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Givers take all: The hidden dimension of corporate culture | McKinsey & Company

Givers take all: The hidden dimension of corporate culture | McKinsey & Company | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
By encouraging employees to both seek and provide help, rewarding givers, and screening out takers, companies can reap significant and lasting benefits. A McKinsey Quarterly article.
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from the article: "The importance of helping-behavior for organizational effectiveness stretches far beyond intelligence work. Evidence from studies led by Indiana University’s Philip Podsakoff demonstrates that the frequency with which employees help one another predicts sales revenues in pharmaceutical units and retail stores; profits, costs, and customer service in banks; creativity in consulting and engineering firms; productivity in paper mills; and revenues, operating efficiency, customer satisfaction, and performance quality in restaurants."

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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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The Hidden Rules of Bigotry

The Hidden Rules of Bigotry | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Do people, regardless of their own race and religion and age, have favored (and disfavored) groups that they do not publicly -- or consciously -- proclaim?...

 

University of Virginia scientists Jordan Axt, Charles Ebersole and Brian Nosek wondered not only if social hierarchies persist in the American social memory, but if the same unacknowledged hierarchies are widely endorsed by members of different social groups. One would expect group members to favor their own -- old-fashioned favoritism -- but how about beyond that? Do people -- regardless of their own race and religion and age -- have favored (and disfavored) groups that they do not publicly -- or consciously -- proclaim?

 

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The 10 Greatest Uses of Trash Talk in the History of War

The 10 Greatest Uses of Trash Talk in the History of War | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
History records some badass trash talk that would put Schwarzenegger to shame, some spoken in dire circumstances. Of course, it takes a certain type of badass.
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Immersion journalists discuss their craft

Immersion journalists discuss their craft | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it

Immersion journalism is about showing, not telling. Talking about “immersion journalism” rather than relaying stories of its execution equates to writing about the framework of Colombian drug trafficking rather than writing the narrative of one specific drug cartel—and we all know what makes a better story. Panelists Raffi Khatchadourian, Adrian Nicole LeBlanc, George Packer, and Sarah Stillman—without attempting to flatten immersion journalism into a box—provided great insight into its philosophy and practice. As immersion journalism is about directly and intimately engaging with its subject, the panelists told personal stories of their immersive journalistic experiences without some stolid, distancing interpretation.

 

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Alexithymia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Alexithymia

Alexithymia is a personality construct characterized by the sub-clinical inability to identify and describe emotions in the self. The core characteristics of alexithymia are marked dysfunction in emotional awareness, social attachment, and interpersonal relating. Furthermore, individuals suffering from alexithymia also have difficulty in distinguishing and appreciating the emotions of others, which is thought to lead to unempathic and ineffective emotional responding.

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excerpt: "Alexithymia creates interpersonal problems because these individuals tend to avoid emotionally close relationships, or if they do form relationships with others they usually position themselves as either dependent, dominant, or impersonal, "such that the relationship remains superficial".[35] Inadequate "differentiation" between self and others by alexithymic individuals has also been observed.[36]

 
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The 25 most American things you can do in America

The 25 most American things you can do in America | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Because being a True American involves more than drinking canned beer while standing on your furniture.
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Get a Glimpse Into What It’s Really Like in North Korea

Get a Glimpse Into What It’s Really Like in North Korea | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
These four books describe everyday life under the Kim family in horrifying, poignant detail.
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What It Means if the Death Penalty Is Dying - Room for Debate - NYTimes.com

What It Means if the Death Penalty Is Dying - Room for Debate - NYTimes.com | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
As executions become concentrated in fewer and fewer states and racial disparities continue, does the application of capital punishment make it unconstitutionally cruel and unusual?
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What Is Love? Famous Definitions from 400 Years of Literary History

What Is Love? Famous Definitions from 400 Years of Literary History | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
"Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get -- only with what you are expecting to give -- which is everything." After tho
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no wonder people are so confused and mystified.
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Earth Touch News Network - The Lion King: what really happened

Earth Touch News Network - The Lion King: what really happened | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Today marks the 20th anniversary of Disney's the Lion King. We took this opportunity to think about what might really happen if the characters in this famous fairytale were to meet in real life ...
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5 Fruits and Veggies You've Been Eating Wrong

5 Fruits and Veggies You've Been Eating Wrong | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Prepare to have your mind blown.
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This Is What Space Debris Can Do To Kevlar Shielding

This Is What Space Debris Can Do To Kevlar Shielding | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
The hole that you are looking at is the "exit wound" from an aluminum bullet — 0.3 inches in diameter — fired at Kevlar-Nextel fabric that shields the European Space Agency's ATV freighter, which ferries supplies to the International Space Station.
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The Brain Geek: BRAIN MYTH-BUSTING: Nice pheromones. Wanna date?

The Brain Geek: BRAIN MYTH-BUSTING: Nice pheromones. Wanna date? | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it

A big industry has sprouted up, promising to sell you products guaranteed to make finding the love of your life as easy as making toast. One such product is perfume spiked with pheromones. Squirt on a few pheromones, and the next thing you know, you'll be standing at an altar in a white dress while a handsome tuxedoed gentleman puts a ring on your finger. Supposedly, pheromones bypass all the logic and control centers of the brain and go straight to the areas that control love and attraction. They're a real life love potion! As soon as you smell them, you fall madly in love with someone. That guy/girl is so amazing! You don't know why! There's just something fabulous about him/her! You want to marry him/her now! Or so pheromone perfume ads promise us. And then they charge more money for that perfume, because the pheromones make it super special.

But what are pheromones? And do they work?

