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How to Find Wonderfully Eccentric Employees

Structuring your organization to welcome untraditional thinkers is a necessity in an era when difference-making talent is hard to find.
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Do companies really want eccentric employees? Untraditional thinkers are certainly needed these days, but do most companies find them too threatening? Most untraditional thinkers I know started their own businesses, or live on the edge.

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Why Fukushima Was Preventable

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Public sentiment in many states has turned against nuclear energy following the March 2011 accident at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. The Fukushima accident was, however, preventable.

Via Richard Platt
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Dr Kiyoshi Kurokawa was chairman of the 9-member Japan Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission, which delivered its report in July 2012. Dr. Kurokawa says the media has failed to question the government and Tepco's responsibility. "Why are the Japanese not angry at the restarting of nuclear reactors?" He is appalled at the Japanese government's refusal to take responsible action. Please read more details on Dr. Kiyoshi Kurokawa's blog - http://kiyoshikurokawa.com/en/

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An In depth analysis on why the Fukushima accident was avoidable / preventable.  Excellent t read for all of us who wish to avoid "Black Swan" events

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When Memorization Gets in the Way of Learning

When Memorization Gets in the Way of Learning | Thinking differently plus | Scoop.it
A teacher's quest to discourage his students from mindlessly reciting information
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How do people learn best? Is it the same in every culture? I teach drawing to people who are certain that they can't draw. But in a few hours, or sometimes even in a few minutes, they can. They are invariably shocked. So I tell them that the reason they thought they couldn't draw is probably because someone told them they couldn't and they believed it. Also, they thought they couldn't draw because they hadn't been taught in the way they needed to actually learn it. In drawing, sports, and other physical activities mental memorization is of no use. But muscle memory works like magic. The muscles remember in a way the mind doesn't and remembers for years. It's endlessly fascinating!

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Innovation Strategy - Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

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A look at innovation. Can it really be measured?

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stamen design | Stamen, Maps, and Brightworks

stamen design | Stamen, Maps, and Brightworks | Thinking differently plus | Scoop.it
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   For me school was torture, but it doesn't have to be that way. Maybe things are gradually changing for the better?

   Remember being a kid and daydreaming about what it would be like if school wasn't just rows of desks and boring classes? What if you could go to a school where, instead of memorizing facts you may never reference again, you learned how to garden, make art, build things (based on math equations!), and work on projects of your choice?

   This daydream has come true just around the corner from Stamen at Brightworks, an exploratory school whose method is rooted in project-based learning. Right now the kids' curriculum is focusing on maps, wrapping up a month-long study covering wayfinding, ecosystem maps, map projections, topology, and more.

   Stamen was invited to Brightworks for an afternoon visit, where they got to have a show-and-tell about the kinds of maps they make. The kids totally understood!

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Stanford Magazine - Seeing at the Speed of Sound - March/April 2013

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We tend to take our way of perceiving the world for granted so it's good to become aware of other perceptions.

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1 Kitty, 2 Empires, 2,000 Years: World History Told Through a Brick

1 Kitty, 2 Empires, 2,000 Years: World History Told Through a Brick | Thinking differently plus | Scoop.it
How did a Roman brick from the British Isles get to Washington state's Fort Vancouver?
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Everything in the creative world is connected if you learn to observe carefully.

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Napoleon Chagnon’s War Stories, in the Amazon and at Home

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The anthropologist Napoleon A. Chagnon tries to answer questions about human evolution in his 35-year study of the Yanomamö of Venezuela and Brazil.
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Where did we come from and where are we going? We assume that we have made progress as our societies evolve, but our past is always with us.

In spite of attacks on his research by missionaries and jealous colleagues, Dr. Chagnon’s legacy was able to gain a deep insight into the last remaining tribe living in a state of nature. His new book, “Noble Savages” is a remarkable testament to an engineer’s 35-year effort to unravel the complex working of an untouched human society.

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Pope Benedict XVI and the Leadership Issue No One Wants to Talk About

Pope Benedict XVI and the Leadership Issue No One Wants to Talk About | Thinking differently plus | Scoop.it
His resignation is a reminder of how physically and emotionally demanding effective leadership actually is.
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Whether a pope, a CEO, a teacher, or an artist, how can you stay strong, creative, and relevant during these changing times? If you can't, should you quit?

