Speed Reading - Study Skills from MindTools Learning to Read More Efficiently Learn how to speed read, with James Manktelow & Amy Carlson. Think about how much reading you do every day. Perhaps you read the newspaper to catch up with what's going on in the world. When you look at it, reading could be the work-related skill that you use most often! Maybe not. But what does becoming a better reader involve? How We Read Although you spend a good part of your day reading, have you ever thought about how you read? When you actually think about it, reading is quite a complex skill. Scientists now believe that each of your eyes lock onto a different letter at the same time, usually two characters apart. Advantages of Speed Reading Many people read at an average rate of 250 words per minute. However, imagine if you could double your rate to 500 words per minute. Another important advantage of speed reading is that you can better comprehend the overall structure of an argument. Note: Speed reading is a useful and valuable skill. Regression Tip:
Khan Academy Ethereal Macro Photos of Snowflakes in the Moments Before They Disappear Russian photographer Andrew Osokin is a master of winter macro photography. His photo collection is chock full of gorgeous super-close-up photographs of insects, flowers, snow, and frost. Among his most impressive shots are photographs of individual snowflakes that have fallen upon the ground and are in the process of melting away. The shots are so detailed and so perfectly framed that you might suspect them of being computer-generated fabrications. They’re not though. The images were all captured using a Nikon D80 or Nikon D90 DSLR and a 60mm or 90mm macro lens. You can enjoy many more of Osokin’s impressive photographs (16 pages worth, at the moment) over on his LensArt.ru website. Andrew Osokin Photography [LensArt via The Curious Brain via Colossal] Image credits: Photographs by Andrew Osokin and used with permission
Speed-Read From Wired How-To Wiki Illustration: Jason Lee/Wired The ability to digest 1,200 words per minute is like a nerdy superpower. (Average mortals max out at 300.) We tapped Michael Tipper, speed-reading coach to the likes of Shell and IBM, for tips. On your marks, get set ... read! This article, originally submitted by Wired contributor Emily Saso, is a wiki. Track Whether you realize it or not, your eyes are darting all over the page. Another method is to use a card or folded piece of paper and track your path by placing it above the line you're reading. Experiment with different tracking patterns, too -- straight lines work great, but zig-zagging and hopping also come highly recommended by experts. Sprint Most of us spend a quarter second on every word, but the brain can recognize letters in as little as 1/500 of a second. Quiet! You're probably saying each of these words in your head, creating major drag. Practice Test In the Future
Learning & Brain Society 10 Futuristic Materials Lifeboat Foundation Safeguarding Humanity Skip to content Switch to White Special Report 10 Futuristic Materials by Lifeboat Foundation Scientific Advisory Board member Michael Anissimov. 1. Aerogel protecting crayons from a blowtorch. This tiny block of transparent aerogel is supporting a brick weighing 2.5 kg. Aerogel holds 15 entries in the Guinness Book of Records, more than any other material. Carbon nanotubes are long chains of carbon held together by the strongest bond in all chemistry, the sacred sp2 bond, even stronger than the sp3 bonds that hold together diamond. “Metamaterial” refers to any material that gains its properties from structure rather than composition. We’re starting to lay down thick layers of diamond in CVD machines, hinting towards a future of bulk diamond machinery. Diamonds may be strong, but aggregated diamond nanorods (what I call amorphous fullerene) are stronger. Transparent alumina is three times stronger than steel and transparent. inShare28 Materials
Michael Tipper's Blog — Creating The Time And Space To Live Life To The Full I was checking my Facebook Notifications this morning and I was drawn to this post made by Nigel Risner on The Global Speakers and Authors Mastermind Group. I wasn’t sure if the group was open to the public so I copied this because I wanted to share it with you: 12 Signs of a Spiritual Awakening (from an unknown 12-step source) An increased tendency to let things happen rather than make them happen.Frequent attacks of smiling.Feelings of being connected with others and nature.Frequent overwhelming episodes of appreciation.A tendency to think and act spontaneously rather than from fears based on past experience.An unmistakable ability to enjoy each moment.A loss of ability to worry.A loss of interest in conflict.A loss of interest in interpreting the actions of others.A loss of interest in judging others.A loss of interest in judging self.Gaining the ability to love without expecting anything in return …Nice one Nigel . What do you do with your time?
