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Better Behaved Behavioral Models

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We often can’t rely on ourselves to act rationally. We know this, but influential social science models have a bad habit of ignoring it. We evolved to frequently act without “deciding.” We are habit-formers and habit-farmers.

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Force of habit shapes our lives. Shouldn’t it also shape how our sciences model us?


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The Island of Knowledge: How to Live with Mystery in a Culture Obsessed with Certainty and Definitive Answers

The Island of Knowledge: How to Live with Mystery in a Culture Obsessed with Certainty and Definitive Answers | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

Because much of Nature remains hidden from us, our view of the world is based only on the fraction of reality that we can measure and analyze. Science, as our narrative describing what we see and what we conjecture exists in the natural world, is thus necessarily limited, telling only part of the story.


We strive toward knowledge, always more knowledge, but must understand that we are, and will remain, surrounded by mystery. It is the flirting with this mystery, the urge to go beyond the boundaries of the known, that feeds our creative impulse, that makes us want to know more.


Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

A curated story by Maria Popova from Brain Pickings of astrophysicist and philosopher Marcelo Gleiser's book: The Island of Knowledge: The Limits of Science and the Search for Meaning.

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Jason Leong's curator insight, February 4, 3:04 AM

"Gleiser admonishes against the limiting notion that we only have two options — staunch scientism, with its blind faith in science’s ability to permanently solve the mysteries of the unknown, and religious obscurantism, with its superstitious avoidance of inconvenient facts. Instead, he offers a third approach “based on how an understanding of the way we probe reality can be a source of endless inspiration without the need for setting final goals or promises of eternal truths.” In an assertion that invokes Sagan’s famous case for the vital balance between skepticism and openness, Gleiser writes:


'This unsettled existence is the very blood of science. Science needs to fail to move forward. Theories need to break down; their limits need to be exposed. As tools probe deeper into Nature, they expose the cracks of old theories and allow new ones to emerge. However, we should not be fooled into believing that this process has an end.'"

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Do You Have a Fixed Mindset? Here’s How to Change It

Do You Have a Fixed Mindset? Here's How to Change It - Better Humans - Medium

Have you ever wondered why some people realise their potential while others who are just as talented don’t?

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People with the growth mindset aren’t discouraged by failure; they don’t even think about it. They know they’re learning.

They don’t just seek challenge; they thrive on it.

They understand that their talents and abilities can be developed through effort, good teaching and persistence.

Watch also these two videos with Carol Dweck: 


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Cara Moulds's curator insight, February 7, 7:43 PM

My whole school system is reading Mindset: The New Psychology of Success to increase student achievement. 

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Bad Day at the Office

This modern man's theater of conflict: The office."


Wes Anderson meets Lars Von Trier in this hilarious short film about corporate life.


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Reinvent Yourself

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Major life changes are never easy, because your instincts and the urgent matters of the day work against you. But when you learn to focus on your future self, you'll be surprised at what you can achieve.

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A fine article from Psychology Today's May Edition 2014. 


Read also these previous Scoops: 


  1. The Road to Self-Renewal
  2. Personal Renewal 
  3. The Ultimate Cheat Sheet For Reinventing Yourself


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Chris Shern's curator insight, February 1, 5:46 AM

To thine own future be true

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Stop Playing the Victim with Your Time

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It’s just not fair. There’s always too much to do. Everyone just keeps piling more work on me. I feel so helpless.


Sound familiar? If so, you’re not alone.

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Writing Your Way to Happiness

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The scientific research on the benefits of so-called expressive writing is surprisingly vast. Studies have shown that writing about oneself and personal experiences can improve mood disorders, help reduce symptoms among cancer patients, improve a person’s health after a heart attack, reduce doctor visits and even boost memory.


Now researchers are studying whether the power of writing — and then rewriting — your personal story can lead to behavioral changes and improve happiness.

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Some researchers believe that by writing and then editing our own stories, we can change our perceptions of ourselves and identify obstacles that stand in the way of better health.

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Smartphones Don’t Make Us Dumb

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As much as we love our digital devices, many of us have an uneasy sense that they are destroying our attention spans. We skitter from app to app, seldom alighting for long. Our ability to concentrate is shot, right?

Research shows that our intuition is wrong. We can focus. But our sense that we can’t may not be a phantom. Paying attention requires not just ability but desire. Technology may snuff out our desire to focus.


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Howard Rheingold's curator insight, January 21, 12:44 PM

A big part of infotention is simply recognizing the need to think about where your attention is going while you are online, and why, and how you can exert more control over it.

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The Brain - Princeton Alumni Weekly

The Brain - Princeton Alumni Weekly | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

What scientists are learning about how we think, learn, and remember - and how our lives could change as a result.


