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How Does the Language You Speak Influence the Way You Think?

<i>Silence is the language of God, all else is poor translation.</i> —Rumi<p>The ostensible purpose of language is to transmit thoughts from one mind to …

Language

The Cognitive Biases Tricking Your Brain

Science suggests we’re hardwired to delude ourselves. Can we do anything about it?<p>I am staring at a photograph of myself that shows me 20 years older than I am now. I have not stepped into the twilight zone. Rather, I am trying to rid myself of some measure of my present bias, which is the tendency …

Critical Thinking

The complex art of apology in Japan

Roughly translated as an apologetic ‘excuse me’, ‘sumimasen’ rings out of doorways, taxis, shops and restaurants, leaving ‘arigatou’ (thank you) by the wayside.<p>It was 01:00 in Tokyo and we were trying to get into an apartment with a pair of stolen keys. We’d got lost trying to find our Airbnb, and …

Japan

Three Breakthroughs That Will Disrupt The Tech World In 2019

We may have never before been in an era of such rapid technological change. Of course, much more is coming. Last fall, Gartner research predicted some of the big tech trends of 2018 and beyond, and it was quite a bounty: The continued rise of artificial intelligence and cloud-based computing, new …

Artificial Intelligence

10 of the largest and most important naval battles in modern history

The waters of the Earth's oceans have seen as much violence and conflict as its land.

The 13 Types Of Data

Data is a thorny subject. For a start, we’re not sure how we are supposed to refer to it, that is – data is the plural of datum. Strictly speaking we should talk about data that ‘are’ not ‘is’ available to support a theory etc. The Guardian newspaper discussed the debate here and appeared to …

Big Data

Silicon Valley insiders say Facebook, Snapchat, and Twitter are using 'behavioral cocaine' to turn people into addicts

Silicon Valley insiders have told the BBC that tech firms, including Facebook, Snapchat, and Twitter, deliberately engineering their platforms to foster addictive behavior.<p>Aza Raskin, the inventor of the infinite-scroll feature that allows you to endlessly scroll down websites, said: "It's as if …

Social Media

500 Greatest Albums of All Time

50<p>Little Richard, ‘Here’s Little Richard’<p><i>Specialty, 1957</i><p>"I came from a family where my people didn't like rhythm & blues," Little Richard told <i>Rolling</i> …

5 game-changing TED Talks about education

All over the world, there’s growing consensus that our education systems are broken. Here are 5 TED Talks from educators who want to transform how …

What determines human decisions?

One could call Daniel Kahneman the unicorn of economics. As a psychologist, he had a profound influence on people who criticized the homo economicus …

The five countries that set world culture

Rather than military, political or economic might, it’s the culture of these countries that most strongly impacts the wider world.<p>Global influence is often measured by military, political or economic might, but for some countries, it’s the strength of the culture – its food, fashion or …

Harry Potter

Steal Einstein's 2-Part Formula for Coming Up With Breakthrough Ideas

The genius knew that to do great work you sometimes have to do absolutely nothing.<p>In 1905 Albert Einstein had what is known as his 'Miracle Year.' In just twelve months the 26-year-old genius published a series of four papers that expounded special relativity, introduced E=mc2, and transformed …

The End of Owning Music: How CDs and Downloads Died

If you visited Austin’s Waterloo Records recently, you might have noticed a construction project that was unthinkable not so long ago: The …

Sample Unit Plan Using Bloom's Taxonomy

Bloom's Taxonomy is a hierarchy of cognitive skills that most teachers use as they plan units of study. If you are homeschooling your child or are …

The Science Behind Being Funny. This Is No Joke.

