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AWESOME: Kids' Playdates Transformed To Include Giving Back

AWESOME: Kids' Playdates Transformed To Include Giving Back | Heal the world | Scoop.it
A Boca Raton, Fla., philanthropist is showing parents that it is never too early to teach kids how to be charitable.
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About 2,148 people experience homelessness every day in Palm Beach County, according to the Florida Coalition for the Homeless. The Houses For Change project not only exposes children to the value of altruism but it also raises awareness about the severity of homelessness -- an issue that Wasserman feels is often overlooked, he said in his interview with the Sun Sentinel.

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Peru snowstorms spark state of emergency in Andes

Peru snowstorms spark state of emergency in Andes | Heal the world | Scoop.it
Tens of thousands of animals killed and crops ruined as temperatures tumble to lowest levels in decades
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Tens of thousands of animals, including valuable alpacas, have died and crops have been ruined as heavy snowstorms continue to sweep the area. About 100,000 people living in vulnerable mountain communities, some as high as 15,000ft, have been affected.

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Scientists confirm existence of largest single volcano on earth

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Scientists have uncovered the largest single volcano yet documented on Earth.

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It's shape is different from any other sub-marine volcano found on Earth, and it's very possible it can give us some clues about how massive volcanoes can form," Sager said. "An immense amount of magma came from the center, and this magma had to have come from the Earth's mantle. So this is important information for geologists trying to understand how the Earth's interior works."

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Just Thinking about Science Triggers Moral Behavior: Scientific American

Just Thinking about Science Triggers Moral Behavior: Scientific American | Heal the world | Scoop.it
Psychologists find deep connection between scientific method and morality

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Across all these different measures, the researchers found consistent results. Simply being primed with science-related thoughts increased a) adherence to moral norms, b) real-life future altruistic intentions, and c) altruistic behavior towards an anonymous other. The conceptual association between science and morality appears strong.

 
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Buy the book http://tiny.cc/4iZ3z Based on exciting discoveries in mathematics, genetics, psychology and sociology, 'Connected' by Nicholas Christakis and Ja...
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Based on exciting discoveries in mathematics, genetics, psychology and sociology, 'Connected' by Nicholas Christakis and James Fowler is an innovative and fascinating exploration of how social networks operate. Think it's all about who you know? It is. But not the way you think. Turns out your colleague's husband's sister can make you fat, even if you don't know her. And a happy friend is more relevant to your happiness than a bigger income. Our connections -- our friends, their friends, and even their friends' friends -- have an astonishing power to influence everything from what we eat to who we sleep with. And we, in turn, influence others. Our actions can change the behaviours, the beliefs, and even the basic health of people we've never met. In this brilliantly original and effortlessly engaging exploration of how much we truly influence one another, pre-eminent social scientists Nicholas Christakis and James Fowler explain why obesity is contagious, why the rich get richer, even how we find and choose our partners. Intriguing and entertaining, with revelatory implications for everything from our notion of the individual to ideas about health care policy, "Connected" will change the way you think about every aspect of your life, and how you live it.
http://www.connectedthebook.com

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The corporate war against an online sharing economy

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"The collaborative consumption trend is yet to go mainstream but it's getting close. However, overcoming 60 years and billions of dollars of advertising that extols ownership and brand as ultimate aspirations won't be easy..."

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“You have whole generations growing up, who have a very different attitude towards owning and sharing,” Botsman says.

“They're sharing videos, they're sharing content, they're sharing ideas and they're sharing contacts all online, and now these behaviours are just extending to other parts of their lives.”

So, what does Botsman think will happen next with this trend?

“At the moment, people tend to engage in one segment of their life. For instance, they are really active with this idea of sharing transportation, but they've never heard of peer-to-peer finance,” she says.

“One of the big changes that is coming up, is that you're going to see more and more people move across sectors and realise that all of these behaviours are connected.”

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11 Things You Should Know about Happiness (infographic) - Y55 Happiness Trainer

11 Things You Should Know about Happiness (infographic) - Y55 Happiness Trainer | Heal the world | Scoop.it

Y55 is a friendly app that keeps track of all the best tips and tricks to keep you happy all day.

Scientists have tons of information about what really makes us happy. We packed it all into an app so you can take advantage of this knowledge without doing ten years of research like we did.


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Emre Erdogan's curator insight, September 5, 2013 10:19 AM

Mutlu olmanın yolları.. Görmeden anlamayanlar için yapmışlar...

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The Missing Puzzle Piece: Cooperation, The Third Integral Aspect Of Evolution - Mutual Responsibility

The Missing Puzzle Piece: Cooperation, The Third Integral Aspect Of Evolution - Mutual Responsibility | Heal the world | Scoop.it
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Many problems that challenge us today can be traced back to a profound tension between what is good and desirable for an individual. That conflict can be found in global problems such as climate change, pollution, resource depletion, poverty, hunger, and overpopulation. The biggest issues of all—saving the planet and maximizing the collective lifetime of the species Homo sapiens—cannot be solved by technology alone.

They require novel ways for us to work in harmony. 

