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What scares the new atheists

In 1929, the Thinker’s Library, a series established by the Rationalist Press Association to advance secular thinking and counter the influence of religion in Britain, published an English translation of the German biologist Ernst Haeckel’s 1899 book The Riddle of the Universe. Celebrated as “the …

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Mr. Modi, You Must Solve India's Serious Globalization Problem!

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched a campaign entitled MAKE IN INDIA. To boost growth, but especially to generate employment, the goal is to create an environment for foreign investment in manufacturing. India has a huge demographic youth bulge, with an estimated 100 million young …

Making Dumb Groups Smarter

Since the beginning of human history, people have made decisions in groups. As the saying goes, two heads are better than one. If so, then three heads should be better than two, and four better still. With a hundred or a thousand, then, things are bound to go well—hence the supposed wisdom of …

2 Ways to Regain Your Boss’s Trust

You’ve lost your supervisor’s trust. Now what? That pit in your stomach likely stems from the uncomfortable realization that your status and chances for advancement have taken a sudden and unwelcome hit. After all, trustworthiness is the currency of most workplaces. It allows you to build …

What Maslow’s Hierarchy Won’t Tell You About Motivation

At some point in their careers, most leaders have either consciously — or, more likely, unwittingly — based (or justified) their approach to motivation on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. Maslow’s idea that people are motivated by satisfying lower-level needs such as food, water, shelter, and security, …

Why Singapore's Economy Is Heading For An Iceland-Style Meltdown

In 2007, Iceland was celebrated for attaining the world’s highest standard of living according to the U.N.’s annual Human Development Index report. In less than a generation, the tiny North Atlantic island had transformed from a traditional fishing and tourism-based economic backwater into a …

For all the breaking news and self-promotion on Twitter, it is the funny tweets - the witty, caustic, punning, silly, gag-smithing quips - which keep the social media platform ticking over. Here, in no particular order and in an entirely subjective list, we set out the 40 funniest tweets of 2013: http://fw.to/8ongDBI

Why the 1% should pay tax at 80%

In the United States, the share of total pre-tax income accruing to the top 1% has more than doubled, from less than 10% in the 1970s to over 20% today (pdf). A similar pattern is true of other English-speaking countries. Contrary to the widely-held view, however, globalisation and new technologies …

How to raise a creative child

'I grew up in what you might call a relentlessly creative household," says Julia Cameron, author of the best-selling self-help book on creativity in history, "We were given art supplies, music supplies ... Our mother knew enough to get us started and then stand back and not meddle. My parents never …

Elon Musk Will Start Developing It Himself

Elon Musk just finished a phone call with reporters explaining a little more about his Hyperloop idea. Before the call he posted the link to a 57-page outline describing what it might entail. You can read the whole thing here.<p>Here are a few other things Musk mentioned and clarified while on the …

How Much Do Average Apps Make?

The last few years have seen an unprecedented number of people rushing to develop mobile apps for iOS and Android. But looking at the installed user base on each platform and information on the payouts made by the different companies, it appears that the vast majority of developers will find …

Five Reasons Why Nintendo's Stock Is Surging

Ask a gamer about Nintendo these days, and they’ll likely give you a quip about the Wii U being dead in the water in the face of more powerful, more buzzed about consoles from Sony and Microsoft. But investors see things a different way, and perhaps have been paying closer to recent events that say …

Working from Home: A Work in Progress

It’s now been about six weeks since all Yahoo! employees had to start showing up at the Internet giant’s offices every day. The company-confidential but widely circulated memo that banned telecommuting stressed the importance of physical proximity for preserving the creative culture that new CEO …

How to Fix the Bad Employee Syndrome

We’ve all wanted to please the boss. And if that sometimes means that we do something we think is stupid or misguided so be it — is it worth spending our social or political capital on making a fuss about just one small thing? Better to shrug and accept it and maybe build up some goodwill for when …

Can Crowdfunding Solve the Startup Capital Gap?

No matter what industry it’s in or what product it’s selling, the absolute best way for a startup to obtain the capital it needs to grow is to generate revenue and reinvest profits.<p>Of course, it’s easy to say that and very hard to do it.<p>That’s why many entrepreneurs turn to friends and family for …