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Life, Literature & Landmarks : ideas, books, philosophy, stuff!
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Executive Education Is Ripe for Online Disruption

Executive Education Is Ripe for Online Disruption | JR : Life, Literature & Landmarks | Scoop.it
Why the cash cow's days are numbered.
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Drivers accelerating this include:

Many companies have online learning platforms they need content for, creating demand;Spending a week in an exec ed program is consuming so much time that alternatives such as a hybrid online program look attractive;Ever-better technologies make the online experience more appealing;Pressures on cost will lead to more adoption of online exec ed;Another reason for getting people together in an exec ed program — that of networking — can be done through online networking tool, so why meet?
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The Timelessness of Tolkien’s Tales | Jayant Rana's Blog

The Timelessness of Tolkien’s Tales | Jayant Rana's Blog | JR : Life, Literature & Landmarks | Scoop.it
“Fantasy is hardly an escape from reality. It's a way of understanding it” said Lloyd Alexander.
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Tolkien's stories remind us of those human values which would never go out of fashion, and which truly are eternal. Those are the things which an everyday person lives through, can relate to, and eventually believes in, and that’s what renders that timelessness to his tales.

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Smartphones, Silly Users

Smartphones, Silly Users | JR : Life, Literature & Landmarks | Scoop.it
Think your smartphone's helping? Here are three reasons it's not.
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As smartphone technology becomes increasingly sophisticated, we can't fool ourselves into thinking that our lives will automatically benefit. Instead of passively falling into costly behavioral traps, actively manage your mobile matters. If you're reading this, you probably own a smartphone. Now, ensure your smartphone doesn't own you.

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Im in ur internets, creolizin ur english

Im in ur internets, creolizin ur english | JR : Life, Literature & Landmarks | Scoop.it

THERE are a lot of good questions to consider about the internet and language. There are equally many good questions to be asked about the future of English now that a majority of its speakers are non-natives

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Linguists call an improvised contact language a pidgin. It will typically mix the two groups' native languages. The almost magical transformation to a creole is when children born in the contact situation learn the pidgin as their native language.
Roughly, three things are happening. One is that we already know British and American English are seeding each other with new words and phrases. The second new thing is that improvised, speech-like forms of written English are proliferating on Facebook, Twitter and elsewhere. The biggest potential change is the third. Non-natives are already interacting with each other in person, in English, all around the world. It's harder to forecast the structural changes that this could cause to standard English.

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Two Things | Jayant Rana's Blog

Two Things | Jayant Rana's Blog | JR : Life, Literature & Landmarks | Scoop.it

Ideas, by virtue of their dynamic nature, have this tendency to evolve and metamorphose into something big and entirely different from the original stimulus that triggered them in the first place, to the extent that sometimes you may even forget what the starting point of it all was!

 

 

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If you were to retain just two things from a session what they would be. Remember the key is to do this as soon as the session gets over, and framing your two things in a way that broadly capture all of your learning from that session.

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11 Books Every Young Leader Must Read

11 Books Every Young Leader Must Read | JR : Life, Literature & Landmarks | Scoop.it
From history to fiction, a reading list to guide your career.
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Variety is important — novels can enhance empathy; social science and history can illuminate lessons from other times and fields that might be relevant to your own; and at the very least, reading broadly can make you a more interesting conversationalist

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Lessons in Mindfulness from Sherlock Holmes | Book of the Month | Big Think

Lessons in Mindfulness from Sherlock Holmes | Book of the Month | Big Think | JR : Life, Literature & Landmarks | Scoop.it
How can we train our brains to think like Sherlock Holmes? We need to develop the core skill of mindfulness.
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This "scientific method of mind" makes use of the brain as an "attic" in the sense that the space in the brain is a finite resource. To think like Sherlock you need to optimize your mental resources and then figure out how you can take the things you've stored and access them in a way where you can "see the bigger picture and not just these random components" that you put there.

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You: a short history

You: a short history | JR : Life, Literature & Landmarks | Scoop.it

TIME magazine once made its Person of the Year "You", adorning that week's issue with a reflective metallic cover. Readers like to read about how important they are. But this post is not about you. Sorry if you were misled by the headline. It's about you, the pronoun.

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you began as as objective, then became usable in subject position too. Then it went from plural only to singular too. Then it went from formal use to informal use too.  Ye, thou and thee (the objective form of thou) were all left behind in the history books. Quite the conquering pronoun. Good job, you.

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The lottery of life

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Warren Buffett, probably the world’s most successful investor, has said that anything good that happened to him could be traced back to the fact that he was born in the right country, the United States, at the right time (1930).

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Being rich helps more than anything else, but it is not all that counts; things like crime, trust in public institutions and the health of family life matter too.
After crunching its numbers, the EIU has Switzerland comfortably in the top spot, with Australia second.

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A Matter of Perspective | Jayant Rana's Blog

A Matter of Perspective | Jayant Rana's Blog | JR : Life, Literature & Landmarks | Scoop.it
So how many astronauts does it take to change a light bulb? Okay, so you’ve heard that one before, great, but why do you think it’s supposed to be a joke? I mean what if they were trying to change 85 light bulbs, that’s a big deal, right?
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In most situations in life, it helps to have a keen observational mind, rather than a mind which keeps jumping to conclusions.

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Change Your Words, Change Your Life: The Simplest Tool I Know for Immediately Transforming the Quality of Your Life

Change Your Words, Change Your Life: The Simplest Tool I Know for Immediately Transforming the Quality of Your Life | JR : Life, Literature & Landmarks | Scoop.it

We all know words provide us with a vehicle for expressing and sharing our experience with others. But do you realize that the words you habitually choose also affects how you communicate with yourself and therefore what you experience?

 

 

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Simply by changing your habitual vocabulary—the words you consistently use to describe emotions—you can instantaneously change how you think, how you feel, and how you live.

 

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