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conclusion: "Despite lots of effort, there has never been a scientific study showing that humans can sense pheromones or that pheromones change the way we act and behave. So it doesn't matter if we release them, or how many perfumes we wear. It's like yelling at a fully deaf person and expecting them to respond. It just won't work."

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Our unrealistic views of death, through a doctor’s eyes

Our unrealistic views of death, through a doctor’s eyes | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Sometimes medical care can amount to torture.
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excerpt: "These unrealistic expectations often begin with an overestimation of modern medicine’s power to prolong life, a misconception fueled by the dramatic increase in the American life span over the past century. To hear that the average U.S. life expectancy was 47 years in 1900 and 78 years as of 2007, you might conclude that there weren’t a lot of old people in the old days — and that modern medicine invented old age. But average life expectancy is heavily skewed by childhood deaths, and infant mortality rates were high back then. In 1900, the U.S. infant mortality rate was approximately 100 infant deaths per 1,000 live births."

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Renters Trading Size for Frills Fuel U.S. Apartment Boom

Renters Trading Size for Frills Fuel U.S. Apartment Boom | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Katie Graham is living large. Just in a small apartment.
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This is an example of what I was talking about in some conversations about "the knowledge era" economy. The need for space and things become less valuable than infrastructure (as info access), learning, and experiences. Amenities over space. 

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Will You Ride The World's Tallest Water Slide?

Will You Ride The World's Tallest Water Slide? | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
It's like sliding off the top of a 15-story building on nothing more than an air mattress. The giant Verrückt water slide stands at 168 feet tall.
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The Science Of Brainstorming

The Science Of Brainstorming | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Our hunt for the eureka moment may be in vain. New research suggests analogies can help your team come up with great new ideas.

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the importance of analogies in creative thinking!

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How To Be A Professional Triangle Player In 17 Easy Steps

How To Be A Professional Triangle Player In 17 Easy Steps | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
The triangle is an instrument so simple that its name is a description of its shape. It's easy to play, but not so easy to play it well.
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What Is The Good Life? Four Books That Give You Real Answers

What Is The Good Life? Four Books That Give You Real Answers | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
We want success -- but we also want to feel good about ourselves. Here are 4 books brimming with research that answer "What is the good life?"
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The Writer’s Technique in Thirteen Theses: Walter Benjamin’s Timeless Advice on Writing

The Writer’s Technique in Thirteen Theses: Walter Benjamin’s Timeless Advice on Writing | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
"The more circumspectly you delay writing down an idea, the more maturely developed it will be on surrendering itself."
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Algorithm-Generated Articles Don't Foretell the End of Journalism

Algorithm-Generated Articles Don't Foretell the End of Journalism | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Earlier today, the Associated Press announced that the bulk of its corporate earnings stories will be, starting in July, written automatically.
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Till Tuesday do us part: One-day divorces gain national attention

Till Tuesday do us part: One-day divorces gain national attention | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
California's controversial one-day divorce allows amicable couples to quickly move on with their lives, and lightens judges' dockets.
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12 Surprising Downsides Of Getting Rich

12 Surprising Downsides Of Getting Rich | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Getting rich is not as great as you think it is. Here are some surprising disadvantages to being wealthy.
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8 Delicious International Cuisines You're Probably Missing Out On

8 Delicious International Cuisines You're Probably Missing Out On | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
From Laotian to Bolivian, the international cuisines we're missing out on....
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the author explains: "Certain international cuisines, however, haven't yet hit big in the United States. While we've seen a recent proliferation of certain cuisines that weren't always so popular -- like Filipino and Peruvian food -- some cuisines still haven't caught on.

Here are eight international cuisines that we're missing out on (and hope catch on quickly!)::

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The Brain Geek: BRAIN MYTH-BUSTING: You only use 10% of your brain

The Brain Geek: BRAIN MYTH-BUSTING: You only use 10% of your brain | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it

            "You only use 10% of your brain." Heard that before? I have. Loads of times. It’s such a popular idea, it’s even in the movies. A typical plot might be: "Here, Joe Nobody. Take this pill! It will allow you to use the full 100% of your brain! Wow! Now you're psychic and can move things with your mind! Amazing!" ...or.... "That girl is a genius because she had radioactive accident which changed her DNA and now she can use more than 10% of her brain. And she's psychic and can move things with her mind!" According to pop culture, the fast track to superpowers is using the full 100% capacity of your brain. Now, I'm the first person to say that sci-fi/fantasy is awesome, but this is just nonsense! Why? Because we already use 100% of our brains. Last time I checked, I couldn’t move things with my mind. If I could, my breakfast would be cooking itself right now.

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neuroscientist author says, "The myth started because so little of our brain is actually neuron. The rest is glia. But does that mean we only use 10% of our brain? No! We use those glia. They keep the brain healthy and moving quickly. We use 100% of our brains, all the time. And if we increased the percentage of neurons, so that it was more than 10% (which would make glia less than 90%), would that make us smarter? No! Because you needs lots of glia to have a smart brain. So next time someone says to you, "You're interested in the brain, right? Is it true we only use 10%?", feel free to show off just how much of your brain you're using, and tell them all about glia."

   
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10 signs of intellectual honesty

10 signs of intellectual honesty | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
by Judith Curry

When it comes to just about any topic, it seems as if the public discourse on the internet is dominated by rhetoric and propaganda. People are either selling products or ideology. 

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Intellectual honesty is a tall order! Cognitive biases and fallacies number (together) towards a hundred. And the list is growing. You can't address each single bias or fallacy pragmatically and any shortened list can be arbitrary. Blog post also explores shifts in dialogue types.

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