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It's Easier to Die from Drinking Too Much Water Than Smoking Too Much Pot

Editor's Note: This article was provided by our partner, RealClearScience. The original is  here.In February, reports filtered in from Germany that two men died of cardiac arrhythmia triggered by marijuana intoxication. At a headline's glance, the tragic ... [Published Big Think - 11 hours ago]
First reported Apr 23 2014 - Updated Apr 23 2014 - 1 reports

654 - Making Maps of France (Nudge, Nudge)

Cuddly toys, ripped to pieces. Their limbs and tails, snouts and eyepatches strung up and nailed to a museum wall. Teddy bears and their furry friends are supposed to be a child's last line of defence against night terrors. But here, perversely, they ... [Published Big Think - Apr 23 2014]
First reported Apr 23 2014 - Updated Apr 23 2014 - 1 reports

Economic Shift: The Rise of the Collaborative Commons

“We are just beginning to glimpse the bare outlines of an emerging new economic system--the collaborative commons,” explains economist Jeremy Rifkin, author of The Zero Marginal Cost Society . In a series on disruption, Rifkin takes us into the forces ... [Published Big Think - Apr 23 2014]
First reported Apr 23 2014 - Updated Apr 23 2014 - 1 reports

When We All 'Talk Like TED,' TED Will Go Mum. Here's Why.

Earlier today the game designer and philosopher Ian Bogost tweeted the above photo, signaling that TEDism—the look and feel of those incisive idea-filled talks from TED conferences—is spreading far and fast beyond its original audience of tech types. ... [Published Big Think - Apr 23 2014]
First reported Apr 22 2014 - Updated Apr 22 2014 - 1 reports

The Regeneration of Organs Can Soon Be Commonplace

“What Nanotronics does, we work with a lab that regenerates the esophagus. This is kind of interesting, because this was by chance, but I had esophageal cancer,” says Matthew Putman, the co-founder and C.E.O. of Nanotronics, a high-tech microscopy and ... [Published Big Think - Apr 22 2014]
First reported Apr 22 2014 - Updated Apr 22 2014 - 1 reports

Losing Your Competitive Edge? How Mental Laziness Can Hurt You

A loyal client of mine, and a highly respected member of an NHL hockey team, practices something I call the Four Levels of Accountability off the ice as well as on. This consummate competitor experienced a number of consecutive games he felt were below ... [Published Big Think - Apr 22 2014]
First reported Apr 21 2014 - Updated Apr 21 2014 - 1 reports

The Dao of Letting Go (and Not Trying)

“ Wu wei is an early Chinese term that means literally no doing or no trying,” says Edward Slingerland, author of the new critically acclaimed book about the power of spontaneity,  Trying Not to Try . “But I think a better translation is effortless action. ... [Published Big Think - Apr 21 2014]
Entities: John Dewey, Burnout
First reported Apr 19 2014 - Updated Apr 19 2014 - 1 reports

653 - Charity Ends at Home: the Struggle for 0.7%

“ How can we possibly be giving £1 billion a month to Bongo Bongo Land when we're in this kind of debt is completely beyond me”, Godfrey Bloom said in August of last year . That comment went too far even for the Little Englanders of the UK Independence ... [Published Big Think - Apr 19 2014]
First reported Apr 19 2014 - Updated Apr 19 2014 - 1 reports

Microbes in Space

It's certainly cheaper than sending a person: NASA will be sending microbes into space. Researchers at UC Davis are leading the initiative. The big idea presented here is that the study will allow us to understand how bacteria lives in microgravity, which ... [Published Big Think - Apr 19 2014]
First reported Apr 18 2014 - Updated Apr 18 2014 - 1 reports

The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback

“ If you look at the neuroscience, the way that we're wired has a profound effect on how we hear and respond to feedback,” says Sheila Heen, the co-author, with Douglas Stone, of Thanks for the Feedback: Well. “Now, we took a look at three variables that ... [Published Big Think - Apr 18 2014]
Entities: Neuroscience, Jail
First reported Apr 18 2014 - Updated Apr 18 2014 - 1 reports

How Neurocomic Gets Into Your Head

The two “go to” occupations for conveying the idea of genius are usually “ rocket scientist ” and “ brain surgeon .” Only the best minds pursue the mysteries of the outer space beyond our atmosphere or the inner space between our ears. We all have brains, ... [Published Big Think - Apr 18 2014]
First reported Apr 18 2014 - Updated Apr 18 2014 - 1 reports

Increasing the Minimum Wage at Zero Cost to Taxpayers or Corporate Shareholders

There is considerable debate right now about whether to pass an increase in the Federal  minimum   wage , from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour.Supporters of the proposal say that boosting the  minimum   wage  would bolster the earnings of about 16.5 million workers; ... [Published Big Think - Apr 18 2014]

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...The researchers who reviewed their deaths in the journal Forensic Science International reported that "the younger man had a serious undetected heart problem and the older one had a history of alcohol, amphetamine and cocaine abuse." Since all other causes of death were ruled out, the researchers assumed that marijuana spiked their heart rates and blood pressures, causing their...
"I'm one of the leaders on this team and I need to do better. It's not like I've been slacking—in fact, I'm busting my butt. But the truth is, I need to be doing more—and I  can do more. I'm at ninety to ninety-five percent of my potential, but it hasn't been enough. For the first time since I can remember, I got a pretty stiff message from the coaches. I didn't like to hear it, but I won't argue. I need to respond with more effort."
How does one achieve  wu wei ? "It looks a little bit like flow or being in the zone as an athlete," explains Slingerland. "So you’re very effective.  You’re moving through the world in a very efficient way--the social world and physical world.  But you don’t have a sense of doing anything.  You don’t have a sense of effort.  You don’t have a sense of yourself as an agent.  You kind of lose yourself in the activity you’re involved in.”"
According to Godfrey Bloom, foreign aid is wasted on "Ray-Ban sunglasses, apartments in Paris, Ferraris and […] F18s for Pakistan”. In fact, the UN has calculated that the world could halve extreme poverty if the developed world made good on its 0.7% pledge, as the UK has now – stealthily – done. British foreign aid rose by over 30% from 2012 to 2013, totalling £11.4 billion, which is about £180 per person."

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It's Easier to Die from Drinking Too Much Water... [Published Big Think - 11 hours ago]
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When We All 'Talk Like TED,' TED Will Go Mum. H... [Published Big Think - Apr 23 2014]
Economic Shift: The Rise of the Collaborative C... [Published Big Think - Apr 23 2014]
The Regeneration of Organs Can Soon Be Commonplace [Published Big Think - Apr 22 2014]
Losing Your Competitive Edge? How Mental Lazine... [Published Big Think - Apr 22 2014]
The Dao of Letting Go (and Not Trying) [Published Big Think - Apr 21 2014]
653 - Charity Ends at Home: the Struggle for 0.7% [Published Big Think - Apr 19 2014]
Microbes in Space [Published Big Think - Apr 19 2014]
The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback [Published Big Think - Apr 18 2014]
How Neurocomic Gets Into Your Head [Published Big Think - Apr 18 2014]
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