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Is Google Making Students Stupid?

Outsourcing menial tasks to machines can seem liberating, but it may be robbing a whole generation of certain basic mental abilities.<p>One of the oldest metaphors for human interaction with technology is the relationship of master and slave. Aristotle imagined that technology could replace slavery if …

Meaning Is Healthier Than Happiness

People who are happy but have little-to-no sense of meaning in their lives have the same gene expression patterns as people who are enduring chronic adversity.<p>For at least the last decade, the happiness craze has been building. In the last three months alone, over 1,000 books on happiness were …

100 Books Everyone Should Read Before They Die

Many of the books are 20th century classics or recent bestsellers — the oldest book on the list is Jane Austen's 1813 masterpiece "Pride and Prejudice." It also spans multiple genres, with adult fiction, nonfiction, children's, and young adult novels such as "The Hunger Games" and "Harry Potter" …

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The Simple Science To Good Storytelling

Listening to a compelling story activates different parts of the brain, and luckily putting together a good tale isn’t always that difficult.<p><i>A great lasting story is about everyone or it will not last. The strange and foreign is not interesting–only the deeply personal and familiar.”<br>― John Steinbeck</i><p>…

Coffee vs. Beer: Which Drink Makes You More Creative?

<i>Mikael Cho is the co-founder of ooomf, a network that connects short-term software projects with handpicked developers and designers. Mikael writes about psychology, startups, and product marketing over on the ooomf blog.</i><p>I didn’t know what I was going to write about today.<p>When this happens, …

Why You Should Spend Your Mornings In A Cave

People are most creative when they work without distraction. But what does that mean for the team? Welcome to the cave-dwelling future of collaboration.<p>If you want to be your most creative self, research suggests that you should start your day in a cave–and find a way to make it an expected thing …

Benedict Cumberbatch: Julian Assange Is a Hero ‘In Many Ways’

TORONTO — The first squeal went up at exactly 7:00 p.m. last night, as crowds lined the streets outside of Roy Thompson Hall awaiting the premiere of</i> …

One-Armed Woman Wins Miss Iowa Competition

23-year old Nicole Kelly is the new Miss Iowa. She was born without a left forearm, but she's never let it get in the way of her ambitions. She …