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The population bomb has been defused — Malthus was wrong – Thinking | Teaching | Talking

The population bomb has been defused — Malthus was wrong – Thinking | Teaching | Talking | Thinking-Teaching-Talking | Scoop.it
VIDEO/ INFOGRAPHIC/ ARTICLE: In order to put the dire prognostications of Malthus and Ehrlich about population growth outstripping the capacity of the Earth to feed its people, finally to rest, an important component is needed - lower fertility rates. Overall world fertility has fallen. There's a strong association between fertility and income levels - once a country passes about $5,000 in per capita annual gross domestic product, it almost never has a high fertility rate. 
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Overpopulation concerns have shifted from global to regional. Countries such as Nigeria, Ethiopia, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of the Congo still have very high fertility rates. If some regions continue to have big families forever, they will eventually outgrow the regions with limited population growth, causing the overall world fertility rate to go back up.
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Get rid of negative thoughts and ideas by identifying 4 bad habits – Thinking | Teaching | Talking

Get rid of negative thoughts and ideas by identifying 4 bad habits – Thinking | Teaching | Talking | Thinking-Teaching-Talking | Scoop.it
A pessimistic, negative outlook extracts a toll on your life in many ways. It is strongly linked to heightened risk of physical health disorders, mental health problems, dysfunctional relationships, and financial difficulties. Negative thinking is not a fixed state that persists unchanged. Everyone can learn how to combat negative thinking by keeping a watch for 4 patterns of behaviour.
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The 4 challenges are outlined in a nice infographic.
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Your speaking voice is your #1 communication tool: learn to use it well – Thinking | Teaching | Talking

Your speaking voice is your #1 communication tool: learn to use it well – Thinking | Teaching | Talking | Thinking-Teaching-Talking | Scoop.it
Language and speech are unique to humans. Speech is the way we communicate our thoughts and feelings to those around us. Yet, very few of us have the ability to use it well. It’s not easy to change the way you speak. Like all attempts at changing behaviour, speaking effectively requires attention to a bunch of details. 
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This post includes links to sites that will teach you how to speak well and, with it, improve your image.
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How social media has become a direct threat to democracy – Thinking | Teaching | Talking

How social media has become a direct threat to democracy – Thinking | Teaching | Talking | Thinking-Teaching-Talking | Scoop.it
INFOGRAPHIC: For all the ways information technology brings us together, the monetisation and manipulation of information is swiftly tearing us apart. From foreign interference in elections to targeted campaigns designed to confuse and divide on important social issues, groups looking for an effective way to infiltrate and influence democracy have found generous hosts in the world of social media. There are 6 ways in which social media poses a direct threat to democracy.
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This piece is very relevant in the midst of all the noise about Facebook and Cambridge Analytica.
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Ikigai: how the Japanese find meaning in life – Thinking | Teaching | Talking

Ikigai: how the Japanese find meaning in life – Thinking | Teaching | Talking | Thinking-Teaching-Talking | Scoop.it
Ikigai is a Japanese concept that means “a reason for being.” It is similar to the French phrase “raison d’être”. Everyone, according to Japanese culture, has an ikigai. Finding it requires a deep and often lengthy search of self. Such a search is important to the belief that discovering one’s ikigai brings satisfaction and meaning to life. (from Wikipedia)
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If an "examined life" is our ambition, here is a well known strategy in our never ending quest to find meaning in our lives. 
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Living a rewarding life: 7 guideposts to leading an “examined life”

Living a rewarding life: 7 guideposts to leading an “examined life” | Thinking-Teaching-Talking | Scoop.it
Socrates said that the unexamined life is not worth living. Quite often the introspection and analysis occurs at the end of life -- too late to do anything about it. The examination should start early and be a lifelong process. This infographic lists 7 important facets.Empty description
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TTT Newsletter: 8 May 2017

TTT Newsletter: 8 May 2017 | Thinking-Teaching-Talking | Scoop.it
IN THIS ISSUE Do it now: ☐ Active listening is the key to one-on-one communication: here’s how you do it (Infographic) ☐ SCRATCH: drag-and-drop coding tool from MIT — for children, but adults are welcome too (Website/ Utility) Do it soon: ☐ Making life changes is not as hard a we are led to believe (Infographic) Do it later: ☐ Tech innovations that might turbocharge you brain (Slide show) ☐ Learning 2.0: personalised, flexible, on demand, mobile, connected — not curriculum-driven (Slide show) Long article for hardcore readers: ☐ You are ignorant, but not necessarily dumb (Article)
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TTT Newsletter for the week of 8 May 2017 is out.
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How long does it take to think a thought?

How long does it take to think a thought? | Thinking-Teaching-Talking | Scoop.it

To quantify the speed of anything, one needs to identify its beginning and end. Many scientists consider the best proxy measure of the speed or efficiency of thought processes to be reaction time – the time from the onset of a specific signal to the moment an action is initiated.

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The question is reminiscent of the age old rumination on how many angels can dance on the head of a pin. Anyways, if you have a hankering for this sort of thing, the article goes into a detailed discussion to come up with some educated guesses.

