Simi Rahman

69 Flips | 15 Magazines | 44 Likes | 32 Following | @simirahman | A polyglot looking for the simple connections, new ideas, writing as self expression, firmly embedded in science while dreaming of the arts.

How to hack your unconscious

Aha! moments of inspiration seem to come from nowhere – but the counterintuitive key to a creative brain is to defocus your thoughts<p>You can determine …

Consciousness

Oliver Sacks on 9/11 and the Paradoxical Power of Music to Bring Solace by Making Room for Our Pain

“Music can pierce the heart directly; it needs no mediation.”<p>A science-storyteller like the late, great, sorely missed <b>Oliver Sacks</b> (July 9, 1933–August 30, 2015) comes about once a century, if we’re lucky. Throughout his long career as a working scientist who bewitched the popular imagination with …

Literature

Most doctors are ill-equipped to deal with the opioid epidemic. Few medical schools teach addiction.

To the medical students, the patient was a conundrum.<p>According to his chart, he had residual pain from a leg injury sustained while working on a …

Medicine

Gamification can help education — here’s how

Teachers and parents hear it over and over again: “make learning fun” to keep kids engaged. Gamified education apps for use outside of the classroom have proliferated, leading students to expect gamification when they’re back inside of the classroom, too. ABCmouse is one great example for the …

Middle School

Five memory hacks to make you smarter

Simply reading the things you need to remember for a looming exam over and over may not be the best way to retain information. Instead, you should use these tried-and-tested methods.<p>No matter how smart you think you are, the chances are that you sometimes fail to make the most of your memory. A …

Pedagogy

Presence, Privacy and Control: The three cornerstones of using mobile to empower girls

<b>Girl Effect’s director of digital research and learning, Kecia Bertermann, outlines what our work has taught us about designing effective mobile</b> …

Chatbots

This New, Weird Diet Might Be The Best Thing For Gut Health & Weight Loss. Here's Why — And Exactly What To Do

It's 2018, and ketogenic (or keto) diets and intermittent fasting are not only buzzy, they're practically mainstream. At this point, I've answered …

The Bizarre Untold Origin Story of the Myers-Briggs Personality Indicator

How a mother-daughter team created the pseudoscientific quiz that conquered the world.<p>If you've ever been on a dating app, you know what the Myers-Briggs personality type is—those four letters that are supposed to unlock the secrets of your inner personality and guide you through everything from …

Psychology

Rise of executive coaching: how leadership ideologies drive anxiety in academia

It is no secret that academics are becoming increasingly anxious in their work. My colleagues and I have written about the Performance Based Research …

Education

25 of the Best Fantasy Books For Teens

In Khorasan, each new day’s sun rises on another family in mourning: Khalid, the ruler of Khorasan, takes a new wife each night, only to have her …

Books

Don’t look for the right answer. Try this instead

In solving problems, our first instinct is to find the right answer.<p>In boardrooms across America, executives fall over each other to be the first to …

Framing

Here’s how successful people avoid information overwhelm

There are seemingly infinite options in the world today. With increasing options comes increased <i>choices</i>.<p>This may seem like a good thing. But at a …

Self-improvement

David Lynch Narrates ‘Curtain’s Up,’ a Short Film About Cinema, Ideas, and Meditation — Watch

"Cinema is a language. It can say things, big abstract things."<p>David Lynch may never make another film — his most recent, “Inland Empire,” was …

Meditation

49 Phrases to Calm an Anxious Child

<i>The following story, written by Renee Jain, was originally published on GoZen.</i><p>It happens to every child in one form or another — anxiety. As parents, we would like to shield our children from life's anxious moments, but navigating anxiety is an essential life skill that will serve them in the years …

Self-help

The 2,000-year-old origins of EQ and how it became a crucial job skill

The evolution of EQ has roots in ancient Greece, but it only came to be well known in the workplace in the last 20 years.<p>Emotional intelligence (EQ) is one of the most important skills candidates need when they’re looking to land a job. And it’s also a key factor to move up the ranks more quickly. …

