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5-Year-Olds Can Learn Calculus

Why playing with algebraic and calculus concepts—rather than doing arithmetic drills—may be a better way to introduce children to math<p>The familiar, hierarchical sequence of math instruction starts with counting, followed by addition and subtraction, then multiplication and division. The …

Reporter for iOS tracks your life through mini surveys and pretty graphs

Nicolas Felton is something of a data nut. (Hopefully he won't take umbrage with that characterization.) The man has been reporting various metrics of his personal life since 2005 in the annual Feltron Report. Eventually he created Daytum so that others could join in his obsessive tracking, but …

Dave Eggers Wrote the Best Business Book of the Year

Though it’s a work of fiction and not a guidebook full of practical checklists, Dave Eggers’ <i>The Circle</i> may be the most provocative business book you’ll read this year. It challenged me deeply, especially in the areas I’ve focused on for HBR—auto-analytics, wearable computing, and social technology. …

This is a better predictor of your success than IQ or EQ

An unsettling classroom experience near the start of his second year in the Stanford Graduate School of Business MBA Program caused a personal crisis for Shirzad Chamine and led him to the work he’s doing more than a quarter century later. The 1987 class was Interpersonal Dynamics, nicknamed …

Psychology

Inside Amazon’s 'gladiator culture'

For someone who supposedly learned the value of kindness at a young age, Jeff Bezos can be pretty ruthless.<p>“Why are you wasting my life?” he once asked an engineer after a presentation.<p>Bezos isn’t a cruel person — he just doesn’t tolerate stupidity, says Bloomberg Businessweek’s Brad Stone. On …

Nate Silver on Finding a Mentor, Teaching Yourself Statistics, and Not Settling in Your Career

Perhaps no one has done more for the cause of data-driven decision-making in the minds of the public than Nate Silver. His book, The Signal and the Noise, explains the power of statistical modeling to improve our predictions about everything from the weather to sports to the stock market. Data …

Atheism starts its megachurch: Is it a religion now?

<b>(Artur Bogacki via Shutterstock/Salon)</b><p>The non-religious Assembly is perhaps the fastest growing church in the world — and it’s coming to a mall near you<p>Katie Engelhart<p>September 22, 2013 10:59am (UTC)<p>Organized Atheism is now a franchise.<p>Yesterday, The Sunday Assembly—the London-based “Atheist …

How to Rebuild an Attention Span

In the war on distraction, a new long-term study of disrupted attention, multitasking, and aging shows dramatic results in improving working memory for older participants through use of an online game.<p><b>Begin with a Twist</b><p>Let’s start with the twist: A specially-designed video game helped reverse signs …

On Becoming a Father

The birth of a child is also the birth of a parent.<p>At 11:02pm, on Thursday, August 29, my son entered the world, taking his first breaths calmly in my wife's arms.<p>Since then, I've avoided writing about him. For one, I have not wanted to process this experience in real-time. Everything's always …

A century-long debate: are 'intelligent' people less likely to hold religious beliefs?

Over most of the past century, researchers have been trying to determine whether there's any link between religion and intelligence. The studies haven't all come to the same conclusion, but a group of researchers led from the University of Rochester decided to look at a large number of them …

Common Core Curriculum Brings Big Shifts To Math Instruction

With the implementation of the new Common Core standards, parents across the country will notice a few changes in their kids' math homework.<p>Transcript<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:<p>To big changes, now, in the classroom. Most states have adopted new math and literacy guidelines for students from kindergarten …

How to Schedule Time for Meaningful Work

An interview with <b>Julian Birkinshaw</b> and <b>Jordan Cohen</b>, coauthors of the article Make Time for the Work that Matters. To identify the tasks you need to drop or outsource, take this interactive assessment.<p>SARAH GREEN: Welcome to the HBR IdeaCast from Harvard Business Review. I’m Sarah Green. Today I’m …

Developed By Literacy Experts, Learn With Homer Launches On The iPad To Change How Kids Learn To Read

Stephanie Dua spent the last ten years pushing for educational reform, first as the CEO of the Fund for Public Schools under former Chancellor of New York’s Department of Education, Joel Klein, and Caroline Kennedy, before becoming senior advisor to David Coleman at Student Achievement Partners …

The Embarrassing Failure Of Our Politics-Of-Religion Industry

Over at BuzzFeed, Andrew Kaczynski has done the world a favor by pointing out that Reza Aslan, a person who’s good at staying dignified in an abusively dumb interview, turned right around and did unto others on Twitter what was done to him — and more — sometimes toward trolls, sometimes …

Really Listening to Atheists: Taking Nonbelief Seriously

When Larry Alex Taunton talked to young atheists about why they left Christianity, he interpreted their objections as matters of style, not substance. That's not accurate or fair.<p>As an atheist, I have frequently had religious acquaintances and even family members misunderstand the basis for my lack …

The Perfect Resignation Letter, Redux

Some have claimed the press has little power. I beg to differ. Occasionally the power of a message (beyond the power of a writer, by far) can spark a resonance that rises and reverberates to a level that it produces astonishing change.<p>I experienced that phenomenon in the form of the post I wrote …

3 Signs You're In The Wrong Job

My husband and I just returned from a vacation that didn’t live up to our expectations. Don’t get me wrong: it was great <i>being</i> on vacation – I got more sleep in those 10 days than in the preceding two months, and we both really love simply spending time in each other’s company. It was just that our …

Attacking the Sleep Conspiracy

An interview with <b>Russell Sanna</b>, executive director of the Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School.<p>JULIA KIRBY: Welcome to the HBR IdeaCast from Harvard Business Review. I’m Julia Kirby, one of the editors of the Harvard Business Review, and I’m joined today by Russell Sanna. He’s …

The 10 best treks in the world

These 10 classic treks are for serious walkers. All of them require a sturdy pair of lungs, fit legs and a good amount of preparation. However, if you choose to go on any of these trails then you will be rewarded with experiences that last a lifetime. In no particular order:<p>1. GR20, France<p><i>Image by</i> …

Hiking

Lowfat Milk May Not Be As Healthy As We Thought, Says Harvard Expert

Got milk? Well, you might not really need it, according to the current issue of JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) Pediatrics. Reduced-fat milk is high in sugar and may be contributing to the obesity epidemic, argues Harvard professor of pediatrics David Ludwig, MD.<p>One cup of …

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How to get important people to respond to your emails

<i>This originally appeared on LinkedIn. You can follow Adam Grant here.</i><p>Two years ago, I made a commitment to do something that made me profoundly uncomfortable. I had just finished writing my first book, and I promised my publisher that I would reach out to bestselling authors and senior leaders, …

Self-improvement

7 Best Hikes in the US

From coast to coast, there are endless trails to trek through some of the country’s most beautiful landscapes. Rugged and technical to smooth and …

The Science Delusion by Curtis White, reviewed.

When Richard Dawkins was named the world’s “Top Thinker” in a poll recently published by <i>Prospect</i> magazine, it was hard to avoid the suspicion that …