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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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5 Ways to Discover Your Own Meaning of Life

5 Ways to Discover Your Own Meaning of Life | Interesting Reading | Scoop.it

Have you discovered your purpose--why you're here, what you're meant to do? How do you know when you have? And why do you need to find it?

Because it's where you find fulfillment and satisfaction. It's what gets you out of bed in the morning and makes time fly.


"Your purpose is highly important regardless of the size or scale of reach--every single person has an important role to play."


by Rhett Power

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Haruki Murakami: The Moment I Became a Novelist

Haruki Murakami: The Moment I Became a Novelist | Interesting Reading | Scoop.it

The following is the introduction to Haruki Murakami's Wind/Pinball: Two Novels, out August 4th from Knopf.


"Needless to say, my ability in English composition didn’t amount to much. My vocabulary was severely limited, as was my command of English syntax. I could only write in simple, short sentences.


That meant that, however complex and numerous the thoughts running around my head might be, I couldn’t even attempt to set them down as they came to me.


The language had to be simple, my ideas expressed in an easy-to-understand way, the descriptions stripped of all extraneous fat, the form made compact, and everything arranged to fit a container of limited size.


The result was a rough, uncultivated kind of prose. As I struggled to express myself in that fashion, however, step by step, a distinctive rhythm began to take shape."



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32 Books That Will Actually Change Your Life

32 Books That Will Actually Change Your Life | Interesting Reading | Scoop.it
And all you have to do is read them!
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When You Stop Texting and Start Talking, These 10 Things Will Happen

When You Stop Texting and Start Talking, These 10 Things Will Happen | Interesting Reading | Scoop.it
When you stop texting and start talking, amazing things will happen.


Remember when people owned black and white TVs? Bought soda for a nickel? Went for Sunday drives? Who would have thought face-to-face conversations would one day share the label “old school”?


Here are 10 reasons you should keep practicing this largely abandoned art.


Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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11 Mistakes Successful People Never Make

11 Mistakes Successful People Never Make | Interesting Reading | Scoop.it

If you're not happy with your life, either personally or professionally, take a quick look in the mirror. The problem may not be lack of opportunity, or education, or capital, or connections--the culprit could be you.

The difficulty could lie in what you believe--and what you do.

What do successful people believe and do differently?


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Lyfe Media's curator insight, June 19, 12:56 PM

This article is simple yet motivating. We're all looking for some guidance day to day, so why not listen to helpful tips from the successful people we want to be like? If you incorporate even half of these eleven tips into your daily life, we think you'll see significant improvement. LyfeNews

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Karen Bowden's curator insight, June 30, 2:10 PM

"Real, lasting satisfaction comes from doing, not from having. Want to feel good about yourself? Help someone. Knowing you've made a difference in another person's life is an "aah..." that lasts forever."

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How storytelling affects our health

How storytelling affects our health | Interesting Reading | Scoop.it

Writing can be a type of meditation. It’s a process that helps us unravel and understand both the good and bad things that happen to us.

Reading is also healing. We learn vicariously through the experiences of the characters we read about. As we empathize with them, we both expand our understanding of other people in other circumstances and are less concerned with our own misfortunes.


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50 Thought Provoking Questions About Life.

50 Thought Provoking Questions About Life. | Interesting Reading | Scoop.it

1. When was the last time you tried something new?

2. What makes you want to do better?

3. What do you love to do? Do you do it often? If the answer is no, why not?

4. What can you do today that you could not do a year ago?

5. Where do you see yourself in one year? five years? ten years?

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7 truths about the mind you missed in psychology class

7 truths about the mind you missed in psychology class | Interesting Reading | Scoop.it

The longer you live, the more you realize that the difference between success and magnificent failure lies in how well you understand people.


If you’re like many, that fact makes you regret not having studied psychology. I hate to be the one to tell you, but holding both a BSc. and an MSc. in psychology – yep. You missed a lot.

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Why multitasking is bad for our brains - The Next Web

Why multitasking is bad for our brains - The Next Web | Interesting Reading | Scoop.it
While technology has allowed us to do more tasks than ever before simultaneously, doesn't mean we should. Ben Slater on why multitasking is bad for us

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Dr. J.L. Harter's curator insight, April 16, 8:46 AM

The world seems to demand multi-tasking but it truly doesn't serve you....where ever you find yourself, BE HERE NOW. :)

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14 Things You Might Not Know About 'Nineteen Eighty-Four'

14 Things You Might Not Know About 'Nineteen Eighty-Four' | Interesting Reading | Scoop.it

Even if you’ve already read about Winston Smith’s struggle against Big Brother, there are a few facts, stories, and theories about the novel that are worth a closer look.


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18 Great Reads That Changed My Life

18 Great Reads That Changed My Life | Interesting Reading | Scoop.it

It’s fairly easy to find a well written book or online article. But it’s not always easy to find one with genuine value that you connect with.

That’s because, these days, books and online articles are a dime a dozen. There are literally thousands of them written on the same topic every year. So deciphering the ‘good’ from the ‘great’ can prove to be quite a challenge.


by Marc Chernoff

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23 Daily Habits That Will Make You Smarter

23 Daily Habits That Will Make You Smarter | Interesting Reading | Scoop.it
Getting smarter isn’t something that happens overnight. Instead, you have to build your intelligence every day through intentional daily habits.

In a recent Quora thread,
“What would you do to be a little smarter every single day?”, readers shared their advice on good habits you can establish.

