Category Archives: Education

Poison Ivy


BOOK REVIEW

Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life, Author: William Deresiewicz.

By Nathan Heller – Élite higher education today makes two promises. It is a liberal-arts idyll, free from the demands of breadwinning or real-world “usefulness.”

It is also an acceleration tube, where students gain life momentum befitting their competitive entry. Can it be both?

“The system manufactures students who are smart and talented and driven, yes, but also anxious, timid, and lost, with little intellectual curiosity and a stunted sense of purpose: trapped in a bubble of privilege, heading meekly in the same direction, great at what they’re doing but with no idea why they’re doing it,” he writes. more> http://tinyurl.com/mhfmed3

How To Silence Your Inner Critic Once And For All


BOOK REVIEW

Better Than Perfect: 7 Strategies to Crush Your Inner Critic and Create a Life You Love, Author: Elizabeth R. Lombardo.

Inner Critic, Inner Success: Claiming Your Critic While Taming Your Success, Author: Stacey Sargent.

By Gwen Moran – Your inner critic is only a problem if it’s crossed that line from helping you get better to constantly berating you. If it’s causing stress, anxiety, or depression, here’s how to shut it down.

If it’s telling you you’re not deserving, it might be protecting you from disappointment. Once you get to the reason behind the criticism, you can begin to deal with that underlying fear or concern. more> http://tinyurl.com/lpjz9we

Is Everyone a Little Bit Racist?


By Nicholas Kristof – Joshua Correll of the University of Colorado at Boulder has used an online shooter video game to try to measure these unconscious attitudes (you can play the game yourself).

An uncomfortable starting point is to understand that racial stereotyping remains ubiquitous, and that the challenge is not a small number of twisted white supremacists but something infinitely more subtle and complex:

People who believe in equality but who act in ways that perpetuate bias and inequality. more> http://tinyurl.com/pv5bqlj

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Ferguson: America’s cultural segregation fault lines


BOOK REVIEW

Habits of the Heart (pdf), Author: Robert Bellah.

The Big Sort: Why the Clustering of Like-Minded America Is Tearing Us Apart, Authors: Bill Bishop and Robert Cushing.

By Neal Gabler – We don’t live in America anymore. We live in thousands of Americas, many no farther away than our computer screens and the Internet. These are self-identified Americas.

But there is another, more pernicious effect of cultural segregation. It shrinks the world rather than enlarges it — reinforces what already is, circumscribes people within their own worldview.

In a segregated world, especially the virtually segregated world we now have thanks to the Internet, we need never leave our own cultural ghetto. more> http://tinyurl.com/kewk6pl

Why An Anti To-Do List Might Be The Secret To Productivity


By Joel Gascoigne – My approach with the Anti-To-Do List is to have not just a single list each day, as many of us do now (our to-do list), but to have two.

The idea of the Anti-To-Do List is that it is the account of progress for that day. In some ways it’s a “Done” List.

This is really powerful, because you can always look back at your Anti-To-Do List and see how much you’ve got done (even if the items weren’t on your todo list). more> http://tinyurl.com/llr3ag8

How Watson Changed IBM


By Brad Power – IBM, a company with a long and successful tradition of internally-focused R&D activities, is adapting to this new world of creating platforms and enabling open innovation.

So how does it work?

With multiple business models. Mike Rhodin, IBM’s senior vice president responsible for Watson, told me, “There are three core business models that we will run in parallel.

The first is around industries that we think will go through a big change in “cognitive” [natural language] computing, such as financial services and healthcare.

The second is where we see similar patterns across industries, such as how people discover and engage with organizations and how organizations make different kinds of decisions.

The third business model is creating an ecosystem of entrepreneurs. We’re always looking for companies with brilliant ideas that we can partner with or acquire. more> http://tinyurl.com/lp6cnqp

Will Your Next Hard Drive Be Liquid?


By Cabe Atwell – Two material scientists, Sharon Glotzer and David Pine, are on a mission to create the world’s first liquid hard drive. Their current calculations estimate that one teaspoon of this liquid data would be able to store 1 TB of data.

This research is building on the work of other researchers to find denser ways to store data. Harvard researchers have recently stored 700 TB on a single strand of DNA, so DNA still takes the cake when it comes to natural data-storing ability.

However, it may not become a USB stick anytime soon. more> http://tinyurl.com/qf7kzso