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Storytelling: the antagonist

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What are sales techniques for, and what’s the most important part of a sales presentation? The most important part is the problem!

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The brain is wired in a 3D grid structure. Our brain pathways are organized like woven sheets and not as tangled as once thought

The brain is wired in a 3D grid structure. Our brain pathways are organized like woven sheets and not as tangled as once thought | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it

"The brain appears to be wired in a rectangular 3D grid structure, suggests a new brain imaging study. (...) “Far from being just a tangle of wires, the brain’s connections turn out to be more like ribbon cables — folding 2D sheets of parallel neuronal fibers that cross paths at right angles, like the warp and weft of a fabric,” (...)

 

“The wiring of the mature brain appears to mirror three primal pathways established in embryonic development.” (...) “Before, we had just driving directions. Now, we have a map showing how all the highways and byways are interconnected,” said Wedeen. “Brain wiring is not like the wiring in your basement, where it just needs to connect the right endpoints. Rather, the grid is the language of the brain and wiring and re-wiring work by modifying it.”

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"By looking at how the pathways fit in the brain, we anticipated the connectivity to resemble that of a bowl of spaghetti, a very narrow and discreet object," (...) "We discovered that the pathways in the top of the brain are all organized like woven sheets with the fibers running in two directions in the sheets and in a third direction perpendicular to the sheets. These sheets all stack together so that the entire connectivity of the brain follows three precisely defined directions." (...)
"This is the first time it has ever been determined that the geometry of the brain is described by a three-dimensional grid," (...)

 

"The research took MRI scanners and new mathematical algorithms to determine a geometry to the relationship of nearby pathways in the brain so that each pathway was part of a two-dimensional sheet of pathways that together looked exactly like a woven sheet of fabric," Each pathway was part of a parallel series next to it crossed by a perpendicular series at a right angle, together which formed a woven grid.

 

The structure was part of a three-dimensional scaffold connections of the brain conformed to the extremely simple three-dimensional structure, a single woven grid with fibers in only three axes. By using diffusion MRI and mapping the three-dimension motion of the water molecules in the brain, the scientists ran the maps through mathematical algorithms that inferred from the water motion pattern the fiber architecture of the tissue of the brain." -- http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=123711&org=NSF&from=news


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

There Is Some Hope That We Aren't Living Inside a Computer Simulation | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
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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8 Ways To Motivate Yourself To Finish A Passion Project Outside Of Work

8 Ways To Motivate Yourself To Finish A Passion Project Outside Of Work | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Here are 8 tips for finishing the projects you care about most.
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Norwegian City’s Ingenious Bicycle Lift Makes Cycling Uphill a Breeze

Norwegian City’s Ingenious Bicycle Lift Makes Cycling Uphill a Breeze | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it

The city of Trondheim in Norway is the first and only one in the world to have a lift specially designed to help cyclists travel uphill.


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just because it's kewl! 

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Problem Solving with Larry B. Gray - Bubblews

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Review of Problem Solving
Written by Larry B. Gray

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12 Stories I Can't Live Without

12 Stories I Can't Live Without | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Short story master Peter Orner picks 12 of his favorite stories from writers, some dead, some living, all legendary.
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The Weird, Scary and Ingenious Brain of Maria Bamford - NYTimes.com

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5 Techniques To Develop Your Short Story Into A Novel - Writer's Relief, Inc.

5 Techniques To Develop Your Short Story Into A Novel - Writer's Relief, Inc. | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Want to turn your short story into a novel? Here are five ways to do it! But beware, not all short stories are meant to be novels.
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Comedians’ Smarts, Humor, and Creativity

Comedians’ Smarts, Humor, and Creativity | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
How intelligent are stand-up comedians?

 

Overall, the results of this study suggest that professional stand-up comedians are a distinct vocational group: they score higher on all humor styles, on humor ability, and on verbal intelligence than college students, but they also show different patterns of correlations between Big Five personality traits and humor styles, and a discrepancy between on-stage persona and private personality. Comedians’ professional success depends not just on their short-term spontaneous humor production ability, but also on their long-term skill, dedication, and ambition in crafting and refining an effective act that can be modulated for different audiences in different cities with different tastes, traits, backgrounds, and levels of inebriation. It also depends upon their fluent, strategic use of affiliative humor and self-deprecating humor when interacting with club managers, booking agents, and other comedians.

