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These are The Skills Students Learn from Coding

These are The Skills Students Learn from Coding | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

Coding is an important skill that our students should be able to learn from an early age. There are now several free web tools and mobile apps to help teachers introduce coding to students.

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TYPEWRITERHEAD

A man with a typewriter-head tries to get rid of his out-of-control thoughts.


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The Zen of Not Knowing

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In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, in the expert’s there are few.


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We all want to be the one who knows. But if we decide we “know” something, we are not open to other possibilities anymore. And that’s a shame. We lose something very vital in our life when it’s more important to us to be one who knows than it is to be awake to what’s happening.


I also recommend that you read Not Knowing by Steven D Souza and Diana Renner and Richard Martin's blog post In Between



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Daniel Kahneman: ‘What would I eliminate if I had a magic wand? Overconfidence’

Daniel Kahneman: ‘What would I eliminate if I had a magic wand? Overconfidence’ | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

The psychologist and bestselling author of Thinking, Fast and Slow reveals his new research and talks about prejudice, fleeing the Nazis, and how to hold an effective meeting.


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This is a interesting interview with Daniel Kahneman where he talks about his personal life. 


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Dave Wood's curator insight, July 24, 1:48 AM

A thought provoking article from the author of Slow Thinking.

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The Psychology of Your Future Self

The Psychology of Your Future Self | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

"Human beings are works in progress that mistakenly think they're finished."


Dan Gilbert shares recent research on a phenomenon he calls the "end of history illusion," where we somehow imagine that the person we are right now is the person we'll be for the rest of time. Hint: that's not the case.


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Daniel Gilbert, a psychology researcher at Harvard University who did this study with two colleagues suggests that people generally fail to appreciate how much their personality and values will change in the years ahead — even though they recognize that they have changed in the past.


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Lifelines

In a village 2500m high in the Indian Himalayas, life is changing. Many of the younger generation seek to chart a new course, different from those of their parents. This is one man’s story of juggling responsibilities and fighting for dreams, both for himself and for his community.


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The Economic and Social Research Council in the UK recently awarded 'The prize for Outstanding International Impact' to Dr Jane Dyson who captured her academic work in this thought provoking documentary.


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The Death of the Universe

The shape, contents and future of the universe are all intricately related. We know that it's mostly flat; we know that it's made up of baryonic matter (like stars and planets), but mostly dark matter and dark energy; and we know that it's expanding constantly, so that all stars will eventually burn out into a cold nothingness. 

Lesson by Renée Hlozek, animation by Giant Animation Studios.

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The Art of Practical Wisdom

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What can we do, as a society and as individual humans aspiring to be good, to cultivate that deeper sense of right and wrong, with all its contextual fuzziness and situational fluidity?


Practical Wisdom: The Right Way to Do the Right Thing by psychologist Barry Schwartz and political scientist Kenneth Sharpe is a fascinating and necessary exploration of how to nurture and reclaim the essential moral skill at the heart of character traits like courage, compassion, loyalty, fairness, generosity, and empathy, inspired by the timeless teachings of Aristotle’s philosophy yet grounded in invaluable insights from contemporary psychology.

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The psychology of how we use frames, categories, and storytelling to make sense of the world.



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Daniel Tammet: Different ways of knowing

Daniel Tammet has linguistic, numerical and visual synesthesia -- meaning that his perception of words, numbers and colors are woven together into a new way of perceiving and understanding the world. The author of "Born on a Blue Day," Tammet shares his art and his passion for languages in this glimpse into his beautiful mind.


Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

Wonderful talk by Daniel Tammet. Watch it to understand how different kinds of perceiving create different kinds of knowing and understanding.

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This Is Your Brain on Silence

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Contrary to popular belief, peace and quiet is all about the noise in your head.

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Freedom from noise and goal-directed tasks, it appears, unites the quiet without and within, allowing our conscious workspace to do its thing, to weave ourselves into the world, to discover where we fit in. That’s the power of silence.


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Suvi Salo's curator insight, July 19, 3:46 AM

“Handmade in Finnish silence.”

