Bryan Sebesta

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8 Reasons Why Spending Time Alone Is Actually Really Good For You

Americans have a complicated relationship with alone time. Though we often feel a constant connection because of social media, the fact is, we're more on our own than ever: More than 50 percent of American adults are single, and some 27 million people live alone. In 1950, just 22 percent of …

Personality

American democracy is doomed - Vox

America's constitutional democracy is going to collapse.<p>Some day — not tomorrow, not next year, but probably sometime before runaway climate change forces us to seek a new life in outer-space colonies — there is going to be a collapse of the legal and political order and its replacement by …

Political Science

The 2015 Way to Travel on the Cheap

You'll be a jetsetter in no time.<p>The digital age is bittersweet for those of us with wanderlust. On one hand, your Instagram feed is filled with idyllic snaps from exotic locales that are merely pipe dreams due to your lack of funds. On the other, you have a million sites and apps at your finger …

San Francisco

Are you ‘over-connected’?

Wander the city in 2015 and all you’ll see is people staring at screens or talking on handsets. Is it changing who we are? Tom Chatfield weighs up the arguments.<p>A group of people wait by a monument, unaware of each other’s existence. A woman strides open-mouthed down a busy street, holding one hand …

Google Glass

A Perfect Storm Is Heading Toward Higher Education

Colleges are facing a perfect storm that could shutter hundreds of them and leave many more wondering how to survive. Yet much of higher education’s …

This Idea Must Die: Some of the World’s Greatest Thinkers Each Select a Major Misconception Holding Us Back

From the self to left brain vs. right brain to romantic love, a catalog of broken theories that hold us back from the conquest of Truth.<p><i>“To kill an error is as good a service as, and sometimes even better than, the establishing of a new truth or fact,”</i> asserted Charles Darwin in one of the eleven …

Top 10 Global Warming Lies That May Shock You

Global warming alarmists frequently make false and deplorable assertions (see, for example, my recent column debunking false claims that global warming is causing a decline in wheat production), but the Environmental Defense Fund’s recent fund-raising mailer, “10 Global Warming Effects That May …

The Foolish, Historically Illiterate, Incredible Response to Obama's Prayer Breakfast Speech

Using religion to brutalize other people is not a Muslim invention, nor is it foreign to the American experience.<p>People who wonder why the president does not talk more about race would do well to examine the recent blow-up over his speech at the National Prayer Breakfast. Inveighing against the …

National Prayer Breakfast

Online education company Lynda.com grabs $186M in new funding, eyes acquisitions

In the world of online education, Lynda.com is a senior citizen.<p>The company started 20 years ago with a web design book, hit profitability in 1997, migrated to the web by 2002, and didn’t take any funding until 2013. Today, it’s announcing its second round of funding, a massive $186 …

Accel Partners

Europe is becoming a no God zone

If we don't act fast to protect outward signs of observance, then religion will be purged completely from public life in the West<p>The visitor to London walks past the plaited breads stacked in the window of a Jewish Deli. A passerby wears a hijab. Children in grey uniforms run out of the gates of …

North London

Sketchnoting

Sketchnoting in Education<p>Mike Rohde's Sketchnote Podcast series<i><br>The Sketchbook Handbook on Amazon</i><p><b>The "Complete the Doodle"</b> …

The secret history of beauty: How the Greeks invented Western civilization’s biggest idea

<b>(Xirurg via iStock)</b><p>People think of beauty as universal to the human experience. But the truth is actually much more complicated<p>David Konstan<p>January 3, 2015 10:00pm (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “Beauty: The Fortunes of an Ancient Greek Idea”<p>The English word <i>beauty</i> is semantically rich; that is, it has a wide …

How To Discover Everything Facebook Knows About You

You can't opt out of ads on Facebook without opting out of Facebook itself. But you can do a lot to control the ads you see.<p>Facebook shows you ads based on what it knows about you and what it thinks you like. It has two ways to figure this out:<p>1. What you tell it directly ( name, age, marital …

Leaked NSA Documents Reveal How To Hide From The NSA

If you want a truly anonymous life, then maybe it's time you learned about Tor, CSpace and ZRTP.<p>These three technologies could help people hide their activities from the National Security Agency, according to NSA documents newly obtained from the archive of former contractor Edward Snowden by the …

