Publication: Big Think

First reported Jul 25 2014 - Updated Jul 25 2014 - 1 reports

669 - Digital Monkeys and Virtual Ducks: What to Call the @

The emergence of email catapulted the @ from typographical obscurity onto everybody's keyboard. Now the thing had to have a name fit for the digital age.Despite an early proliferation of alternatives (including each , vortex , whorl , cyclone , rose , ... [Published Big Think - Jul 25 2014]
First reported Jul 24 2014 - Updated Jul 24 2014 - 1 reports

Want to Make a Difference in the World? Think Small

Ambition can work against you by leading you to set unrealistic and overwhelming goals. Want to make a difference in the world? Think small. It’s much less complicated, you’ll have easier access to the data that you’ll need. Most importantly, you will ... [Published Big Think - Jul 24 2014]
First reported Jul 24 2014 - Updated Jul 24 2014 - 1 reports

Why Being Nice to Others is Good for You

[embedded content]Turns out that being nice to other people isn't just good for the recipients of your kindness. According to the latest research, people who are generous and altruistic reap a host of benefits from their behavior, from lower stress levels ... [Published Big Think - Jul 24 2014]
First reported Jul 24 2014 - Updated Jul 24 2014 - 1 reports

James Fallon on Learning From Your Inner Psycopath

A commonly reported anxiety dream is standing in front of an audience naked. Neuroscientist James Fallon lived this nightmare. While giving a talk in Oslo to leading researchers and a former prime minister, Fallon showed a scan of his brain to provide ... [Published Big Think - Jul 24 2014]
First reported Jul 23 2014 - Updated Jul 23 2014 - 1 reports

The More Materialistic the CEO, the More Accounting Errors

If a CEO enjoys last minute getaways to the island of Mustique and lavish shopping sprees, favorite pastimes should not concern shareholders. Or should they? It turns out that materialism in the CEO indicates a potential for accounting errors within the ... [Published Big Think - Jul 23 2014]
First reported Jul 23 2014 - Updated Jul 23 2014 - 1 reports

How Mickalene Thomas Breaks Up the Modernist Boys Club

When Pablo Picasso and other early modernists appropriated elements of so-called “primitive” African art for Cubist and proto-Cubist works such as 1907’s Les Demoiselles d'Avignon they perpetrated a kind of artistic colonialism similar to the economic ... [Published Big Think - Jul 23 2014]
First reported Jul 18 2014 - Updated Jul 18 2014 - 1 reports

Paul McCartney’s Seventies Struggle to Escape the Beatles

During the 1960s, four of the most famous people on Earth were collectively known as The Beatles . Most people struggle to deal with the post-fame life, but how do you live as an ex-Beatle? In Man on the Run: Paul McCartney in the 1970s , Tom Doyle asks ... [Published Big Think - Jul 18 2014]
First reported Jul 18 2014 - Updated Jul 18 2014 - 1 reports

Can Ketamine Treat Depression?

Around 350 million people worldwide suffer from depression. The World Health Organization reports that depression is the leading cause of disability . It is a serious clinical problem, and leading treatments, like Prozac and Paxil, can take weeks to months ... [Published Big Think - Jul 18 2014]
Entities: Ketamine, Paxil, Prozac
First reported Jul 17 2014 - Updated Jul 17 2014 - 1 reports

668 – Europe, Equipopulous

New word of the day: equipopulous. Country A is equipopulous to country B if it has the same number of inhabitants. This map shows what a European Union with 28 equipopulous member states could look like. But why?The European Union, like any other federation ... [Published Big Think - Jul 17 2014]
First reported Jul 17 2014 - Updated Jul 17 2014 - 1 reports

Ending Violence Against Women

Violence against women continues to be a serious problem. Recent statistics indicate that around 35% of women have experienced violence in their lifetimes. That’s over a third of women worldwide. Thankfully, there are tireless leaders like Layli Miller-Muro ... [Published Big Think - Jul 17 2014]
First reported Jul 16 2014 - Updated Jul 16 2014 - 1 reports

The Health Benefits of Being Kind

Being kind and volunteering one's time are selfish acts. Research has shown that helping others through volunteer work actually increases one's overall sense of well-being, including building emotional resilience and reducing stress levels. The effects ... [Published Big Think - Jul 16 2014]
First reported Jul 14 2014 - Updated Jul 14 2014 - 1 reports

Mindfulness is the New Definition of Success

What is the last thing you look at before you go to bed? Is it the television blaring a Netflix series? Or are you catching up on the stories of the day in your Twitter feed? How often do you go from staring at a screen to shutting your eyes, expecting ... [Published Big Think - Jul 14 2014]

Quotes

...As Stephen Post says in this Big Think interview , "in general it’s good to be good and science says it’s so." Post's research shows a significant upside to volunteerism and other generous behaviors:
...Stephen Post of the Institute for Research on Unlimited Love and the author of Is Ultimate Reality Unlimited Love? "It's a side effect or byproduct, and I always like to emphasize that you're helping others because it's the good thing to do, you know, it's the golden rule and all that. But as it turns out inin general it's a very healthy way to go."
...of the North American continent, and reduces Canada (30 million), geographically larger but demographically much, much smaller, to the status of "America's Hat (see also # 339 ). Together with Mexico (106 million), they represent the bulk of North America's 512 million inhabitants. Of the other nations in the Carribean and Central America, only Cuba (11 million) and Guatemala (15 million) have over 10 million inhabitants. The purple square next to the Dominican Republic is Puerto Rico (4 million), the single square south of there is Trinidad and Tobago (1 million). Nations with less than 1 million are not shown on the map."
But where exactly is hell? The legend just above Mannigfual reads Totenreich ( "Empire of the Dead'). Was hell just anywhere in (or under) the North Sea? Or was it perhaps at Hekla, outside the map? Hekla is a fearsome Icelandic volcano, which has erupted over a dozen times over the last thousand years. It was considered the gateway to hell – not a giant leap of the imagination about a mountain that breathes fire and spews sulphur. Yeah, that does sound like New Jersey."

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669 - Digital Monkeys and Virtual Ducks: What t... [Published Big Think - Jul 25 2014]
Why Being Nice to Others is Good for You [Published Big Think - Jul 24 2014]
Want to Make a Difference in the World? Think S... [Published Big Think - Jul 24 2014]
James Fallon on Learning From Your Inner Psycopath [Published Big Think - Jul 24 2014]
The More Materialistic the CEO, the More Accoun... [Published Big Think - Jul 23 2014]
How Mickalene Thomas Breaks Up the Modernist Bo... [Published Big Think - Jul 23 2014]
Paul McCartney’s Seventies Struggle to Escape t... [Published Big Think - Jul 18 2014]
Can Ketamine Treat Depression? [Published Big Think - Jul 18 2014]
668 – Europe, Equipopulous [Published Big Think - Jul 17 2014]
Ending Violence Against Women [Published Big Think - Jul 17 2014]
The Health Benefits of Being Kind [Published Big Think - Jul 16 2014]
Mindfulness is the New Definition of Success [Published Big Think - Jul 14 2014]
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