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The Best of Brain Pickings 2014 – Brain Pickings

After the annual reading list of the year’s best books overall, it’s time for the annual summation of the best <i>Brain Pickings</i> articles of the year — “best” meaning those most read and shared by you, as well as those I took the most pleasure in writing. Please (re)enjoy and have an inspired, …

Weekly Market Comment: Pills for Cognitive Dissonance in a Speculative Bubble - January 5, 2015

<b>January 5, 2015</b><p><b>Pills for Cognitive Dissonance in a Speculative Bubble</b> <i><br>John P. Hussman, Ph.D.<br>All rights reserved and actively enforced.</i> <br>Reprint …

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Bloom's Critical Thinking Questions to Use in Class

December, 2014<br>Critical thinking is an essential skill in the cognitive development of students. It is probably the number one skill teachers would …

Rational and Irrational Thought: The Thinking That IQ Tests Miss

No doubt you know several folks with perfectly respectable IQs who repeatedly make poor decisions. The behavior of such people tells us that we are …

The Question Game: A Playful Way To Teach Critical Thinking

<b>The Question Game</b><p>by <b>Sophie Wrobel</b>, <i>geist.avesophos.de</i><p>The Question Game: A Playful Way To Teach Critical Thinking<p><i>Big idea: Teaching kids to ask smart</i> …

Pedagogy

Change Your Brain by Changing Your Mind.

<i>Think different.</i> Or as my old University (UEA) asserts in it's motto, <i>Do Different.</i> Consider the possibility (and joy) of overcoming your fears of …

Hacked Photoshop Tools Lead to Chaotically Manipulated Digital Art

Here's how Brooklyn-based artist Zach Nader turns movies and ads into gorgeous glitchy forms.<p><i>endless waves by Zach Nader. Images courtesy the artist</i><p>Brooklyn-based artist Zach Nader has long been interested in using software to cause “breakdowns” in everyday photographic imagery and distribution, …

Tutorials

The 100 Best Young-Adult Books of All Time

We’re living in a golden age of young-adult literature, when books ostensibly written for teens are equally adored by readers of every generation. In …

‘The Daily Routines of Famous Creative People’, An Informative Infographic Showing How Artists Spent Their Day

Podio, a project management software company, has created a really interesting interactive infographic about how famous artists, writers and …

She Did It Her Way

On the living room floor of Anne Anka’s West Hollywood house, half-hiddenbehind a 19th-century marble-top commode,is a photograph by Slim Aarons. In it, a fresh-faced, glamorous blondein a crisp button-down shirt leansagainst the hood of a Mercedes-Benz parked outside thepristine white fence of the …

Why Buddhist Teacher Pema Chödrön Says There's No Need For Self-Improvement (VIDEO)

The start of a new year is a natural time to reflect on where you've been and where you want to go. But before you start making a resolution list of self-improvements, watch this "Super Soul Sunday" clip with world-renowned Buddhist teacher and best-selling author Pema Chödrön. As one of the first …

Visual Math Program | Math Learning Games | ST Math

ST Math is a visual math program that builds a deep conceptual understanding of math through rigorous learning and creative problem solving.

How To Train Your Brain To See What Others Don't

Charles Darwin had one of the greatest "aha!" moments in all of history when writing his magnum opus <i>On The Origin of Species</i>. After reading a book written 40 years earlier on population growth and resource competition, Darwin immediately saw the connection to the variation among species that he had …

How Many of Your Health Supplements Are Actually Scams? [Chart]

It’s important to stay healthy — probably more important than anything else in life when you think about it — but making smart decisions with your …

What It Really Takes to Be an Artist: MacArthur Genius Teresita Fernández’s Magnificent Commencement Address

In 2005, artist <b>Teresita Fernández</b> — one of the most original and visionary sculptors of our time, whose work appears in the bewitching monograph <b>Blind Landscape</b> (<i>public library</i>) — received one of those legendary phone calls from the MacArthur Foundation. The mysterious caller informed her that the …

Abstract "Paintings" Created Entirely By A Computer

Computers flaunt their artistic sensibilities in Siebren Versteeg's series of abstract images created by code.<p><i>_fountain_2_9000x12000_51</i><p>Jackson Pollack, Gerard Richter, Mark Rothko… a computer? It might sound crazy, but the next great abstract painter could be entirely 1s and 0s. At least, digital …

Fractures create ribbon-like patterns in thick ice on Ellesmere Island, Canada. From intricate snowflakes to smooth hills, see more stunning patterns found in nature: http://on.natgeo.com/1HMzQ6X