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How to write a cold email that gets a response from even the busiest people

Sending the right cold email could land you your next client, employee, or even job.<p>But, as you probably know from experience, trying to get in touch with someone you've never met, especially if they're quite busy, can be an exercise in futility.<p>Thankfully, though, there are proven tactics that …

The Freshman's Dream: A Crash Course In Linear Functions

I’ve been grading calculus exams this week, and even though my students did quite well overall there were a couple of errors that I see every semester. Errors that make mathematicians’ heads explode. Like, how-are-you-in-calculus-if-you-think-this-is-true types of errors.<p>One of these is popularly …

The 1 Book Bill Gates and Warren Buffett Say You Should Read to Succeed | Inc.com

Both Bill Gates and Warren Buffett--two of the most successful businessmen of our time--have said that <i>Business Adventures</i> by finance journalist John Brooks is the read that brought them enlightenment in business.<p>Why this book in particular? Well, the nonfiction publication--released almost half a …

Bill Gates

25 Profound Quotes from Aristotle On Happiness, Self-Mastery and Mindful Living

Aristotle is one of the top thinkers in history. Though he is often defined as a philosopher, he covered many topics such as biology, zoology, …

These 7 TED talks have completely changed how I make decisions

Psychologists have found decision-making is fraught with hidden influences, tricky nuances, and the ability to make us happy in the short-term but unhappy in the long-term.<p>Some of my greatest insights into this aspect of human behavior have come from TED talks, which break down research findings …

16 psychological tricks to make people like you immediately

Maybe it's their goofy smile; maybe it's their razor-sharp wit; or maybe it's simply that they're easy to be around. You just like them.<p>But scientists generally aren't satisfied with answers like that, and they've spent years trying to pinpoint the exact factors that draw one person to …

Don’t forget this: You, too, can acquire a super memory

Learning a memorization technique used by elite memory athletes leads to widespread changes in brain wiring<p>Elite memory athletes are not so different from their peers in any other sport: They face off in intense competitions where they execute seemingly superhuman feats such as memorizing a string …

Eminent academics from worlds of neuroscience, education and psychology voice concerns over popularity of method<p>Teaching children according to their individual “learning style” does not achieve better results and should be ditched by schools in favour of evidence-based practice, according to …

Education

Resist the Internet

So far, in my ongoing series of columns making the case for implausible ideas, I’ve fixed race relations and solved the problem of a workless working class. So now it’s time to turn to the real threat to the human future: the one in your pocket or on your desk, the one you might be reading this …

The world's 17 best universities by subject — from performing arts to archaeology

QS's latest ranking was released on Wednesday, tracking the best schools on the planet in 46 different subject areas, including standard subjects like business and history, all the way to more obscure degrees such as mining.<p>In total, 18 different universities are considered to be the best in the …

No Excuses: 3 Intense Workouts You Can Do in 10 Minutes

Here’s a hard truth: Sometimes you just won’t be able to fit in an hour-long, balls-to-the-wall workout at the gym. But don’t let an all-or-nothing …

Workouts

I learned how to do math with the ancient abacus — and it changed my life

A few years ago, I stood in a small basement classroom just outside of New York City, watching a high schooler named Serena Stevenson answer math questions in rapid succession.<p>An instructor read out numbers —<p>74,470<p>70,809<p>98,402<p>— and Stevenson added them in her head. For each question, she closed her …

Mathematics

DARPA’s Brain Chip Implants Could Be the Next Big Mental Health Breakthrough—Or a Total Disaster

<i>How did a Massachusetts woman end up with two electrodes implanted into her brain? Why is the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency developing a</i> …

A financial planner explains how to start investing with $100

You see, if you save $100 in your sock drawer, 30 years from now when you go to check on it, you will still only have $100.<p>Conversely, if you invest $100 in a mutual fund, even if you never made another investment, with a 7% annual return it has the potential to grow to $761.23 after 30 years with …

Study Suggests You Can Rewire Your Brain to Be Funnier — How to Be Funny

Seasoned comedians use a different part of their brains than inexperienced jokesters — and cracks that come from this part of the brain are actually …

Truth has long been a key concern for the American philosopher. He’s in the UK to discuss his latest book on consciousness, but there’s just no escaping Trump…<p>I meet Daniel Dennett, the great American rationalist, on the day of Donald Trump’s inauguration, as good a day as any to contemplate the …

Blackbox

This one weird trick will not convince conservatives to fight climate change

Clever new arguments are beside the point.<p>Conservative climate denialists are a source of immense frustration to scientists and liberals — and have been for decades. As long as I’ve been writing, there’s been a perpetual quest to find just the right argument to appeal to conservatives and pierce …

Critical Thinking

To Live Remarkably, Repeat This 1 Affirmation Every Single Day for the Rest of Your Life | Inc.com

Every accomplishment is based on action, not on thought... yet the thought is always father to the deed. Achievement starts with an idea, a perspective, a point of view, and an attitude: the attitude that no matter what, you will do what it takes to reach your goals -- and live the life <i>you</i> want to …

Motivation

Nobel Prize-winning economist Stiglitz tells us why 'neoliberalism is dead'

Speaking with Business Insider after the launch of his latest book, "The Euro: How A Common Currency Threatens the Future of Europe"— which argues that the fundamental flaws with the euro and the broader European economy are causing huge problems for the continent and risk leading to its downfall — …

Economics

Book Talk: E. O. Wilson's Bold Vision for Saving the World

When we see how badly we're destabilizing the world, Wilson says, we'll turn to reason.<p>Edward O. Wilson has been called the heir of Darwin. His relationship to <i>National Geographic</i> stretches back to 1939, when, as a ten-year-old boy, he read about insects in the magazine and made up his mind to be an …

The Simple Trick That Can Boost Your Confidence Immediately

Smile, don't slouch. And don't cross your arms. Your parents probably taught you to use certain body language to appear friendly and polite.<p>But new research shows that your body language does much more than change the way other people see you -- it can change how you see yourself. Psychologists …