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3 smart strategies geniuses like Albert Einstein and Elon Musk use to learn anything faster

• <b>Albert Einstein, Elon Musk, and Richard Feynman all offer practical advice anyone can use to learn things quickly.</b>• <b><br>Einstein believed that things you find fun are often ones you'll learn faster because you'll enjoy practicing and studying.</b>• <b><br>Elon Musk recommends thinking about learning as a tree: Start</b> …

Albert Einstein

3 Simple Tools That Will Optimize Your Brainpower

You already have the habits you need to successfully learn. All you need to do is become aware of them.<p>"Which Habits Can People Build Into Their Day to Optimize Learning?" <i>originally appeared on Quora-- the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better</i> …

Self-improvement

The Top 100 American Films of All Time, According to 62 International Film Critics

Entertainment first, and art second? Hasn't that always been the American way when it comes to film? And is that how the rest of the world sees it, …

Filmmaking

20 Free Business MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) That Will Advance Your Career

Art, philosophy, literature and history--that's mainly what we discuss around here. We're about enriching the mind. But we're not opposed to helping …

MBA

An Animated Introduction to Rene Descartes & His Philosophy of Radical Doubt

Early Enlightenment French philosopher and mathematician René Descartes invented a new genre of philosophy, we might say, one that would dominate the …

Ludwig Wittgenstein

What Is Fair Use?: A Short Introduction from the Maker of Everything is a Remix

Back in 2010, we began featuring a series of videos from filmmaker Kirby Ferguson. Called <i>Everything is a Remix</i>, the four-part video series explored …

Copyright

Free Courses on Design from the Famous California Design Firm IDEO Start This Week

A quick fyi: This week, the famous California design firm IDEO has launched two free courses--a 7-week Introduction to Human-Centered Design and a …

Design Thinking

Dr. Jane Goodall Is Now Teaching an Online Course on Conservation, Animal Intelligence & Activism

Back in June, we mentioned that the great primatologist and anthropologist Dr. Jane Goodall was gearing up to teach her first online course on …

Jane Goodall

Martin Scorsese to Teach His First Online Course on Filmmaking

If you need to make movies, if you feel like you can't rest until you've told this particular story that you're burning to tell, then Martin Scorsese …

Martin Scorsese

Stream Online The Vietnam War, the New Documentary by Ken Burns & Lynn Novick

Right now, PBS is in the midst of airing <i>The Vietnam War</i>, a ten-part, 18-hour documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. The …

Documentaries

Watch the New Anime Prequel to Blade Runner 2049, by Famed Japanese Animator Shinichiro Watanabe

The run-up to <i>Blade Runner 2049</i>, befitting what now looks like the cinematic event of the decade, has consisted of not just marketing hype (though it …

Movies

A Massive 55-Hour Chronological Playlist of Bob Dylan Songs: Stream 763 Tracks

Shakespeare may have come up with the seven ages of man (see: <i>As You Like It</i> for more info), but Bob Dylan has had more than seven ages in his five …

A 17-Hour, Chronological Journey Through Tom Petty’s Music: Stream the Songs That Became the Soundtracks of Our Lives

For some time now, both critics and the big guitar makers have clanged a warning bell about the end of rock. But we need not be alarmed. Rock isn’t …

The History of Hip Hop Music Visualized on a Turntable Circuit Diagram: Features 700 Artists, from DJ Kool Herc to Kanye West

Every genre of music has its lineages and filiations, and each generation tries to outdo its predecessors. In no genre of music are these …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Download New Storyboarding Software That’s Free & Open Source

Quick tip: The new software package, Storyboarder, makes it "easy to visualize a story as fast you can draw stick figures." You can create a story …

Hear 1,500+ Genres of Music, All Mapped Out on an Insanely Thorough Interactive Graph

If you are ready for a time-suck internet experience that will also make you feel slightly old and out of step with the culture, feel free to dive …

Indian Pop

Stream Joni Mitchell’s Complete Discography: A 17-Hour Playlist Moving from Song to a Seagull (1968) to Shine (2007)

In “Fear of a Female Genius,” a recent essay on Joni Mitchell, Lindsay Zoladz explains why “one of the greatest living artists in popular music still …

Joni Mitchell

The Films of Christopher Nolan Explored in a Sweeping 4-Hour Video Essay: Memento, The Dark Knight, Interstellar & More

Cameron Beyl does not play by the rules when it comes to video essays. Instead of short, under-10 minute explorations we’ve come to expect from the …

2,000+ Architecture & Art Books You Can Read Free at the Internet Archive

Somebody once called writing about music like dancing about architecture, and the description stuck. But what's writing about architecture like? Even …

Hallelujah!: You Can Stream Every Leonard Cohen Album in a 22-Hour Chronological Playlist (1967-2016)

<i>Everybody knows the war is over. Everybody knows the good guys lost.</i><p>Perhaps no one since Thomas Hardy has matched Leonard Cohen in the dogged …

6 Strategies for Taking High-Quality Notes

In my practice as a professor, I’ve noticed an anecdotal difference between the notes that my A and C students take during lectures. According to one …

Teaching

New TED Talk Video: “The boost students need to overcome obstacles”

Anindya Kundu, who I believe is a adjunct professor at New York University, has a new short TED Talk titled “The boost students need to overcome …

Education

John Oliver name-checks Amazon and jokes about Bing in rant about corporate consolidation

John Oliver is an Emmy winner for good reason — his HBO show “Last Week Tonight” is funny and smart and pretty much just what we need every Sunday …

John Oliver

These 16 Psychological Tricks Immediately Make You More Likeable

How to use science to get more friends.<p>It's hard to say exactly why you like someone.<p>Maybe it's their goofy smile; maybe it's their razor-sharp wit; …

Psychology

Learn a Computer Programming Language Online for Free

It's Never Too Late to Learn How to Program<p>Many new graduates find frustration in today’s job market as employers increasingly focus on hiring …

Learning

How Information Overload Robs Us of Our Creativity: What the Scientific Research Shows

Everyone used to read Samuel Johnson. Now it seems hardly anyone does. That’s a shame. Johnson understood the human mind, its sadly amusing frailties …

Want to make a difference? Don't Work for a Charity. | William MacAskill | TEDxCambridgeUniversity

Asking These 8 Simple Questions Will Make You a Better Writer

If you want to be a better writer, make sure you follow these time-tested principles.<p>After writing and editing hundreds of thousands of words over the course of my career, I've observed several fundamental principles about the craft that I sometimes share with colleagues and friends who are trying …

Writing

How to Learn in 2 Days What Normally Takes 6 Months

Research has found that having clarity about your goals is essential to having motivation to achieve those goals.<p>Research has found that having clarity about your goals is essential to having motivation to achieve those goals.<p>If you're not clear on what you're doing, it's hard to be motivated. …

Motivation