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Nostalgia: The Third Wave

Nostalgia: The Third Wave | Self Memory Nostalgia | Scoop.it
“If the idea of progress has the curious effect of weakening the inclination to make intelligent provision for the future, nostalgia, its ideological twin, undermines the ability to make inte...
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Brain Implants Powered by Spinal Fluid: Another Huge Step - io9

Brain Implants Powered by Spinal Fluid: Another Huge Step - io9 | Self Memory Nostalgia | Scoop.it
The biggest question for would-be cyborgs is: How are you going to power all those brain implants? And now it looks like some MIT engineers may have stumbled upon the answer. They have developed a fuel cell that can run on your brain's ...

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Buffer - A Smarter Way to Share on Social Media

Buffer - A Smarter Way to Share on Social Media | Self Memory Nostalgia | Scoop.it
Buffer makes it super easy to share any page you're reading. Keep your Buffer topped up and we automagically share them for you through the day.
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Never Leave the Playground

If you’re interested in being both physically and mentally fit — regardless of your age — you have to watch this 71-year-old. I definitely share his philosophy that you should “Never Leave the Playground.” I can comfortably guarantee that he can do some tricks that you (and definitely I) cannot do.

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Mind Amplifier: Howard Rheingold And The Value Of Convivial Tools - Forbes

Mind Amplifier: Howard Rheingold And The Value Of Convivial Tools - Forbes | Self Memory Nostalgia | Scoop.it
I talk to digital elder Howard Rheingold about the power of openness and collaboration, in the context of his new TED book, Mind Amplifier.

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Conversations That Matter « how to save the world

Conversations That Matter « how to save the world | Self Memory Nostalgia | Scoop.it

When I was younger, most of my waking life was consumed in conversations. In my work life, I learned that most learning occurs, and most decisions are made, in small group conversations, often ad hoc. I was persuaded that good conversation skills were the key to good relationships. I believed, in short, that conversation mattered.

 

Now that I’m no longer working, and rarely required to converse with anyone, I’ve come to believe that, as GB Shaw put it, “the biggest problem with communication is the illusion that it has taken place”. In retrospect, I would guess that most of the conversations I was party to over the years were incompetently conducted and largely a waste of time. The conversants, for the most part, had already decided what they believed or what needed to be done, and were just looking for reassurance. Or they were talking to hear themselves think, and not listening to anyone else. There was almost never any real exchange of information, or ideas, or perspectives, despite the earnest attempts of the conversants to convey these things. Our languages are not very good at that, and the complicity of creatures that make up what we believe to be “us”, as individuals, rarely allows our minds — their minds really — to focus more than a small bit of our attention on anything not directly relevant to the needs of the moment. And our culture does its best to obfuscate and distort the meaning of words and the events of the day, so that most of what we manage to convey is probably lies anyway.


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The Irreversible Ways Educational Psychology and Technology Changed the Brain | Brain World

The Irreversible Ways Educational Psychology and Technology Changed the Brain | Brain World | Self Memory Nostalgia | Scoop.it

Children today are saturated in technology—from digital learning games to more advanced interactions like social networking and text messaging. The Internet has changed much about how young people today connect and receive information.

 


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The Museum as Memory Palace | Art21 Blog

The Museum as Memory Palace | Art21 Blog | Self Memory Nostalgia | Scoop.it
Our new Flashpoints series on Storytelling kicks off with a look at how museums can weave narratives through the placement of objects in space.
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Steven Pinker: Linguistics as a Window to Understanding the Brain

How did humans acquire language? In this lecture, best-selling author Steven Pinker introduces you to linguistics, the evolution of spoken language, and the debate over the existence of an innate universal grammar. He also explores why language is such a fundamental part of social relationships, human biology, and human evolution. Finally, Pinker touches on the wide variety of applications for linguistics, from improving how we teach reading and writing to how we interpret law, politics, and literature.

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Originally released September, 2011.

Additional Lectures:
Michio Kaku: The Universe in a Nutshell http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0NbBjNiw4tk

Joel Cohen: Joel Cohen: An Introduction to Demography (Malthus Miffed: Are People the Problem?) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vr44C_G0-o

 

Steven Pinker - Psychologist, Cognitive Scientist, and Linguist at Harvard University

 

 


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New Hope for Alzheimer’s Treatment – iPS Cells to the Rescue? | Brain Blogger

New Hope for Alzheimer’s Treatment – iPS Cells to the Rescue? | Brain Blogger | Self Memory Nostalgia | Scoop.it

One particularly striking report is that Scott Noggle’s group from the New York Stem Cell Foundation (NYSCF) have succeeded in culturing skin cells from Alzheimer’s patients and inducing them to form brain cells. Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive condition in which certain cells of the brain called cholinergic basal forebrain neurons start to die. The precise cause of this is unknown, and, given the differences between patient symptoms, there are likely multiple underlying pathologies.

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What is Creativity? Art as a Symptom of Brain Disease | Brain Blogger

What is Creativity? Art as a Symptom of Brain Disease | Brain Blogger | Self Memory Nostalgia | Scoop.it

We don’t normally associate creativity with brain disease, but a recent paper published in Brain suggests that maybe we should.

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Has Nostalgia Become a Toxic Force in Design?

