Nicolas Modrzyk

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The first instalment of our new psychology column looks at how mental manipulation can be backed by good intentions – but when used with stealth, it is deceitful and wrong<p>A couple of decades ago, a class of psychology undergraduates played a mean trick on their lecturer. The students on the right …

Psychology

Words of Advice For Artists From Jean Dubuffet, Advocate for Art Brut, on His Birthday

People<p>Believe in magic.<p>,<p>Jean Dubuffet, 1945. Photo courtesy of Phaidon.<p>French artist Jean Dubuffet introduced the world to Art Brut, a predecessor of …

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No matter what the boss says about flextime, get to work early

Flex-time is not as flexible as you might think.<p>The belief that getting an early start to the day is virtuous is widely held. In fact, finds a forthcoming study, it’s so pervasive that managers rate workers who get an early start higher than those who get in and stay late, no matter how many hours …

Artificial intelligence startup Vicarious collects $40 million from tech elites

Advertisement<p>6 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock / StudioSmart<p>It has been a big year for artificial intelligence. Google bought DeepMind in January for …

Just Eat Preps IPO In London, Aiming To Raise £100M

Online fast food ordering veteran Just Eat, which lets hungry web users in 13 global markets order a food delivery from a range of local takeaways, is preparing to float on the London Stock Exchange.<p>It’s aiming to raise £100 million from the IPO, with an expected valuation in the range of £700 …

Wise.io raises $2.5M for machine learning, simplified

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock / Sebastian Kaulitzki<p>Wise.io, a Berkeley, Calif.-based startup that claims to make machine learning easy, …

Open source neuroscience tools to help DIY researchers

Today's neuroscientists need expertise in more than just the human brain. They must also be accomplished hardware engineers, capable of building new …

Untitled Tuesday: What would you name this piece by artist Ryan Coleman? http://goo.gl/VtdSh6

Why paying attention is anything but elementary

It’s surprising how much of the world we see and yet do not take in. Who better to teach us why we miss so much and what to do about it than Sherlock Holmes?<p>“The true art of memory is the art of attention,” wrote Samuel Johnson. Wise words, indeed, but what exactly is this art? Do we really know …

Advice from Artists on How to Overcome Creative Block, Handle Criticism, and Nurture Your Sense of Self-Worth

<i>“Inspiration is for amateurs — the rest of us just show up and get to work,”</i> Chuck Close scoffed. <i>“A self-respecting artist must not fold his hands on the pretext that he is not in the mood,”</i> Tchaikovsky admonished. <i>“Show up, show up, show up, and after a while the muse shows up, too,”</i> Isabel Allende …

Brian Eno’s Reading List of Twenty Books Essential for Sustaining Human Civilization

<i>UPDATE: The folks from the Long Now have kindly asked me to contribute to the Manual for Civilization library — here is my own reading list.</i><p>There is something inescapably alluring about the reading lists of cultural icons, perhaps because in recognizing that creativity is combinatorial and fueled …

Irish startup Aylien is the everyman of natural-language processing

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock / iQoncept<p>What do you get when you mix an Iranian born-and-educated CEO, two college dropouts, a stint in …

7 Steps to Mindfully Manifest Your Goals

As a mind-body therapist and an international trainer I've helped thousands of patients and workshop participants learn how to mindfully access their core creativity and manifest their goals. Mindfulness is a powerful tool that can help one go beyond their fears and resistances to tap into their …