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Smarter than you think: the internet isn't dumbing us down after all

Smarter than you think: the internet isn't dumbing us down after all | Interesting Reading | Scoop.it

A writer for publications including The New York Times and Wired, Clive Thompson is used to defending the latest trends in digital technology from naysayers and skeptics.


In 2008, he was one of the first to describe how sites like Twitter were about more than sharing what you had for breakfast. Now Clive's written his first book, Smarter Than You Think, an investigation of how technology is helping us to learn more and retain information longer.

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Clive Thompson: In this book I wanted to understand what works, not in the rich private schools that can afford a ton of technology, but in the schools that are the worst off. What I concluded was that technology can allow you to teach kids in remarkable new ways, but you should never use it to replace something you are already doing perfectly well with pencils, paper, and chalk.

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55 great books under 200 pages #Infographic

55 great books under 200 pages #Infographic | Interesting Reading | Scoop.it

Having no time doesn’t mean you have to stop reading. Just pick up the shorter book.

Half Price Books, one of America’s favorite independent booksellers, asked their customers to recommend books under 200 pages that would be a perfect companion of a book lover.

The image below displays top 55 recommendations.

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7 books to read to become a better storyteller | Story & Heart

7 books to read to become a better storyteller | Story & Heart | Interesting Reading | Scoop.it

"Here we’d like to share a few of our favorite books. Some of these were written just for filmmakers, helping us understand how each technical decision affects our stories. Others take a more general approach, examining how human beings are wired to respond to narrative, and how you can craft your stories to better engage your audience."


Read the full article to find out more about why these 7 books that will help you to tell better stories:

  1. The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human by Jonathan Gottschall
  2. Story: Substance, Structure, Style and the Principles of Screenwriting by Robert McKee
  3. Wired For Story by Lisa Cron
  4. Contagious: Why Things Catch On by Jonah Berger
  5. Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die by Chip Heath and Dan Heath
  6. The Filmmaker's Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide for the Digital Age by Steven Ascher
  7. The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau

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Just read one of them. I wish I could tell a better tale.

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How to Deal With High Expectations

How to Deal With High Expectations | Interesting Reading | Scoop.it
We live our lives trying to fulfill expectations, both our own and others'. Sometimes, they can be daunting, but ignoring them won't make them go away. You need to learn how to deal with them, and rise to the challenge.
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Seriously, stop using your smartphone in bed

Seriously, stop using your smartphone in bed | Interesting Reading | Scoop.it
The result? What researchers call a "dose-response relationship" -- the more you dose yourself with devices, the higher your risk of sleeplessness.

Via Jakarta Web Developer, Official AndreasCY
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What is the Deep #Web? A first trip into the abyss

What is the Deep #Web? A first trip into the abyss | Interesting Reading | Scoop.it

“What is the Deep Web? The Deep Web (or Invisible web) is the set of information resources on the World Wide Web not reported by normal search engines.”


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Official AndreasCY's curator insight, February 13, 6:26 AM

Interesting.

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co,mento semplice al web

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Smoking thins vital part of brain

Smoking thins vital part of brain | Interesting Reading | Scoop.it

Years ago, children were warned that smoking could stunt their growth.


However now a major study by an international team including the Montreal Neurological Institute at McGill University and the University of Edinburgh shows new evidence that long-term smoking could cause thinning of the brain's cortex.


The cortex is the outer layer of the brain in which critical cognitive functions such as memory, language and perception take place.

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Why 'No' is the Most Important Word You'll Ever Say

Why 'No' is the Most Important Word You'll Ever Say | Interesting Reading | Scoop.it
Be proactive. When you say yes to every opportunity, your actions become reactive and it can bleed in to other areas of your business. You may become oversensitive to pressure-filled situations and lose focus.


Reactive entrepreneurs often become slaves to the demands of clients, employees, investors and partners. Instead of working toward your long-term goals, you could find yourself chasing after every coin — and undermine your future earnings in the process.

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40 Modern Nonfiction Books Everyone Should Read

40 Modern Nonfiction Books Everyone Should Read | Interesting Reading | Scoop.it

They are some books they gave you a basic framework for living, loving, learning and working successfully.

If you haven’t taken the time to read them, do yourself a favor and do so. It will be time well spent.


  1. The Road Less Traveled by M. Scott Peck
  2. Radical Honesty by Brad Blanton
  3. The Art of Learning by Josh Waitzkin
  4. Scratch Beginnings: Me, $25, and the Search for the American Dream by Adam Shepard
  5. The Joy of Simple Living by Jeff Davidson
  6. Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert Cialdini
  7. Secrets of the Millionaire Mind by T. Harv Ecker
  8. Management of the Absurd by Richard Farson
  9. Overachievement by John Eliot
  10. The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz
  11. An Incomplete Education: 3,684 Things You Should Have Learned but Probably Didn’t by Judy Jones
  12. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie –
  13. How to Talk to Anyone by Leil Lowndes
  14. The Irresistible Offer by Mark Joyner
  15. Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich 
  16. The Power of Less by Leo Babuta
  17. Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
  18. Freakonomics by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner
  19. Maximum Achievement by Brian Tracy
  20. You, Inc.: The Art of Selling Yourself by Harry Beckwith
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15+ Sites to Find Best Free Stock Images

15+ Sites to Find Best Free Stock Images | Interesting Reading | Scoop.it
If you are a web designer or a graphic designer You probably use lot of images in your design? Yes, I am right. High quality images are must required for an attractive design. Buying images for all of our designs is impossible for us. So most of designers trying to find free images and always waste there time for this job.

