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Club of Amsterdam - Shaping Your Future in the Knowledge Society. Survey suggests politicians overstate public's desire for vocational view of higher ed. This Explains Everything: 192 Thinkers on the Most Elegant Theory of How the World Works. Knowledge Doubling Every 12 Months, Soon to be Every 12 Hours - Industry Tap. Knowledge Doubling Curve Buckminster Fuller created the “Knowledge Doubling Curve”; he noticed that until 1900 human knowledge doubled approximately every century.

Knowledge Doubling Every 12 Months, Soon to be Every 12 Hours - Industry Tap

By the end of World War II knowledge was doubling every 25 years. Today things are not as simple as different types of knowledge have different rates of growth. For example, nanotechnology knowledge is doubling every two years and clinical knowledge every 18 months. But on average human knowledge is doubling every 13 months. Human Brain Indexing Will Consume Several Billion Petabytes In a recent lecture at Harvard University neuroscientist Jeff Lichtman, who is attempting to map the human brain, has calculated that several billion petabytes of data storage would be needed to index the entire human brain.

Peter Thiel’s Graph of the Year. Time has its "Person of the Year.

Peter Thiel’s Graph of the Year

" The Baloney Detection Kit: Carl Sagan’s Rules for Bullshit-Busting and Critical Thinking. By Maria Popova Carl Sagan was many things — a cosmic sage, voracious reader, hopeless romantic, and brilliant philosopher.

The Baloney Detection Kit: Carl Sagan’s Rules for Bullshit-Busting and Critical Thinking

But above all, he endures as our era’s greatest patron saint of reason and common sense, a master of the vital balance between skepticism and openness. In The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark (public library) — the same indispensable volume that gave us Sagan’s timeless meditation on science and spirituality, published mere months before his death in 1996 — Sagan shares his secret to upholding the rites of reason, even in the face of society’s most shameless untruths and outrageous propaganda.


Taking a Different Approach to Higher Education. A SOLE-created initiative: is an online platform for unlocking the collective intelligence of communities.

Taking a Different Approach to Higher Education

By Luba Vangelova When helicopter search-and-rescue specialist David Dobias decided to switch careers, he read up on entrepreneurship and found a mentor, then an internship at a venture capital firm. What happened next surprised him. The Future as a Case for Global Transformation of Education. What is the purpose of education?

The Future as a Case for Global Transformation of Education

To educate, to enable and to empower. It is to prepare its recipient for the world around and time ahead. The time ahead is one, where the world will be a constantly changing place, highly evolved yet highly challenging, where humanity will have to overcome unprecedented obstacles to continue its survival, continuity and progress. ‘An Industry of Mediocrity’ U.S. Envoy Is Summoned by Germany Over Spying ReportDominicans of Haitian Descent Cast Into Legal Limbo by CourtVatican Suspends German Bishop Accused of Lavish Spending on HimselfAnger Growing Among Allies on U.S.

SpyingPirates Abduct Two Americans on Oil Ship Off Nigerian CoastTibetans Call China’s Policies at Tourist Spot Tacit but StiflingCriticism of United States’ Mideast Policy Increasingly Comes From AlliesA Royal Christening in Britain Amid a Refrain of CoosAllegation of U.S. Spying on Merkel Puts Obama at CrossroadsGermany and France Propose Talks With U.S. to Rein In SpyingIndignation Over U.S. Is Music the Key to Success? Multiple studies link music study to academic achievement.

Is Music the Key to Success?

But what is it about serious music training that seems to correlate with outsize success in other fields? The connection isn’t a coincidence. I know because I asked. I put the question to top-flight professionals in industries from tech to finance to media, all of whom had serious (if often little-known) past lives as musicians. Almost all made a connection between their music training and their professional achievements. The phenomenon extends beyond the math-music association. An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments.

The Recruiter's Tale - On Hiring. In a recent column, I asked the question, “Who is driving the online locomotive?”

The Recruiter's Tale - On Hiring

—in other words, who exactly is pushing the idea of offering more and more (not to mention bigger and bigger) online classes? Because that’s certainly where higher education seems to be headed. I concluded that the people who hire college graduates are not among the culprits, citing a recent Chronicle survey in which prospective employers reported positive impressions of all types of higher-education institutions—except for online colleges. Of course, as I noted (and as several readers pointed out), there’s a big difference between getting an entire degree online and taking a few online courses en route to getting a degree. The Remarkable Ways We Gain Insights. Timothy Ferriss: Accelerated Learning in Accelerated Times. As the times accelerate and we face ever more kaleidoscopic careers, a crucial meta-skill is the ability to learn new skills extremely rapidly, extremely well.

