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On Moral Progress: Reason and Logic or Empathy and Emotion

On Moral Progress: Reason and Logic or Empathy and Emotion | Positive futures | Scoop.it

On Moral Progress: Reason and Logic or Empathy and Emotion

Is the human conscience led by the head or the heart? Is the moral progress we have enjoyed – religious freedom, the abolition of slavery, anti-war movements, civil, women’s, and gay rights – a gift of empathy and emotion, or of reason and logic? Psychologist and author Steven Pinker and philosopher and novelist Rebecca Newberger Goldstein survey the history of moral progress in human society, a history, they say, suggesting that reason and logic have had a surprisingly powerful role in shaping the human condition.  


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Johnice Reid-English's comment, January 28, 2013 8:29 AM
Actually for the issues mentioned I believe that a combination of
"Reason and Logic/Empathy and Emotion" worked hand and hand to accomplish said goals, legislatively. There were plenty against these legislative outcomes, as I recall, things could easily have gone south for each one. Gone south literally: a continuation of the antebellum beliefs of the south may have prevailed but if not for a strong empathetic and logical mind set in the then sitting congress and POTUS signing these laws in to effect.
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Positive Psychiatry: The Next Chapter for an Evolving Field

Positive Psychiatry: The Next Chapter for an Evolving Field | Positive futures | Scoop.it
For too long, psychiatry has had two primary interventions: psychotherapy and medications.  Expanding our efforts into domains of wellness gives us so many more avenues to help children and families thrive, and we can begin to use them not in a decade, but tomorrow. Indeed, this evolution is quietly occurring already in clinical practice and in psychiatry education.  In forming the new child psychiatry “milestones,” the knowledge and skill requirements on which all child psychiatrists in training will now be assessed, I was very pleased that the committee took my suggestion and included the provision that next generations be taught not only about psychopathology but also wellness.
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Wellness the next frontier in Positive Psychology, HT @stephenpalmer

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What’s Your MBTI Personality Type? Enrich Your Life Through Self-Discovery.

What’s Your MBTI Personality Type? Enrich Your Life Through Self-Discovery. | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Learning about the personality types of people you work with (or socialize with or live with) can help with productive communication and a general better
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Useful guide to MBTI.  Health warning - it's seductively easy to interpret, and not everyone rates it!

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Have a Daily ME-eting with yourself, says the Sage of Omaha!

Have a Daily ME-eting with yourself, says the Sage of Omaha! | Positive futures | Scoop.it
In their paper Stone agers in the fast lane, researchers at Atlanta University’s School of Medicine say that our cavemen ancestors did cardiovascular interval training every day. These exercise sessions weren’t optional because our ancestors were either searching and sprinting after prey, or running away from it.

When it comes to stress, our system is designed to cope with problems that last for seconds and minutes- typically kill or be killed – and not months or years. Our DNA and brain haven’t changed very much in the last 10,000 years.

The result is that 75% of deaths in Western nations can be attributed to "diseases of civilization" which were rare in our pre-agricultural ancestors.
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The chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken, and we then function in our dysfunction. ~ Warren Buffet

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How to deal with difficult people

How to deal with difficult people | Positive futures | Scoop.it
We’ve all had this – the sinking feeling in the pit of our stomach knowing that we have to confront poor behaviour by difficult employees. And it’s even worse for HR and training departments. Many managers think that issues such as these should be ‘outsourced’ to those responsible for people development.
This is mainly down to a manager’s lack of skills and experience in handling difficult people and tricky situations. But it is exactly the manager that needs to assume responsibility. Of course, there are situations which are frankly untenable and a more rigorous organisational decision might have to be made, but this is only when the issue has escalated and other interventions have proved fruitless.
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You can only change someone else's behaviour towards you by first changing yours towards them!

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Leadership Develops When You Escape Your Comfort Zone

Leadership Develops When You Escape Your Comfort Zone | Positive futures | Scoop.it

Successful leaders know that they must get out of their comfort zone to succeed. These leaders have spent a lot of time outside their comfort zone.


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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Useful picture of why our comfort zones hold us back.

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Fàtima Galan's curator insight, June 22, 6:19 AM

"Leadership is the ongoing process of choosing between safety and risk. "

Pascale Hotterbeex's curator insight, June 23, 8:15 AM

The learning zone is where real learning and growth takes place, while the comfort zone limits your potential and encourages mediocrity. If you want to discover your full potential, step outside your comfort zone and take some risks...

