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Teaching the Greeks and Critical Thinking - Part 2: Setting the Tone from the First Day of Class

The first day of class, I enter the classroom and ask, <b>"What's the difference between being certain and being closed-minded?"</b> Long silence. Students give tentative answers. <b>"What's the difference between having firm principles and being closed-minded?"</b> Longer silence. More tentative answers. <b>"What's</b> …

Critical Thinking

Teaching the Greeks and Critical Thinking -- Part 1: Why Students Need the Humanities Now More Than Ever

Students today grow up in such a distracted and meaningless world that, unless schools give them some idea of where we have come from as a cultural tradition, schools themselves run the risk of becoming part of that meaninglessness. Not that students need necessarily accept that tradition, but they …

Critical Thinking

15 science-backed tricks to instantly seem smart

But that doesn't mean anyone can't <i>appear</i> to look more intelligent than they actually may be.<p>In fact, there are plenty of science-backed ways to convince others that you're a modern-day Einstein as soon as you meet them.<p>We rounded up 15 of them so you can impress your boss and buddies with your …

Psychology

Will Your Interview Answers Get You Hired?

Mark Zuckerberg, CEO and founder of Facebook, describes his hiring process this way:<p>I will only hire someone to work directly for me if I would work directly for that person.<p>Zuckerberg’s comment illustrates an overlooked, yet fundamental, truth about hiring—people are ultimately looking for someone …

Employment

The most effective way to get rich

I’m almost 40 and of the five career-type jobs I’ve had in my life (I run my own business now), four came through networking. Only one came out of …

Five Common Rookie Storytelling Mistakes

In honor of this week’s launch of our new online course, Presentation Prep: 10 Steps to Persuasive Storytelling, I’m devoting this post to some of the rookie storytelling mistakes I’ve seen in my 18 years as the President of Public Words Inc. Specifically, in the form of presentations and speeches. …

Public Speaking

Abandoned Castles, Châteaux And City Halls Showcase The Beauty Of Emptiness

Photographer Matt Emmett has traveled all around the world capturing beautiful buildings for his work, Forgotten Heritage Photography. He has devoted his life to shedding light on what he calls "ruins and abandonment," turning old, dilapidated buildings into beautiful imagery.<p>"These places that …

Mining

Psychology: the man who studies everyday evil

Why are some people extraordinarily selfish, manipulative, and unkind? David Robson asks the scientist delving into the darkest sides of the human mind.<p>If you had the opportunity to feed harmless bugs into a coffee grinder, would you enjoy the experience? Even if the bugs had names, and you could …

Psychology

Bertrand Russell on Immortality, Why Religion Exists, and What “The Good Life” Really Means

“There are forces making for happiness, and forces making for misery. We do not know which will prevail, but to act wisely we must be aware of both.”<p><b>Bertrand Russell</b> (May 18, 1872–February 2, 1970) is one of humanity’s most grounding yet elevating thinkers, his writing at once lucid and luminous. …

Bertrand Russell

IRS Advice On Marijuana: Deduct It...But Prepare For 50% Tax

Four states have legalized recreational marijuana, and 23 states plus the District of Columbia have legalized medical use. But federal law still classifies it as a controlled substance, regardless of how legal it is in the states. There’s a lot more than taxes at stake, since federal drug crimes …

Cannabis

Auschwitz survivor recalls Nazi evil, liberation 70 years on

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — The tattoo on her left arm has become unreadable but the habit of reading it aloud in Polish remains strong, seven decades after it first scarred her skin.<p>Greta Wienfeld Ferusic had to yell A9233, in Polish, for 10 months during the morning lineups at the …

World History

Marijuana Tax Millions? Hallucinations Up In Smoke, Yet Feds Propose 50% Federal Tax Too

Excited Coloradans thought legalizing marijuana would mean huge tax revenues. They were hardly alone. Nationwide, with medical marijuana, and especially with recreational, the drum beat has been about money, jobs, real estate upticks, and spillover effects into many fields. The loudest cries of all …

Cannabis

The incredibly bizarre experience of teaching in North Korea, where critical thinking is unimaginable

<b>Adapted from Without You, There Is No Us: My Time With the Sons of North Korea’s Elite by Suki Kim. Out now from Crown Publishers.</b><p>Essay was a …

How to Become a Millionaire by Age 30

International Sales Expert<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Getting rich and becoming a millionaire is a taboo topic. Saying it can be done by the age of 30 seems like a fantasy.<p>It shouldn’t be taboo and it is possible. At the age of 21, I got out of college, broke and in …

Personal Finance

How To Get Important People To Read And Respond To Your Emails

I always chuckle when really influential people mention something like, “Oh, I get over 600 emails a day,” because it sounds just so truly dreadful, even for a humble-brag. But what might be even sadder? The chances of your emails being seen and responded to by a person like this aren’t that …

Success in life doesn't depend on college choice | Reuters

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The first large-scale study of college graduates’ success in life using measures other than salary reached some potentially revolutionary conclusions.<p>Cyclists traverse the Main Quad at Stanford University in Stanford, California, May 9, 2014. REUTERS/Beck Diefenbach<p>It also …