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Art by Laetitzia As we all know, communication is essential in society.
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Author: The Unbounded Spirit --|> | Filed under: Psychology , Relationships What would your life be like if you did not care what other people thought of you? If you were completely independent of people’s opinions, good or bad, and would go about your day without so much as a single self-conscious decision.
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March-April 1989 Vol. 2, No. 2 Toward a Possible Cure for AIDS—Treating the AIDS Virus As an Antenna Philip S. Callahan, Ph.D. A noted entomologist proposes to inactivate the AIDS virus by jamming it with coherent radiation tuned to the virion’s wavelength.
In business, storytelling is all the rage. Without a compelling story, we are told, our product, idea, or personal brand, is dead on arrival. In his book, Tell to Win , Peter Guber joins writers like Annette Simmons and Stephen Denning in evangelizing for the power of story in human affairs generally, and business in particular.
IQs and Zs
A Dyson sphere is a hypothetical megastructure originally described by Freeman Dyson .
R.F.Wilson writes from the City of London: First, a word to all the mugs in Britain and beyond who’ve been ecstatic about former boss of the Royal Bank of Scotland, Fred Goodwin, losing his knighthood and current RBS chief exec, Stephen Hester, turning down his £1 million share bonus: you’ve been had, you fools! Don’t you understand that these two were selected as fall guys to protect hundreds and thousands of others, who should be not just stripped of their honours and denied their bonuses, but sacked, investigated and hopefully prosecuted for what they’ve done. Don’t you realise that politicians are as guilty as the money men, for bankrupting the nation in order to bail out their friends? Yeah, think about it when you next congratulate yourself for taking a high moral stand and adding your voice to the screaming mob that was going after Goodwin and Hester.
Did you know that there are numbers that cannot be computed by any computer program? It is weird, but true. And by number, I mean just an ordinary real number.
Incentives are all the rage: employee bonus pay, app badges, student grades, and even lunch with President Obama. Despite their widespread use, most research finds that incentives are terrible at improving performance in the long-run on anything but mindless rote tasks, because the fixation on prizes clouds our creative thinking (video explanation below). However, a new Harvard study of teachers found that a novel approach to incentives could dramatically improve student performance: give teachers a reward upfront and threaten to take it away if performance doesn’t actually improve. Exploiting the so-called “loss-aversion” tendency could open the door to creative incentivizing for software designers and managers. Harvard University’s Ronald Fryer and his colleagues explain that, in education, pay-for-performance has a dismal record of improving student outcomes.
Does education in the arts transfer to seemingly unrelated cognitive abilities? Researchers are finding evidence that it does. Michael Posner argues that when children find an art form that sustains their interest, the subsequent strengthening of their brains’ attention networks can improve cognition more broadly. If there were a surefire way to improve your brain, would you try it?
Did you ever experience the unsettling sense that your sexual desires, romantic longings, and feelings of long-term emotional union were racing down different tracks? And perhaps ask yourself: Which of these is love? The three tracks may be different brain circuits, says Helen Fisher, an anthro pologist at Rutgers University conducting research on the brain chemistry of the emo tions associated with mating, reproduction, and parenting. With classic understatement, she suggests that the three emotional systems— lust, attraction, and attachment—“are some what disconnected in human beings...” But the situation is not hopeless, Fisher argues; the role of the prefrontal cortex in humans is to control and direct these emotions—if we so choose.
Drs. Milanovich and McCune in, The Light Shall Set You Free (1998), state there are 12 Universal Laws, and 21 sub-laws, that describe ways in which cause and effect are related. The Universal Laws can also be viewed as guidelines for behaviors that will enhance our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual growth. The Universal Laws are all inter-related and are founded on the understanding that everything in the universe is energy, including us, and that energy moves in a circular fashion.