Jeremy Barton's curator insight, June 25, 6:10 AM

I like this, a comfort zone and a learning zone

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Who's up NXT? A cross-generational view on NextGen marketing

The current young population (Generation Y and Z) is the most diverse and best educated generation ever. They have been shaped by technology and are true marketing game changers. Old handbook marketing approaches are bound to fail with this large consumer demographic. High time for a cross-generational reality check!

In a recent InSites Consulting global research project (in cooperation with GMI) we talked to Baby Boomers, Gen X, Gen Y & Gen Z consumers, taking a closer look at what differentiates these new consumer generations in the market today from the post ones.
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Comprehensive review of Gen Y & Z!

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The Upside of Impracticality: Or Why I Left Congress for Brooklyn 

The Upside of Impracticality: Or Why I Left Congress for Brooklyn  | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Three months ago, I had a great job as a Senior Foreign Policy Advisor in Congress. I had a great boss, a great dental plan, and a great city to call home. But something wasn’t great. And it came down to three words:

Doubt. Fear. Convention.
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Do you want to put a ding in the Universe?  Caitie Whelan  does!  This is her story, HT @dscofield

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Which Values Are Ethical Values?

Which Values Are Ethical Values? | Positive futures | Scoop.it

cs is a business My Applied Ethics students asked a great question that I want to answer in today’s post:  “Which Values Are Ethical Values?”
Quick Overview
Not all values are ethical values. Some values, such as efficiency, do not have an ethical component. Some ethical values involve qualities of an ethical self (such as honesty and integrity). Others describe positive and ethical behavior toward others, the environment and society.
Ethical values by definition are positive and they often require that we stretch outside of our own interests to respect, protect, serve and help others.

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Ethics - an increasingly business-critical component for 21C success. Which are most important to you?

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Natalie Portman's advice to Harvard graduates is something we could all do with heeding

Natalie Portman's advice to Harvard graduates is something we could all do with heeding | Positive futures | Scoop.it
From Ian McEwan’s stirring speech on freedom of expression to Robert De Niro’s rather more terse “you’re f**ked”, household names have been delivering pearls of wisdom to universities the length and breadth of the US.

This week, it was Havard alumni Natalie Portman’s turn to bestow graduates with some sage advice.

Citing her work in Black Swan, for which she won an Oscar, she said that not have taken the role had she known how “woefully underprepared” she would be to perform the ballet moves for the film. She also wouldn’t have met now-husband Benjamin Millepied, who was her choreographer on the set.

“The point is, if I had known my own limitations I never would have taken the risk,” she said. “And the risk led to one of my greatest personal and professional achievements.”
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“Accept your lack of knowledge and use it as your asset.” ~ Natalie Portman

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24 Pictures From Around the World That Will Make You Re-Evaluate Your Entire Life - 4daysin

24 Pictures From Around the World That Will Make You Re-Evaluate Your Entire Life - 4daysin | Positive futures | Scoop.it
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. In this case, they would be right. An image can capture the essence of something powerful more than any writer or poet. An image is simple; it’s right there in front of you, completely unfiltered. Words can get lost in translation and taken out of context; their meaning confused and misinterpreted. Images aren’t just a mixture of colors caught on paper. They are something that can stir and evoke raw emotions inside of us. There are standard examples
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The psychology of images - why they are so powerful.

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How to Get Smarter

How to Get Smarter | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Research shows that IQ isn’t all that valuable without a little discipline behind it.

So what’s going to really make a difference? Learning.

Numerous studies have shown learning another language is good for your brain.
There’s a lot of evidence that learning to play music can make you smarter.
Or learn any new skill.
Cool. But learning new stuff takes time. And you’re busy. But what if you could pick up new skills super fast?

Ah-ha. Now we’re on to something. However, I’m no expert at this. But, luckily, I know a guy who is.
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Accelerated learning? All you have to remember is a simple acronym: DiSSS, says Tim Ferriss

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A Comprehensive Checklist of The 21st Century Learning and Work Skills ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Comprehensive Checklist of The 21st Century Learning and Work Skills ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Positive futures | Scoop.it

Via L. García Aretio, Dênia Falcão, Ivon Prefontaine
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 22, 8:15 PM

We should be careful that what adults do at work does not bleed into children's learning. For example, customer service skills are important to adults. Are they to children? They might be in terms of sympathy, listening, etc. but those skills we need in our lives generally.

 

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7 Smart Habits of Great Innovators

7 Smart Habits of Great Innovators | Positive futures | Scoop.it
The biggest misconception about success is that what you did yesterday will help you succeed tomorrow.