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Princeton Alumni Weekly's January 2015 edition on the brain. Down the magazine in a PDF version by clicking the image above. 


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Houshi

Houshi Ryokan was founded around 1,300 years ago and it has always been managed by the same family since then. 
It is the oldest still running family business in the world.


This ryokan (a traditional japanese style hotel) was built over a natural hot spring in Awazu in central Japan in the year 718. Until 2011, it held the record for being the oldest hotel in the world. 



Houshi Ryokan has been visited by the Japanese Imperial Family and countless great artists over the centuries. Its buildings were destroyed by natural disasters many times, but the family has always rebuilt. The garden as well as some parts of the hotel are over 400 years old.

Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

Owned by the same family for 1,300 years, the Japanese inn Houshi Ryokan is a marvel of tradition and resilience.


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The truth about free will: Does it actually exist?

The truth about free will: Does it actually exist? | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

Acclaimed philosopher Daniel Dennett explains why free will is much more complicated than many people believe.


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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, January 9, 8:15 PM

Free will is complex. It does exist, but it does not mean that humans operate solely on the basis of it. Much of what happens in daily life is a taken-for-granted and socially necessitated.

 

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Jaro Berce's comment, January 12, 7:03 AM
To me it looks that we are not “alone” and all in our Universe is somehow connected and entangle, therefore whenever I decided something I do, I decided with all I am connected to.
MORE @: http://leadershipbyvirtue.blogspot.com/2014/07/free-will-and-entanglement.html
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How Language Can Affect the Way We Think

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Is there a connection between language and how we think and behave? Economist Keith Chen thinks so -- and he argues that our mother tongue even affects our economic decisions.


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4 weird ways the words we use shape our thinking.




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The Curious Science of When Multitasking Works

The Curious Science of When Multitasking Works | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

Trying to do two things at once is usually a recipe for doing both badly, according to a long line of research. We’re slower and less accurate when we try to juggle two things. Experts came to believe that there wasn’t much that could be done about this, so most of the advice in HBR has been to avoid multitasking as much as possible.


But if giving up multitasking isn’t an option, a new study  published in in Psychological Science offers some hope: your ability to multitask may depend on whether you were trained to do the two tasks separately or simultaneously.


Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

New research looks at how to multitask well. Your ability to juggle may depend on how you’re trained.


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How to Let Your Life Speak, Discern Your Purpose, and Define Your Own Success

How to Let Your Life Speak, Discern Your Purpose, and Define Your Own Success | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

For the century and a half since, and undoubtedly the many centuries before, the question of how to kindle that soul-warming fire by finding one’s purpose and making a living out of meaningful work has continued to frustrate not only the young, not only aspiring artists, but people of all ages, abilities, and walks of life. How to navigate that existential maze with grace is what Parker J. Palmer — founder of the Center for Courage & Renewal and a man of great insight into the elusive art of inner wholeness — explores with compassionate warmth and wisdom in his 1999 book Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation


This story is Scooped from Maria Popova's excellent Brain Pickings. 

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What it takes to learn to listen to the timid wild animal that is the soul.


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Andrea Dean's curator insight, February 8, 11:26 PM

Love the work and writings of Parker Palmer:"Before you tell your life what you intend to do with it, listen for what it intends to do with you. Before you tell your life what truths and values you have decided to live up to, let your life tell you what truths you embody, what values you represent."

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Writing is despotism, but reading is democracy

Writing is despotism, but reading is democracy | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

Writers ought to make it clear that the arts – not just learning about them, but doing them, actually writing and painting and playing music – have a vital part to play in the lives of our children. They have to do with enlarging and clarifying experience, in opening new worlds of possibility and delight and understanding and emotion.


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The cuckoo’s nest: an essay on reading, writing, and the imagination.


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Susan Greenfield on Mind Change

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Leading neuroscientist Susan Greenfield considers the vast range of technologies that are creating a new environment around us, and asks: how can we ensure these powerful forces bring out the best in us, and allow us to lead more meaningful, more creative lives?


Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

Listen to the podcast of the full event including audience Q&A.


I also encourage you to watch these videos with Susan Greenfield: The Future of the Brain The internet and mind-change.


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Being a Better Online Reader

Being a Better Online Reader | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

Certainly, as we turn to online reading, the physiology of the reading process itself shifts; we don’t read the same way online as we do on paper.


Anne Mangen, a professor at the National Centre for Reading Education and Research at the University of Stavanger, in Norway, points out that reading is always an interaction between a person and a technology, be it a computer or an e-reader or even a bound book.



