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A New Survey Reveals Which Social Media Brands People Are Most Attached To

See where Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest, and other destinations rank.<p>To which social media brands do consumers feel the most attachment? Facebook ranked number one in a Brand Dependence Social Media Survey conducted by UTA Brand Studio in partnership with uSamp, a technology and …

10 Little-Known Apps That Entrepreneurs Can’t Live Without

Everybody knows Evernote and Dropbox. Here’s a sneak peek at the next wave of productivity apps that top entrepreneurs like Tim Ferriss, Seth Godin, and Guy Kawasaki are working with daily.<p>Recently something terribly obvious–yet powerful–occurred to me: If you want to achieve things that no one …

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Thoughts on Mirror Neurons – Why we feel Empathy

Have you ever seen someone get hurt by falling, getting knocked down, or by cutting his finger when cooking something? You then probably felt the …

Why You Aren't as Creative as You'd Like to Think

You’re a smart person: a believer in science, an acolyte of technology, a 21st century citizen. So answer this: Could you, and you alone, make …

Why Successful People Have So Many Groups Of Friends

If you place yourself at the intersection of social groups, you’ll have more ideas and more opportunities.<p>While ideas may appear to be only in your head, it turns out they’re super social: Darwin talked about evolution for decades before publishing the <i>Origin of Species</i>. And while it might be you …

The Trick That Can Double (Or Quadruple) Your Memory

Want to improve your memory? Then turn large batches of information into chunks–here’s how.<p>How did an average-IQ undergraduate manage to be able to instantly remember seven random phone numbers?<p>Cambridge neuroscientist Daniel Bor explains the process in <i>The Ravenous Brain.</i> The student had …

The 1 Method to Trick Your Brains into Making Habits Stick

<i>Mikael Cho is the co-founder of ooomf, a network that connects short-term software projects with handpicked developers and designers. Mikael writes about psychology, startups, and product marketing over on the ooomf blog.</i><p>Every habit you want to build can be broken down into a sequence of …

10 Ingenious Hacks That Helped Facebook Take Over the Internet

Facebook's first ten years changed the world in more ways than you think.<p>Earlier this week, as Mark Zuckerberg's social network celebrated its tenth …

15 jazz records for people who don't like jazz

<b>Busting the myth of jazz as a private island for the smug, middle-aged and lonely.</b><p>When the idea for this feature first came up it was with the …

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Scientific Studies Explain the Best Ways to Talk to Children

For most adults, talking to kids can be daunting. And not just in the "watch what you say" way but in the "they won't say anything to me" way. …

The End of Capitalism

As they become richer, economies evolve. The early industrial stage, based on heavy industry and producer goods, paves the way for a more complex economy where consumer goods and personal services predominate. In the US and Northern Europe this shift became significant in the 1950s. It was …

Meditation 101: The Neuroscience of Why Meditation Works

As yogis have known for centuries and scientists can now prove, the benefits of meditation are profound.<p>Meditation is perhaps the most crucial instrument to harness the power of thought, cultivate more peace, clarity and happiness.<p>Learning to train the brain and focus our attention is crucial to …

A Simple Exercise to Increase Well-Being and Lower Depression from Martin Seligman, Founding Father of Positive Psychology

<i>“When [a man] has fair health, a fair fortune, a tidy conscience and a complete exemption from embarrassing relatives,”</i> Henry James wrote in his diary, <i>“I suppose he is bound, in delicacy, to write himself happy.”</i> More than a mere philosophical contemplation, however, James’s observation presages …

How Creativity Works: Neil Gaiman on Where Ideas Come From

Beneath the eternal question of what creativity is lies the mystery of where good ideas come from and how we can coax them into manifesting. It’s a conundrum that has occupied artists, inventors, and philosophers alike since the dawn of human thought, but especially so since the dawn of psychology. …

The 10 Stages of the Creative Process

The question of what creativity is and how it works will perhaps remain humanity’s most unanswerable — but that hasn’t stopped us from trying. On the heels of Neil Gaiman’s recent reflection on the subject comes one from filmmaker Tiffany Shlain, founder of the Webby Awards and daughter of the …