 
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Ambivalent Men and the Women Who Love Them

Ambivalent Men and the Women Who Love Them | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it

The non-committal, emotionally unavailable man pairing with an overly attentive female who is willing to hang in there--no matter what--is a surprisingly common relationship. Always eager to sew wild oats, the male in this dynamic is frequently described as a "player.”

Why in this scenario does the female stay true to such a man? It may be because she believes his very aloofness makes him a more desirable catch. If she hangs in there long enough, he will eventually commit, and it will mean so much more because he was so ambivalent about her in the beginning. She sees a chance for self-validation in earning his attention when others couldn't.

Women caught in this circular thinking rarely experience a happy romantic ending. 

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Glimpses of the long-gone, cool, decaying seediness of 42nd Street

Glimpses of the long-gone, cool, decaying seediness of 42nd Street | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Before it was swept clean and purified with Disney goodness, you could enjoy New York’s 42nd street in all its noisy, colorful, rude, and vivid glory. Mitch O’Connell shares his treasure trove of late 20th century photos.
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How Pixar Fosters Collective Creativity

How Pixar Fosters Collective Creativity | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Business management magazine, blogs, case studies, articles, books, and webinars from Harvard Business Review, addressing today's topics and challenges in business management.
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excerpt: "A movie contains literally tens of thousands of ideas. They’re in the form of every sentence; in the performance of each line; in the design of characters, sets, and backgrounds; in the locations of the camera; in the colors, the lighting, the pacing. The director and the other creative leaders of a production do not come up with all the ideas on their own; rather, every single member of the 200- to 250-person production group makes suggestions. Creativity must be present at every level of every artistic and technical part of the organization. The leaders sort through a mass of ideas to find the ones that fit into a coherent whole—that support the story—which is a very difficult task. It’s like an archaeological dig where you don’t know what you’re looking for or whether you will even find anything. The process is downright scary."

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Pushing Past Political Correctness: Writing Solutions for the Socially Conscious | Beyond The Margins

Pushing Past Political Correctness: Writing Solutions for the Socially Conscious | Beyond The Margins | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
By Becky Tuch In fiction, as in life, people make choices. Sometimes a fictional character’s choices appear self-evident. It’s a given that Jane will want to leave a bad situation or that Sally will struggle to improve her lot.
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Quite often, the theoretical stances taken in critical theory are a reshuffling of the deck rather than exploring what needs to change and making the changes. We live relationally in the world and the theoretical shuffling is almost like a spectator activity.

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Singularity 1 on 1: Jeremy Rifkin on the Zero Marginal Cost Society and the Decline of Capitalism

Singularity 1 on 1: Jeremy Rifkin on the Zero Marginal Cost Society and the Decline of Capitalism | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
A one-of-a-kind conversation with Jeremy Rifkin discussing “The Zero Marginal Cost Society” and the decline of capitalism.

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5 Myths You Probably Believe About Famous Landmarks

5 Myths You Probably Believe About Famous Landmarks | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
As with anything else we think we know, the most basic facts about famous landmarks turn out to be mostly wrong.
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21 Books That Changed Science Fiction And Fantasy Forever

21 Books That Changed Science Fiction And Fantasy Forever | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Speculative fiction is the literature of change and discovery. But every now and then, a book comes along that changes the rules of science fiction and fantasy for everybody. Certain great books inspire scores of authors to create something new.
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A Twitter Search Trick You Didn’t Know About

A Twitter Search Trick You Didn’t Know About | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it

An undocumented Twitter search operator helps you find the best tweets for any search term based on the retweeted or the favorited count.

 

... The engagement filter surfaces the best tweets and removes the noise from Twitter search results but the most surprising part is that Twitter has not made this filter available outside Tweetdeck. You don’t even have it inside the official Twitter app.