This City Eliminated Poverty, And Nearly Everyone Forgot About It

<i>An aerial view of the city of Dauphin, Manitoba. Forty years ago, a groundbreaking experiment provided checks to Dauphin’s poorest to raise their incomes to a livable wage. (Photo: Dauphin Economic Development/Facebook)</i><p>On a December afternoon, Frances Amy Richardson took a break from her quilting …

C.J. Herington: an homage

Roger Kimball is Editor and Publisher of <i>The New Criterion</i> and President and Publisher of Encounter Books. His latest book is <i>The Fortunes of</i> …

Amnesia

Why the World Is Not Falling Apart

It’s a good time to be a pessimist. ISIS, Crimea, Donetsk, Gaza, Burma, Ebola, school shootings, campus rapes, wife-beating athletes, lethal cops—who …

The Entire U.S. Population Fits In These 4 Chinese Provinces. So What?

This Instant Camera Will Print Images On A Receipt Paper Roll

Here’s a new twist on an old concept: The instant camera.<p>PrintSnap, a self-contained camera now in the planning stages by electrical engineer Michael Ciuffo, will use standard cash register receipt paper to print pictures on the spot in a mashup of a really long film roll and a Polaroid.<p>The camera …

These Are The Best Fitness Trackers You Can Buy Today

On the surface, it seems like they all do the exact same thing: count your calories, measure how far you've run, and monitor your sleep. But there are a few areas where some fitness bands succeed over others.<p>Here's a look at some of the best ones you can buy today and how they compare.

How to Better Retain Information from Books, Articles, and More

Although we can learn a lot of great information from books, articles, interviews, and conversations, we naturally forget a lot of it. Create a …

Productivity

This Diagram Shows Cornell's Revolutionary Method For Taking Notes

Business Insider recently discovered that we've been taking notes wrong for decades.<p>MIT grad Hooman Katirai revealed that the standard method for notetaking — listen to what someone says, write down what you want to remember — is not the best way.<p>We present <b>the Cornell Notetaking System</b>.<p>Unlike the …

Beyond Christensen: new models of industry disruption

Most are familiar with the kind of disruption Clayton Christensen first described in his classic, <i>The Innovator’s Dilemma</i>: A new technology comes …

We’re putting an end to religion: Richard Dawkins, Bill Maher and the exploding new American secularism

<b>(AP/Janet Van Ham/Fiona Hanson/Marion Curtis/Photo montage by Salon)</b><p>Religious right extremism, new atheists & late-night mockery have religion on the run. American secularism’s rising<p>Phil Zuckerman<p>December 20, 2014 11:30pm (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “Living the Secular Life: New Answers to Old …

A Christmas Story Every American Should Read

Years ago I received a very special book during the holidays, <i>General Washington's Christmas Farewell: A Mount Vernon Homecoming, 1783</i>, from a dear friend, a USMC Colonel (ret.) and fellow history buff. We worked together at the State Department many moons ago and to this day The Colonel always has …

Mount Vernon

Climate Hope: Three Essential Green Books of the Year -- and a Poem

Three important new books in 2014 -- and an extraordinary poem -- stand out as essential reading for our climate change century -- far from being requiems for our planet. Informative, original, unblinking and provocative, dealing head-on with the challenges of resource use in an urbanizing world, …

Fossil Fuels

LinkedIn’s Reid Hoffman on education: overhaul the degree, not just the instruction

Plenty of startups — from massive open online course (MOOC) providers like Coursera and Udacity to adaptive learning companies like Knewton to the …

How Different Cultures Understand Time

In the Western Hemisphere, the United States and Mexico employ time in such diametrically opposing manners that it causes intense friction between the two peoples.<p>In Western Europe, the Swiss attitude to time bears little relation to that of neighboring Italy.<p>Thais do not evaluate the passing of …

Write this down: Taking notes is your most underrated work skill

"Write this down — it's going to be on the final exam," said no boss ever.<p>Note-taking is an unsung challenge of moving from school to the workplace — …