To stay on top of your game, your business, and your leadership, you need to keep innovating.

To continue innovating you have to keep learning, thinking, questioning, exploring, experimenting, associating, and intersecting ideas.

Develop these habits to become more innovative:
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How do you do on this innovation check list?

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John Michel's curator insight, May 22, 9:07 AM

Great innovators have the habit of combining surprising things. Creativity happens when two things collide to create a whole new idea, and insight requires that we solve challenges with new perspective. That happens best when you work with those outside your industry or field.

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Mind Hacks Used by Top Performers to Get in the Zone

Mind Hacks Used by Top Performers to Get in the Zone | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Any performance is psychologically driven. If you are not in the right state of mind, the performance will be sub-optimal at best. Many chess players are completely absorbed in the game as if being at one with it. Their mind will be projecting possible moves ahead and tracking how it will affect the progression of the game. They are totally centered. Their mind is not swaying and their breath and pulse is stable.  The interesting thing is that these mental feats are not limited or exclusive to top performers. We can deconstruct what makes a performer perform at his or her best and apply those same principles in our day to day life such as for example at work, training and sports or dealing with high-stress situations.

Here are the best known mind hacks used by top performers to get in the zone: 
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Visualisation and other great mind hacks to fool your inner gremlin!

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Apple And Taylor Swift Demonstrate Open Leadership In Action

Apple And Taylor Swift Demonstrate Open Leadership In Action | Positive futures | Scoop.it
When Apple announced Apple Music on June 8, the company indicated its customers would be able to sign up for a free three-month trial membership. It’s the classic “try before you buy” adage.

It sounded good to everyone.

Except Taylor Swift.
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Open leadership - a mini case study by Dan Pontefract. Conclusion?  Open is good!

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5 Tips I Learned Practicing The Laws Of Attraction

5 Tips I Learned Practicing The Laws Of Attraction | Positive futures | Scoop.it

The Laws of attraction are all about the living in the moment, but not in the way people often think.

When people say live in the now, it usually means party like it was your last day on earth. Forget about the future and the past and just relax now!


When the ancient masters said “live in the now” it meant something slightly different.

The ancient masters understood that the present moment is only accumulation of the past, which means the future is the accumulation of the present.

Simply put, the future exists in the present.

When the masters say live in the now, they don’t mean forget about the future. They mean live in the now as though you are making your future now! 

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However you spend your time is going to affect your future.  Spend it well!

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What will cities look like in 2100?

What will cities look like in 2100? | Positive futures | Scoop.it
“The street finds its own use for things”, William Gibson, famed science fiction author, once wrote. Whatever a technology is designed for, the people who use it, and the environment it’s used in, will adapt it to suit other needs.

How might his insight come to life in the year 2100? The advent of advanced machine intelligence, automation technologies, urbanisation and the increasing connectivity between human and machine offer interesting prospects.

By 2100, as much as 84% of the Earth’s 10.8bn people will live in cities, according to the UN. Potentially dozens more megacities—cities with populations of 10m or more, 28 of which exist today, will pepper the planet—with developing countries accounting for almost 89% of the growth.

Coupled with a world rocked by climate change, however, these megacities may not be the shimmering and delightful Emerald City traditionally envisioned by futurists and science fiction. Some, notably coastal ones like New York or Shanghai, will have to adapt their structure to account for and protect themselves from rising sea levels as well as extreme weather events—be they hurricanes like Sandy or heat waves like those recently blanketing parts of India.
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Already today, bionic limbs allow for amputees and paraplegics to control physical systems telepathically. Tomorrow, we may find ourselves controlling the life unfolding in cities with our minds and vice versa. ~ World Economic Forum

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Leadership a choice and linked to service‚ says Machel

Leadership a choice and linked to service‚ says Machel | Positive futures | Scoop.it

Former South African first lady‚ Graça Machel told the African Leadership Academy’s (ALA’s) graduate class this weekend that there was a difference between leading and ruling.


“Leadership is linked to service. Leadership is also a choice. Never limit your ability. But never get to a point where you think you have learnt enough‚” Machel said.

She was addressing 96 graduates of the Johannesburg-based academy who completed a two year programme that‚ according to the academy’s vision statement‚ aims to mould “young leaders to demonstrate leadership‚ entrepreneurial spirit‚ commitment to service and academic excellence”.

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Leadership is a choice. Choose wisely, says Mandela widow. She should know...

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Comfort with Discomfort

Comfort with Discomfort | Positive futures | Scoop.it
My colleagues who run the @StanfordBiz feed asked me to contribute a few words of advice for the members of the Class of 2015 (who graduate tomorrow!), and the comments above were the result.

