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Teaching Happiness

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According to one scholar, we're inundated with ways to pursue pleasure, which we conflate with happiness, to our own detriment.
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Talking with--Not Just to--Kids Powers How They Learn Language

Talking with--Not Just to--Kids Powers How They Learn Language | Convincingly Contrarian Crumbs | Scoop.it
Back-and-forth exchanges build the brain’s language center and verbal ability
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Much of the modern world is explained by one population spike —

Much of the modern world is explained by one population spike — | Convincingly Contrarian Crumbs | Scoop.it
We like to think of the story of human growth as a single, long ascent. In fact, it's a solitary spike. The population growth rate hovered just above zero for more than 10,000 years. Only after something happened in the 1700s did the growth rate begin to climb, and climb, and climb. With th
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In Britain’s Playgrounds, ‘Bringing in Risk’ to Build Resilience - The New York Times

In Britain’s Playgrounds, ‘Bringing in Risk’ to Build Resilience - The New York Times | Convincingly Contrarian Crumbs | Scoop.it
After decades spent ratcheting up safety measures, many British educators say the pendulum has swung too far. Bring on the scissors, bricks and mud pits.
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For Two Months, I Got My News From Print Newspapers. Here’s What I Learned. - The New York Times

For Two Months, I Got My News From Print Newspapers. Here’s What I Learned. - The New York Times | Convincingly Contrarian Crumbs | Scoop.it
Our tech columnist tried to skip digital news for a while. His old-school experiment led to three main conclusions.
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Three Reasons Scientists Are Freaked out by Crazy-High Arctic Temperatures

Three Reasons Scientists Are Freaked out by Crazy-High Arctic Temperatures | Convincingly Contrarian Crumbs | Scoop.it
Last month's unusually high Arctic temperatures have climate scientists worried about the future of not just the northern region, but the entire planet.
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Gun Reform: Speaking Truth to Bullshit, Practicing Civility, and Effecting Change

Gun Reform: Speaking Truth to Bullshit, Practicing Civility, and Effecting Change | Convincingly Contrarian Crumbs | Scoop.it
Adapted from Braving the Wilderness (2017) | 10-minute read I knew exactly what I wanted for my fourteenth birthday. No more Bobbie Brooks sweaters, pet rocks, Leif Garrett posters, or toe socks. I was ready for some serious teenage gifts. My list included my own set of Clairol hot rollers (the ones with the plastic …
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This is how much money you need to be happy, according to science

This is how much money you need to be happy, according to science | Convincingly Contrarian Crumbs | Scoop.it

They say money can't buy happiness, but let's be honest, they say a lot of things – and they're not always right.
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Former Facebook and Google workers launch campaign to fight tech addiction | Technology | The Guardian

Former Facebook and Google workers launch campaign to fight tech addiction | Technology | The Guardian | Convincingly Contrarian Crumbs | Scoop.it
Campaign to highlights potential harm of digital platforms and social media on young people, alongside a call to regulate tech companies
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Former US intelligence chief reveals North Korea's 'kryptonite' — and it could topple Kim Jong Un without a shot

Former US intelligence chief reveals North Korea's 'kryptonite' — and it could topple Kim Jong Un without a shot | Convincingly Contrarian Crumbs | Scoop.it
"The kryptonite that can weaken North Korea is information from beyond its borders," said Dennis Blair, a former director of national intelligence.
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363 Days Of Tea: Artist Paints Beautiful Pictures On Old Tea Bags - Flashbak

363 Days Of Tea: Artist Paints Beautiful Pictures On Old Tea Bags - Flashbak | Convincingly Contrarian Crumbs | Scoop.it
  New York-based artist Ruby Silvious reuses old tea bags as canvases. On 3 January 2015, Silvious embarked her project 363 Days of Tea. “I don’t plan ahead [what to paint],” she says. “I want to engage people and get them to reimagine discarded objects. I want them to look at tea bags in a different … Continue reading "363 Days Of Tea: Artist Paints Beautiful Pictures On Old Tea Bags"
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He comes, the old man

He comes, the old man | Convincingly Contrarian Crumbs | Scoop.it
John R. Erickson is not only the prolific author of 70 beloved Hank the Cowdog books but short stories as well. Here’s the world premiere of one he wrote 25 years ago but never published. WORLD Magazine’s 2018 Roe v. Wade issue features nine articles on different aspects of defending the very young, but a pro-euthanasia culture also needs respect for the aged—and “He comes, the old man” speaks to that. —Marvin Olasky
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What might explain the unhappiness epidemic?