Has Nostalgia Become a Toxic Force in Design? | Self Memory Nostalgia | Scoop.it
Angela Riechers on our current cultural obsession with nostalgic design, and how all these borrowed and repurposed visuals may impede real progress.
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Re-Wiring Our Brains for Education - Online Universities.com

Re-Wiring Our Brains for Education - Online Universities.com | Self Memory Nostalgia | Scoop.it
Almost on a daily basis, I am driving in my car, half-paying attention to the radio, when I register that there has been something on of interest that I should have been paying attention to.
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Back to Basics: The Essential Elements of Effective eLearning

Back to Basics: The Essential Elements of Effective eLearning | Self Memory Nostalgia | Scoop.it
How do you design an eLearning course that is learner-friendly, engaging, and supports your training goals?

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This Is Your Brain On The Internet

This Is Your Brain On The Internet | Self Memory Nostalgia | Scoop.it
Is the internet and social media influencing your brain? Documentary filmmaker Tiffany Shlain investigates our changing behaviors in the connected world.

How do media and technology impact our brain? According to a "a recent study, Dr. Small observed brain activity in two groups of subjects interacting with a search engine –one that was 'net-savvy' and one that was 'net naïve'. The results showed increased brain activity in the experienced netizens, reflecting Shlain’s hypothesis that our online behaviors stimulate more brain systems."

For more information and to view a video on "our connected world" click through to the article.


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Eric Moss's curator insight, June 29, 10:11 AM

When you hear the word "addicted", normally the first thing that comes to mind is drugs, alcohol, and cigarettes, what about the internet? I found it extremely interesting that there is actually a classified disorder in today’s age, Internet Addiction Disorder. What if you go out to dinner, and you are sitting at the table for just to long, have you ever gotten a craving to just go check social media? It appears to me that social media is chemically changing our brains around. An interesting route to go might be quitting the Internet “cold turkey”, if it works for other addictions, why not try it for this. Seeing how the dopamine, and other chemicals are really reacting inside our brain could be beneficial to determining a solution to this up and coming problem. It seems as if our changing society has lead to such problems, maybe these are some of the repercussions we must face with our advancing technological state. 

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What do animals know of death?

What do animals know of death? | Self Memory Nostalgia | Scoop.it
I doubt there’s an organismal biologist alive who hasn’t wondered if some other species of animals know of their own mortality, and if so which ones.  I’ve always thought it was t...
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Humans Can't Be Empathetic And Logical At The Same Time

Humans Can't Be Empathetic And Logical At The Same Time | Self Memory Nostalgia | Scoop.it

Brain scans find that the two modes are mutually exclusive. Logic and emotion tend to be considered as polar opposites.  When feelings go up, logic goes down, so we'd better understand our feelings, and the effects they have on our decisions, actions, behaviours and lives!


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Brain talk: power and negotiation in children’s discourse about self, brain and behaviour - Singh - 2012 - Sociology of Health & Illness - Wiley Online Library

Brain talk: power and negotiation in children’s discourse about self, brain and behaviour - Singh - 2012 - Sociology of Health & Illness - Wiley Online Library | Self Memory Nostalgia | Scoop.it
Brain talk: power and negotiation in children’s discourse about self, brain and behaviour, Ilina Singh http://t.co/39sAipdV #brainhood...
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The Age of iPhoneography - Barrons.com

The Age of iPhoneography - Barrons.com | Self Memory Nostalgia | Scoop.it
Photography on the iPhone is exploding, with even the pros getting in on the act. The portal and gallery to line up at: iPhoneArt.com. Listen to Annie Leibovitz. Make like Atget. Become the Ansel Adams of microphotography.
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Creativity 'a mental illness'

Creativity 'a mental illness' | Self Memory Nostalgia | Scoop.it
Creativity is often part of a mental illness, with writers particularly susceptible, say experts.
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The Neurochemistry of Empathy, Storytelling, and the Dramatic Arc, Animated

The Neurochemistry of Empathy, Storytelling, and the Dramatic Arc, Animated | Self Memory Nostalgia | Scoop.it
What cortisol and oxytocin have to do with a 19th-century German playwright.

 

From Maria Popova, aka @brainpickings - 

 

There is a scientifically proven biochemical reaction to stories that tells us how different stories can affect behavior. While this isn't news in many ways, it's important to reinforce the idea that storytelling needs to be woven intentionally as a part of development of any business model. What I mean by storytelling isn't just the story that is told by those creating the new business/product/service, but the story that the new business/product or service creates by itself. Does your software tell a story? Does your website tell a story when someone lands on the screen? Does the app have a story to tell for the new user, or the regularly returning one?

 

Look for the story, over and over again, that the business creates; and don't be afraid of it telling different stories. 

 

Most importantly, find the story that's already there: it may tell you why the business is doing well or not.


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Coffee Every Day Keeps the Dementia Away | Brain Blogger

Coffee Every Day Keeps the Dementia Away | Brain Blogger | Self Memory Nostalgia | Scoop.it

Coffee is a daily ritual for many Americans, providing that extra get-up-and-go before starting their routines. But, coffee could be more than just a good way to start the day for older individuals at risk for dementia; daily coffee consumption protects against the development of dementia, according to a new study.

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30 Speeches on the Brain and Decisions

30 Speeches on the Brain and Decisions | Self Memory Nostalgia | Scoop.it
brain and decisions - This collection of speeches on the brain and decisions features insights from some of the world’s leading psychologists. These speeches discu...
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