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Learn Different

Silicon Valley disrupts education.<p>Seen from the outside, AltSchool Brooklyn, a private school that opened in Brooklyn Heights last fall, does not look like a traditional educational establishment. There is no playground attached, no crossing guard at the street corner, and no crowd of children …

Clive James's Poetry Notebook Review

For a certain demographic last September, the breaking news was all about five stanzas. News outlets, from the <i>Guardian</i> to <i>Slate</i>, were reporting the …

Literature

6 Important Things To Know About How Your Brain Learns

<i>This post originally appeared on the Crew blog.</i><p>Whether you want to learn a new language, learn to cook, take up a musical instrument, or just get more out of the books you read, it helps to know how your brain learns.<p>While everyone learns slightly differently, we do have similarities in the way our …

How Drug Company Gilead Outpaces Its Competitors—And Common Diseases

It can take up to 15 years to bring a lifesaving drug to market. Gilead operates at the speed of need.<p>Before visiting the chemistry lab at Gilead Sciences in Foster City, California, I don the man­datory blue smock and safety goggles that obscure half my face. When I enter, I notice that someone …

Biotechnology

What ISIS Really Wants

The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse. Here’s what that means for its strategy—and for how to stop it.<p>What is the Islamic State?<p>Where did it come from, and what …

Religion

10,000 Hours with Reid Hoffman: What I Learned

(Credit: Wired magazine. )<p><i>Time to read: 50 minutes</i><p>We touched down in Las Vegas only three hours before, but we were already back in the plane and …

Werner Herzog's 24 pieces of advice for filmmaking and life

Found in the book Werner Herzog – A Guide for the Perplexed.<p>1. Always take the initiative.<p>2. There is nothing wrong with spending a night in jail if …

Schadenfreude

Developing the Learner’s Brain

Most of the way we teach and learn is determined by human cognition. Although research has made considerable progress in understanding the cognitive …

The Best of Brain Pickings 2014 – Brain Pickings

After the annual reading list of the year’s best books overall, it’s time for the annual summation of the best <i>Brain Pickings</i> articles of the year — “best” meaning those most read and shared by you, as well as those I took the most pleasure in writing. Please (re)enjoy and have an inspired, …

These 5 Things Will Make You Smarter

<b>1) Get rid of the distractions</b><p>You can’t multitask.<p>Via Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School:<p>To put it …

The Brain

Minerva Schools at KGI

Global Student Body/<p>78%<p>of students come from outside the U.S.<p>Watch the Latest Video in the Global Immersion Series<p>Follow the journeys of five …

The Best Biographies, Memoirs, and History Books of 2014

After the year’s best reads in science, children’s books, psychology and philosophy, and art, design, and photography, here come the finest memoirs, biographies, and history books of the year — our most inviting bridge between past and present, personal and universal.<p>1. A LIFE WORTH LIVING<p><i>“To</i> …

U.S. Stokes Flames Of Discontent Between Korea And Japan

<i>BY JOHN LEE</i><p>In recent months, major U.S. newspapers, like the New York Times and Washington Post, have carried articles decrying the apparent eagerness of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to revise some aspects of his country’s history, particularly the use of Koreans as “comfort women” up to and …

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 …

Cherry Blossom

9 Surprising Ways Your Body Can Influence Your Mind

Psychologist Alice Haddon explores the intriguing relationship between our minds and our muscles.<p>Most of us are aware that a positive attitude can improve health and speed recovery from illness, but does this also work the other way around?<p>'Embodied cognition' is a term used by psychologists to …

The Era Of The Amplified Individual

<b>Today’s organizations have access to tools that enable people to aggregate resources and collaborate outside the boundaries of the organization.</b> …

Build a Career Worth Having

We live in a time of chronic dissatisfaction in the workplace. Gallup’s 2013 State of the American Workplace study found that as many as 70% of working Americans were unfulfilled with their jobs, 18% to such an extent that they are <i>actively undermining</i> their co-workers. This is a marked increase in …

8 Mistakes Our Brains Subconsciously Make Every Day

I was seriously shocked at some of these mistakes in thinking that I subconsciously make <i>all the time</i>. Obviously, none of them are huge, life-threatening mistakes, but they are really surprising and avoiding them could help us to make more rational, sensible decisions.<p>Being aware of the mistakes we …

Critical Thinking

Find The Rules Of Your Business With Automated Data Science

As I’ve pointed out frequently, what good is data unless you have a way to turn it into value. Because there is no Moore’s Law for Data, just piling up loads of data creates a liability, not an asset. The spike in affection (and pay) for data scientists comes from the promise that people who …

The Waiting Place • Dustin Curtis

Dr. Seuss’s real name was Theodore Geisel. He used the pseudonym “Seuss”–his middle name–because he was waiting until he possessed the talent and …

Loneliness

Mark Twain’s Top 7 Tips for a Simple and Successful Life

<i>“The man who doesn’t read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them.”</i><p><i>“Name the greatest of all inventors. Accident.”</i><p><i>“Clothes make</i> …

Pixar's 22 Rules of Storytelling

Pixar's 22 Rules of Storytelling For a version with no text overlay please follow this link: http://imgur.com/a/MRfTb<p>#1: You admire a character for …

The Fat Doctor Problem

A few weeks ago, I took an Uber from my apartment to a friend’s place in the Mission. On the way I was making small-talk with my driver. We started …

Advice to a Young Man Who Wants to Go Places

When I dropped out of school at 19 to start my first job in Hollywood, I didn't know anything and I had no idea where I'd end up. Thankfully, I was attached to some smart and forgiving people who let me learn under them. I suppose I also had good instincts. Within a few short years, I'd become a …

The Dress-Suit Bribe

There’s a theme in the works of Upton Sinclair called the <i>“dress-suit bribe”</i> which he returns to over and over. It’s the the name of a play written by …

Before the Startup

<b>Want to start a startup?</b> Get funded by Y Combinator.<p>October 2014<p><i>(This essay is derived from a guest lecture in Sam Altman's startup class at</i> …

Short-Term Thinking Is Our Biggest Problem. Here’s 3 Ways To Fight It

Given the scale of the problems we face, it’s time that we began thinking in centuries-long cycles instead of four-year political terms.<p>In 1972, U.S. President Richard Nixon asked China’s first premier, Zhou Enlai, for his assessment of the French Revolution, 183 years after the revolution’s …

Profit