 
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The zen approach to innovation: being a “now-ist” | Thinking | Teaching | Talking | World Wide Wandering

The zen approach to innovation: being a “now-ist” | Thinking | Teaching | Talking | World Wide Wandering | Thinking-Teaching-Talking | Scoop.it

In this engaging talk, Joi Ito, the head of the MIT Media Lab skips the future predictions and instead shares a new approach to creating in the moment: building quickly and improving constantly, without waiting for permission or for proof that you have the right idea.

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The future of work – if there is any

The future of work – if there is any | Thinking-Teaching-Talking | Scoop.it

... automation high and low—robots in the operating room and behind the fast-food counter ... self-driving cars snaking through the streets and Amazon drones dotting the sky, replacing millions of drivers, warehouse stockers, and retail workers ... the capabilities of machines—already formidable—continue to expand exponentially, while our own remain the same. And they wonder: Is any job truly safe?

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The demigod of economics, John Maynard Keynes, is oft quoted as having predicted a 15-hour week by 2030 with the rest of the days being ours to do what we want with them. It looks like he may be right although, ironically, we won't have the money to do anything with this leisure time.

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The Baloney Detection Kit: Carl Sagan’s rules for bullshit-busting and critical thinking

The Baloney Detection Kit: Carl Sagan’s rules for bullshit-busting and critical thinking | Thinking-Teaching-Talking | Scoop.it

Through their training, scientists are equipped with what Sagan calls a “baloney detection kit” — a set of cognitive tools and techniques that fortify the mind against penetration by falsehoods. … Sagan reflects on the many types of deception to which we’re susceptible — from psychics to religious zealotry to paid product endorsements by scientists …

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In this vein, I would strongly recommend a brilliant essay by William James from nearly a century ago: “Is life worth living?” The piece is long and has to be read slowly, repeatedly. It is a masterpiece of critical thinking and writing, a demonstration of the power of words when set out with precision and clarity. William James directs the essay to those who “feel a sort of intellectual loyalty to what they call ‘hard facts,’ which is positively shocked by the easy excursions into the unseen that other people make at the bare call of sentiment.”

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Slide makeovers

Slide makeovers | Thinking-Teaching-Talking | Scoop.it

The presenter takes four actual slides from a CSUN PowerPoint deck and remakes them to be more beautiful, more memorable, and more impactful.

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The video, as such, is terrible. It appears to have been made with a mobile phone or similar device from a poor angle. Yet, in one corner of the video, you can see in a fuzzy manner how this speaker converts boring slides into a memorable experience. Despite the poor quality, the presentation is a gem.

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Watch Malala Get Real With Jon Stewart About Activism and Girls’ Education (Promoted)

Watch Malala Get Real With Jon Stewart About Activism and Girls’ Education (Promoted) | Thinking-Teaching-Talking | Scoop.it
The Nobel Peace Prize winner told the ‘Daily Show’ host that if we fearlessly raise our voices, we can catalyze change.
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In one word: "Inspiring". Watch it

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A ritual for the later years of life: give away what you have treasured – Thinking | Teaching | Talking

A ritual for the later years of life: give away what you have treasured – Thinking | Teaching | Talking | Thinking-Teaching-Talking | Scoop.it
VIDEO: We use rituals to mark the early stages of our lives, like birthdays and graduations -- but what about our later years? In this meditative talk about looking both backward and forward, Bob Stein proposes a new tradition of giving away your things (and sharing the stories behind them) as you get older, to reflect on your life so far and open the door to whatever comes next.
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An unusual look at managing the sunset of our lives.
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Say goodbye to the information age: it’s all about reputation now – Thinking | Teaching | Talking

Say goodbye to the information age: it’s all about reputation now – Thinking | Teaching | Talking | Thinking-Teaching-Talking | Scoop.it
From the 'information age', we are moving towards the 'reputation age', in which information will have value only if it is already filtered, evaluated and commented upon by others. In the reputation age, our critical appraisals should be directed not at the content of information but rather at the social network of relations that has shaped that content and given it a certain deserved or undeserved 'rank' in our system of knowledge. 
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Without an evaluative judgment about the reliability of a certain source of information, that information is, for all practical purposes, useless.
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Why is it so hard to change your core beliefs? – Thinking | Teaching | Talking

Why is it so hard to change your core beliefs? – Thinking | Teaching | Talking | Thinking-Teaching-Talking | Scoop.it
Gem of a piece; read the comic strip now. Core beliefs are those which people cherish the most deeply. They usually develop from childhood and are compounded by life’s experiences. Core beliefs are inflexible, rigid and incredibly sensitive to being challenged.
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This is a very long comic strip that needs to be seen in the parent site. Click on the graphic or the link to view it in its entirety. ABSOLUTELY DON’T MISS OUT ON THIS ONE.
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Do’s and don’ts of effective presentations – Thinking | Teaching | Talking

Do’s and don’ts of effective presentations – Thinking | Teaching | Talking | Thinking-Teaching-Talking | Scoop.it
INFOGRAPHIC: Tips and tricks for making an effective presentation.
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Clear and effective infographic, a must for all presenters.
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Putting your thumb to work will make tablets easier to use

Putting your thumb to work will make tablets easier to use | Thinking-Teaching-Talking | Scoop.it
When you use a stylus-capable tablet, you devote your strong hand to the task of wielding the stylus while your weaker hand gets the job of pincering the device to hold it steady. Microsoft reckons that the pincering thumb is wasted and should instead be put to work. This video from Microsoft Research addresses the simultaneous, and complementary, use of pen & touch modalities for interaction with tablets. The thumb is available and sufficiently mobile to manipulate many controls, enabling a whole new space of “thumb + pen” interactions. 

