How to watch a presidential debate (or win it): Tips from Amy Cuddy Amy Cuddy’s TED Talk, Your body language shapes who you are, has millions of views for a reason — everyone who watched it understood a little bit more about themselves. But the flip side of her research is equally fascinating — how we can understand others through the body language they, consciously or unconsciously, choose to use. Back during the last U.S. presidential election in 2012, our writer Ben Lillie sat down to ask Dr. Cuddy: Can we use your research to understand the people who want to be the next President of the US? (Read the full interview here).
The Psychology of Time and the Paradox of How Impulsivity and Self-Control Mediate Our Capacity for Presence “Reality is never and nowhere more accessible than in the immediate moment of one’s own life,” Kafka once told a teenage friend. “It’s only there that it can be won or lost.” The great Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky believed that what draws us to film is the gift of time — “time lost or spent or not yet had.”
In Praise of Followers We are convinced that corporations succeed or fail, compete or crumble, on the basis of how well they are led. So we study great leaders of the past and present and spend vast quantities of time and money looking for leaders to hire and trying to cultivate leadership in the employees we already have. I have no argument with this enthusiasm. Leaders matter greatly. Historical Investigations for Students to Complete One of my favorite ways to get students to attempt to connect pieces of historical evidence is to present the with a challenge or "mystery" that must be solved. I started doing this many years ago when I was teaching about Chinese history. I continued using this method when I began teaching U.S. History. If you want to try the same method, the following two resources will help you get started. Historical Scene Investigation offers a fun way for students to investigate history through primary documents and images.
Jim Chamberlin James A. "Jim" Chamberlin (May 23, 1915 – March 8, 1981) was a Canadian aerodynamicist who contributed to the design of the Canadian Avro Arrow, NASA's Gemini spacecraft and the Apollo program. In addition to his pioneering air and space efforts, he is often cited as an example of Canadian brain drain to the U.S. In the early 1960s, he was one of the key people that proposed and moved that Lunar Orbit Rendezvous (LOR) was the best option for landing a crew on the Moon, the method eventually used on Apollo lunar landing missions. Gallery: How networks help us understand the world As designer Manuel Lima points out in his TED Talk, A visual history of human knowledge, the network has become a powerful way to visualize much of what is going on in the world around us. “Networks really embody notions of decentralization, of interconnectedness, of interdependence,” says Lima. “This way of thinking is critical for us to solve many of the complex problems we are facing nowadays, from decoding the human brain to understanding the vast universe out there.” Here, Lima shares a few of his favorite network graphics.
Ideacide: The Perils of Self-Censoring (And How You Can Stop It) It’s one thing to reject the ideas of others…we do that almost automatically. But when we reject, deny, stifle, squelch, strike, silence and otherwise put ideas of our own to death, sometimes even before they’re born, it is the highest crime against creativity. It’s an act of pure tragic mindlessness. I often think of this self-censoring as “ideacide,” because it entails the voluntary shutdown of the imagination, the long-effects of which eventually kill off our natural curiosity and creativity. Thinking differently Wouldn’t it be great if every kid could access robotics equipment and make physical objects do stuff? If the answer is yes – this article might be interesting as I’ll be sharing a recent project I’ve been involved with to provide kit that helps kids build and code their own robot that has all the bells and whistles for less that $30. And just in case you’re wondering – No I’m not selling robots! For the last few years I’ve been playing with all kinds of robotic bits and bobs and exploring how and why kids might create with them. This has involved a lot of tinkering with screwdrivers, learning to write a bit of code and even a trip to South Korea. During this time I have also developed an appreciation for how expensive it is for schools to invest in robotics kits.
Leather, what’s ethical and what’s not? FROM: Ethical Fashion Forum The SOURCE Intelligence team gets to the bottom of ‘ethical’ leather. SOURCE weighs up options for sustainable and ethical leather and non-animal leather alternatives, including a few key suppliers. Image: Heidi Mottram bag in Poulard The dark side of data Now playing Recent events have highlighted, underlined and bolded the fact that the United States is performing blanket surveillance on any foreigner whose data passes through an American entity — whether they are suspected of wrongdoing or not. This means that, essentially, every international user of the internet is being watched, says Mikko Hypponen. An important rant, wrapped with a plea: to find alternative solutions to using American companies for the world's information needs.