So today again here at CreativeCrunk I am going to share with you some great websites for Free Images Resources, Most of these website provide You free images with “Do whatever you want” license. Hope you will find this list of websites very useful.

Via Brian Yanish - MarketingHits.com, massimo facchinetti
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donhornsby's curator insight, February 9, 9:31 AM

A great list! > 

 

(From the article): High quality images are must required for an attractive design. Buying images for all of our designs is impossible for us. So most of designers trying to find free images and always waste there time for this job.

 

So today again here at CreativeCrunk I am going to share with you some great websites for Free Images Resources, Most of these website provide You free images with “Do whatever you want” license. Hope you will find this list of websites very useful.

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The Top 12 Best Ways to Prevent Alzheimers Disease

The Top 12 Best Ways to Prevent Alzheimers Disease | Interesting Reading | Scoop.it
Many people think of diseases like Parkinsons, Alzheimers, dementia and others that afflict the elderly as inevitable - but research has shown quite the opposite...

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Alzheimer's Disease is the 6th leading cause of death among the elderly. In fact, it is estimated that someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease in the United States every 68 seconds.

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Alzheimer's Disease is the 6th leading cause of death among the elderly. In fact, it is estimated that someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease in the United States every 68 seconds. #Alzheimer's #Dementia #Caregiving #Caregivers

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Why Your Workout Should Be High-Intensity

Why Your Workout Should Be High-Intensity | Interesting Reading | Scoop.it
Many people with chronic health problems resign themselves to lives of modest activity or no activity at all, thinking vigorous exercise is unsafe or that they lack the stamina for it. But recent studies are proving just the opposite.


They are showing that high-intensity exercise may be even better than regular aerobic activities for many patients with conditions like heart disease, diabetes, stroke, pulmonary disease, arthritis and Parkinson’s disease.

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20 Social Media Books Website Owners Should Be Reading In 2015

20 Social Media Books Website Owners Should Be Reading In 2015 | Interesting Reading | Scoop.it

Several years ago I was very enamored with all of the knowledge that is available on blogs. I couldn’t believe the wealth of information that many of my favorite blogs published (for free!) that I didn’t have easy access to anywhere else. So enamored in fact, I couldn’t believe people were still writing books! How outdated, right?


Well, not really.


by Nathan B. Weller

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40 Ways to Feel More Alive

40 Ways to Feel More Alive | Interesting Reading | Scoop.it

If you’re looking to feel a sense of passion, excitement, and exhilaration but don’t know where to start, you may find these ideas very helpful.

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Einstein: 8 Ways to Lead Yourself Without Being a Genius

Einstein: 8 Ways to Lead Yourself Without Being a Genius | Interesting Reading | Scoop.it

He never attributed his accomplishments to his brilliant mind. Rather, he credited his character - his simple curiosity combined with relentless determination.


Albert Einstein went so far as to say he was not smarter than other people. He just stuck with things longer than anybody else.

It's a great lesson in self-leadership for us all. There are many smart people in this world going nowhere fast.

 

Here is what Einstein had to say, and how we can apply his words of wisdom to our daily lives today.


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Inside the Psychology of Productivity

Inside the Psychology of Productivity | Interesting Reading | Scoop.it

Burned out? Can't get it all done? The problem might be in your head.


Productivity, or at least how productive you consider yourself, is surprisingly subjective. As a leader, your most important work--mulling strategy, blue-skying for innovation, imagining the future--may not feel all that productive because it is open-ended and the outcome is uncertain. At the same time, more (subjectively) unimportant work, like clearing out your inbox, can leave you quite satisfied.

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The Surprising Details That Lead To Online Dating Success

The Surprising Details That Lead To Online Dating Success | Interesting Reading | Scoop.it

As more and more people find love online, the art of dating has become a science, with data scientists poring over millions of fleeting interactions.


For the current study, the motivation was personal: Dr. Sameer Chaudhry, an internist at the University of North Texas in Dallas, was having no luck finding love online. So he looked to his friend Khan, whose research focuses on aggregating scientific data to figure out the best practices in health care systems, to help him figure out what he was doing wrong.

Khan and Chaudhry searched the literature for studies on attraction and persuasion, including studies that specifically focused on online dating.

"The findings from this literature are directly relevant to how one can employ online dating to be most attractive."

