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Do impulsive people have less free will? Before you consciously became aware of your decision to read this article, your brain was already making the necessary preparations to click the link.

Do impulsive people have less free will?

There are a few crucial milliseconds between the moment when you’re consciously aware of a plan to act, and the moment you take action. Want to Be an Outstanding Leader? Keep a Journal. From The New York Public Library Research has documented that outstanding leaders take time to reflect.

Want to Be an Outstanding Leader? Keep a Journal.

Their success depends on the ability to access their unique perspective and bring it to their decisions and sense-making every day. Extraordinary leadership is rooted in several capabilities: seeing before others see, understanding before others understand, and acting before others act. A leader’s unique perspective is an important source of creativity and competitive advantage. But the reality is that most of us live such fast-paced, frenzied lives that we fail to leave time to actually listen to ourselves. Gaining access to your own insight isn’t difficult; you simply need to commit to reflecting on a daily basis. Buy a journal. If you find yourself not knowing how to begin when you’re facing the journal’s blank pages, here are some suggestions: Ask yourself a trigger question, and capture your response. How am I feeling right now?

Let art ignite your imagination. Connect to purpose. There’s a good reason Americans are horrible at science. The United States of America has arguably done more to advance science in the modern world than any other country on earth.

There’s a good reason Americans are horrible at science

From the nimble ingenuity of Silicon Valley to the ascendency of US military technology, this nation has impeccable high-tech bona fides. Many of the world’s top engineering schools are located on American soil, and we are even hanging onto our supremacy in medical research—though our lead is slipping quickly. If countries were students, America would have an A+ in science. We would win the egghead olympiad and do pretty well in the robotics competition.

We might even get a place on the Asia-dominated mathlete team if every single European country decided to bow out because, I’m guessing, Europe is too cool for something as nerdy as mathletics. Despite America’s outstanding science credentials, the population at large is not science savvy. Surprisingly, despite America’s outstanding science credentials, the population at large is not science savvy. Future - The man who studies the spread of ignorance. This story is featured in BBC Future’s “Best of 2016” collection.

Future - The man who studies the spread of ignorance

Discover more of our picks. In 1979, a secret memo from the tobacco industry was revealed to the public. Called the Smoking and Health Proposal, and written a decade earlier by the Brown & Williamson tobacco company, it revealed many of the tactics employed by big tobacco to counter “anti-cigarette forces”. In one of the paper’s most revealing sections, it looks at how to market cigarettes to the mass public: “Doubt is our product since it is the best means of competing with the ‘body of fact’ that exists in the mind of the general public. It is also the means of establishing a controversy.” This revelation piqued the interest of Robert Proctor, a science historian from Stanford University, who started delving into the practices of tobacco firms and how they had spread confusion about whether smoking caused cancer.

Agnotology is the study of wilful acts to spread confusion and deceit, usually to sell a product or win favour. When Do You Become an Adult? It would probably be fair to call Henry “aimless.”

When Do You Become an Adult?

After he graduated from Harvard, he moved back in with his parents, a boomerang kid straight out of a trend piece about the travails of young adults. Despite graduating into a recession, Henry managed to land a teaching job, but two weeks in, he decided it wasn’t for him and quit. It took him a while to find his calling—he worked in his father’s pencil factory, as a door-to-door magazine salesman, took on other teaching and tutoring gigs, and even spent a brief stint shoveling manure before finding some success with his true passion: writing.

Henry published his first book, A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers, when he was 31 years old, after 12 years of changing jobs and bouncing back and forth between his parents’ home, living on his own, and crashing with a buddy, who believed in his potential. Proviamo a usare internet per scoprire il mondo invece che per insultare - Nicola Lagioia. Mi piacerebbe parlarvi della violenza in rete.

Proviamo a usare internet per scoprire il mondo invece che per insultare - Nicola Lagioia

Non quella dei terroristi o dei fanatici di professione, ma quella delle “persone normali”. Perché internet ci trasforma in mostri sanguinari? Proverò a offrire qualche spunto di riflessione partendo da due casi di cronaca, vi racconterò di un mio infortunio privato, infine spero di avere abbastanza forza da spingere il discorso verso un azzardo e una scommessa. Sulle abitudini dei troll sono stati scritti libri, sono stati interpellati sociologi, psicologi, esperti di comunicazione. Negli ultimi mesi si è molto discusso per esempio di I giustizieri della rete. Può la sete di giustizia scatenare una reazione mille volte più violenta dei comportamenti che vorrebbe censurare?