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I still love Kierkegaard

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Søren Kierkegaard was the master of irony and paradox before both became debased by careless overuse. He was an existentialist a century before Jean-Paul Sarte, more rigorously post-modern than postmodernism, and a theist whose attacks on religion bit far deeper than many of those of today’s new atheists. Kierkegaard is not so much a thinker for our time but a timeless thinker, whose work is pertinent for all ages yet destined to be fully attuned to none.


Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

Kierkegaard is the dramatic thunderstorm at the heart of philosophy and his provocation is more valuable than ever.


Great writing by Julian Baggini.  

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Proportional Pie Chart of the World's Most Spoken Languages

Proportional Pie Chart of the World's Most Spoken Languages | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

There are at least 7,102 known languages alive in the world today. 

The 23 languages make up the native tongue of 4.1 billion people.



Via Ivo Nový, Jocelyn Stoller, Lynnette Van Dyke
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SageRave of Get Custom Content's curator insight, June 30, 6:25 PM

Ladies and Gentlemen, find your Chinese tutors!

Stephen Dale's curator insight, July 1, 7:24 AM

Each language is within black borders with the numbers of native speakers (in millions) by country. The colour of these countries shows how languages have taken root in many different regions.

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John Paul Sartre and the Existential Choice

The existentialist Jean-Paul Sartre thought that human beings live in anguish. Not because life is terrible. But rather because, we’re ‘condemned to be free’. We're ‘thrown’ into existence, become aware of ourselves, and have to make choices. Even deciding not to choose is a choice.


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It Pays to Be Nice

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Judging by research, you should be nice even if you don’t trust the other person. In fact, you should keep on being nice even if the other person screws you over.

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Research shows that in many situations, it pays to be nice. Not because it helps other people, but because it helps you.


I recommend that you read Adam Grant's book Give and Take on the same topic. It's an excellent read.


Watch also a video with Adam Grant here:


Wharton’s Adam Grant on the key to professional success




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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, June 24, 7:49 AM

even in workplaces, being nice is advantageous!

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A History of Ideas

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How did the world begin?
What does it mean to be me?
How do you live a good life?
How does technology influence us as human beings?
What can Blade Runner teach you about the future?
Do we have free will?


Find out in this wonderful BBC Radio 4 series where Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the work of key philosophers and their theories.


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The Blind Spot: Uncovering the Grammar of the Social Field

The Blind Spot: Uncovering the Grammar of the Social Field | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

The intention of this paper is to uncover the grammar of the social field -- the key variables that make it possible for the operating logics and modes (states and stages) of a social field to shift.

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A 19-Point journey through the social field by Otto Scharmer. 

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The World Wide What?

Have you ever imagined the world without the Web? How would you do homework without Wikipedia? Or commute without CandyCrush? Or even watch this film without YouTube? 

The parallel universe of 'World Wide What?' shows us what life would be like for the greatest tech entrepreneurs if Sir Tim Berners Lee had never invented the World Wide Web. 

Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

An absolutely brilliant and humourous film narrated by Stephen Fry. This is a must see film for anyone interested in the internet and the people that helped shape it. 

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David Hain's curator insight, June 23, 11:36 AM

Great spot by Kenneth Mikkelsen!

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They think, therefore they are

They think, therefore they are | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

France is arguably the world’s most self-consciously intellectual country. Public thinkers are cherished like national treasures, given airtime on television and column inches in Le Monde. As a younger French generation discovered to their defiant delight at a mass march in Paris after the terrorist attacks on Charlie Hebdo in January, French thought is not only about dry stuff to be found in philosophy textbooks; it is a central part of their national identity.


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Why the life of the mind is so important in France.

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The Art of Stillness

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Pico Iyer is an eloquent explorer of what he calls the "inner world" — in himself and in the 21st century world at large. In this intimate conversation with Kirsta Tippett, Iyer shares the discoveries he's making and his practice of "the art of stillness.”


Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

You can listen to the podcast 'On Being' with Krista Tippett here


"We travel not to move around - but to be moved."