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The Ignorance Caucus

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The G.O.P. refuses to live in an evidence-based world.
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 Why is there such resistance to applying critical thinking and evidence?

Last year the Texas G.O.P. explicitly condemned efforts to teach “critical thinking skills,” because, it said, such efforts “have the purpose of challenging the student’s fixed beliefs and undermining parental authority.”

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We’re Marketers, Not Soldiers: How Combative Competition Is Killing Creativity

We’re Marketers, Not Soldiers: How Combative Competition Is Killing Creativity | Thinking differently plus | Scoop.it
Why do marketers revel in military jargon? Must we really rally troops to deploy conquest ads or fire quick hits of bleeding-edge apps? Is it not ironic that we call customers “targets” and seek to engineer their empathy in “war rooms?
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The culture of combative competition is killing creativity. 


Today’s workplaces are "fraught with panic and overload, mental states that shut down the prefrontal cortex, our most evolved brain region and seat of conscious imaginative thinking. This phenomenon called perceptual narrowing occurs because the prefrontal cortex is metabolically expensive. It’s easily taxed because it requires costly amounts of energy but has very limited capacity. As a result, we rehash old ideas without evolving forward."

"Why do marketers revel in military jargon? Is it not ironic that we call customers “targets” and seek to engineer their empathy in “war rooms?"  And it’s not enough to win. Someone must lose. Beating the competitor takes precedence over helping the customer."

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George Soros Nails It: Intelligence with Integrity

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Dear Friends and Colleagues, George Soros wrote the introduction to Chuck Sudetic's new book The Philanthropy of George Soros. An excerpt was published in the most recent issue of The New York Revi...
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What can we do to preserve and reinvigorate open society in America? We need to undertake a profound rethinking of the workings of our political system and recognize that half-truths are misleading.

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Brain Tricks - This Is How Your Brain Works - YouTube

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Do we really think the way we think we do?

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Learning A New Skill Works Best To Keep Your Brain Sharp

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Brain training has become a multimillion-dollar industry. But if you want to improve your memory, don't waste your time and money on brain games. You'd be better off learning how to quilt.
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So how does learning a new skill help ward off dementia? By strengthening the connections between parts of your brain, says cognitive psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman. While brain games improve a limited aspect of short-term memory, Kaufman says, challenging activities strengthen entire networks in the brain.

"It really is strengthening the connectivity between these team players of these large-scale brain networks," he says.

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3D Printing in the Home: 1 In 3 Americans Ready For 3D Printer

3D printing is becoming more affordable and accessible for consumers. A recent study from, surprise, a 3D printer company reveals a growing interest in the do-it-yourself (DIY) trend. The report, commissioned with research agency OnePoll, surveyed 1,000 U.S. consumers and found that one in three Americans would consider buying a 3D [...]

Via Michael Dunham
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I want one! Do you?

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Learning to Learn Faster Part II: Harnessing the Subconscious For Accelerated Performance

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The Backstory: In my last blog, we got a chance to meet learning expert Jim Kwik and explored some of the ideas behind SuperheroYou, which is the Kwik-founded open-source community/university devoted to accelerated learning and brain optimization.
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Accelerate your thinking and creative skills. The more we engage imagination to process information, the more vivid the real time experience of that information, and the much more likely we’re able to recall that data later.

Stanford cell biologist Bruce Lipton determined that the conscious mind processes roughly 40 bits of information a second. The subconscious, though, can handle 20 million bits of information a second. The conscious mind solves problems at roughly 100-150 miles-per-hour. Meanwhile, our subconscious blazes away at close to 100,000 m.p.h.

I've found that drawing is a powerful way to activate this process.

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The Effect of Voice Pitch on Women’s Career Advancement » The Glass Hammer

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The Glass Hammer is an online community designed for women executives in financial services, law and business. Visit us daily to discover issues that matter, share experiences, and plan networking, your career and your life.
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“Voice pitch and the labor market success of male chief executive officers” only scrapes the surface of the fascinating topic of evolutionary characteristics and their impact on the corporate world.

