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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

The “doughnut” theory of growth: healthy economies should be designed to thrive, not grow

VIDEO/ INFOGRAPHIC: Opposing the long held principle of growth being the cornerstone of successful economic systems, Oxford economist Kate Raworth believes that a sustainable, universally beneficial economy should look ”Like a doughnut”. It should be able to move countries out of the hole — where people are falling short on life’s essentials — and create regenerative, distributive economies that work within the planet’s ecological limits.


I have a right to believe whatever I want — no, you don’t

ARTICLE: Amidst our many freedoms, the right to believe in whatever we chose is ill advised. This supposed right is often claimed as the last resort of the wilfully ignorant, the person who is cornered by evidence and mounting opinion. There is an ethic of believing, of acquiring, sustaining, and relinquishing beliefs – and that ethic both generates and limits our right to believe.


How language shapes the way we think

VIDEO: There are about 7,000 languages spoken around the world — and they all have different sounds, vocabularies and structures. But do they shape the way we think? In this video, cognitive scientist Lera Boroditsky shares examples of language that suggest the answer is a resounding yes. The beauty of linguistic diversity is that it reveals to us just how ingenious and how flexible the human mind is. Human minds have invented not one cognitive universe, but 7,000.

SOURCE: TED via YouTube

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