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Marijuana Legalization Will Follow in Same-Sex Marriage's Footsteps, with Barney Frank

Retired Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank  has been an advocate for the decriminalization of marijuana for as long as he can remember. He introduced his first piece of legislation on that subject 41 years ago during the Nixon administration, which ... [Published Big Think - 2 hours ago]
First reported 15 hours ago - Updated 15 hours ago - 1 reports

Kentucky Fried Britain

We live in a time of information abundance, which far too many of us see as information overload. With the sum total of human knowledge, past and present, at our fingertips, we’re faced with a crisis of attention: which ideas should we engage with, and ... [Published Big Think - 15 hours ago]
First reported 23 hours ago - Updated 23 hours ago - 1 reports

Home of the Um, Land of the Uh: the Filler Words Dividing America

They're taboo for newsreaders and other public speakers, but the rest of us use filler words whenever our brain needs to catch up with whatever we're saying. Which at least in my case is, uh , fairly frequently.Although we use these words thoughtlessly, ... [Published Big Think - 23 hours ago]
First reported Sep 17 2014 - Updated Sep 17 2014 - 1 reports

Origami Microscope And The “World’s Most Awesome Biology Manual” Will Make You See The World Differently

The Foldscope is an ingenious creation from Stanford’s PrakashLab . It's a microscope that can be assembled by folding a single printed sheet of paper, a process similar to making origami, and one that costs less than a dollar.Manu Prakash and his colleagues ... [Published Big Think - Sep 17 2014]
First reported Sep 17 2014 - Updated Sep 17 2014 - 1 reports

Duolingo's Luis von Ahn on Making Language Lessons Available to Everyone

According to Duolingo co-founder and CEO  Luis von Ahn , 2/3 of the world's language learners satisfy the following three conditions:-They are learning English-They hope to use the skill to pursue a (better) job-They are of a low socio-economic statu ... [Published Big Think - Sep 17 2014]
First reported Sep 16 2014 - Updated Sep 16 2014 - 1 reports

The Subjectivity of Consciousness and the Illusion of Self, with Dr. Sam Harris

Neuroscientist and author Sam Harris , whose new book Waking Up: A Guide to Sprirituality Without Religion  is currently the #1 Science and Mathematics Best Seller on Amazon, defines consciousness as " an experiential internal qualitative dimension to ... [Published Big Think - Sep 16 2014]
First reported Sep 15 2014 - Updated Sep 15 2014 - 1 reports

Chris Cole: Want a Great Idea? Ask a Skateboarder.

What do you see when you spot a skateboarder?An athlete? A daredevil? A nuisance?When professional skateboarder  Chris Cole  looks at his peers, he sees trendsetters, innovators, and unique visionaries whose prowesses for operating wheeled pieces of maplewood ... [Published Big Think - Sep 15 2014]
First reported Sep 15 2014 - Updated Sep 15 2014 - 1 reports

Government-By-Nudge Is a Global Phenomenon

Nudges, "choice architecture," social marketing and other non-rational approaches to government are a pretty significant development. After all, these policies replace explicit arguments ("you should get more exercise for these reasons") with hidden ... [Published Big Think - Sep 15 2014]
First reported Sep 11 2014 - Updated Sep 12 2014 - 1 reports

Esther Perel Discusses Erotic Desire and "Traditional Marriage"

Psychologist  Esther Perel  is fascinated by the complicated relationship between love and desire. In her best-selling book  Mating in Captivity: Unlocking Erotic Intelligence , Perel associates the two with entrapment and freedom, respectively. The key ... [Published Big Think - Sep 11 2014]
First reported Sep 10 2014 - Updated Sep 10 2014 - 1 reports

Delivering Digital Jobs to People in Developing Countries, with Leila Janah

Leila Janah , founder and CEO of the non-profit business  Samasource , describes the organization's core concept as a way for technology "to unlock human talent wherever it may happen to reside." Sometimes that talent is located in impoverished regions ... [Published Big Think - Sep 10 2014]
First reported Sep 09 2014 - Updated Sep 10 2014 - 1 reports

Online Data Ownership and Privacy, with OkCupid's Christian Rudder

Big Data is a big deal. Not only is it a major asset in today's tech-driven economy, it also has the ability to tell stories about who we are as a people. Such is the aim of  Christian Rudder 's new book Dataclysm: Who We Are (When We Think No One's Looking) ... [Published Big Think - Sep 09 2014]
First reported Sep 08 2014 - Updated Sep 08 2014 - 1 reports

HCI Leadership Conference Preview: All Employees Have the Ability to be Great Leaders

We're attending the 2014 Learning and Leadership Development Conference this week, and we hope some of you are, too. This annual conference, hosted by the Human Capital Institute, is a leading event for human resources professionals -- and anyone interested ... [Published Big Think - Sep 08 2014]

Quotes

"You saw that in New York under Bloomberg where cops would stop black kids and hassle them for marijuana. Nobody thinks that there were not white kids smoking marijuana, but almost none of them ever got busted."
"But I think we're only getting started. I think we're nowhere near as good as I want to be. I think we should be able to teach you a language three, four times more effectively than we do in terms of time it takes to learn it. And so we're going to be working on that on really making it so that we are your one-on-one tutor but it's a computer one-on-one tutor and I think we'll be able to do it."
"The sense of being an ego, an I, a thinker of thoughts in addition to the thoughts. An experiencer in addition to the experience. The sense that we all have of riding around inside our heads as a kind of a passenger in the vehicle of the body.... Now that sense of being a subject, a locus of consciousness inside the head is an illusion. It makes no neuro-anatomical sense. There’s no place in the brain for your ego to be hiding."
"A skateboarder’s way of thought is so different that I feel if somebody had some sort of dilemma in their life you could ask a skateboarder for an outside opinion... depending on which skateboarder and what you’re asking, you may get something that is absolutely ridiculous or you could get something that’s absolutely brilliant."

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The Subjectivity of Consciousness and the Illus... [Published Big Think - Sep 16 2014]
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Delivering Digital Jobs to People in Developing... [Published Big Think - Sep 10 2014]
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