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'We may be able to watch dark energy turn on': Unprecedented sky survey

'We may be able to watch dark energy turn on': Unprecedented sky survey | Heal the world | Scoop.it
Moonless nights outside the Cerro Tololo astronomical observatory in Chile are so dark that when you look down, you can't see your feet. "You can't see your hands," said a physicist.
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Moonless nights outside the Cerro Tololo astronomical observatory in Chile are so dark that when you look down, you can't see your feet.

"You can't see your hands," said David Gerdes, physics professor at the University of Michigan. "But you can hold them up to the sky and see a hand-shaped hole with no stars in it. It's really incredible."

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Who Owns Nature? | ETC Group

Who Owns Nature? | ETC Group | Heal the world | Scoop.it
“Who Owns Nature?” Corporate concentration in commercial food, farming, push to commodify planet's natural resources:http://t.co/9NIS4aTNEU
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Today, humanity has a problem; science has a fascination; and industry has an opportunity. Our problem is hunger and injustice in a world of cli- mate chaos. Science’s fascination is with convergence at the nano-scale – including the potential to design new life forms from the bottom-up. Industry’s opportunity lies in the three quarters of the world’s biomass that (although used and useful) remains outside the global market economy. With the aid of new technologies, industry believes that any chemical made from the carbon in fosil fuels can be made from the carbon found in plants. The oceans’ algae, the Amazon’s trees and savanna grasses can provide the (purportedly) renewable raw materials to feed people,

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Tiny frog hears with its mouth - Mother Nature Network

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Nature World News Tiny frog hears with its mouth Mother Nature Network To determine that Gardiner's frogs do, in fact, use sound to communicate with one another, the scientists set up loudspeakers in the natural rain forests of Seychelles and...
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By studying X-ray images and numerical simulations, the researchers discovered that Gardiner's frogs receive sound through their heads. The mouth amplifies the frequencies and the sound is transmitted through tissue and bones in the skull to the inner ear. The X-ray images showed reduced thickness and fewer layers of tissue between the frogs' mouths and their inner ears, compared with other frog species, which suggests these auditory adaptations were likely the result of evolutionary forces in Gardiner's frogs, the researchers said.
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Between the water and fire of Peruvian volcanoes - Science Daily (press release)

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Between the water and fire of Peruvian volcanoes
Science Daily (press release)
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Water and fire coexist under volcanoes to generate "hydrothermal" systems: 

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The Psychology of Kindness in the Workplace | Stanford Graduate School of Business

The Psychology of Kindness in the Workplace | Stanford Graduate School of Business | Heal the world | Scoop.it
The Psychology of Kindness in the Workplace http://t.co/huW1iwHiVt
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A lot of the work finds that when people get burned out, they’re actually not feeling caring and compassion at all — the pressure to express these emotions is just another load on top of them. So managers can’t come in with a one-hour workshop that forces employees to act in ways that are inconsistent with their needs. It has to come from a place of authenticity, or at least cultural internalization, not something employees are complying with because it’s what the boss wants.

Also, the research on emotional contagion shows that people are particularly likely to catch the emotions of their leaders. Unfortunately, people in power tend to be the worst at taking the perspective of others. There’s nothing worse than an employer rolling out a program on compassion while the boss himself is the same ass as always.

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Higher education's biggest challenge is income inequality - Washington Post

Higher education's biggest challenge is income inequality - Washington Post | Heal the world | Scoop.it
Washington Post Higher education's biggest challenge is income inequality Washington Post When President Obama takes a bus tour of colleges and announces reforms related to college affordability, the refrain grows louder that the financial model of...
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Increased access to higher education would help moderate the expansion in income inequality over time. Yet the increasing inequality itself presents obstacles to achieving this goal.

Ironically, some of the proposed “solutions” to make higher-education finances sustainable would exacerbate future income inequality rather than address the trends that are creating financial challenges for institutions.

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Protect nature for world economic security, warns UN biodiversity chief

Protect nature for world economic security, warns UN biodiversity chief | Heal the world | Scoop.it
Ahmed Djoghlaf says nations risk economic collapse and loss of culture if it does not protect the natural world

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Mounting losses of ecosystems, species and genetic biodiversity is now threatening all life, said Djoghlaf. In immediate danger, he said, were the 300 million people who depended on forests and the more than 1 billion who lived off sea fishing.

"The loss of biodiversity compounds poverty. Destroy your nature and you increase poverty and insecurity. Biodiversity is fundamental to social life, education and aesthetics. It's a human right to live in a healthy environment."

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We, as human beings, create philosophies, mindsets, and theories about the importance of life...but it is always human life and human existence that is at the core of those culturally diverse belief systems. When we speak about destruction and extinction, it's really the destruction and extinction of human life that is utmost in our thoughts. We know, of course, the earth, the plants, and the animals can exist without us. They existed without us long ago, and they will exist without us in the far future. The earth itself isn't permanent. At some point, it will be destroyed by the sun, and the sun will be destroyed by the black hole that is in the center of our galaxy. Sometimes I wonder what we're trying to do. (Random Thoughts.) 