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AugusII's curator insight, February 1, 9:27 PM

BETTER READING LESS BEING DECEIVED PROBABILITY

Linda Mercer's curator insight, February 2, 12:12 PM

I think it's harder to read ebooks than printed books. But what about children wired at the start to read electronically?

Erica Bilder's curator insight, February 6, 4:05 AM

How the medium matters in deep digital reading and how we can improve on it.

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Creating Resilient Organizations

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Judith Rodin, president of the Rockefeller Foundation, describes how to build the capacity to survive disastrous events in her book: The Resilience Dividend


In the book, Rodin outlines a framework for achieving resilience, the mind-set needed to implement and utilize it, and practices that support it.


Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

Building resilience creates two aspects of benefits: it enables individuals, communities, and organizations to better withstand a disruption more effectively, and it enables them to improve their current systems and situations.


In this video Judith Rodin talks about her book. 


The resilience dividend not only enables people and communities to rebound faster from disasters or deal with stresses; it spurs economic development, job creation, environmental sustainability, and social cohesion. It brings benefit to people, organizations, and communities when things are going right as well as when they go wrong.


Read also David K. Hurst's review of the book from Strategy& here: Creating Resilient Organizations.


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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, February 19, 5:58 AM

Building resilience creates two aspects of benefits: it enables individuals, communities, and organizations to better withstand a disruption more effectively, and it enables them to improve their current systems and situations.


In this video Judith Rodin talks about her book. 


The resilience dividend not only enables people and communities to rebound faster from disasters or deal with stresses; it spurs economic development, job creation, environmental sustainability, and social cohesion. It brings benefit to people, organizations, and communities when things are going right as well as when they go wrong.


Read also David K. Hurst's review of the book from Strategy& here: Creating Resilient Organizations.


Anders Vestergaard Jensen's comment, February 23, 3:28 PM
A few recent articles wrote about resilience as being the new sustainability or not? First Elkington put up this article: http://www.greenbiz.com/article/John-Elkington-resilience-new-sustainability-businesses-climate-change - then a few weeks later Kramer puts up this http://www.greenbiz.com/article/resilience-new-sustainability - whats your take on resilience vs sustainability?
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Why can’t the world’s greatest minds solve the mystery of consciousness?

Why can’t the world’s greatest minds solve the mystery of consciousness? | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

Philosophers and scientists have been at war for decades over the question of what makes human beings more than complex robots.


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How could the 1.4kg lump of moist, pinkish-beige tissue inside your skull give rise to something as mysterious as the experience of being that pinkish-beige lump, and the body to which it is attached?


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How to Live a Life of Purpose

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We each want to live a life of purpose, but where to start? In this luminous, wide-ranging talk, Jacqueline Novogratz introduces us to people she's met in her work in "patient capital" -- people who have immersed themselves in a cause, a community, a passion for justice. These human stories carry powerful moments of inspiration.


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Identity in a Digital World

Our digital lives are no longer separate entities but instead have become integral to who we are.

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Slideshare presentation by Alec Couros on digital identity

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Stephen Dale's curator insight, January 21, 5:38 AM

A thought-provoking presentation on the topic of digital identities, including...

 

81% of children under two currently have some kind of digital dossier or footprint, with images of them posted online.” “...children reach the age of “social media maturity” at about age 11.” In Canada, 34% of children have a digital footprint before they are born.

 

Reading time: 10mins

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Power to the People

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Social psychologist Amy Cuddy explains how we make judgments, and how our bodies can help us feel more powerful.


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I previously Scooped Amy Cuddy's TED Talk about how our body language shapes who we are. You'll find it here.

 

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Is It Time to “Repot” Your Career?

Is It Time to “Repot” Your Career? | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

How changing your trajectory can lead to greater innovation, success, and meaning in your work.


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Fifty years ago, in his book Self-Renewal, John Gardner, the late former cabinet secretary and founder of Common Cause, the nonpartisan public-interest lobby for greater political transparency and accountability, first described a career strategy he referred to as “repotting” as a way to stay engaged and innovative. The idea is that a career reboot not only helps prevent managers from staying in one position too long, being lulled into complacency or leadership fatigue, but that it also pushes leaders to keep learning, to see new challenges with a fresh perspective and ultimately find meaningful work that leaves a lasting legacy.


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  1. The Road to Self-Renewal
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Stephen Hawking's Big Ideas... Made Simple

Legendary theoretical physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking is among the greatest scientific minds in human history.


This animation condenses Hawking’s expansive, mind-bending theories down to 150 seconds.


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The Best Biographies, Memoirs, and History Books of 2014

The Best Biographies, Memoirs, and History Books of 2014 | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

If you missed them over the holidays, the best biographies, memoirs, and history books of 2014 from Brain Pickings. 


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