There are many attempts to improve student performance which result in a host of measures, ranging from misguided to inspired. Such efforts include not assigning students homework, recalibrating standardized tests to account for unfair background advantages, or subjecting students to the hard-to-fathom Common Core standards. But a recent endeavor in the UK found another solution which actually appeared to have worked – the students were taught philosophy!
The prospect of automation taking away human jobs is both alarming and an opportunity to reorient our civilization to new objectives. The worrying part is that a sizable number of jobs, both blue and white collar, might be gone soon – a number that some estimates put as high as 47% during the next 25 years.
80 percent of all written paragraphs, including this one, feature the word “the.” This word is the most commonly used word in the English language. So why doesn’t “the” have its own symbol? The Australian restaurateur Paul Mathis has proposed we make language more efficient by employing the symbol Ћ – which is the combination of the letters “T” and “h” – in place of the word “the.” Let’s give it a try. Here is how the above two paragraphs would read: 80 percent of all written paragraphs, including this one, feature Ћ word “Ћ.”…
As we go about our daily lives in the year 2016, fretting about the nearby future, especially with the U.S. elections coming up, it helps to step back and take a look at the bigger picture. We are living in what seems like an advanced civilization, but let’s not kid ourselves – we are still technological infants.
By Leslie K. John Robust social psychology research indicates that people lie—and lie often. One prominent study found that people tell, on average, one or two lies every day. Negotiators are no exception. Judging from studies done in 1999and 2005, roughly half of those making deals will lie when they have a motive and the opportunity to do so. Typically they see it as a way to gain the upper hand (although it can actually cause backlash and prevent the kind of creative problem solving that leads to win-win deals). Deception…
by DEREK BERES Comparison and criticism are two necessary components of well-informed cultural analysis. As cultures do not form in a vacuum, understanding the evolutionary ladder is critical, as is seeing beyond the limitations of each culture, getting stuck in unhealthy patterns. Progress is impossible without both mindsets.
by Laurie L. Dove May 31, 2016 In the novel “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” translating unfamiliar languages meant stuffing a leech-like banana-colored fish into one’s ear called the Babel Fish. Now a company claims to have invented a hearing-aid-sized device that will perform the same translating functions for spoken foreign language.
In a French cave deep underground, scientists have discovered what appear to be 176,000-year-old man-made structures. That’s 150,000 years earlier than any that have been discovered anywhere before. And they could only have been built by Neanderthals, people who were never before considered capable of such a thing.
To understand the human brain we often turn to neuroscientists and psychologists. Two decades ago, Professor of Archaeology Steven Mithen decided to explore the origins of our nervous system (and much more) through his field of study. Besides popularizing the term ‘cognitive fluidity,’ in his landmark book, The Prehistory of the Mind: The Cognitive Origins of Art, Religion, and Science, Mithen speculated on exactly how primates evolved to the current iteration of the brain.
As you go through life, some days seem longer, some shorter, but altogether it’s often hard to get a sense of what actually constitutes your life while you’re living it. There are too many demands on your time, too many variables. Life just flows and flows, in a succession of days that seems endless until it isn’t.