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8 Common Mistakes in How Our Brains Think and How to Prevent Them

8 Common Mistakes in How Our Brains Think and How to Prevent Them
12.3K Flares 12.3K Flares × Get ready to have your mind blown. I was seriously shocked at some of these mistakes in thinking that I subconsciously make all the time. Obviously, none of them are huge, life-threatening mistakes, but they are really surprising and avoiding them could help us to make more rational, sensible decisions. Especially as we thrive for continues self-improvement at Buffer, if we look at our values, being aware of the mistakes we naturally have in our thinking can make a big difference in avoiding them. Unfortunately, most of these occur subconsciously, so it will also take time and effort to avoid them—if you even want to. Regardless, I think it’s fascinating to learn more about how we think and make decisions every day, so let’s take a look at some of these thinking habits we didn’t know we had. 1. We tend to like people who think like us. This is called confirmation bias. Confirmation bias is a more active form of the same experience. 2. 3. 4. Well, no.

How to Immediately Improve Your Life (Hint: It Starts With Improving the Lives of Others) | Arianna Huffington Last week a few HuffPost editors and I were treated to a visit by Bill Drayton and Mary Gordon. Bill Drayton is the founder of Ashoka and a longtime champion of social entrepreneurship, a term that he coined and that has now spread across the world. Mary Gordon is a former kindergarten teacher who founded Roots of Empathy, an organization dedicated to teaching emotional literacy and promoting empathy in children. She was also one of the first Ashoka fellows. Our visit started with talk of the newborn recently welcomed by one of our editors, Gregory Beyer, whereupon Mary presented him with a onesie with "Empathy Teacher" emblazoned on the front. But as Mary -- a great empathy teacher herself -- told us, it's a two-way street, and empathy is best nurtured by example. And giving not only nurtures empathy; it's an outgrowth of our innate capacity for empathy. Philosophers have known this for centuries. Science has broken down why this is. However, the news is not all bleak.

Apprendre à communiquer Ah la communication… Communiquer, le verbe qui effraie souvent l’entrepreneur, ou la petite entreprise. Communiquer, c’est cher, on ne sait pas comment faire ni quoi faire. Alors, on ne fait rien. Dans le meilleur des cas, le pire devrais-je dire, ça ouvre un compte Twitter, ou une page Facebook, et ça envoi un truc ici où là, un peu à la va comme j’te pousse, et advienne que pourras ! L’idéal pour bien se mettre une balle dans le pied, voire deux. Dès fois que la première ai loupé la cible. Cerise sur le gâteau, le blog… Ah le blog, bloguer, c’est facile, ça rapporte du fric rapidos, etc… Ouais, bien sûr. Alors, communiquer ? Si vous n’avez même pas 100 euros de budget pour communiquer autour de votre entreprise, vous avez déjà un gros problème. En économisant un peu sur le forfait mobile, ou l’abonnement aux 200 chaines de télé que vous ne regardez jamais, ou encore sur le caddie chez carrefour, en grappillant un peu de-ci, de-là, vous allez les trouver ces 100 euros. Ce qui me fait ?

5 Things That Believers Can Do, But Atheists Can’t Atheists actually miss out on a lot of activities that religious believers can participate in. Let’s go through the list, and see what you think. 1. Child Molestation If you read the news at all, you will have seen country after country finally recognize that many Catholic priests abused, molested and in some cases raped children. Fundamentalist groups often follow strict observance of physical punishment for children. Jews and Muslims also ritually mutilate their sons’ bodies through the practice of circumcision. 2. It goes by the ritual name of being kosher or halal. I have read many apologist arguments that this is somehow not a cruel practice and that the animal dies very quickly. 3. Don’t you just love all the faith healers out there? 4. Isn’t it wonderful how believers can justify a position they have on the basis that they are being guided by their faith? How about evolution? 5. Manifest Destiny The American concept of “manifest destiny” falls somewhat into this category too.

9 Ways to Reach Your Fullest Potential Every Day Why does it seem like time goes by so quickly? We start a week and before we know it, it’s already the weekend. How can you make the best out of each and every day? I want you to be able to reach your fullest potential every single day. Even during the days where you relax and recharge, I want you to enjoy every moment. When it comes to reaching your fullest potential every day, it’s all about planning. Let’s look into the ways that you can reach your fullest potential every day. 1. “Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words. Because we live in a society filled with so many distractions, we can easily get caught up with the stress and frustrations of life. Why do you do what you do? 2. “Living your life without a plan is like watching television with someone else holding the remote control.”– Peter Turla Planning how you want to spend each day is key to reaching your fullest potential each day. Plan your week every Sunday evening. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.

Make a Video. Amazing Animated Video Maker - GoAnimate. Everything You've Been Told About How to Eat Is Wrong Photo Credit: Uros Zunic October 2, 2013 | Like this article? Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email. If you go to the National Institute of Health’s website today, you will find a section on a “ Healthy Eating Plan.” Nothing has changed over the past 36 years, except for this: everyone is fatter. The U.S. government began issuing dietary guidelines in 1977, when the Senate Select Committee on Nutrition and Human Needs, led by Senator George McGovern, issued the first dietary recommendations for the American people. According to the Centers for Disease Control, obesity has more than doubled among adults since these dietary recommendations were put in place in the 1970s, and as of 2010, more than one-third of Americans were obese. Perhaps you’ve witnessed someone struggle with a diet, or struggled yourself. But there’s another explanation, one that’s gaining traction across the scientific community. But there were issues from the start.

10 Ways to Gain Fame for Being a Good Person Email “Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” ―Desmond Tutu What do you want to be known for? Lift others up. This is how you gain admiration and fame for being a good person… 1. People don’t care about how much you know, until they know how much you care. The best part of life is not just surviving, but thriving with passion, compassion, humor, generosity, and kindness, and using these tools to improve the lives of those around you. Smile, and help others smile too. If you can lie down at night knowing in your heart that you made someone’s day just a little better, you’re doing it right. 2. Whenever possible help people by teaching them to help themselves. It’s one thing to take the initiative with people you already know, but what about all the people around you whom you barely know? Be friendly and introduce yourself to someone nearby. 3. Once you are true on the inside, reflect it on the outside. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.

How a 'mistake' in a single-cell organism is actually a rewrite essential to life A tiny but unexpected change to a segment of RNA in a single-cell organism looks a lot like a mistake, but is instead a change to the genetic information that is essential to the organism's survival. Scientists have discovered this RNA "edit" in Trypanosoma brucei, a parasite that causes sleeping sickness in Africa and Chagas disease in Latin America. Though the organism is a model system for this work, the finding could lead to a new drug target to fight the parasite if higher species don't share this genetic behavior. Some of the organism's genetic activity was already known. In the case of gene products called tRNAs, which help assemble the amino acids that make proteins, T. brucei was known to have only one tRNA with a specific segment of RNA that ensures the tRNA's proper function. Additionally, examples of RNA editing have been discovered before. "These are changes for which no chemistry is known and has never been described. The finding was not only unexpected, but serendipitous.