What might explain the unhappiness epidemic? | Convincingly Contrarian Crumbs | Scoop.it
Changes in how we're spending our free time is a likely culprit.
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BBC - Capital - What the distant past told us about work in the future

BBC - Capital - What the distant past told us about work in the future | Convincingly Contrarian Crumbs | Scoop.it
All the times we’ve predicted – wrongly — how technology will change our lives.
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Self-Driving Uber Car Kills Arizona Pedestrian - The New York Times

Self-Driving Uber Car Kills Arizona Pedestrian - The New York Times | Convincingly Contrarian Crumbs | Scoop.it
A woman in Tempe, Ariz., died after being hit by a self-driving car operated by Uber, in the first known fatality of a pedestrian from an autonomous vehicle on public roads.
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What your smartphone is doing to your brain -- and it isn't good

What your smartphone is doing to your brain -- and it isn't good | Convincingly Contrarian Crumbs | Scoop.it
Smartphones and social media are changing the way our brains work. Scientists are zeroing in on what's happening, and the problems may go well beyond addiction.
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Cooper's Hill Cheese-Rolling

Cooper's Hill Cheese-Rolling | Convincingly Contrarian Crumbs | Scoop.it
For more than two hundred years the small English village of Brockworth in Gloucestershire has played host to the Cooper's Hill Chees
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America’s ‘Retail Apocalypse’ Is Really Just Beginning

The spillover from retailer debt will flow far and wide across the economy.
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AI experts list the real dangers of artificial intelligence —

AI experts list the real dangers of artificial intelligence — | Convincingly Contrarian Crumbs | Scoop.it
A 100-page report written by artificial intelligence experts from industry and academia has a clear message: Every AI advance by the good guys is an advance for the bad guys, too. The paper, titled "The Malicious Use of Artificial Intelligence: Forecasting, Prevention, and Mitigation," calls this the "dual-use" attribute of AI, meaning the technology'
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6 Common Media Myths About Gun Control

6 Common Media Myths About Gun Control | Convincingly Contrarian Crumbs | Scoop.it
Some suggested that any opposition to gun control legislation is outright immoral.
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Does Intermittent Fasting Make You Lose Weight?

Does Intermittent Fasting Make You Lose Weight? | Convincingly Contrarian Crumbs | Scoop.it
Is intermittent fasting good for weight loss? A registered dietitian weighs in on what you should know about intermittent fasting for losing weight.
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Animation: Human Population Growth Over All of History

Animation: Human Population Growth Over All of History | Convincingly Contrarian Crumbs | Scoop.it
This animation captures 200,000 years of human population growth - see everything from the invention of farming to the impact of the Black Death.
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The Case Against Low-Fat Milk Is Stronger Than Ever

The Case Against Low-Fat Milk Is Stronger Than Ever | Convincingly Contrarian Crumbs | Scoop.it
There’s growing evidence that whole fat dairy products may be better for our health than low fat versions. The latest studies find some surprising effects of full fat milk and cheese on diabetes and weight
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The thing we mess up about happiness – Personal Growth – Medium

Pleasure, joy, bliss or happiness… any positive feeling derived from external sources is inherently not the same as those that are intrinsic. I offer up all of the words altogether, because it’s easy…
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Is 2018 the Year We Step Away From Social Media?

Is 2018 the Year We Step Away From Social Media? | Convincingly Contrarian Crumbs | Scoop.it
Spending long periods of time reading people argue with one another on the internet can be wearying. So why do we do it?
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