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Spirit Level documentary: how economic inequality is bad for the world

Spirit Level documentary: how economic inequality is bad for the world | Soul Fill | Scoop.it
Here's a 2-minute preview of "The Spirit Level," a documentary based on the the bestselling book about the way that income equality is better for society, and how 30 years of economic policy has made everything much, much worse.
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Stress Kills The Mind , One Day At A Time - Forbes

Stress Kills The Mind , One Day At A Time - Forbes | Soul Fill | Scoop.it
Stress Kills The Mind , One Day At A Time
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Stress is hard on the mind — this much we intuitively know. But what we may not realize is how much our daily reactions to stress take a cumulative toll on our minds.
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Elegance,’ ‘Symmetry,’ and ‘Unity’: Is Scientific Truth Always Beautiful? Marcelo Gleiser: Life is fundamentally asymmetric

Elegance,’ ‘Symmetry,’ and ‘Unity’: Is Scientific Truth Always Beautiful? Marcelo Gleiser: Life is fundamentally asymmetric | Soul Fill | Scoop.it
‘Elegance,’ ‘Symmetry,’ and ‘Unity’: Is Scientific Truth Always Beautiful?
“Today the grandest quest of physics is to render compatible the laws of quantum physics—how particles in the subatomic world...

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Amira's curator insight, February 3, 2013 1:59 PM

"Look into a mirror and you’ll simultaneously see the familiar and the alien: an image of you, but with left and right reversed. Left-right inequality has significance far beyond that of mirror images, touching on the heart of existence itself. From subatomic physics to life, nature prefers asymmetry to symmetry. (...) Life is fundamentally asymmetric. (...) Somehow, during its infancy, the cosmos selected matter over antimatter. This imperfection is the single most important factor dictating our existence. (…) It is not symmetry and perfection that should be our guiding principle, as it has been for millennia. (...)

The science we create is just that, our creation. Wonderful as it is, it is always limited, it is always constrained by what we know of the world. […] The notion that there is a well-defined hypermathematical structure that determines all there is in the cosmos is a Platonic delusion with no relationship to physical reality. (…)

The critics of this idea miss the fact that a meaningless cosmos that produced humans (and possibly other intelligences) will never be meaningless to them (or to the other intelligences). To exist in a purposeless Universe is even more meaningful than to exist as the result of some kind of mysterious cosmic plan. Why? Because it elevates the emergence of life and mind to a rare event, as opposed to a ubiquitous and premeditated one. (...)

Unified theories, life principles, and self-aware universes are all expressions of our need to find a connection between who we are and the world we live in. I do not question the extreme importance of understanding the connection between man and the cosmos. But I do question that it has to derive from unifying principles. (…)

For a clever fish, water is “just right“ for it to swim in. Had it been too cold, it would freeze; too hot, it would boil. Surely the water temperature had to be just right for the fish to exist. “I’m very important. My existence cannot be an accident,” the proud fish would conclude. Well, he is not very important. He is just a clever fish. The ocean temperature is not being controlled with the purpose of making it possible for it to exist. Quite the opposite: the fish is fragile. A sudden or gradual temperature swing would kill it, as any trout fisherman knows. We so crave for meaningful connections that we see them even when they are not there. (...) The gravest mistake we can make is to think that the cosmos has plans for us, that we are somehow special from a cosmic perspective."

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There is a new King. It is King Trust. Not King Content!

There is a new King. It is King Trust. Not King Content! | Soul Fill | Scoop.it

We have been following the mantra of "Content Is King".  With the overflow of people following this great advice, we now must focus on building trust through great content.


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Ken Morrison's curator insight, May 13, 2013 4:35 PM

I really like this article about the "why" and the "how-to" think differently about content creation.  I really like that the author includes quotes from people in the industry to back up her thoughts.1. Don't build on rented land -Social media is great....if you have a plan to get them to your home page.2. Help, not hype, your customer

Don't be yelling '"Buy this! Buy this!"  Be truly helpful

 

3. Write what people want to read, not what you want to write

Take the focus off of yourself if you want to win their trust!
4. Reference industry influencers
Help people know that you are always learning from the top minds in your industry.  Also, it will help your search engine juice!

