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The Science Behind Why We’re Neurotic

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“Highly neurotic individuals do not avoid action despite acknowledging its usefulness, the data suggest. Rather they represent action less favorably and inaction more favorably than emotionally stable individuals do.”

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Our Transition To A Culture Of Lifelong Learning

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“After years of talking about lifelong education, the rhetoric has finally reached reality. Accessing education no longer requires months and years of planning, countless applications, tapping savings or taking out huge loans, and giving up months or years of your life to match some random institutional schedule.”

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Gentrification – It’s Not Just About Real Estate

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“Distilling the gentrification problem, a tension exists between the inefficiencies of the labor market and the inefficiencies of the real estate market. The inefficiencies of the real estate market receive all the press. What little attention the inefficiencies of the labor market receive, nobody links it to gentrification.”

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How Do We Explain The Evolution Of Religion?

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“In a new paper, biologists suggest that religion evolved in our prehistoric past through processes by which serving one’s family and larger social group become synonymous with serving God.”

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American Sidewalk Cafés Try So Hard, And Get It All So Wrong – Why?

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“They might have the appropriate Bistro Collection Café Chairs. But everything else is slightly awry and amiss, as if designed by someone whose understanding of European café culture arose from having once, long ago, seen the Disney film The Aristocats. The café is poorly positioned, poorly arranged, or too exposed to loud traffic and passing […]

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Is America Suffering A Brain Drain?

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“For many years, the United States has benefited from a kind of reverse brain drain, which is that the best and brightest from all other countries would come to the United States to do research because we had for a very long time the most generous support for basic science. But I have seen, especially […]

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Why We Shouldn’t Trust People Who Predict The Future

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“Why? Because there’s money in it; money and faith. I don’t just mean the few millions to be made from book sales; nor do I mean the simple geek belief in gadgetry. And I certainly don’t mean the pallid, undefined, pop-song promises of politicians trying to turn our eyes from the present – Bill Clinton’s […]

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Study: Some Parts Of Our Brains Deteriorate Significantly After Age 24

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“Using a piecewise regression analysis, we find that age-related slowing of within-game, self-initiated response times begins at 24 years of age,” the authors write. In other words, older players took longer to respond to new visual playing conditions before taking action. And, according to the study, it was “a significant performance deficit,” which likely has […]

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Pediatricians Warn About Kids’ Use Of Touch Screens

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“The American Academy of Pediatrics is unequivocal: If your kid is under 2, no screens. For older kids, two hours a day, max. But the AAP doesn’t differentiate between activities; education apps, base-jumping videos, first-person shooters, ebooks, Sesame Street, and The Shining are all thrown into the same bucket. It’s all just screen time.”

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How We Live – The Connectedness Problem

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“The ubiquity of smartphones, and employers’ insistence that we keep them on, has morphed the traditional workday into something stretchy and inconsistent: Now, even when you are not in the office, you are very likely still working.”

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Remember That Thing With Amazon And Drones? Not A Joke

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“Not only is the delivery drone program happening, but according to the CEO, it’s well underway. ‘The Prime Air team is already flight testing our 5th and 6th generation aerial vehicles, and we are in the design phase on generations 7 and 8,’ he writes.”

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Suddenly, Everyone Loves Really Old Photos – And Here’s Why

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“A photograph really is a frozen fragment of time. Not even the fastest, most gifted artists or the most sensually specific novelists have ever captured the kind of incidental realities a photograph dumbly records – the creases in the uniform of the last Napoleonic veteran, his paunch and sidelong glance and white whiskers – or […]

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The Forgotten Childhood: Why Early Memories Fade

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Most adults have what’s called childhood amnesia (i.e., having few or no memories from the first 3 to 3½ years of life). “But it’s only in the past decade that [scientists] have begun to figure out when childhood memories start to fade, which early memories are most likely to survive, and how we create a […]

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The Science Behind Why We Laugh

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“There is something almost akin to madness in how and when we laugh. It’s not as simple as a basic reaction to something funny.”

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