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An examination of challenges facing humans in general
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The Invention of Jaywalking

The Invention of Jaywalking | Human Condition | Scoop.it

“If a child is struck and killed by a car in 2012, it is treated as a private loss, to be grieved privately by the family,” Norton says. “Before, this stuff was treated as a public loss – much like the death of soldiers.” Mayors dedicated monuments to the victims of traffic crimes, accompanied by marching bands and children dressed in white, carrying flowers.

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naughty fun — DeepFUN

naughty fun — DeepFUN | Human Condition | Scoop.it

Being naughty is fun because it makes you feel, however temporarily, free. You are heading towards the arena of pure want to – outside the boundaries of both have to and should do. Heading, but not quite there, because for naughty to be fun you have to be close enough to should do and have to to feel their frowning presence.

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Assimilate Or Go Home: Dispatches from the Stateless Wanderers: The Wedding.

Assimilate Or Go Home: Dispatches from the Stateless Wanderers: The Wedding. | Human Condition | Scoop.it
In the car, Hali asked me to do the makeup at her wedding. She was a junior in high school. She was gorgeous, polite, and severe when things didn’...
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Letters of Note: Sorrow passes and we remain

Letters of Note: Sorrow passes and we remain | Human Condition | Scoop.it

In July of 1883, the novelist Henry James received an emotional letter from Grace Norton — a good friend and fellow writer who, following a death in the family, had recently become depressed and was desperate for direction. James's beautiful response can be seen below. It is, without a doubt, one of the greatest letters of advice I've ever had the fortune to read.

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The Transparency Grenade

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"If you thought WikiLeaks was a disruptive idea, the transparency grenade is going to blow you away. This tiny bit of hardware hidden under the shell shaped like a classic Soviet F1 hand grenade allows you to leak information from anywhere just by pulling a pin. The device is essentially a small computer with a powerful wireless antenna and a microphone. Following 'detonation,' the grenade intercepts local network traffic and captures audio data, then makes the information immediately available online."


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Beyond Strategy and Winning, How Games Teach Kids Empathy

Beyond Strategy and Winning, How Games Teach Kids Empathy | Human Condition | Scoop.it

“When players compete against each other in a game, they try to make a mental model of the other person’s intentions, what they’re going to do and how they’re going to play, so they can play strategically against them,” explains one of the study’s authors Kyle Mathewson, who worked alongside lead author Lusha Zhu

 

This “mental model” of other people’s thoughts and feelings, also known as theory of mind, is crucial for the development of empathy, perspective-taking, and social reciprocity—all the skills that allow us to get along productively with others.


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The Rhetoric of Luck Among the 99 Percent

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During the height of the Occupy Movement, thousands of individuals submitted pictures of themselves to the We are the 99 Percent tumblr blog. They posed with letters and signs, telling individual stories of what it’s like to be in the 99%:


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The Case For A 21-Hour Work Week

The Case For A 21-Hour Work Week | Human Condition | Scoop.it
It would create jobs and stop the unsustainable cycle of rampant consumerism. Sure, it would also require a wholesale reordering of our economy, but that might happen whether we like it or not.

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What a Yawn Says about Your Relationship

What a Yawn Says about Your Relationship | Human Condition | Scoop.it

Yawning is more contagious among people who are emotionally close...

 

Given that regions of the brain involved in empathizing with others can be influenced by the degree of psychological closeness to those others, Norscia and Palagi wanted to know whether contagious yawning might also reveal information about how we relate to those around us. Specifically, are we more likely to catch the yawns of people to whom we are emotionally closer? Can we deduce something about the quality of the relationships between individuals based solely on their pattern of yawning? Yawning might tell us the degree to which we empathize with, and by extension care about, the people around us.
 

By Piercarlo Valdesolo


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The Interplay Games Experiment — DeepFUN

The Interplay Games Experiment — DeepFUN | Human Condition | Scoop.it
In 1971 the School District of Philadelphia and I made public the revolutionary discovery that kids who play together work together better. All right, not nearly as revolutionary as I had hoped it would be.
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Schneier on Security: Amazing Round of "Split or Steal"

This is the weirdest, most surreal round of "Split or Steal" I have ever seen. The more I think about the psychology of it, the more interesting it is. I'll save my comments for the comments, because I want you to watch it before I say more. Really.

