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How to Be Creative

How to Be Creative | Brains & Things | Scoop.it
The image of the 'creative type' is a myth. Jonah Lehrer on why anyone can innovate—and why a hot shower, a cold beer or a trip to your colleague's desk might be the key to your next big idea.  
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Where We'll Sympathize With an Individual, We Throw the Book at a Group | Mind Matters | Big Think

Where We'll Sympathize With an Individual, We Throw the Book at a Group | Mind Matters | Big Think | Brains & Things | Scoop.it

Ever since Campbell people have been studying the effects of group thinginess, refining and elaborating his theory. (Yes, "thinginess" is a weird, off-putting word for the idea, but I think Campbell's—"entitativity"—is even worse.)

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How Many Words Do We Have For Coffee?

How Many Words Do We Have For Coffee? | Brains & Things | Scoop.it

In this guest post, David Bellos, director of Princeton's Program in Translation and Intercultural Communication, demolishes the Great Eskimo Vocabulary Hoax. New Yorkers have more words for coffee than Eskimos do for snow, he says.

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Inside the Brain: A Journey Through Time

Inside the Brain: A Journey Through Time | Brains & Things | Scoop.it
Here are some scenes of what the brain looked like to scientists long ago and today.
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How to Build a Human Brain

How to Build a Human Brain | Brains & Things | Scoop.it

A European neuroscientist hopes to build a virtual human brain. He'll do it in seven steps. [via @LiveScience]

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The Science and Art of Neandertal Teeth [Slide Show]: Scientific American

The Science and Art of Neandertal Teeth [Slide Show]: Scientific American | Brains & Things | Scoop.it
The fossilized teeth of the Neandertals are scientifically informative--and pleasing to the eye...
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The Age of Connectome: Q&A with Sebastian Seung

The Age of Connectome: Q&A with Sebastian Seung | Brains & Things | Scoop.it
In 1949, a Canadian psychologist named Donald Hebb penned the following revolutionary words in his pioneering work, The Organization of Behavior:...
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10 Counterintuitive Psychology Studies

10 Counterintuitive Psychology Studies | Brains & Things | Scoop.it

Some critics say psychology is just common sense, that it only confirms things we already know about ourselves. Ironically this can be difficult to argue with because once people get some new information they tend to think it was obvious all along.

 

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Why Are We So Afraid of Creativity?

Why Are We So Afraid of Creativity? | Brains & Things | Scoop.it

Creativity: now there’s a word I thought I wouldn’t see under attack. Don’t we live in a society that thrives on the idea of innovation and creative thought? via @DNLee5

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Mothers Talk Less to Young Daughters About Math

Mothers Talk Less to Young Daughters About Math | Brains & Things | Scoop.it

"Even [when their children are] as young as 22 months, American parents draw boys’ attention to numerical concepts far more often than girls’. Indeed, parents speak to boys about number concepts twice as often as they do girls."

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Would We Have Drugged Up Einstein? How Anti-Authoritarianism Is Deemed a Mental Health Problem

Would We Have Drugged Up Einstein? How Anti-Authoritarianism Is Deemed a Mental Health Problem | Brains & Things | Scoop.it

Anti-authoritarians question whether an authority is a legitimate one before taking that authority seriously.... And when anti-authoritarians assess an authority to be illegitimate, they challenge and resist that authority—sometimes aggressively and sometimes passive-aggressively, sometimes wisely and sometimes not.

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The myth of the eight-hour sleep

The myth of the eight-hour sleep | Brains & Things | Scoop.it
Sleeping in one eight-hour chunk is a very recent phenomenon, and lying awake at night could be good for you, according to scientists and historians.
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The Truth about Wu Wei

The Truth about Wu Wei | Brains & Things | Scoop.it

The key word is 为 (radical 3 丶+3, 4 strokes, cangjie input 戈大尸戈 (IKSI))
meaning: do, handle, govern, act, or be. How do humans govern or be normally? With their mind. Our nervous system controls or governs our actions and is the field of our being.

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Country Music, Openness to Experience, and the Psychology of Culture War

Country Music, Openness to Experience, and the Psychology of Culture War | Brains & Things | Scoop.it

In the car, I listen to country music. Country has an ideology. Not to say country has a position on abortion, exactly. But country music, taken as a whole, has a position on life, taken as a whole. Small towns. Dirt roads. Love at first sight.