Here are some simple actions that could help you become a smarter person.
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The company where everyone will earn $70,000

CEO Dan Price cut his million-dollar salary to $70,000 and promised to pay everyone that amount by 2018. It is an experiment in equality and good business.


Price looked at the company’s financial position and decided he could pay everyone $70,000, starting at $50,000 and working up to the full amount by $70,000.


He figured that would allow his employees could focus on their work rather than on money worries.

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Is Wine Good For You? Sorting Facts from Fiction

Is Wine Good For You? Sorting Facts from Fiction | Interesting Reading | Scoop.it

Is wine healthy or not? There are countless studies that both warn and praise wine for its health benefits, but which side should you trust? Find out the truth about the health benefits of wine.


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Mariano Pallottini's curator insight, June 30, 5:14 PM

This article will answer your questions about wine:

Is Wine Good for You?
Does One Glass of Wine Equal an Hour at the Gym?
Can Wine Help You Burn Fat?
Does Wine Enhances Heart Health in Those Who Exercise?
Does Red Wine Reduces Blood Pressure and Hypertension?
Does Wine Have Anti-Cancer Benefits?

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10 rules for making it as a writer, by Dennis Lehane

10 rules for making it as a writer, by Dennis Lehane | Interesting Reading | Scoop.it

Dennis Lehane is the author of a dozen novels including Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone and Shutter Island. His television credits include seasons of The Wire and Boardwalk Empire. His latest book, World Gone By, is out now.


By Anita Singh


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Nicholas C. Rossis's curator insight, May 28, 10:37 AM

Loved the story with the dad!

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SageRave of Get Custom Content's curator insight, June 30, 6:47 PM

You can have all the rules in the world, but if you can't cling to  persistence, you're sunk.

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Goodreads Picks the Hottest Books of the 2015 Summer

Goodreads Picks the Hottest Books of the 2015 Summer | Interesting Reading | Scoop.it
Just in time for the official start to summer, Goodreads, the popular book recommendations site, has crunched the numbers on the titles filling beach bags this year.
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I have too many unread articles saved for later... and that's okay

I have too many unread articles saved for later... and that's okay | Interesting Reading | Scoop.it

Trying to get through your reading list can feel overwhelming. Maybe you don't need to..

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This app knows how you feel -- from the look on your face

This app knows how you feel -- from the look on your face | Interesting Reading | Scoop.it
Our emotions influence every aspect of our lives — how we learn, how we communicate, how we make decisions.


Yet they’re absent from our digital lives; the devices and apps we interact with have no way of knowing how we feel.


Scientist Rana el Kaliouby aims to change that.

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Introverted? 9 Ways to Succeed in a World Full of Extroverts

Introverted? 9 Ways to Succeed in a World Full of Extroverts | Interesting Reading | Scoop.it
If you're an introvert, the business world might seem intimidating. Networking events, meetings, and public speaking just aren't your thing. So, how can you overcome these challenges and succeed despite them?

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What Does Your Body Language Say About You? How To Read Signs and Recognize Gestures

What Does Your Body Language Say About You? How To Read Signs and Recognize Gestures | Interesting Reading | Scoop.it

Check out the list of the well-known signs that body language experts study and recognize. It is said that when talking to a person the information that we receive can be broken down as:

  • 10% from what the person actually says
  • 40% from the tone and speed of voice
  • 50% is from their body language.
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Annie 's curator insight, June 11, 10:38 AM

If you don't know these things, then this is very interesting information to know. Especially if you are in sales.

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15 Things You Should Give Up To Be Happy - Waking Times

15 Things You Should Give Up To Be Happy - Waking Times | Interesting Reading | Scoop.it

We hold on to so many things that cause us a great deal of pain, stress and suffering – and instead of letting them all go, instead of allowing ourselves to be stress free and happy – we cling on to them.


Not anymore.


Starting today we will give up on all those things that no longer serve us, and we will embrace change. Ready? Here we go..

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The most dangerous animal in the world - Richard Branson

The most dangerous animal in the world - Richard Branson | Interesting Reading | Scoop.it

Yesterdaymarked40 years since Steven Spielberg’s classic film Jaws was released. It is a thrilling film, and changed cinema forever – but it also led to massive misunderstanding of sharks.


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Remote Control of the Mind - Over the Internet - PsyBlog

Remote Control of the Mind - Over the Internet - PsyBlog | Interesting Reading | Scoop.it

Imagine if it were possible for one person to control another person’s movements over the internet, purely using their thoughts.

Well, researchers at the University of Washington have managed to set up the first ever noninvasive human-to-human brain interface.

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The Crazy-Smart Way to Talk to Yourself - Further

The Crazy-Smart Way to Talk to Yourself - Further | Interesting Reading | Scoop.it
It’s a uniquely disconcerting experience to spot someone on the street talking to himself. First you try to spot the Bluetooth headset (without looking like you’re looking). Nope, nothing there … that dude is just talking to himself.

Of course, we all talk to ourselves — just usually inside our heads. Interestingly, studies show that how we address ourselves in our inner monologue makes an amazing difference in our performance, well-being, and wisdom.
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15 books by billionaires that will teach you how to run the world

15 books by billionaires that will teach you how to run the world | Interesting Reading | Scoop.it
Whether you want to launch an empire or become the best in your field, who better to consult than those who've achieved the peak of professional and financial success?
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