Why Science-Fiction Writers Are So Good at Predicting the Future

<i>“Trying to predict the future is a discouraging and hazardous occupation,”</i> Arthur C. Clarke declared in 1964, and yet he got it astoundingly right in his own predictions, including his 1968 vision for the iPad. He wasn’t alone — Isaac Asimov predicted online education, Douglas Adams predicted …

The Benjamin Franklin Effect: The Surprising Psychology of How to Handle Haters

<i>“We are what we pretend to be,”</i> Kurt Vonnegut famously wrote, <i>“so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.”</i> But given how much our minds mislead us, what if we don’t realize when we’re pretending — who are we then? That’s precisely what <b>David McRaney</b> explores in <b>You Are Now Less Dumb: How to</b> …

Vladimir Nabokov on Writing, Reading, and the Three Qualities a Great Storyteller Must Have

<i>“Often the object of a desire, when desire is transformed into hope, becomes more real than reality itself,”</i> Umberto Eco observed in his magnificent atlas of imaginary places. Indeed, our capacity for self-delusion is one of the most inescapable fundamentals of the human condition, and nowhere do …

The Nature of the Self: Experimental Philosopher Joshua Knobe on How We Know Who We Are

<i>“The fate of the world depends on the Selves of human beings,”</i> pioneering educator Annemarie Roeper wrote in her meditation on how poorly we understand the self. Indeed, while philosophers may argue that the self is a toxic illusion and psychologists may insist that it’s forever changing, we tend …

The Six Motives of Creativity: Mary Gaitskill on Why Writers Write

Why do writers — great writers — write? <b>George Orwell</b> attributed it to four universal motives. <b>Joan Didion</b> saw it as access to her own mind. For <b>David Foster Wallace</b>, it was about fun. <b>Michael Lewis</b> ascribes it to the necessary self-delusions of creativity. <b>Joy Williams</b> found in it a gateway from the …

Advice from Artists on How to Overcome Creative Block, Handle Criticism, and Nurture Your Sense of Self-Worth

<i>“Inspiration is for amateurs — the rest of us just show up and get to work,”</i> Chuck Close scoffed. <i>“A self-respecting artist must not fold his hands on the pretext that he is not in the mood,”</i> Tchaikovsky admonished. <i>“Show up, show up, show up, and after a while the muse shows up, too,”</i> Isabel Allende …

The Distracted Public: Saul Bellow on How Writers and Artists Save Us from the “Moronic Inferno” of Our Time

In 1990, fourteen years after he received the Nobel Prize in Literature and the Pulitzer Prize, and two years after being awarded the National Medal of Arts, <b>Saul Bellow</b> (June 10, 1915–April 5, 2005) delivered a lecture at Oxford University titled <b>“The Distracted Public.”</b> Eventually included in <b>It All</b> …

The Science of Our Warped Perception of Time, Animated

Why the same amount of time can seem to fly or slow to a crawl depending on the context.<p>In 2013, a mind-bending read on the psychology of why time slows down when we’re afraid, speeds up as we age, and gets warped when we’re on vacation became one of the year’s most popular articles. Now, …

Buckminster Fuller Presages Online Education, with a Touch of TED, Netflix, and Pandora, in 1962

In 1962, <b>Buckminster Fuller</b> (July 12, 1895–July 1, 1983) delivered a prophetic lecture at Southern Illinois University on the future of education aimed at “solving problems by design competence instead of by political reform.” It was eventually published as <b>Education Automation: Comprehensive</b> …

Italo Calvino on Distraction, Procrastination, and Newspapers as the Proto-Time-Waster

In the early 1980s, shortly before Saul Bellow lamented “the distracted public,” another literary titan, <b>Italo Calvino</b> — a sage of the written word, feminist, keen critic of America, man of heartening New Year’s resolutions — considered the role of distraction in his own life. In his short …

What 10 Things Should You Do Every Day To Improve Your Life?

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