Emotional Intelligence

A Mother’s Zip Code Could Signal Whether Her Baby Will Be Born Too Early

Every year, more than 400,000 women in America have babies who are preterm, low birthweight, or who die before their first birthday.<p>Editor’s Note: This article is part of a series exploring the vast racial and economic inequality in Fresno, the poorest major city in California. These stories were …

Public Health

The 17 Best Snacks to Eat If You Have Diabetes

Prevent that low blood sugar crash with these healthy food pairings.<p>Once you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, the way you approach food completely changes. That’s because dips and peaks in your blood sugar can dictate how you feel throughout the day, and the foods you eat play a major role in …

Nutrition

Hedonism holds the secret to a happier life, but not for the reasons you think

As a former Type A person, I firmly believe that most Type A types are failing at life. They’ve opted for an utterly miserable existence, working in unrewarding jobs that make them unhappy and stressed and take them away from their loved ones. A Type A life is largely without leisurely novels, …

Cambridge University

The Cognitive Biases Tricking Your Brain

Science suggests we’re hardwired to delude ourselves. Can we do anything about it?<p>I am staring at a photograph of myself that shows me 20 years older than I am now. I have not stepped into the twilight zone. Rather, I am trying to rid myself of some measure of my present bias, which is the tendency …

His world was what it was: the enigma of V.S. Naipaul

He was the rare literary figure of sufficient notoriety that newspapers had kept draft obituaries on file for decades. When news broke on August 11 …

Literature

How AI could transform the way we measure kids’ intelligence

There is a saying in education that you treasure what you measure. Going by the standardized tests that dominate schools in many countries around the world, we’re teaching children that we value only a very narrow definition of intelligence—the ability to solve word problems about train times, or …

Can the Humanities Save Us?

I was recently asked by a student group at my university to participate in a panel discussion about the humanities. Having been asked the rather …

The Tone It Up Girls Show Us the Most Effective Cardio-Ab Routine

Even if you only have a few minutes to spare, it's entirely possible to move your body and boost your heart rate. Take it from Katrina Scott and …

One Way to Plot a Novel

Plotter or Pantser?The first decision a writer faces at the beginning of a long fiction project is whether they are going to plot it or pants it. One …

Polish Poet and Nobel Laureate Wisława Szymborska on Great Love

“Great love is never justified. It’s like the little tree that springs up in some inexplicable fashion on the side of a cliff: where are its roots, what does it feed on, what miracle produces those green leaves?”<p><i>“For one human being to love another,”</i> Rilke wrote to a young friend, <i>“that is perhaps</i> …

Nobel Prize

Tone Every Inch of Your Body With These 100 Effective Bodyweight Moves

Here it is! The ultimate guide to the best bodyweight moves. Bookmark this for later so you can create your own workout by mixing and matching these badass moves, and watch your body transform. Maybe you want an all-butt workout with squats and lunges. Maybe you want to focus on toning your arms …

David Foster Wallace, Irony, and American Buddhism today

August 6, 2018 by Justin Whitaker<p>I watched <i>End of the Tour</i> (2015) last night, a movie about a writer, David Lipsky, spending a few days with the …

This 30-Day Plank Challenge Will Transform Your Body

A strong core is the foundation of a strong body. Think about it: A tree would fall if its trunk weren't solid and stable. Doing core work isn't just …

Create Dangerously: Albert Camus on the Artist as a Voice of Resistance and a Liberator of Society

“To create today is to create dangerously… The question, for all those who cannot live without art and what it signifies, is merely to find out how, among the police forces of so many ideologies (how many churches, what solitude!), the strange liberty of creation is possible.”<p><i>“Those who tell you</i> …

16 Incredibly Useful Resources for Aspiring Authors

…You’ll Wish You Knew About These Earlier<p>Throughout the process of writing my book and helping clients with theirs, I’ve curated a list of tools that …

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