The importance of increasing our "comfort with discomfort" is a major theme in the courses I'm involved in at the GSB, in the work I do with leaders in my coaching practice, and in my own life. But why is it so important? And what does it entail in practice?
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3 ways to manage discomfort, from @edbatista. Get used to it, it could differentiate your future!

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Brain Stories

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NESTA on the brain!

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Lots of takes on brain science here, in this site by NESTA, the UK Innovation Agency.

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Influence People by Leveraging the Brain’s Laziness

Influence People by Leveraging the Brain’s Laziness | Positive futures | Scoop.it

Energy is the key currency that the cognitive system seeks to preserve. The human brain is roughly 3% of people’s body weight and yet it uses 20-25% of our daily energy supply. This energy is required to keep the brain running regardless of exactly what the brain is doing. That means that time spent thinking about a choice is highly correlated with the amount of energy consumed by the brain.

A better way to think about the role of the environment, then, is to recognize that people want to minimize the amount of time and brain energy they spend thinking about a choice and also minimize the amount of time and bodily energy they expend toward carrying out actions after the choice is made. The simplest way to do both is to simply take the actions the environment is conducive to. In other words, people are not treating the environment around them as information in most deliberative processes. Instead, they are performing the easiest actions with as little thought as possible.

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To influence others, make desirable behaviours easy and undesirable ones hard. Brains work on best outcome, least cost calculations!

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Train Your Brain To Let Go Of Habits – 10 Methods For Creating New Neural Pathways

Train Your Brain To Let Go Of Habits – 10 Methods For Creating New Neural Pathways | Positive futures | Scoop.it
When you understand how neural pathways are created in the brain, you get a front row seat for truly comprehending how to let go of habits. Neural pathways are like superhighways of nerve cells that transmit messages. You travel over the superhighway many times, and the pathway becomes more and more solid. You may go to a specific food or cigarettes for comfort over and over, and that forms a brain pathway. The hopeful fact, however, is that the brain is always changing and you can forge new pathways and create new habits. That’s called the neuroplasticity of the brain.

I used to drive with one foot on the brake and the other on the accelerator, and I wanted to train myself to drive with one foot only. It took some time, as I had a strong neural pathway for two-footed driving. But because I had the will to do it, I built a new pathway, and I rewired or reprogrammed my brain. You can remove a behavior or thought or addictions directly from the brain.

Because of neuroplasticity, the brain’s ever-changing potentials, anything is possible. People who’ve had strokes can retrain their brains to function again by building new pathways. Smokers and overeaters and many others can learn new behaviors and attitudes and can transform their lives.

Whether you work with others on their habits or you work with your own (or both), you can apply these understandings to boost your success.
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Ways to retrain the brain!

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The Expertise Gap is Real and Employees Need Your Attention Now

The Expertise Gap is Real and Employees Need Your Attention Now | Positive futures | Scoop.it
The biggest challenge is not in the understanding or expertise associated with new technology. We can learn that. The biggest problem is our inability to recognize that the experience we have today is not the experience we need going forward.
A notable separation exists between the expertise people have or are learning and the jobs companies need to hire for in an increasingly digital economy. This means that current employees possess expertise to perform jobs that are losing prominence in business while new jobs openings (or the need to create them) are becoming increasingly difficult to fill.

Via Don Dea
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What got us here won'tpget us there!  Big job market effects...

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Béatrice Boussard's curator insight, May 25, 12:18 PM

alerte sur les mutations nécessaires des métiers et un fort besoin de formation particulièrement vrai pour les distributeurs

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How to Promote Yourself W/out Sounding Like a Jerk

How to Promote Yourself W/out Sounding Like a Jerk | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Be humble, and be real.

Via Karen Dietz
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This is a key balance to pull off for successful influencing and building relationship capital!

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Ron McIntyre's curator insight, May 23, 9:52 AM

Excellent insights for those, like me, that struggle with self promotion. Well worth the read.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 23, 10:21 PM

It is always hard to find the balance between too modest and too full of one's self.

 

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ASVP's curator insight, May 25, 2:13 AM

Definitely worth reading

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Embrace the Peter Principle

Embrace the Peter Principle | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Every act of conscious learning requires the willingness to suffer an injury to one’s self-esteem. That is why young children, before they are aware of their own self-importance, learn so easily. –Thomas Szasz
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Are you ready to rise to your new level of incompetence? Great question from @SusanMazza!

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