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Letters of Note: It is only adults who ever feel threatened

When released in the early-1970s, Maurice Sendak's children's book, In the Night Kitchen, caused quite a stir for one particular reason: its protagonist — a young boy named Mickey — was drawn nude in some illustrations. Fearful of their children seeing an innocent picture of a fictional boy's genitals, some parents and librarians took the liberty of drawing nappies/diapers on Mickey (see above); others thought it easier to just burn the entire book.

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Letters of Note: Things will just get better and better

Letters of Note: Things will just get better and better | Human Condition | Scoop.it

While YOU get to do the opposite: Things will just get better and better for you. And here's the best part: It turns out that girls like geeky smart guys much more than dumb sports guys. For many reasons. You'll see. So relax, man. Just relax. And I can even pass along this shocking piece of information: You will enjoy your life in your 40s! You heard me. It's gonna be great!

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Letters of Note: Things to worry about

Letters of Note: Things to worry about | Human Condition | Scoop.it

I feel very strongly about you doing duty. Would you give me a little more documentation about your reading in French? I am glad you are happy — but I never believe much in happiness. I never believe in misery either. Those are things you see on the stage or the screen or the printed pages, they never really happen to you in life.

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Dacher Keltner on Touch

Dacher Keltner, the UC Berkeley psychology professor and faculty director of the Greater Good Science Center, shares his insights from the new science of tou...
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Spirituality of Imperfection through Personal Storytelling Thrives in both AA and Toastmasters - A Storied Career

Spirituality of Imperfection through Personal Storytelling Thrives in both AA and Toastmasters - A Storied Career | Human Condition | Scoop.it

The following is the text of a speech I gave last week in Toastmasters. My assignment was to explain an abstract concept. I chose “the spirituality of imperfection,” which I’ve written about here a number of times. I wove a bit of my personal story into it, something I’ve also written about here. A new addition had to do with Toastmasters itself and how it is a safe place to tell personal stories.


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Peer to peer food growing takes root

Peer to peer food growing takes root | Human Condition | Scoop.it

Neighborhood Vegetables is a grassroots network of 2,500 volunteers who help each other plant urban vegetable gardens in their yards. Laurence is a long-time Bay Area community and political activist known for his tenacity. He helped develop a barter exchange called the “Labor Gift Plan,” was involved in civil rights and anti-war organizing during the 60′s, and created food coops called “Food Conspiracies” in the 70′s. At the ripe age of 69, he never stops. Everywhere he goes his message is, “We need to organize neighborhood by neighborhood.”


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Empathy – Men’s New Secret Weapon

Empathy – Men’s New Secret Weapon | Human Condition | Scoop.it

I remember, in my first psychotherapy grad course, when the professor talked about empathy’s champion, Carl Rogers and his person-centered therapy. He explained how connecting with the client built trust, thereby aiding therapy. I remembered thinking, “This is obvious. Why didn’t I think of it?”


I later realized, one of the reasons I didn’t think of it was that the act of a man caring and connecting to another was not encouraged. In fact, the opposite was encouraged. As teenagers, we were admired for our ability to be nonchalant, if not cruel. You often hear in a man’s humor, a cut that shows everyone, not only does he not care, but that he is smarter and quicker, because he said the wisecrack before anyone else.

 

by Owen Marcus


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“…active play…should be included in the very definition of childhood” — DeepFUN

From a paper titled: The Importance of Play in Promoting Healthy Child Development and Maintaining Strong Parent-Child Bond: Focus on Children in Poverty. It is a long read. It’s a complex issue. A lot needs to be said.
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Storytelling as Leadership Imperative + Quotes

Storytelling as Leadership Imperative + Quotes | Human Condition | Scoop.it

Love these quotes about business storytelling! Some are familiar and there are a few new ones here.

 

I also appreciate the author's coaching work with leaders, helping them articulate the powerful saga of their company.  


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