"A writer is in an blessed position because in some ways our job is to sit still and meditate."


See also two other Scoops related to Pico Iyer's work here:

 

The Art of Stillness (TED Talk)

Healthy Body, Unhealthy Mind (Opinion piece in The New York Times)

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Chris Shern's curator insight, June 16, 3:41 AM

You always thing it is better somewhere else, but it never is because you are still there.

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How to Read A Book

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Learn how to read a book with the four levels of reading and starting separate signal from noise and connecting ideas.

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There are four main questions you need to ask of every book:

  • What is this book about?
  • What is being said in detail and how?
  • Is this book true in whole or in part?
  • What of it?


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The Procrastination Doom Loop - and How to Break It

The Procrastination Doom Loop - and How to Break It | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

When scientists have studied procrastination, they've typically focused on how people are miserable at weighing costs and benefits across time.


In the last few years, however, scientists have begun to think that procrastination might have less to do with time than emotion. Procrastination "really has nothing to do with time-management,” Joseph Ferrari, a professor of psychology at DePaul University, told Psychological Science. “To tell the chronic procrastinator to just do it would be like saying to a clinically depressed person, cheer up.”


Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

Delaying hard work is all about your mood.


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Why Do We Experience Awe?

Why Do We Experience Awe? | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

We humans can get goose bumps when we experience awe, that often-positive feeling of being in the presence of something vast that transcends our understanding of the world.

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According to new research presented in Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, awe might help shift our focus from our narrow self-interest to the interests of the group to which we belong.


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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, June 6, 6:19 AM

awe as a means to broaden our horizons.

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Use Stress to Your Advantage

Use Stress to Your Advantage | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

To perform under pressure, research finds that welcoming anxiety is more helpful than calming down.

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“We’re bombarded with information about how bad stress is,” says Jeremy Jamieson, a professor of psychology at the University of Rochester who specializes in stress. But the conventional view, he says, fails to appreciate the many ways in which physical and psychological tension can help us to perform better.


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Kavita Yadav's curator insight, June 4, 11:46 AM

Absolutely.... a great read. Instead of covering up our emotional frenzy me must accept it and drop it. Take on the positive and move on with full confidence and positivity. Miracles happen :)

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Little Lifehacks Guaranteed to Improve your Life

Little Lifehacks Guaranteed to Improve your Life | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

Lifehacks can be as helpful as making your day better to helping you sell your company.


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A fine list by Greg Isenberg. I like this one: 


  • Make a list of 10 people who you often forget to keep in touch with but care about. These are people who would go up to bat for you no matter what. Could be high school friends, your grandmother or an old co-worker. Put them on your phones favorites list. Call them when you’re walking to places. Try not to uber or drive places that are less than 15 minutes walking distance and use that time to call them. Your quality of life will increase.


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The Crossroads of Should and Must

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How to turn your invisible inner fire into fuel for soul-warming bliss is what artist and designer Elle Luna explores in her essay-turned-book The Crossroads of Should and Must: Find and Follow Your Passion.


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Should is how other people want us to live our lives... Choosing Must is the greatest thing we can do with our lives.


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Books worth reading, as recommended by Bill Gates, Susan Cain and more...

Books worth reading, as recommended by Bill Gates, Susan Cain and more... | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

52 of the world's leading thinkers offer the books that inspired them and their work.


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Agnes Ng's curator insight, May 4, 7:34 AM

NYP library users can check out the availability of the books from the Library Catalogue. E.g. Read the book "Creative Confidence" by Tom Kelley and David Kelley from NYP Library's IE Collection, Call number: HD53 K29

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Thinker ★ Speaker ★ Writer ★ Leadership Advisor ★ Learning Designer ★ Connector of ideas+people ★ Loud Listener ★ Horizon Scanner ★ Polymath ★ Humanitarian

Kenneth Mikkelsen is co-founder of FutureShifts, a consultancy that helps visionary companies identify and tackle the big shifts in the world by cultivating the skills, mindsets, behaviors and organizational cultures needed to succeed in times of change.