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40 Maps That Explain The Middle East

40 Maps That Explain The Middle East | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
These maps are crucial for understanding the region's history, its present, and some of the most important stories there today.

Via Seth Dixon
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Titles like the one for this article, 40 maps that explain the Middle East, are becoming increasingly common for internet articles.  They helps us feel that we can explain all of the world's complexities and make sense of highly dynamic situations.  While we can all agree that maps are great analytical tools that can be very persuasive, sometimes we can pretend that they are the end all, be all for any situation.  Maps can also be used to show how something that we thought was simple can be much complex and nuanced than we had previously imagined, as demonstrated by this article, 15 Maps that Don't Explain the Middle East at All.  Both perspectives have their place (and both articles are quite insightful). Not connected to the Middle East, but East Asia, this article entitled Lies, Damned Lies and Maps continues the discussion of maps, truth and perception.  

 

Tags: MiddleEast, conflict, political, borders, colonialism, devolution,historical, mapping

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Nancy Watson's curator insight, October 11, 9:16 AM

Both History and Geography explained in these maps

Shanelle Zaino's curator insight, October 22, 3:10 PM

With the increasing amount of information online it can be misleading at times. I do believe this is a useful collection of maps however I feel people looking at it might get trapped in a pitfall. After looking at these 40 maps a person could feel that this is all there is to know about this subject. Yes it is informative to have this information together but it should just be the start of the conversation not the end. So often we want quick google searches with definite answers,

when some topics require a lot of research from different sources. The reader needs to make up their own pool of knowledge.

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

Unit 1 Nature and Perspectives of Geography

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The Purpose of Thinking

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The purpose of thinking is to understand our world as best as possible. Our minds have evolved to think so that we can better adapt to our environment and make smarter decisions on how to survive and live.
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excerpt: "Learn to identify when your thoughts are serving your interests and needs – and when they are leading you down a road to nowhere. If you can make this distinction, then you have already won half the battle with your thoughts."

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5 Reasons to Calm Down Your Analytical Mind

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Your analytical mind comes with both advantages and disadvantages. There are certain situations where it's better to calm down too much thinking and rationality.
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Sharrock's curator insight, February 7, 1:55 PM

This is part of a useful cycle. You race the analytical mind to absorb knowledge and to explore information. Then you run the creative, associative mind to find connections between personal experiences, observations, and information. But too much of anything can be bad.

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The CIA, innovation and hay bales: creativity expert Michael Michalko connects the dots - Think Jar Collective

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Think Jar Collective founder Ben Weinlick interviews creativity expert Michael Michalko about creative problem solving and what helps foster it.

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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, January 27, 4:00 AM

How to do brain-writing (a new idea generation technique)

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Are You Data Driven? Take a Hard Look in the Mirror.

Are You Data Driven? Take a Hard Look in the Mirror. | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
The term "data driven" is penetrating the lexicon ever more deeply these days.

 

Traits of the Data-Driven

The data-driven:

Make decisions at the lowest possible levelBring as much diverse data to any situation as they possibly can.Use data to develop a deeper understanding of their worlds.Develop an appreciation for variationDeal reasonably well with uncertaintyIntegrate their ability to understand data and its implications and their intuitions.Recognize the importance of high-quality data and invest to improve.Are good experimenters and researchers.Recognize that decision criteria can vary with circumstances.Recognize that making a decision is only step one.Work hard to learn new skills and bring new data and new data technologies (big data, predictive analytics, metadata management, etc) into their organizations.Learn from their mistakes.
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While reading Thinking, Fast and Slow, I have decided to avoid using intuition and to employ my imagination instead. I do learn from my mistakes, I do bring as much diverse data to any situation as possible, and I regularly deal well with uncertainty. I consider myself data-driven to some degree, since I have not brought data technologies into my organizaiton (but I'm learning about data and data technologies).

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Here's to the crazy ones: Simon Coley on design thinking :: StopPress

Here's to the crazy ones: Simon Coley on design thinking :: StopPress | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it

I think there’s a lesson here about ‘messy’ design thinking that embraces incomplete data and ill-defined problems. By proceeding without constraints, we found we could generate more ideas and balance out inherent tensions between the creative, technical and economic. What the experience taught us is that a loose, pragmatic approach can give a more rounded result—technically, aesthetically and functionally.   

 
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We point in so many directions except towards ourselves when it comes to change and promoting change. What have you done--professionally or personally--to apply design thinking to approach a problem?