 

5. Create content for all types of readers

 Help your customers feel at home in their community.  Think of ways to add value to their lives outside of your store.  The author gives an example of a real estate broker who made a blog about great pizza places.

 

6. There is more to content than links

Links are very important.  But don't let it blind you!  

 

7. Don't forget the "marketing" in content marketing

Don't be afraid to promote your content!  If it is important enough to create, it is important enough to promote! "If you don't promote it, Nobody will ever read it!" 

 

If you are shy, the author suggests writing something like this:

"Hey there folks, I just wrote up a quick post about some cool local resources I've been working on recently. If you have a moment, take a quick peek and let me know what you think. I'm just getting started with this whole content marketing thing, so any feedback you can give me will be greatly appreciated. Here's the link, thanks!"

 

 

8. It's all about relationships

Be an active team player.  Promote other writers' content.  This is important.  Engage!

 

9. Think like a publisher
Go to a book store and look at books and magazines.  Make your content look and feel like great traditional publishing.

 

Your job is to engage, entertain and inform!  Don't forget that

 

10. Use other sites to find out what kind of content people want

Stop thinking that you have nothing to say and nothing to add. It is not true and you know that.  "Inspiration comes from adding upon what someone has done before."
----Always be aware of what is popular in your industry and write about those things.
Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 13, 2013 6:26 PM

This is a fairly detailed article with great ideas. How often do we hear someone say, "Trust me?" Those words raise my spidey senses.

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Learning Theory - What are the established learning theories?

Learning Theory - What are the established learning theories? | Soul Fill | Scoop.it
This Concept Map, created with IHMC CmapTools, has information related to: Learning Theory, zone of proximal development The area of capabilities that learners can exhibit with support from a teacher., Montessori constructivism, Lave & Wenger...

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Franc Viktor Nekrep's curator insight, August 25, 2013 4:32 AM

add your insight...

 
Katie Frank's curator insight, August 25, 2013 10:58 AM

Comprehensive concept map!

JUAN NUÑEZ MESINA's curator insight, May 1, 2014 7:13 PM

Compartiendo conceptos...

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The UX Research Plan That Stakeholders Love | Smashing UX Design

The UX Research Plan That Stakeholders Love | Smashing UX Design | Soul Fill | Scoop.it
Long UX plans or no plans don’t work for people. You must be able to boil a UX research plan down to one page. If you can’t or won’t, then you won’t get buy-in for the research and its results.

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Alexis Brantes's curator insight, April 14, 2013 9:36 AM

Research requires planning. To make sure product managers, developers, marketers and executives (let’s call them stakeholders) act on UX research results, planning must be crystal clear, collaborative, fast and digestible.

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neuroeducation, cognitive neuroscience, teaching, psychology, learning, pedagogy

neuroeducation, cognitive neuroscience, teaching, psychology, learning, pedagogy | Soul Fill | Scoop.it
This article explains how Mind, Brain, and Education (MBE) science combines perspectives from neuroscience, psychology and pedagogy that contribute to a better understanding of how humans learn, and consequently, how we should teach.

 

Similar to other evolutionary processes, MBE science drew from the dominant “genes” of its parents to produce a better-adapted being. That is, rather than including anything and everything that falls under the labels of education, neuroscience, and psychology as a whole, MBE science is a careful selection of only the best information that can inform the new science of teaching and learning.


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Beauty | Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy || “Beauty is nature’s way of acting at a distance.” — Denis Dutton

Beauty | Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy || “Beauty is nature’s way of acting at a distance.” — Denis Dutton | Soul Fill | Scoop.it

This article will begin with a sketch of the debate over whether beauty is objective or subjective, which is perhaps the single most-prosecuted disagreement in the literature. It will proceed to set out some of the major approaches to or theories of beauty developed within Western philosophical and artistic traditions."


