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In Silicon Valley, Meditation Is No Fad. It Could Make Your Career | Wired Business | Wired.com

In Silicon Valley, Meditation Is No Fad. It Could Make Your Career | Wired Business | Wired.com | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
Meditation and mindfulness are the new rage in Silicon Valley. And it's not just about inner peace—it's about getting ahead.
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We are more rational than those who nudge us – Steven Poole – Aeon

We are more rational than those who nudge us – Steven Poole – Aeon | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
We are told that we are an irrational tangle of biases, to be nudged any which way. Does this claim stand to reason?
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Q&A: The sci-fi optimist : Nature : Nature Publishing Group

Q&A: The sci-fi optimist : Nature : Nature Publishing Group | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
Best-selling science-fiction writer Neal Stephenson's works cover everything from cryptography to Sumerian mythology. Ahead of next year's novel Seveneves, he talks about his influences, the stagnation in material technologies, and Hieroglyph, the forthcoming science-fiction anthology that he kick-started to stimulate the next generation of engineers.
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Were we happier in the stone age?

Were we happier in the stone age? | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
Does modern life make us happy? We have gained much but we have lost a great deal too, argues Yuval Noah Harari. Are humans better suited to a hunter-gatherer lifestyle?
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Steve Buscemi's First Passion

Steve Buscemi's First Passion | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
Former firefighter Steve Buscemi produced a new HBO documentary on the Fire Department of New York.
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Three Generations of a Hackneyed Apologia for Censorship Are Enough | Popehat

Three Generations of a Hackneyed Apologia for Censorship Are Enough | Popehat | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
In her Los Angeles Times opinion piece justifying prosecution of the author of the "Innocence of Muslims" video on YouTube, Sarah Chayes opens exactly the way
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The never-ending conundrums of classical physics

The never-ending conundrums of classical physics | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
Even today, scientists still try to solve sprinkler brain teasers from the 19th century.
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Why do human beings keep fighting wars?

Why do human beings keep fighting wars? | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
Steve Taylor: Warfare provides people with a semblance of psychological positivity in oppressed societies where other outlets are lacking
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When the Americans Turned the Tide

When the Americans Turned the Tide | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
The Germans were pushing toward Paris in 1918 when untested American troops helped stop them at the Marne River in a pivotal World War I battle.
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An Auteur Is Not a Brand

An Auteur Is Not a Brand | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
The notion of the auteur, of the director as creator, isn’t the universal state of the art; it’s an exceptional achievement.
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'Caring for Dad made us better people.' Lessons in caring for an elderly parent

'Caring for Dad made us better people.' Lessons in caring for an elderly parent | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
Caring for an ailing parent is a life-changing event. The experience can teach us a lot about toughness, perseverance and, especially, love.
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22 Quotes That Take You Inside Elon Musk's Brilliant, Eccentric Mind

22 Quotes That Take You Inside Elon Musk's Brilliant, Eccentric Mind | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
A few clues to how one of the world's greatest inventor thinks.
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Herzog at 50

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How a great novel read at the right moment can be a transformative force.
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What It's Like to Fail

What It's Like to Fail | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
How one man went from writing jokes for Roseanne to homeless, and how he fought his way back using Craigslist.
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St. Augustine and the Jews

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Why Walking Helps Us Think - The New Yorker

Why Walking Helps Us Think - The New Yorker | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
Since at least the time of Greek philosophers, many writers have discovered a deep, intuitive connection between walking, thinking, and writing.
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Inside Dr. Seuss Inc.

Inside Dr. Seuss Inc. | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
Most children's book franchises fade over time, but Dr. Seuss's fantastical empire is hatching more sales than ever; Horton trumpets 'Anti-Bullying Day'
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Episode 564: The Signature

Episode 564: The Signature | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
Today on the show: the signature. It's supposed to say, "This is me." But where did it come from. And why are we still using it.
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Dan Kahan's cultural cognition shows why climate-splaining is a fail. Plus applying it to Paul Krugman.

Dan Kahan's cultural cognition shows why climate-splaining is a fail. Plus applying it to Paul Krugman. | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
The past few decades have seen a lot of excellent research into figuring out why partisan cultural battles never seem to get to agreement. Of course David Hume was on to this centuries ago, famousl...
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Why America Fought

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The United States entered the Great War with its eyes wide open. The mechanical slaughter in Europe had already left millions dead. In the trenches, men had to contend with lice, rats, sickness, mud, extreme temperatures, human waste, rotting corpses, and boredom as well as the threats of poison gas, explosive shells, and being buried alive. In 1914, Europe went to war with only the dimmest awareness of the horrors to come. Yet Congress voted overwhelmingly for a declaration of war in the absence of any direct threat to U.S.
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Public and the Publics

Public and the Publics | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
Anil Dash asked the right question with regard to publicness, but did he really listen to the answers that are already out there?
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Can books cross borders? - FT.com

Can books cross borders? - FT.com | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
Is it in any way “important” to read writers from our own country? Is there even any real difference in reading a book from home and a book from abroad? Or to put it another way: when I pick up a novel, is it merely a question of a free-floating
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Figuring Out How to Mourn in the Age of Skype

Figuring Out How to Mourn in the Age of Skype | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
Do religious traditions still provide a good map for grieving?
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San Francisco Noir

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A search for a bygone genre, with Dashiell Hammett as guide, yields its own set of mysteries.
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What’s Wrong With Micro Management? It’s Too Hands Off

What’s Wrong With Micro Management? It’s Too Hands Off | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
On a recent meditative hike, I sat down with an apple and some cheddar cheese to contemplate the Larger Questions in Life.Even the beauty of nature – the drifting flight of a swallowtail butterfly,
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San Francisco Is Dead. Long Live San Francisco.

San Francisco Is Dead. Long Live San Francisco. | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
Yes, the city we know is going away. But, as has happened throughout its history, a new one will arise. Let’s give it a chance.
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