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15 Simple Ways To Supercharge Your Brain

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Here are 15 scientifically-proven (but very simple) ways to recharge your brain!

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Philosophy | William M. Briggs

William M. Briggs - Statistician to the Stars!
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to read, perchance to...understand.

 

I want to read all of the articles here. I haven't though. His confidence in his understanding of statistics is infectious though. Amazing that one of his points is that there is no certainty. Teaching that statistics is a kind of applied epistmeology interests me. 

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Less serious legal research – Slaw

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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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From Tweet to Blog Post to Peer-Reviewed Article: How to be a Scholar Now

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Digital media is changing how scholars interact, collaborate, write and publish. Here, Jessie Daniels describes how to be a scholar now, when peer-reviewed articles can begin as Tweets and blog pos...

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A Better Way to Group Brainstorm

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Over dinner a couple months ago, one of my friends said he needed some help coming up with a name for a new website. He told me a bit about the site and asked if I could help think of something over dinner.
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Clutter Drives Creativity, Study Says

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Do creative people work better in a messy environment? A new study says 'yes.'
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5 Things That Really Smart People Do

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Don't get in the way of your own learning. Here are five ways to step aside and continue to increase your smarts.
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These are skills at learning from others. They are goals for conversations as well as in collaborations. They are the ways problems get solved in new ways (implications for innovation? for creativity? for developing a better imagination?)

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There Is Some Hope That We Aren't Living Inside a Computer Simulation

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Philosopher Nick Bostrom's famous Simulation Argument suggests it's highly probable that we live inside a supercomputer. But one philosopher takes this hypothesis to task, arguing in a new paper that there are other post-human scenarios that need to be taken into account.

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What Makes People Think They've Been Reincarnated?

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And why are their past lives always so boring?
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The 20 Most Common Logical Fallacies We Fall Victim to Everyday

Try your best to identify these logical fallacies in your own life and correct your faulty thinking.
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Learning to Learn - The Link

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In 1956, a committee of educators, chaired by educational psychologist Benjamin Bloom, produced a classification of educational objectives.

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John R. Walkup's curator insight, January 7, 12:51 PM

Interesting discussion about Bloom's Taxonom yaimed at the university level.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, January 14, 6:25 PM

We can and students can. Bloom is rarely used in schools today.  We do critical thinking as a rote process and then wonder why students are not very adept at it. I used Bloom's regularly in the design of rubrics and discussed that with students.

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10 Charts from 2013 That Changed the Way We Think

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The visual stories that made us look twice.
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Too Much Awareness Can Be a Bad Thing

Every now and then it's good to step back and reflect on ourselves and the state of our lives, but too much awareness can be a bad thing too.
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The push back against the mindfulness trend.

 

As with everything else, moderation is the word when dealing with awareness.

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Ryzhonkov Vasily Model Thinking Mind Maps 2012

Model Thinking Mind Maps. Were created by Ryzhonkov Vasily while taking Course by Scott Page.

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6 types of thinkers to seek for your team

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For me, one of the worst feelings to have at the office is cerebral loneliness. I need the companionship of strong thinkers to spark my own mind. Brilliant ideas are rarely born in isolation, and

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, October 25, 2013 1:21 PM

It is interesting that compliance was not big on this list. It seems other things than blindly following are important.

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Ten Takeaway Tips for Teaching Critical Thinking

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Ideally, teaching kids how to think critically becomes an integral part of your approach, no matter what subject you teach. But if you’re just getting started, here are some concrete ways you can begin leveraging your students’ critical-thinking skills in the classroom and beyond.


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Maree Whiteley's curator insight, October 19, 2013 1:18 AM

Fantastic step-by-step, very practical approach demonstrated here. Project-based learning also follows a similar process.

Les Howard's curator insight, October 21, 2013 10:00 AM

Great tips for an important topic. Going to try tip 5.

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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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9_thinking_behaviours.pdf


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Maree Whiteley's curator insight, September 9, 2013 9:01 PM

Great poster for students to assess their own thinking...

Marja Oilinki's curator insight, September 10, 2013 10:01 AM

Pdf-muotoinen posteri yhdeksästä ajattelun laatua mittaavasta alueesta apukysymyksineen. Taidot: Selkeys, tedon oikeellisuus, tarkkuus, tiedon keskeisyys, käsittelyn syvyys, monipuolisuus, logiikka, reiluus ja merkityksellisyys.

History@FPGS's curator insight, March 13, 9:46 AM

A great way to check your work.