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Metacognition: I know (or don't know) that I know

Metacognition: I know (or don't know) that I know | Brains & Things | Scoop.it

At New York University, Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellow Dr. Steve Fleming is exploring the neural basis of metacognition: how we think about thinking, and how we assess the accuracy of our decisions, judgements and other aspects of our mental performance.

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Politics: It's About Identity, Stupid | LA Progressive

Politics: It's About Identity, Stupid | LA Progressive | Brains & Things | Scoop.it
Elections are won and lost through appeals to identity. This is why symbols and 30-second, hot-button commercials sway public opinion.
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Lenses on Biology: Inside and Outside the Classroom – essay from a High school student – Climate Change

Lenses on Biology: Inside and Outside the Classroom – essay from a High school student – Climate Change | Brains & Things | Scoop.it

"You may not like the sciences, but everyone has a small curiosity hidden inside and it’s humbling to understand even a small part of the amazing things going on in the universe. As a high school student, I’ve found that the more I advance in my biology studies, the more I appreciate everything around me."  [via @notscientific @KMBTweets]

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An Evolution Animation Unlike Any You’ve Seen Before… | PsiVid, Scientific American Blog Network

An Evolution Animation Unlike Any You’ve Seen Before… | PsiVid, Scientific American Blog Network | Brains & Things | Scoop.it
How do you make an authentic evolution animation?  Quite simply: you allow it to evolve.  Tyler Rhodes, a student in the animation program at Virginia Commonwealth ...
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How the history of toothpaste explains why you can’t lose weight.

How the history of toothpaste explains why you can’t lose weight. | Brains & Things | Scoop.it
One day in the early 1900s, a prominent American businessman named Claude C. Hopkins was approached by an old friend with an amazing new creation: a minty, frothy toothpaste named “Pepsodent” that, he promised, was going to be huge.
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Young Women Often Trendsetters in Vocal Patterns

Young Women Often Trendsetters in Vocal Patterns | Brains & Things | Scoop.it
Researchers say young women deserve credit for pioneering vocal trends, including the latest, known as vocal fry.

Via Szymon Trusewicz
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Placebos Are Getting More Effective. Drugmakers Are Desperate to Know Why.

Placebos Are Getting More Effective. Drugmakers Are Desperate to Know Why. | Brains & Things | Scoop.it

Read about the latest medical technology, pharmaceuticals and biotech trends including diets, drugs, genetics, stem cells, medicine, health, and cloning from Wired.com. via @mikhaill

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60 Minutes Presents: Secret Language of Elephants

60 Minutes Presents: Secret Language of Elephants | Brains & Things | Scoop.it
Researchers listening to elephant sounds and observing their behavior are compiling an elephant dictionary. Bob Simon listens to the language of the forest elephants first hand.
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Your Life is an Algorithm, Your Brain is an Operating System | Endless Innovation | Big Think

Your Life is an Algorithm, Your Brain is an Operating System | Endless Innovation | Big Think | Brains & Things | Scoop.it

Ever wondered how you were supposed to keep up with the never-ending stream of content and data in your life? Not to worry, the elves of the Internet are busy at work, creating everything from magical little algorithms that automatically execute basic tasks to sophisticated utility apps that run in the background, taking care of all the minutiae in your daily life.

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Can Computer Games Save Us All? New Research Shows How Gaming Can Help Cure Our Social Ills

Can Computer Games Save Us All? New Research Shows How Gaming Can Help Cure Our Social Ills | Brains & Things | Scoop.it
Tech futurist and game designer Jane McGonigle on how computer games can help the fight against AIDS, heal disabilities, increase optimism, and make us better people.
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Turing at 100: Legacy of a universal mind : Nature News & Comment

Turing at 100: Legacy of a universal mind : Nature News & Comment | Brains & Things | Scoop.it

Alan Turing, born a century ago this year, is best known for his wartime code-breaking and for inventing the 'Turing machine' – the concept at the heart of every computer today. But his legacy extends much further: he founded the field of artificial intelligence, proposed a theory of biological pattern formation and speculated about the limits of computation in physics. 

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