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Many scientists believe humans are growing dumber: Here's why they are wrong

Many scientists believe humans are growing dumber: Here's why they are wrong | Social Media, Memetics, and Cognitve Science | Scoop.it
As a child, I always thought that intelligence and IQ were inborn. In other words, I thought certain people were A students, B students, and so forth. Not until college did I prove to myself that...
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Social Media, Memetics, and Cognitve Science
Social Media, Memetics, and Cognitve Science
My passion to understand the cognitive, psychological, and cultural forces that underpin social (viral) media exchange drove me to create a new page dedicated solely to it.
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SOCIAL MEDIA, Cognition, Memes

SOCIAL MEDIA, Cognition, Memes | Social Media, Memetics, and Cognitve Science | Scoop.it

Click ^ to visit my web page where I focus on my passion for social media--the psychological/social structures which feed and feast in the market--the science of memes. I am an English professor, using psychology and memetics to activate students. Thanks for sharing. Return often!


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Do You Know the Benefits of Anxiety?

Do You Know the Benefits of Anxiety? | Social Media, Memetics, and Cognitve Science | Scoop.it
Mines the common finding among people who perform for a living (athletes for example) that the right amount of anxiety can influence performance in a positive way. Notes that evolution selected...
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How Power Blogs Innovate: The Path of Resistance

How Power Blogs Innovate: The Path of Resistance | Social Media, Memetics, and Cognitve Science | Scoop.it
The culture you live in has flaws that you can change. Blogging is an important tool of cultural innovation because it gives you a voice in your community. Powerful innovation requires vision,...
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Empathy in Blog Posts Draws Traffic

Empathy in Blog Posts Draws Traffic | Social Media, Memetics, and Cognitve Science | Scoop.it
Bloggers can use empathy to write and share with kindness, changing the world..
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Bloggers can use empathy to motivate readers with either positive or negative emotions.
Bloggers will gain more traffic, connect with more readers, and get more return visits if they use empathy and kindness in writing.
While fear and hate are powerful motivators, kindness trumps them.
Bloggers hold influence on the global web, and can better the world by using empathy to write and act with kindness.

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18 Essential Lessons from Oprah Winfrey for Blogging Success

18 Essential Lessons from Oprah Winfrey for Blogging Success | Social Media, Memetics, and Cognitve Science | Scoop.it
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Whether you love Oprah Winfrey or not, you have to admit that she advances the causes of both women and African Americans.

What started out as a silly talk show has turned into a media conglomerate with tremendous power and influence.

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Oprah Winfrey on taking risks and failure.

Oprah Winfrey on taking risks and failure. | Social Media, Memetics, and Cognitve Science | Scoop.it
According to Oprah Winfrey, success only comes to those who overcome risk and failure.
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Top 7 Random Topic Generator for Blog Sites

Top 7  Random Topic Generator for Blog Sites | Social Media, Memetics, and Cognitve Science | Scoop.it
Random topic generators for blog sites when you have writer's block.
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I sat my butt in the chair to think of a blog topic.
This is one of many rituals I use before I write. I sit down and get comfortable in my cozy office chair. Usually rituals are helpful psychological cues to shift your brain into the writing mode, and I recommend them.

My strangest ritual is eating giant, purple grapes, nice and cold from the fridge before writing. And carrots.

Today, despite my rituals, I sat down cold, with no ideas for writing.

I have a billion strategies for targeting a topic, but sometimes nothing works. My rituals fail me.

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Words to Cut to Empower Cover Lletters

Words to Cut to Empower Cover Lletters | Social Media, Memetics, and Cognitve Science | Scoop.it
Describes how and why to cut extra language from your Cover Letters and make them powerful.
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Darin L. Hammond on Writing Style and Einstein

Darin L. Hammond on Writing Style and Einstein | Social Media, Memetics, and Cognitve Science | Scoop.it
Albert Einstein was a simple man who believed in the scientific principle of Occam's Razor , paraphrased as:   "when you have two competing theories that make exactly the same predictions, the...
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Imagination is Revolt: Dr. Seuss & John Lennon

Imagination is Revolt: Dr. Seuss & John Lennon | Social Media, Memetics, and Cognitve Science | Scoop.it
Humans tend to devalue the power of imagination to change human society because we do not fully understand its power. Imagination enables the human animal to envision and feel the power of change....
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Have too much work? Here's How to Survive

Have too much work? Here's How to Survive | Social Media, Memetics, and Cognitve Science | Scoop.it
Darin's notes:  The analogy of the rose bush is a good one, as you can see in the photos above. The pruned roses are more healthy and large, and the entire bush looks more attractive. Pruning...
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How to Stalk and Create a Blog Audience Through Empathy

How to Stalk and Create a Blog Audience Through Empathy | Social Media, Memetics, and Cognitve Science | Scoop.it

You want to be an influential blogger.

You need to be one because you have important ideas.

You are as intelligent as other bloggers, and you have a lot to share with the world.

You are smart, innovative, and sociable, and you convey this through the language you carefully write.

You have these great qualities, but they won't do any good if you do not connect with your audience.

Without an audience, your writing only benefits you.

The way to develop a faithful blog community is to know your readers and empathize with them.

