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What Makes People Think They've Been Reincarnated?

What Makes People Think They've Been Reincarnated? | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
And why are their past lives always so boring?
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Envy: The Feeling Can Help Us Even When It Hurts: Scientific American

Envy: The Feeling Can Help Us Even When It Hurts: Scientific American | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Wanting what another person has can spur us to better ourselves

 

In BriefFeelings of inferiority and desire can spur us to bring down our competitors—or to better ourselves.Our ability to successfully control envy impulses is hampered by outside factors such as stress, exhaustion and inebriation.Transforming malicious envy into its more productive cousin, benign envy, may be a way to harness the emotion's power to motivate.
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I couldn't read the whole article because I didn't buy the magazine. The "In Brief" and the article's beginnings reveal some interesting clues and topics to investigate, explore, and appreciate. One thing is the idea that envy isn't all "bad." There is malicious envy, but there is also "benign" envy, which is motivational. Even one of the "Deadly Sins" is more complex than the black-and-white evaluation we are used to encountering. This also fits well with the values of emotional intelligence in terms of social and emotional skills of self-regulation, impulse control, executive functioning skills, etc. 

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Less serious legal research – Slaw

Less serious legal research – Slaw | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it

Why is it that legal texts turn off many eager readers? Sometimes this is due to their inherent complexity. No one can reasonably expect to obtain a simple overview of the Canadian tax system. It is complex and so are the rules that enforce it. Sometimes, legal information is made unnecessarily complex. One could think that plain language is heresy amongst authors of primary legal information. Even though court cases stand closest to common everyday communication, a trend becomes apparent that court opinions are getting longer and more complex. Public access analysts say that it has become a challenge for judges and justices, public information officers, and members of the bar to make sure that the public understands what is expressed in a court opinion. Evidently, contracts are among the less legible documents. 

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Although this page basically reviews Canadian law, it offers an important rationale for learning critical thinking skills and explains the problems of overly complex legal language. "Public access analysts say that it has become a challenge for judges and justices, public information officers, and members of the bar to make sure that the public understands what is expressed in a court opinion." So, there is problem in understanding the law and its interpretation as well as the reasoning involved in judgments, among other decions made in the courtroom. 

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8 Subconscious Mistakes Our Brains Make Every Day--And How To Avoid Them

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The swimmers body illusion and other ways our brains play tricks on us.
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What Makes Malcolm Gladwell Fascinating

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Challenging our assumptions is what Malcolm Gladwell does best. To see how he does it, let’s take a look at what Davis called The Index of the Interesting. Davis classified 12 different ways of challenging conventional wisdom, and Gladwell’s key ideas map beautifully onto at least five of them.

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These five key ideas are helpful when exploring concepts and research. The author's analysis also helps me consider ways to improve my wriring.

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PracTICE: Using Blogs for Critical Thinking and Proactive Thinking

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KEYWORDS FOR THIS FREE COURSE AND WHAT YOU WILL LEARN: . Blog, blogging, Flow Chart, Interests, Proactive Thinking, 21st Century Tools, motivation, engaging your learners (students), Learni...


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Scientists find brain region that helps you make up your mind

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One of the smallest parts of the brain is getting a second look after new research suggests it plays a crucial role in decision making.
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quote from article: "Deep brain stimulation – which is thought to inactivate the lateral habenula—has been reported to improve depressive symptoms in humans," Floresco says. "But our findings suggest these improvements may not be because patients feel happier. They may simply no longer care as much about what is making them feel depressed."

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Graphical visualization of text similarities in essays in a book | munterbund.de

Graphical visualization of text similarities in essays in a book | munterbund.de | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
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Introduced me to the term "metadata". Lately, I've been reading about transparency and accessibility. It's not enough to simply have the information. We need to be able to understand it and understand enough to make decisions about it. Then we have to apply that information. Similar concepts: informed consent, citizen engagement.  But just like in lab reports for studies/research, essays about data contains biases to recognize and conclusions to interpret and evaluate for validity. Metadata examines these issues.

 

"Metadata

Examples of essay metadata are the essay’s author, the time period in which an essay was written, the essay language, the number or type of images it uses, the text genre, the intended audience, the essay length (in characters, words, sentences, sections, pages), file format, typeface, etc. We find that it is possible to automate the collection of some of these metadata. For example, the language in which an article is written can be determined by comparing the words used in the article with words of other known languages. If the article contains words associated with the region where Romanian is spoken, it was most likely written in Romanian [ad.01]. If words are unknown to the computer, it will not be able to determine the language.

 Early stages in the process to the final result

For the most part, the time period during which an essay was written can be retrieved automatically - provided that the text was written on a computer and the word-processing program kept track of the writing sessions. If images are available in digital form, it is also possible to automate the processing of image metadata, since in in such cases, image file formats, dimensions, color depths and resolutions are known. However, image content is meta-information that needs to be classified manually. Consequently, classification of metadata as manual or automatic must be performed on a case-by-case basis. Although the length of a text is meta-information, it can be determined automatically in such great detail that it transitions to the domain of automatically collectable metadata.

 
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Legal Intelligence

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There are a lot of great resources for primary law online, both free and fee. However, to get legal analysis and cutting edge thinking on current legal topics there are also some great resources for free online.

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We should expose students to these kinds of resources as part of their common core learning pursuits. They do two things: these resources introduce students to laws, making connections between the government and citizenship. The second takewaway from reading these resources is the exposure to critical thinking. People need to learn that laws are interpreted and applied, not simply memorized and followed. Teachers can facilitate the learning of vocabulary, "context", logic, and reasoning. Students might also begin to access their imaginations, exploring how laws might impact their lives. People observe a great deal but don't know how to reflect on those experiences within domains. Psychology and sociology can focus some of that reflection, using vocabulary terms, models, and theory, Occassionally, a gifted teacher might find ways to apply maths. This isn't only about rational thinking. It is also about developing social and emotional intelligence.

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We should expose students to these kinds of resources as part of their common core learning pursuits. They do two things: these resources introduce students to laws, making connections between the government and citizenship. The second takewaway from reading these resources is the exposure to critical thinking. People need to learn that laws are interpreted and applied, not simply memorized and followed. Teachers can facilitate the learning of vocabulary, "context", logic, and reasoning. Students might also begin to access their imaginations, exploring how laws might impact their lives. People observe a great deal but don't know how to reflect on those experiences within domains. Psychology and sociology can focus some of that reflection, using vocabulary terms, models, and theory, Occassionally, a gifted teacher might find ways to apply maths. This isn't only about rational thinking. It is also about developing social and emotional intelligence.

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» 15 Common Cognitive Distortions - Psych Central

» 15 Common Cognitive Distortions - Psych Central | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
What's a cognitive distortion and why do so many people have them? Cognitive distortions are simply ways that our mind convinces us of something that isn't
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Critical Thinking: Ways to Improve Your Child’s Mind

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Gust MEES's curator insight, March 31, 2013 9:04 AM

 

A MUST read and watch the videos ALSO!!!

 

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Introduction to Social Dilemmas

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This is the focus for Week 3 in Howard Rheingold’s course – Towards a Literacy of Cooperation We have been introduced to social dilemmas principally through the excellent work of Peter Kollock, who...

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Howard Rheingold's curator insight, February 14, 2013 11:31 AM

Social Dilemmas and the institutions for collective action we create to work around them are essential for understanding human cooperation. Jenny Mackness, one of the co-learners in 

http://socialmediaclassroom.com/host/cooperation4 writes great blog summaries of our sessions.