 

Well, here’s the trick. You can actually filter tweets by engagement level on the Twitter website or inside any Twitter app using an undocumented search operator that Twitter doesn’t want us to know about....


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 Amit Agarwal shares one of those great tips to help you find useful data on Twitter. Recommended.

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The Biggest Tourist Scams Travelers Need To Watch Out For

The Biggest Tourist Scams Travelers Need To Watch Out For | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
An in-depth look at the biggest tourist scams around the world.
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for stories of international travel or to set up a problem. charater back story.
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Paris Review – The Poet’s Poker, David Zax

Paris Review – The Poet’s Poker, David Zax | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
“Fortunately, he said, writers were easy to read.” The poet’s poker game: http://t.co/pWsWmMteiM
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The Futurist Cookbook: 11 Rules for a Perfect Meal and an Anti-Pasta Manifesto circa 1932

The Futurist Cookbook: 11 Rules for a Perfect Meal and an Anti-Pasta Manifesto circa 1932 | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Optimism at the table, or why the dark void of the soul can't be stuffed with spaghetti. Given my voracious appetite for unusual cookbook
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We Need a Strong Prison System

We Need a Strong Prison System | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
But we need to imprison people for fewer crimes and for less time
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excerpt: "Burnout is a general characteristic of a career in crime; and it is not limited to violent crimes. Often a criminal will realize after having served several prison sentences that crime really doesn’t pay, and he will either find lawful work or live on welfare, charity, and cadging from relatives and friends, in lieu of continuing a life of crime. A good prison work program might even instill in some inmates habits and attitudes conducive to finding and even flourishing in lawful work. But such a program will be expensive."

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Why Do Comedians Become Comedians?

Why Do Comedians Become Comedians? | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Childhood experiences of comedians
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excerpt: "Overall, there were no differences in the way comedians describe how their parents treated them, compared to the students’ sample. This means that there is no support to the claim that parents were overprotecting comedians or didn’t give them enough care."

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How Healthy are Stand-up Comedians?

How Healthy are Stand-up Comedians? | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Health of stand-up comedians

 

As I discussed in previous posts, the notion that humor is good for your health does not get much empirical support from scientific research. For example, one study found that cheerful kids who have been followed for decades, suffered more health problems and died younger compared to the non-cheerful kids. More specific to comedians, several studies have shown that comedians and humor writers died younger than other people who achieved fame in other areas. Why might that happen?

 
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Weird Shit

Weird Shit | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Forming somewhere between old English to the modern uncanny, weirdness is its own language. Erik Davis offers a brief etymological look at weird, the word, and the place where it lurks in our imagination.
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excerpt: "The roots of weirdness lie in the noun wyrd, an Old English term that pops up in Beowulf and denotes the (usually grim) demands of destiny. The adjective first appears in the phrase weird sisters, which was used by Scottish poets to describe the classical Fates before Shakespeare attached the term to the witches ofMacbeth. But Shakespeare’s spelling of weird is, well, a bit weird—“weyrd”, “weyward”, and “weyard” appear in the first folio, but never “weird”. These alternate spellings, again, suggest the term wayward, a word used by Shakespeare to denote the capricious refusal to follow rule or reason. This suggests to someMacbeth scholars that, in addition to their oracular knowledge, the witches are also defined by their willful resistance to the norm, a perverse and chaotic twist away from the law. Early on, then, weirdness already covers two contrasting but related forces: necessity and anomaly."

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Blackness Ever Blackening: My Lifetime of Depression

Blackness Ever Blackening: My Lifetime of Depression | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
How do I explain an existence dominated by the bleakest, darkest moods? And do I even want to?
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666 – Six Maps of Hell | Strange Maps | Big Think

666 – Six Maps of Hell | Strange Maps | Big Think | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
As any Bible reader, numerologist or Iron Maiden fan worth their salt knows, 666 is the Number of the Beast. It says so in Revelation 13:17-18, in wording enigmatic enough to keep conspiracy theologians guessing as to the Beast's true identity: Nero, the Pope, Mussolini, Obama?
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