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Study Hacks Blog» If You’re Busy, You’re Doing Something Wrong: The Surprisingly Relaxed Lives of Elite Achievers

Study Hacks Blog» If You’re Busy, You’re Doing Something Wrong: The Surprisingly Relaxed Lives of Elite Achievers | Thinking differently plus | Scoop.it
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Whether you’re a student or well along in your career, if your goal is to build a remarkable life, then busyness and exhaustion should be your enemy. If you’re chronically stressed and up late working, you’re doing something wrong. You’ve built a life around hard to do work, not hard work. Do less. But do what you do with complete and hard focus. Then when you’re done be done, and go enjoy the rest of the day

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You Can Be Too Beautiful

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Last year, a modeling contest claimed to have found the most beautiful woman in Britain: Florence Colgate, an 18-year-old who worked at a chip shop in Kent. As the Daily Mail later pointed out, Colgate’s face is nearly exactly symmetrical, with measurements matching ratios scientists have identified in the faces of exceptionally beautiful people: the distance between the pupils just less than half the distance between the ears, the distance from eyes to mouth just more than one-third the distance from hairline to chin. From the ancient Greek “golden ratio” to Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man to our preferences today, physical perfection seems to come down to proportion.

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What is beauty? Is it the same in every culture? Is it an advantage or disadvantage to be beautiful?

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Death rituals in the animal kingdom

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We know humans find some form of value in guarding or watching the bodies of the deceased, but we are beginning to discover that animals may have similar needs.
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We have much more in common with animals than we think. If you are observant you can see animals rituals even in your own neighborhood. Not long ago I was in a sushi restaurant in Tokyo. Behind me was a fish tank with many squid waiting to be eaten. One squid didn't look well and while I was watching he died and sank to the bottom of the tank. All the other squid swam  to the bottom of the tank and formed a circle around him, noses down, tails up at a 45 degree angle to their friend. They stayed that way for the rest of the time I was at the suishi shop, at least 30 minutes. They showed great respect and care for the deceased squid.  I've never been able to eat squid since then.

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Of Cannibals, Kings and Culture: The Problem of Ethnocentricity

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Our tendency to view our own culture as superior to others need not lead us down the path of skepticism and moral relativism.
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Often, no amount of persuasive reasoning, clear argument or exposed contradiction can shake us from what we already believe. But the fact that our deepest-held beliefs would be different had we been born elsewhere on the planet (or even to different parents farther down the street), should disconcert us, make us more open to the likelihood of our own error, and spur us to rigorously evaluate our beliefs.

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U.S. top court to weigh biotech patent limits

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Farmer Hugh Bowman hardly looks the part of a revolutionary who stands in the way of promising new biotech discoveries and threatens Monsanto's pursuit of new products it says will ...
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"Monsanto should not be able, just because they’ve got millions and millions of dollars to spend on legal fees, to try to terrify farmers into making them obey their agreements by massive force and threats,” Bowman said.

This is one of the most important questions of this Era - the eternal struggle of robber barons to grab everything they can. It's really time to move beyond this kind of limited thinking.

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The many legacies of Beate Sirota Gordon |Opinion|Hiroshima Peace Media Center

The many legacies of Beate Sirota Gordon |Opinion|Hiroshima Peace Media Center | Thinking differently plus | Scoop.it
The Hiroshima Peace Media Center serves as a voice for Hiroshima's call to abolish nuclear weapons from the world.
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The many legacies of Beate Sirota Gordon: An inspiring life.

Truly a life of quality, integrity, and culture.

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Why Can Some Kids Handle Pressure While Others Fall Apart?

Why Can Some Kids Handle Pressure While Others Fall Apart? | Thinking differently plus | Scoop.it
Scientists think bouts of panic in stressful situations can be traced to genetics. But don’t freak out. Biology is not necessarily destiny.
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It might seem surprising that the same person can experience competition in such different ways. But this points to what researchers think is the difference between competition that challenges and competition that threatens.

If we look at Myers-Briggs, it might give some clues. Each type reacts to and processes the same situation in very different ways. I found this understanding to be very helpful in life. Much to my surprise I discovered that I need "pure challenges" or I get totally bored in my work.

 
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Creative Thinking Right Now? 188 Tips for How to Be Creative

Creative Thinking Right Now? 188 Tips for How to Be Creative | Thinking differently plus | Scoop.it
Reviewing search results for the Brainzooming website shows creative thinking skills and creative inspiration are among the most popular blog topics here. Those readership metrics have prompted add...
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Everyone wants to be more creative, so here is a way to start. You can keep adding more and more tips as you go along. It's endless.

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