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Fico Ventilatory's comment, September 7, 2012 10:38 AM
Hey M, Thanks for the note! I'm not on g+, i don't even know what that is.. I'm obviously not a Luddite but i am embarrassingly Atechnical... Is that the google chat? I don't do any of those...but i'd feel quite comfortable giving you my email address, if you'd like...caveat: i often go days {weeks, sometimes} not checking it (without warning)...but then i'm chatty for a period...you know: life, moods....this scoopit thingy would do well to incorporate member to member messaging...
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g+ is google plus, is a social network fico, i do email to, is marianasoffer gmail mine
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i'll try it... things a bit hectic today, soon. Please expect a message from Rose Heirloom {my user name}. Thanks [] SS Aka Fico
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John Cage Performs Water Walk on “I’ve Got a Secret” (1960)

John Cage Performs Water Walk on “I’ve Got a Secret” (1960) | Soul Fill | Scoop.it

In 1952, John Cage composed his most controversial piece, 4′33,″ a four-and-a-half minute reflection on the sound of silence. Now fast forward eight years.It’s February, 1960, and we find the composer teaching his famous Experimental Composition courses at The New School in NYC, and paying a visit to the CBS game show “I’ve Got a Secret.” The TV show offered Cage a chance to introduce the broader public to his brand of avant-garde music.

Cage’s piece is called Water Walk (1959), and it’s all performed with unconventional instruments, save a grand piano. A water pitcher, iron pipe, goose call, bathtub, rubber duckie, and five unplugged radios — they all make the music.

 


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Stigmergy: An Introduction « Deep Change

Stigmergy: An Introduction « Deep Change | Soul Fill | Scoop.it
You have probably heard of hierarchy, and also anarchy. These two terms used socially refer to the way we organise our socio-economic lives. Well these are not mutually exclusive sole alternatives in our political lives.

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Tuning a piano 'moulds the mind'

Tuning a piano 'moulds the mind' | Soul Fill | Scoop.it
Tuning a piano also tunes the brain, say UK researchers who have seen structural changes to areas of the brain that deal with memory and navigation.

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Prominent scientists sign declaration that animals have conscious awareness, just like us

Prominent scientists sign declaration that animals have conscious awareness, just like us | Soul Fill | Scoop.it
An international group of prominent scientists has signed The Cambridge Declaration on Consciousness in which they are proclaiming their support for the idea that animals are conscious and aware to the degree that humans are —...

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Music and Mathematics: Algorithmic Composition « mixolydianblog

Music and Mathematics: Algorithmic Composition « mixolydianblog | Soul Fill | Scoop.it
The process of music composition can be, at times, a severely trying exercise. There seem to be endless techniques and approaches that a composer can use to further their artistic pursuits. One particular method may seem ...

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Innovation Is Key To The Success Of 21st Century Philanthropy

Innovation Is Key To The Success Of 21st Century Philanthropy | Soul Fill | Scoop.it
An opportunity to challenge established attitudes that limit self-realization.
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Is It Possible To Think Without Language?

Is It Possible To Think Without Language? | Soul Fill | Scoop.it
Language is so deeply embedded in almost every aspect of the way we interact with the world. What would our thoughts be like without it?

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Attention and the Academy — Contemplative computing

Attention and the Academy — Contemplative computing | Soul Fill | Scoop.it
The great British philosopher Nigel Thrift has an essay in the Chronicle of Higher Education (it’s behind a firewall) on “Paying Attention i…

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 21, 2013 6:24 PM

So we should pay attention, be mindful, and work to integrate the new into the traditional while discarding that which no longer works.