Quantum Mechanics for Beginners; a fun-filled Introduction. How the Princess began to Feel the Pea. Science is exciting because it is always in trouble. No matter how excellent a theory is, it always misses some point or other. Even our most precious ideas about the universe are not able to explain everything; there's always a blind spot. And when the hopeful folks zoom in on that blind spot it pretty much always turns out to be a lot larger than anybody thought, and all of us a mere bunch of naive beginners. At the end of the eighteenth century the blind spot of regular mechanics (=the library of dogmas that teach the ins and outs of objects moving and colliding) covered the behavior of very small objects, such as electrons, and the behavior that light caused when it hit small things like electrons. Light had been a mystery for centuries. It was decided that the world of the very small was governed by rules that were different from the rules that governed the world we can see, and regular (or classical) mechanics begat Quantum Mechanics. Like so:
Top 10 Thinking Traps Exposed Our minds set up many traps for us. Unless we’re aware of them, these traps can seriously hinder our ability to think rationally, leading us to bad reasoning and making stupid decisions. Features of our minds that are meant to help us may, eventually, get us into trouble. Here are the first 5 of the most harmful of these traps and how to avoid each one of them. 1. “Is the population of Turkey greater than 35 million? Lesson: Your starting point can heavily bias your thinking: initial impressions, ideas, estimates or data “anchor” subsequent thoughts. This trap is particularly dangerous as it’s deliberately used in many occasions, such as by experienced salesmen, who will show you a higher-priced item first, “anchoring” that price in your mind, for example. What can you do about it? Always view a problem from different perspectives. 2. In one experiment a group of people were randomly given one of two gifts — half received a decorated mug, the other half a large Swiss chocolate bar. 3. 4.
ZAP Reader CodeBangers | A collection of solutions for the bastard programming problems. Carl Jung Carl Gustav Jung (/jʊŋ/; German: [ˈkarl ˈɡʊstaf jʊŋ]; 26 July 1875 – 6 June 1961), often referred to as C. G. Jung, was a Swiss psychiatrist and psychotherapist who founded analytical psychology. Jung proposed and developed the concepts of the collective unconscious, archetypes, and extraversion and introversion. His work has been influential not only in psychiatry but also in philosophy, anthropology, archeology, literature, and religious studies. The central concept of analytical psychology is individuation—the psychological process of integrating the opposites, including the conscious with the unconscious, while still maintaining their relative autonomy. Jung considered individuation to be the central process of human development. Jung saw the human psyche as "by nature religious" and made this religiousness the focus of his explorations. Jung is one of the best known contemporary contributors to dream analysis and symbolization. Early years Childhood family
Beautiful Gardens From Around The World – 13 pictures | World inside pictures 1.Boboli Gardens The Bobobli Gardens, behind the Pitti Palace in Florence, Italy were groundbreaking in the early 18th century for their open design. 2.Rikugien Gardens ”Rikugien literally means ‘six poems garden’ and reproduces in miniature 88 scenes from famous poems. 3.Claude Monet Gardens in Giverny The pool with nympheas, in Claude Monet’s garden at Giverny. 4.Butchart Gardens, Victoria, B.C. The Butchart Gardens at Todd Inlet, which lie around 14 miles from Victoria B.C., covers more than 55 acres of the 130 acre Butchart Estate. 5.Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens Table Mountain looms in the distance of this vista from Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens in South Africa. 6.Yu Gardens – Shanghai The 400-year-old Yu Gardens were built in the Ming Dynasty during the reign of Emperor Jia Jin, and restored in the 1960s. 8.Exbury Gardens – New Forest, England Amazing colors reflect on the calm waters of Exbury Lake.