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How To Master The Fine Art Of Small Talk

How To Master The Fine Art Of Small Talk | Interesting Reading | Scoop.it
Move beyond the weather to make small talk less painful and more productive. Here are five things that great conversationalists know.


Remember that ‘every conversation is an opportunity for success.’

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18 Unusual Habits That Boost Your Energy More Than Coffee

18 Unusual Habits That Boost Your Energy More Than Coffee | Interesting Reading | Scoop.it
To understand unique and healthy ways to consistently and quickly boost energy daily, I asked dynamic entrepreneurs to spill their best-kept secrets.

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Why the modern world is bad for your brain

Why the modern world is bad for your brain | Interesting Reading | Scoop.it
In an era of email, text messages, Facebook and Twitter, we’re all required to do several things at once. But this constant multitasking is taking its toll. Here neuroscientist Daniel J Levitin explains how our addiction to technology is making us less efficient
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6 Important Things To Know About How Your Brain Learns

6 Important Things To Know About How Your Brain Learns | Interesting Reading | Scoop.it
Whether you want to learn a new language, learn to cook, or just get more out of the books you read, it helps to know how your brain learns.

Via SHIFT eLearning, Suvi Salo, Ivon Prefontaine, Mark E. Deschaine Ph.D.
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, February 9, 6:33 PM

The first point is key and has been known for some time. We learn more effectively when the information is presented visually. I would take it one step further and suggest that we learn most effectively when using all our senses.

 

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Useful insights on how to learn more efficiently-and integrate the information

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Learning What We Didn’t Know

Learning What We Didn’t Know | Interesting Reading | Scoop.it

Before the internet we learned from institutions, friends, family and co-workers.  Learning was a process largely influenced from local resources; schools, work, communities and civic activities.  We also learned from media fed to us and media we sought in books, videos and sound.  Our resources were limited by reach, access and choices.

 

Today the resources for learning are unlimited and for the most part free. Our reach to information is unlimited and access is 24/7  which expands the venue of choices.  As a result we are all learning what we didn’t know but want to know and we are being taught by others that do know.


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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, August 23, 2014 7:22 AM

Learning has left the building and people are self organizing to learn what they didn’t know and gaining the information to know from each other and from global digital resources at the click of a mouse.

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Learning has left the building and people are self-organizing to learn what they didn’t know and gaining the information to know from each other and from global digital resources at the click of a mouse.

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40 Maps That Explain The Middle East

40 Maps That Explain The Middle East | Interesting Reading | Scoop.it
These maps are crucial for understanding the region's history, its present, and some of the most important stories there today.

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Sreya Ayinala's curator insight, November 30, 2014 9:53 PM

Unit 1 Nature and Perspectives of Geography

Melissa Marshall's curator insight, February 8, 3:41 AM

A great collection of maps - although because they are on a pop-culture website, it might be worth downloading and then referencing them in class. 

Javier Antonio Bellina's curator insight, February 9, 9:26 AM

Seth Dixon - the teacher that sent this article at the first place - assess a very sound comment about the use of maps as tools of comprehenssion of the real world. I love maps, but can t avoid to be worried about what he is saying, so I recommend a thougthful reading of his statements.

(Seth Dixon - el profesor que envió este artículo en primer lugar - hace un profundo comentario acerca del empleo de mapas como herramietas de comprensión del mundo real. Yo amo los mapas, pero no puedo evitar preocuparme por lo que (Dixon) señala, así que recomiendo una reflexiva lectura de sus planteamientos.)  

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7 Books That Should Be on Every Entrepreneur’s Bookshelf

7 Books That Should Be on Every Entrepreneur’s Bookshelf | Interesting Reading | Scoop.it

While most of the greatest lessons that you’ll learn as an entrepreneur will probably come from mistakes and challenging experiences, published works such as books, whitepapers, blog posts, and the like still provide a lot of value for business owners. 


Below are some of the best books that entrepreneurs can have on their bookshelves.

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What is on your bookshelf?

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D.T. Suzuki on What Freedom Really Means and How Zen Can Help Us Cultivate Our Character

D.T. Suzuki on What Freedom Really Means and How Zen Can Help Us Cultivate Our Character | Interesting Reading | Scoop.it

Zen in its essence is the art of seeing into the nature of one’s own being..


The more you suffer the deeper grows your character, and with the deepening of your character you read the more penetratingly into the secrets of life. All great artists, all great religious leaders, and all great social reformers have come out of the intensest struggles which they fought bravely, quite frequently in tears and with bleeding hearts.



by Maria Popova

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Artists are Gladiators | Thoughts from an 8pm Warrior

Artists are Gladiators | Thoughts from an 8pm Warrior | Interesting Reading | Scoop.it

In a wealthy world, they are paraded around the internet “stadium” to get thumbs up on Facebook and YouTube if they are worthy, pinned to Pinterest if they make you look smart, or retweeted so you have something beautiful on your timeline.

But only the few. The loudest. The most fierce.

Only the ones who learn to be marketing agencies and artists at the same time. Only the artists who are willing to spend every waking minute fighting for your attention.

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