Brilliant concept. Can't wait till this hits the streets. You would think that Apple, with its colossal straddling of the tablet market, would have come up with this idea a long time ago. Slowly, but surely, Microsoft is creeping into Apple terrain.
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Why does human behaviour range from gut-wrenching violence to profound altruism?

Why does human behaviour range from gut-wrenching violence to profound altruism? | Thinking-Teaching-Talking | Scoop.it
How can humans be so compassionate and altruistic — and also so brutal and violent? To understand why we do what we do, neuroscientist Robert Sapolsky looks at extreme context, examining actions on timescales from seconds to millions of years before they occurred. In this fascinating talk, he shares his cutting edge research into the biology that drives our worst and best behaviours. 

TED videos are one of the pearls of the Internet. From this huge collection, if I were to pick the best, this video would be right up there. The content, power, clarity, style and message are all 5-star plus. Watching the video will be one of the best 16 minutes you have spent in recent times. Empty description
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Active listening is the key to one-on-one communication: here’s how you do it

Active listening is the key to one-on-one communication: here’s how you do it | Thinking-Teaching-Talking | Scoop.it
INFOGRAPHIC: There are certain situations (business or personal) that call for us to have human-to-human interactions, to speak and listen authentically and communicate that which could otherwise get lost or not be conveyed through digital communication. The digital era is causing a slow degeneration in our ability to verbally communicate. Specifically, the part of verbal communication that doesn’t require words — active listening.
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Listening is much more than just hearing
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Excellence in education through diametrically different routes: South Korea vs Finland

Excellence in education through diametrically different routes: South Korea vs Finland | Thinking-Teaching-Talking | Scoop.it

South Korea and Finland have been widely acclaimed and held up as models of school (K - 10) education. Though successful, the two countries have diametrically opposed systems for achieving this result. In the most successful education cultures in the world, it is the system that is responsible for the success of the student — not solely the parent, not solely the student, not solely the teacher. The culture creates the system.

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It all boils down to the status of teachers in a culture.

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Common mythconceptions: World’s most contagious falsehoods

Common mythconceptions: World’s most contagious falsehoods | Thinking-Teaching-Talking | Scoop.it

Myths have infatuated society for hundreds of years. With the proliferation of science and technology we have the capacity to test these myths under extreme scrutiny. The truth can feel really good, but sometimes may not be what we expected. ... infographic cuts to the chase when it comes to the truth and will inform you on some of the greatest tall-tales from nature and law, to religion and science.

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Fun facts about erroneous fun facts. Good time passer, better than sitting in front of the tube. Make sure you view the graphic in full resolution.

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7 reasons to keep poetry instruction alive

7 reasons to keep poetry instruction alive | Thinking-Teaching-Talking | Scoop.it

For a very long time, the study of poetry was considered an important part of school curriculum. The challenging texts allowed students to access unknown parts of history, and empathize with tragic expressions of love, betrayal, and death.

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The seven reasons:

Short and sweet.Teach inference.Communicate emotions.Use figures of speech.Sense of history.Encourage performance.Promote critical thinking.
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Instapaper, Pocket or Readability for offline reading: none of the above, it’s Evernote

Instapaper, Pocket or Readability for offline reading: none of the above, it’s Evernote | Thinking-Teaching-Talking | Scoop.it
Choice of three popular apps for offline reading: Instapaper, Pocket and Readability. The best: none of the above; it's Evernote
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In my opinion, the post does not talk about the best: Evernote. You can do so many things with this freebie that none of the others can.

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PowerPoint should be banned. This PowerPoint presentation explains why. – The Washington Post

PowerPoint should be banned. This PowerPoint presentation explains why. – The Washington Post | Thinking-Teaching-Talking | Scoop.it

Invented in 1987, the Microsoft presentation software PowerPoint is reportedly installed on more than 1 billion computers around the world. It is estimated that more than 30 million presentations are given every day. But as PowerPoint conquered the world, critics have piled on.

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The author of this post is recommending a purge: a Maoist gesture of eradicating a tool in entirety. There is nothing wrong with the device; it is an amazingly powerful entity that most users are incapable of utilising: much like using a helicopter to go grocery shopping in the neighbourhood store. As an adjunct to a well thought out presentation, Powerpoint and the host of imitators that come under the rubric can make a good speaker, memorable.

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