE READERS: While almost everyone has heard of Bitcoin at this point, many people are fuzzy on the details: what is a bitcoin, exactly? How do I buy some? What would I use it for? Read on for a beginner's guide to bitcoin: what ordinary people should know about the technology. SOURCE: Ars Technica ...
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This Is how big oil will die

This Is how big oil will die

LONG ARTICLE FOR HARDCORE READERS: For the last century, oil has dominated our economics and our politics. Oil is power. Yet, technology is about to undo a century of political and economic dominance by oil. Big Oil will be cut down in the next decade by a combination of smartphone apps, long-life batteries, and simpler gearing. And as is always the case with new technology, the undoing will occur far faster than anyone thought possible. SOURCE:NewCo ...
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What is cognitive behavioural therapy and why does it work so well?

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 ...
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Climate change and our health: a small document that must be read

Climate change and our health: a small document that must be read

DOCUMENT: Here is a brief, well written document that outlines how climate change may affect our health. The report was released by the Royal Society of New Zealand but is highly relevant to all of us. Despite the confusion that politicians have created, there is near unanimity amongst scientists and thinkers that this huge problem is man-made and can be tackled only by the combined, concentrated efforts of right-minded people. The future of Mankind is at stake. We can't afford to be dismissive. SOURCE: The Royal Society, New Zealand ...
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The improbable origins of PowerPoint

The improbable origins of PowerPoint

LONG ARTICLE FOR HARDCORE READERS: Microsoft boasts of 1.2 billion copies of PowerPoint at large—one copy for every seven people on earth. In any given month, approximately 200 million of these copies are used. Our cumulative generation of PowerPoint slides surely reaches well into the billions. PowerPoint began its lifetime as a commercial product that came onto the scene 30 years ago, in 1987. Remarkably, the founders of the Silicon Valley firm that created PowerPoint did not set out to make presentation software, let alone build a tool that would transform group communication throughout the world. SOURCE: IEEE Spectrum ...
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Why curiosity can be both painful and pleasurable

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 ...
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How to be a know-it-all

How to be a know-it-all

LONG ARTICLE FOR HARDCORE READERS: The yearning for mastery, or, more cynically, the yearning for the illusion of mastery, has helped make a basically nerdy series from a basically nerdy publishing house impressively popular. Since the Very Short Introductions were launched, in 1995, they have collectively sold eight million copies and been translated into forty-nine languages. Roughly fifty new titles are published every year; all told, the in-house list of topics to be covered currently runs to one thousand two hundred and fifteen. Nor will matters end there. In fact, matters will not end anywhere; its intended scope is basically limitless. SOURCE: The New Yorker ...
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7 reasons why predictions about the future of Artificial Intelligence (AI) are wrong

7 reasons why predictions about the future of Artificial Intelligence (AI) are wrong

LONG ARTICLE FOR HARDCORE READERS: Mistaken predictions about Artificial Intelligence (AI) lead to fears of things that are not going to happen, whether it’s the wide-scale destruction of jobs, the Singularity, or the advent of AI that has values different from ours and might try to destroy us. We need to push back on these mistakes. But why are people making them? There are seven common reasons. SOURCE: MIT Technology Review ...
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Blockchains: What are they and why will they change the world

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 ...
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Memory: 4 articles that explore the mystery and magic of how we remember

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 ...
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There is no one way to live a good life

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 ...
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We don't need no ... textbooks: ALEKS, AI-based, adaptive learning

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 ...
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Making philanthropy work: 5 strategies

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 ...
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It’s okay to “forget” what you read

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 ...
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