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We Writers Are Wanderers: Chaos Theory in Practice

We Writers Are Wanderers: Chaos Theory in Practice | Social Media, Memetics, and Cognitve Science | Scoop.it
The irony was that I had been on my path all along. A writer travels many trails through the wilderness, and the process itself is a pattern. You have nothing to write if you have not lived. ...
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Darin L. Hammond on Self Confidence

Darin L. Hammond on Self Confidence | Social Media, Memetics, and Cognitve Science | Scoop.it
Of all the battles you fight, this is the most difficult and important. Throughout your life people will step on your path and intrude on your way of life. Summon your courage and find your self...
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How to Build Self Confidence in the Face of Conflict with Empathy

How to Build Self Confidence in the Face of Conflict with Empathy | Social Media, Memetics, and Cognitve Science | Scoop.it
Andrew Solomon's Ted Talks describe how to build Self Confidence when faced with conflict.
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Blog Rituals Supercharge Writing: Hack Your Evolution

Blog Rituals Supercharge Writing: Hack Your Evolution | Social Media, Memetics, and Cognitve Science | Scoop.it
Blog rituals empower your writing because they tap into a human evolutionary adaptation. Examples and ideas are helpful to add new rituals.
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Job Search Simplified: Employma Disrupts the Industry

Job Search Simplified: Employma Disrupts the Industry | Social Media, Memetics, and Cognitve Science | Scoop.it
Job Search Simplified: Employma Disrupts the Industry
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Have you been on a job hunt lately? The pain is like getting one root canal after another.

I searched for a job 2 years ago after deciding on a career change. I enjoyed my time teaching English at universities, but I needed relief from the paper-grading load.

My true love was writing, and I thought that my background in teaching would make a smooth transition into a writing career.
However, I found a glut of job-search data and data entry that made paper-grading seem easy. I banged my head on the desk after completing an application, once an hour.

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You Can't Blog Effectively Without This Daily Exercise

You Can't Blog Effectively Without This Daily Exercise | Social Media, Memetics, and Cognitve Science | Scoop.it
Takeaways: Reading is an essential task in writing. Writing is a challenging process beginning with the task of generating topic ideas. Writers risk getting blocked, but reading helps avoid getting...
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Nietzsche quotes that help find a unique writing voice.

Finding your unique, individual writing voice through Niet
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Nietzsche declared "God is dead."
He was referring to the modern trend toward agnosticism and atheism, and he frames God as a story.

That God was dead was shocking enough, but that we killed him, took Nietzsche to a heightened individual voice. He was bold and went against the grain.

All Gods are stories told by humans to explain existence, and most gods we have created are dead. Think of the Greek and Roman Gods, crushed by Christianity.

Nietzsche claims that modern life has eliminated the need for god, but he asks what will replace him. In other words, if you don't believe in God, where is your moral foundation? If you don't believe in God, how do you tell the story of existence in a powerful way that rings true?

Nietzsche values the individual who must always fight to keep from becoming a drone, one of the mindless masses. Tribes always threaten to strangle individuality, and resisting the majority is difficult. With and without god, people must fight for their individuality.

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Raising children into respectful, kind adults by turning parents into empathic mentors.

Raising children into respectful, kind adults by turning parents into empathic mentors. | Social Media, Memetics, and Cognitve Science | Scoop.it
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Infant humans are geniuses at least until the age of eight, with the greatest learning power in the known universe.
Typically, parents view children as less capable, intelligent, and valued than adults.
Adding the word "mentor" to the vocabulary of early childhood learning, with the same importance as the word "parent," might help us to remember.
Raising a child as if he or she were a respected and loved adult will empower youth to embrace their roles as mature and responsible citizens.

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Darin L. Hammond on Science and Creativity in Storytelling

Darin L. Hammond on Science and Creativity in Storytelling | Social Media, Memetics, and Cognitve Science | Scoop.it
I claim throughout this website that empathy is the highest evolved capacity of human beings. Empathy requires imagination for the observer to insert herself into the mind of another human.  You...
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An Introvert's Essential Guide to Powerful Blogging

An Introvert's Essential Guide to Powerful Blogging | Social Media, Memetics, and Cognitve Science | Scoop.it
You are an independent writer, and you might think that other authors do not fight introversion. But you are wrong. Most writers refer to the solitude, fear, and seclusion that putting words on the...
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Read Slower and You'll Grow Smarter

Read Slower and You'll Grow Smarter | Social Media, Memetics, and Cognitve Science | Scoop.it
  Mines the "Slow Reading Club" of New Zealand to illustrate the value of silent, individual reading. Notes that those who promote slow reading notice the loss of their ability to read through a...
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How to Rescue Your Company from the Dumpster with Optimized Risk Taking

How to Rescue Your Company from the Dumpster with Optimized Risk Taking | Social Media, Memetics, and Cognitve Science | Scoop.it
Darin's notes:  I sense that Martin Zwilling has a particular concern for large, well-established organizations even more than startups. The reason for this is that old companies tend to move slowly...
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Without These Best Apps, I Would Quit My Blog

Without These Best Apps, I Would Quit My Blog | Social Media, Memetics, and Cognitve Science | Scoop.it
To be a successful blogger you need the best apps, but finding them takes a lot of trial and error. I have collected the essential best apps for bloggers.
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How Authoring a Book Boosts an Entrepreneur's Authority and Business

How Authoring a Book Boosts an Entrepreneur's Authority and Business | Social Media, Memetics, and Cognitve Science | Scoop.it
Darin's notes:  The author actually only lists five ways, but they are good ones.The benefits of writing a book are powerful in accelerating a niche business within an industry. In addition,...
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