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Amazing Vintage Images from Japan’s Forgotten Master | WebUrbanist

Amazing Vintage Images from Japan’s Forgotten Master | WebUrbanist | Soul Fill | Scoop.it

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Sophie Martin's curator insight, April 6, 2013 2:27 PM

"Some of T. Enami’s most popular and memorable works were his stereograms: two nearly-identical 2D images taken from slightly different angles that, when viewed together through a stereograph, appear three-dimensional. Here they are animated to give the 3D effect"
Also http://www.flickr.com/photos/24443965@N08/sets/72157604144707515/

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20,000+ FREE Online Science and Technology Lectures from Top Universities

20,000+ FREE Online Science and Technology Lectures from Top Universities | Soul Fill | Scoop.it

The following topics are covered:

 

Aerospace, Anthropology, Astrobiology, Astronomy, Astrophysics, Biochemistry, Bioengineering, Biology, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Cognitive Science, Computers, Cosmology, Dentistry, Electrical Engineering, Engineering, Environment, Future, General Science, Geoscience, Machine Learning, Material Science, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Medicine, Metallurgy, Mining, Nanotechnology, Oceanography, Philosophy, Physics, Physiology, Robotics, and Sociology.

 

Lectures are in Playlists and are alphabetically sorted with thumbnail pictures. No fee, no registration required - learn at your own pace. Certificates can be arranged with presenting universities.

 

NOTE: To subscribe to the RSS feed of Amazing Science, copy http://www.scoop.it/t/amazing-science/rss.xml into the URL field of your browser and click "subscribe".

 

FREE CODE for 2 days at codeschool: http://go.codeschool.com/PzsLdA


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Your knowledge is your strength and power 

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Acceso gratuito a documentos de las mejores universidades del mundo

♥ princess leia ♥'s curator insight, December 28, 2014 11:58 AM

WoW  .. Expand  your mind!! It has room to grow!!! 

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Why technology might not make children stupid, after all

Why technology might not make children stupid, after all | Soul Fill | Scoop.it
All this newfangled technology is going to make young people stupid. This is a very old argument, dating back (at least) to 370-ish BC, when Plato wrote the The Phaedrus.

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How Culture Drove Human Evolution | Conversation | Edge

How Culture Drove Human Evolution | Conversation | Edge | Soul Fill | Scoop.it

The main questions I've been asking myself over the last couple years are broadly about how culture drove human evolution. Think back to when humans first got the capacity for cumulative cultural evolution—and by this I mean the ability for ideas to accumulate over generations, to get an increasingly complex tool starting from something simple.

One generation adds a few things to it, the next generation adds a few more things, and the next generation, until it's so complex that no one in the first generation could have invented it. This was a really important line in human evolution, and we've begun to pursue this idea called the cultural brain hypothesis—this is the idea that the real driver in the expansion of human brains was this growing cumulative body of cultural information, so that what our brains increasingly got good at was the ability to acquire information, store, process and retransmit this non genetic body of information.


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How Design is Shaped by Purpose

How Design is Shaped by Purpose | Soul Fill | Scoop.it
Can products be better for people? Can buildings be better for the planet? Gradually, business is waking up to the fact that design can be beautiful and responsible.
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Individualism, Collectivism, and Other Murky Labels - Reason

Individualism, Collectivism, and Other Murky Labels - Reason | Soul Fill | Scoop.it
Individualism, Collectivism, and Other Murky LabelsReasonThe Austrian tradition in economics has long emphasized that the chief advantage of the market process over central decision-making lies in the market's embodiment of a social, or collective,...

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Different kinds of truth: religion, science and fiction

Different kinds of truth: religion, science and fiction | Soul Fill | Scoop.it

Truth is provisional, shifting, temporary and subjective, and the quest for elucidation is forever incomplete and wholly narrative. Fiction allows scientists to explore reality in the way t...


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The Human Body as Ecosystem: A Way to Revolutionize Medicine

The Human Body as Ecosystem: A Way to Revolutionize Medicine | Soul Fill | Scoop.it

Looking at human beings as ecosystems that contain many collaborating and competing species could change the practice of medicine


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The Nature of Consciousness: How the Internet Could Learn to Feel

The Nature of Consciousness: How the Internet Could Learn to Feel | Soul Fill | Scoop.it
"Romantic reductionist" neuroscientist Christof Koch discusses the scientific side of consciousness, including the notion that all matter is, to varying degrees, sentient.

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