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An examination of challenges facing humans in general
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Saturday Soapbox: The high cost of free-to-play

Saturday Soapbox: The high cost of free-to-play | Human Condition | Scoop.it
The Dutch called it tulpenwoede. In 1635, as Dutch society was enjoying its golden age, a craze for tulips swept the country. At the height of the fad, a si…
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Now My Kinect Can Tell Me If I’m Depressed With 90% Accuracy

Now My Kinect Can Tell Me If I’m Depressed With 90% Accuracy | Human Condition | Scoop.it
Kinect may not still be the end-all must have device in the living room for the gamer set but it is still being ...
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Cruel and Unusual Punishment: The Shame of Three Strikes Laws | Politics News | Rolling Stone

Cruel and Unusual Punishment: The Shame of Three Strikes Laws | Politics News | Rolling Stone | Human Condition | Scoop.it
While Wall Street crooks walk, thousands sit in California prisons for life over crimes as trivial as stealing socks
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Amusing Ourselves to Death: Huxley vs Orwell | High Existence

A clever comic over on the accuracy of George Orwell's predictions about future society over those of Aldous Huxley. It's informative and scary at the same time.
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Wherein SFPD is still going surveillance-nutty.

Wherein SFPD is still going surveillance-nutty. | Human Condition | Scoop.it
We got a funny phone call today, and by "funny" I mean "not actually even a little funny." Officer Chan, the permitting officer for SFPD, called to remind us that we're required to have video surveillance that records everything our customers do,...
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Best Advice: What I Learned from a Sex-Crazed Short-Order Cook

Best Advice: What I Learned from a Sex-Crazed Short-Order Cook | Human Condition | Scoop.it
I know when business leaders dispense the best advice they ever got, it's supposed to come from other titans of industry. But mine came from a food-splattered, sex-crazed short-order cook at a
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Is getting rich worth it? - curaqion

Is getting rich worth it? - curaqion | Human Condition | Scoop.it
curaqion is a monthly curation of high quality answers from fascinating topics and questions on Quora.
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Is Kip Litton a Marathon Fraud?

Is Kip Litton a Marathon Fraud? | Human Condition | Scoop.it
An out-of-shape Midwesterner transformed himself into a competitive marathoner. But he insisted on transforming himself further, inventing a heroic avatar that couldn’t be sustained.
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You are not the mind

Concentration, meditation, and learning to direct the mind according to your own will, prove that you are not your mind. Can the mind control itself, or does it need some higher power to control it? This leads you to realize that you are separate from the mind, otherwise how can you master it? It is you, the real you that is directing the mind. The ability to focus the mind or stop its activities in accordance with your willpower awakens the understanding that you are not your mind, and this is a great step toward self-realization.

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What Motivates Creativity? | Moments of Genius | Big Think

What Motivates Creativity? | Moments of Genius | Big Think | Human Condition | Scoop.it

Extrinsic motivation, in contrast, is the daily pressure we feel from outside incentives – grades, salaries, and promotions – put in place to encourage output. Here’s the question: Is creative output the product of intrinsic or extrinsic motivation? Do we need a reason to work? Or is passion enough?

 

Read more to find out:

http://bigthink.com/insights-of-genius/what-motivates-creativity

 


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3 Secret Weapons For Better [Story] Communication, From Professional Actors

3 Secret Weapons For Better [Story] Communication, From Professional Actors | Human Condition | Scoop.it
If you want to learn to capture an audience, listen to those who do it for a living: The actors' techniques shared in "The Pin Drop Principle" are sure to get you the reaction you want.

 

Actors and storytellers share much in common, and they differ in significant ways, too. But I really enjoyed this article because of the focus it brought to critical story crafting/telling skills for businesses:

Primary intention Intention cues Secondary intentions

In the rush to share our stories, these are often overlooked or not given enough attention in business storytelling.

 

So read this post, get with the program, and up your skills!

 

This review was written by Karen Dietz for her Just Story It Scoops at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it ;


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Stop externalising your life | James Shakespeare

Stop externalising your life | James Shakespeare | Human Condition | Scoop.it
I design and build websites, I write things in English and computer-speak and I'm an all-round good egg.
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"The key thing to remember is that you are not enriching your experiences by sharing them online; you’re detracting from them because all your efforts are focussed on making them look attractive to other people. Your experience of something, even if similar to the experience of many others, is unique and cannot be reproduced within the constraints of social media. So internalise that experience instead. Think about it. Go home and think about it some more. Write about it in more than 140 characters; on paper even. Paint a picture of it. Talk about it face to face with your friends. Talk about how it made you feel."

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Google Maps a Japanese Nuclear Ghost Town

Google Maps a Japanese Nuclear Ghost Town | Human Condition | Scoop.it
Two years after the the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11, 2011, and the following tsunami and nuclear disaster, a large area around the failed Fukushima nuclear plant is still considered an exclusion zone...
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So...I Bought A Firetruck

So...I Bought A Firetruck | Human Condition | Scoop.it
When I was a little guy I was infatuated with firetrucks. That's probably not unusual. Boys like trucks. But kids usually grow out of this kind of thing. I didn't. I'm 32 and a half years old and never stopped thinking firetrucks are awesome.
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Unfit for Work: The startling rise of disability in America

Unfit for Work: The startling rise of disability in America | Human Condition | Scoop.it
In the past three decades, the number of Americans who are on disability has skyrocketed.
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Time with parents is important for teens' well-being

Teenagers are famous for seeking independence from their parents, but research shows that many teens continue to spend time with their parents and that this shared time is important for teens' well-being, according to researchers.

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Feeling Overwhelmed by Emotions & Caring for Yourself – Part Two | Mindfulness Muse

Feeling Overwhelmed by Emotions & Caring for Yourself – Part Two | Mindfulness Muse | Human Condition | Scoop.it

We all have complex personal narratives about why we are the way that we are, why we do the things that we do, why other people are the way that they are, and so forth. It is natural to create an internal narrative about our lives. When our stories are coherent, integrated, and based upon a core belief in our own self-worth, our life narratives allow for greater flexibility, optimism, and motivation for growth. It is when our stories become rigid, self-defeating, lack cohesion, and are filled with negative beliefs about our self-worth and self-efficacy that they can become disabling.


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Who tells a story transfers tacit knowledge and creates new

Who tells a story transfers tacit knowledge and creates new | Human Condition | Scoop.it

Some companies try to establish a knowledge management to promote the creation of new knowledge, and these efforts should seek to encompass also ways of dealing with the tacit knowledge. Storytelling can be one of these forms, not only of transferring knowledge but also create an environment that disrupts and also brings balance and relaxation.

 

I like that this article talks about storytelling and knowledge transfer, and that it mentions how sharing stories can also bring balance and relaxation. Yes!

 

The author discusses when knowledge transfer doesn't work and why storytelling does. Then he goes on to chat about how to best use stories for knowledge transfer.

 

Even better, the author poses several questions for us to ask when using stories in this way that is based on listening.  Lovely! I know you will enjoy this piece.

 

This review was written by Karen Dietz for her Just Story It Scoops at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it ;


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