Timothy Ferriss: Accelerated Learning in Accelerated Times

That practice has no better exemplar and proponent than Timothy Ferriss, author of The 4-Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid-Fat Loss, Incredible Sex, and Becoming Superhuman. Not surprisingly, he has made himself adept at compelling presentations, this one prepared especially for the Long Now audience. Learning to learn fast. This Database Lets You 3D Print and Explore Thousands of Fossils. The United States, Falling Behind. 8 New Jobs People Will Have In 2025. New technology will eradicate some jobs, change others, and create whole new categories of employment.

8 New Jobs People Will Have In 2025

Innovation causes a churn in the job market, and this time around the churn is particularly large—from cheap sensors (creating "an Internet of things") to 3-D printing (enabling more distributed manufacturing). Sparks & Honey, a New York trend-spotting firm, has a wall in its office where staff can post imaginative next-generation jobs. Below are eight of them, with narration from CEO Terry Young (who previously appeared here talking about health care). Virginia’s religious exemption for school attendance is too broad. HERE IS what is required of parents who receive a religious exemption in Virginia to keep their children out of public school: nothing.

Virginia’s religious exemption for school attendance is too broad

Unlike parents who home-school their children as an educational alternative, families who opt out of public schools for religious reasons don’t have to provide any evidence that they are qualified to give instruction. Feminist professors create an alternative to MOOCs. At first glance, "Feminism and Technology" sounds like another massive open online open course. The course will involve video components, and will be available online to anyone, with no charge. There are paths to credit, and it's fine for students to take the course without seeking credit.

An international student body is expected. RSA Animate - The Power of Outrospection. How I got my A-levels at a virtual school - video. Author, World Peace and Other 4th Grade Achievements. False memories generated in lab mice - life - 22 March 2012. In the 1940s, neurosurgeon Wilder Penfield found his patients would recall seemingly random information – the smell of cookies for instance – when he stimulated different brain areas with electric shocks.

Two studies have now found evidence to support the memory storage theory that Penfield stumbled across. The research, in mice, even demonstrates that it is possible to manipulate brain cells to create false memories. Mark Mayford of the Scripps Research Institute in San Diego, California, and colleagues genetically engineered mice so that neurons that fired would fire again when the brain was injected with a drug. Oxford Questions seek to pull back the curtain on the foundations of quantum physics.

( —Relativity and quantum theory form the backbone of modern physics, but a group of physicists stresses that daily use of these theories can numb the sense of wonder at their immense empirical success. At the same time, fundamental questions on the foundations of these two theories remain. In 2010, experimentalists, theorists, and philosophers of physics convened at a conference at the University of Oxford called Quantum Physics and the Nature of Reality. They produced a set of "Oxford Questions" aimed at identifying some specific open problems about the nature of quantum reality in order to stimulate and guide future research.

The Oxford Questions are presented in a new Perspective Paper published by physicists G. [1307.1310] The Oxford Questions on the foundations of quantum physics. A Test to Measure How Rational You Really Are. Okay, this and Esther's latest piece on how to commit psychological warfare on the unsuspecting both made me think about the importance of enthymemes/enthymematic argument.

(And I posted pretty much the same comment over there.) The short version is: Subject A wants to create a link between two otherwise unlinked entitites in the mind of Subject B. The future of education technology. Learning Theory - What are the established learning theories? American Educational History Timeline. American Educational History: A Hypertext Timeline Last updated November 24, 2016. See the lesson plan designed for use with this timeline. Timeline of US Education. Neuroscience and the Emerging Mind: A Conversation with the Dalai Lama. 8 Punctuation Marks that we desperately need. Transcript: Lawrence Lessig on “Aaron’s Laws – Law and Justice in a Digital Age”: Section I. Power of Art: Can music help treat children with attention disorders? Writing Rules: Jack Kerouac’s Rules for Spontaneous Prose.

The Amygdala Made Me Do It. Competitive intelligence and strategic surprises: Why monitoring weak signals is not the right approach « Silberzahn & Jones. Wendell E. Berry Lecture. Wendell Berry Quotes (Author of Jayber Crow) World Happiness Report: Success can’t just be measured in dollars and cents. With nods to Buddha and Aristotle, a United Nations expert panel on Monday called for all countries to measure and track the happiness of their people, and to adopt a “a very different model of humanity” oriented toward subjective wellbeing rather than per capita gross national product. Mash-up aids translation of obscure languages - tech - 28 March 2012. An invented language makes it easier to translate sentences into lesser-known tongues MACHINE translation can make French, Spanish or even Japanese accessible to English speakers. A Picture of Language. Rhetological Fallacies. Scale2/scale2.swf?bordercolor=white.

Culturomics Looks at the Birth and Death of Words. Guardian open journalism: Three Little Pigs advert - video. With New Tool, Wants To Replace Powerpoint With Infographics.