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Robert, If you notice "humans" are the only species that destroys, contaminates and abuse the environment they live in, but totally depends on it to survive! All the other forms of life on and out of the planet, are living in harmony among themselves. Why??? Are we supposed to be like a cancer cell in this integrated system? Or should we behave like them , in mutual cooperation and harmony?
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Robert DesJarlait's insight: "We, as human beings, create philosophies, mindsets, and theories about the importance of life...but it is always human life and human existence that is at the core of those culturally diverse belief systems. When we speak about destruction and extinction, it's really the destruction and extinction of human life that is utmost in our thoughts. We know, of course, the earth, the plants, and the animals can exist without us. They existed without us long ago, and they will exist without us in the far future. The earth itself isn't permanent. At some point, it will be destroyed by the sun, and the sun will be destroyed by the black hole that is in the center of our galaxy. Sometimes I wonder what we're trying to do. (Random Thoughts.)" 
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Happiness Event in Williamsburg, Brooklyn Raises $30K

Happiness Event in Williamsburg, Brooklyn Raises $30K | Heal the world | Scoop.it
New York, NY (PRWEB) August 28, 2013 -- Y55: Happiness Trainer Mobile App Debuts at End of Summer “HappyThon” at Brooklyn’s McCarren Park
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Through interactive games, videos, music, and quizzes, participants experienced the mechanics of happiness, what really makes us happy, why we’re unable to stay happy, and how our environment plays a key role in shaping a happier society. 

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Alabama man feeds the homeless by teaching them to grow their own food

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Even in the dark pit of poverty, where rays of hope shine their dimmest, there's often still light enough for a new life to take hold.

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Nature and Humanity as Closed Systems

Nature and Humanity as Closed Systems | Heal the world | Scoop.it
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The harmony between cells in a healthy body creates a perfect, amazing machine, and in return, the health of the entire body benefits each and every cell. But there is much more to it! As a result of the harmonious interaction of the cells, every cell participates not only in its personal life, but also in the balance and flow of life of the whole body.

The modus operandi of a cell in the human body expresses the law of relationships which applies to nature as a whole – the stability of every system in nature depends on the mutual relationships between the elements which form it.

What about us, the humans in the world? We simply chase after more money, more property, more power and more personal comfort. So what if it comes at the expense of others? Did someone say “mutual relationship”?

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Why (And How) Distance Learning Needs To Change

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The rise of distance learning has been slow and steady for years now. Things need to change though. Here's a bulleted list of how and why.


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Understand that the paradigm of thinking in education has changed over the last fifty years and will continue to change in the future
Cultural diversity will become increasingly more integrated into formal education 
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Crossroads: Labor Pains of a New Worldview | FULL MOVIE

*Crossroads* won the 2013 Free Speech Award by American Insight: http://americaninsight.org/ * Like Crossroads on Facebook » http://www.facebook.com/XroadsFi...
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*Crossroads: Labor Pains of a New Worldview* is a documentary exploring the depths of the current human condition and the emergence of a worldview that is recreating our world from the inside out.

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Transforming Partnerships to Save Lives

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There are more than 16 million women and children whose lives are at stake as the world’s global health community comes together to discuss the Millennium Development Goals during UNGA week.

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There is no doubt that partnerships – cross-sector and multi-dimensional – are the way forward.  Together we will make better decisions and implement more innovative solutions than if we worked alone.

As we gather physically in New York and virtually around the world, we must think and plan differently about our collective effort to reach the 16 million women and children who need us.  I invite you to join the conversation about how we go fast and go far, together.

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How Goofing Off Can Make You More Successful

How Goofing Off Can Make You More Successful | Heal the world | Scoop.it
I co-authored these thoughts with my friend Emma Seppala, who serves as Associate Director at Stanford University's Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education and is a popular science

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The Psychology of the Integral Society: Michael Laitman, Anatoly Uilanov: 9781897448694: Amazon.com: Books

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In today’s interdependent world, teaching children to compete seems as “wise” as teaching one’s left hand to outsmart the right hand. The Psychology of the Integral Society outlines the principles of an eye-opening approach to education. No competition, rearing through social environment, peer equality, rewarding givers, and dynamic group makeup are some of the concepts introduced in this must-have book for all who wish to become better parents and better persons in today’s integrated society.

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Acute malnutrition persists in Somalia while 870,000 people remain food insecure | ReliefWeb

Acute malnutrition persists in Somalia while 870,000 people remain food insecure | ReliefWeb | Heal the world | Scoop.it
Somalia: Acute malnutrition persists in Somalia while 870,000 people remain food insecure http://t.co/NBDKh2iHJl #drought

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Quantum steps towards the Big Bang - Phys.Org

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Quantum steps towards the Big Bang Phys.Org For almost a century, the two major theories of physics have coexisted but have been irreconcilable: while Einstein's General Theory of Relativity describes gravity and thus the world at large, quantum...
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According to their theory, space consists of tiny "building blocks". Taking this as their starting point, the scientists arrive at one of the most fundamental equations of cosmology, the Friedmann equation, which describes the universe. This shows that quantum mechanics and the theory of relativity really can be unified.


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