Here is a not so serious overview of what science and research says about what makes you funny (or not).<p>I've written about the science behind lots of things, including influence, note taking, procrastination, and even awkward silence.<p>Now to the science of something a little less serious. Like being …

Here’s How Higher Education Dies

A futurist says the industry may have nowhere to go but down. What does the slide look like?<p>Maybe higher education has reached its peak. Not the Harvards and Yales of the world, but the institutions that make up the rest of the industry—the regional public schools who saw decades of growth and are …

Higher Education

The Pedagogy of Digital Discussion

I wasn’t an overly confident student when it came to engaging in open conversations during class. If one of my teachers posed a question, I only …

This May Be The Biggest Economic And Social Shift Of The Last 100 Years. Are You Ready?

The changes coming in driverless vehicles are just the tip of the iceberg. What's yet to come is nothing short of unimaginable.<p>The constant chatter about driverless, autonomous, and electric vehicles is nearly deafening. Yet, in all of that noise what's most often missed is that the implications …

The Beatles’ Revelatory White Album Demos: A Complete Guide

“Cry Baby Cry”<p>Lennon was clearly enthusiastic about “Cry Baby Cry,” pushing it to the top of the pile as the first song tackled at the Esher summit. …

Japan: What my tattoo means to me

Japanese people explore their country's historical and cultural relationship with tattoos and the controversy today.<p><b>Tokyo, Japan</b> - Three years ago, 25-year-old Rui Tanaka got her first tattoo.<p>"I'd wanted to get tattooed for many, many years," she says, showing one at the top of her right arm.<p>She …

Top 10 Culture Shock Moments in Japan: We Asked People from China, Korea, Taiwan, and India!

Everyone imagines life in Japan to be different, but what does it actually look like once you’ve arrived and settled in? People from the West often …

13 cognitive biases that really screw things up for you

The human brain is a natural wonder. It produces more than 50,000 thoughts each day and 100,000 chemical reactions each second. With this amount of …

'This is our religion, this is our pride': Sikh motorcyclists now exempt from helmets in Alberta

When Bhupinder Singh passed the test to get his Class 6 motorcycle licence at the start of the month, he was one of the first Sikhs in Alberta to …

Number of children in Japan shrinks to new record low

<b>Tokyo (CNN) —</b> The number of children in Japan has fallen for the 37th straight year in a row, a sign the country's attempts to offset the country's severely aging population are failing.<p>As of April 1, 2018, there were 15.53 million children under the age of 14 in Japan, down 170,000 from the …

Japan

25 Foreign Words With Hilarious Literal Meanings

Anyone who has ever studied a foreign language knows that translator apps, while helpful, aren’t always reliable. It's easy to tell when text has …

Jeff Bezos Banned PowerPoint in Meetings. His Replacement Is Brilliant

Narrative memos have replaced PowerPoint presentations at Amazon. Here are 3 reasons why.<p>In his 2018 annual letter, Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos repeated his rule that PowerPoint is banned in executive meetings. What Bezos replaced it with provides even more valuable insight for entrepreneurs …

Public Speaking

Want to Improve Your Communication Skills? Stop Saying These 25 Words.

Stop saying these words in the office. You'll improve your communication skills and your coworkers will thank you.<p>For thousands of years, our most powerful tools to change the world and our surroundings have been our words. That’s still true today.<p>From the lines you hear on TV, the commentary you …

Communication Skills

Stop Ending Your Speeches With 'Any Questions' and End With This Instead

Don't let your audience decide how you're going to end your presentation<p>You have a big presentation to make to your client, your funders, or your boss. You've spent hours developing a deck that's concise, crisp, and visually stunning. You've practiced the delivery so that you speak with clarity, …

7 Psychological Biases You Need To Understand To Become A Stronger Person

It is easy to point out the ways in which other people fail to see their own biases and perceptions. It’s harder is to recognize our own. There’s even a term for this: the bias “blind spot,” first coined by social psychologists Emily Pronin, Daniel Lin and Lee Ross.<p>We can attribute this to …

Psychology

The fascinating history behind 11 common superstitions

Even if you consider yourself a die-hard skeptic, you've probably heard of one or two superstitions in your time — and perhaps even indulged in an occasional good luck ritual of your own.<p>The most common superstitions didn't just materialize out of nowhere. The surprising origins behind some of the …

Ancient History