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This Amazingly Simple Technique Lets You Learn Anything in 5 Minutes and Remember It Forever | Inc.com

If you're struggling to master a complex topic, a new language, or anything else that seems to strain your brain, Michael Nielsen has a suggestion for you: Try flashcards. Nielsen is a scientist and a research fellow at Y Combinator, and he's written books on such brain-straining topics as quantum …

How feeling bad changes the brain

Our emotions can have an unexpected downside of how we respond to others in pain, finds Melissa Hogenboom<p>In Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel A Handmaid’s Tale, the many wrongs that befall Offred strike a chilling chord among most readers. When she is struck with a cattle prod we can almost feel …

Gene Simmons: ‘I’ve never got high or drunk in my life’

<b>I’m my own biggest fan.</b> I’m delusionally fascinated by myself. I love the sound of my own voice. If you don’t feel like that, fake it until you believe it. If you like yourself, it’s the sexiest thing in the world.<p><b>My mother grew up in a concentration camp</b> in Nazi Germany. I say “Nazi Germany” as …

Money

'I met my wife on a train platform': Twitter responds to Elon Musk with positive public transport stories

Elon Musk’s criticism of public transport has prompted an outpouring of stories of the connections and community formed in the midst of a “bunch of random strangers” on mass transit.<p>The billionaire entrepreneur had expressed disdain for the inconvenience and cramped confines of mass transit – along …

University of Washington

Eli Pariser: activist whose filter bubble warnings presaged Trump and Brexit

In the aftermath of the UK’s vote to leave the EU and Donald Trump’s victory in the US election, many who expected the results to go the other way were left shocked. How could this happen when almost everyone they knew had backed the other side?<p>If they’d been paying attention to Eli Pariser back in …

Journalism

How ‘Sherlock of the library’ cracked the case of Shakespeare’s identity

Deep in the Folger Library, in Washington DC, Heather Wolfe says that studying Shakespeare makes an ideal preparation for the onset of Trump’s America. You can see her point: Shakespeare would have revelled in the mad excesses, the sinister vanities and the pervasive stench of cronyism and …

Literature

Democrats embracing Tea Party tactics? That won't work without a new ideology

While Republican lawmakers were colluding with the vice-president elect, Mike Pence, about how best to repeal – and probably not replace – the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on Wednesday, Barack Obama held a meeting of his own. Unlike many previous meetings of his, Republicans were not invited. He did …

Middle-class

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Strong Link Established Between Trust and Intelligence

If you don't trust this study's conclusions, you must not be smart. (Joking.)<p>Conventional wisdom has a few things to say about trusting strangers--all things being equal, it isn't generally considered a wise thing to do. Perhaps surprisingly, then, new research has found a strong link between …

Walt Disney Company

The creator of 'Second Life' wants to look inside your brain with the Oculus Rift

The creator of <i>Second Life</i> is helping scientists explore your brain. Philip Rosedale has collabored with neuroscientists in California on a system that, as <i>Fast.Company</i> reports, offers a virtual reality tour of "a person’s brain reacting to stimuli in real time." It does this with the help of many …