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    1. Trump and Brexit: How Cognitive Elitism Caused Nations to Divide

      Trump and Brexit: How Cognitive Elitism Caused Nations to Divide

      DAVID GOODHART: My book is basically about the value divides in modern societies. I focused a lot on Britain, but I think a lot of it applies to America too. And I'm talking about not so much the kind of elite/non-elite divide—when we talk about elites we often mean I think the top three or five percent of the population—I’m talking about a much bigger divide between the educated and often mobile people, who I call the “Anywheres,” who tend to value openness, autonomy, fluidity—they can surf social change comfortably, they tend not to ...

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    2. High School, College, Career. Simple, Right? Not Any More.

      High School, College, Career. Simple, Right? Not Any More.

      It used to be so simple: Graduate high school, get into a decent university, graduate, and start cashing your paycheck. For more and more people though, that’s just a story about how things used to be. McGraw-Hill Education Executive Jeff Livingston says that — ironically — the only people who think it’s still true are those who’ve gone into Education. Unfortunately, they’re the ones setting education policy in the U.S.

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    3. Here's When Machines Will Take Your Job, as Predicted by AI Gurus

      Here's When Machines Will Take Your Job, as Predicted by AI Gurus

      While technology develops at exponential speed, transforming how we go about our everyday tasks and extending our lives, it also offers much to worry about. In particular, many top minds think that automation will cost humans their employment, with up to 47% of all jobs gone in the next 25 years. And chances are, this number could be even higher and the massive job loss will come earlier.

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    4. Are Humans Getting Smarter or Less Intelligent?

      Are Humans Getting Smarter or Less Intelligent?

      Observe the behavior of shoppers in a long supermarket line or drivers snarled in traffic, and you can quickly become disillusioned about humanity and its collective IQ. Reality TV and websites like People of Walmart inflame this consideration. Lots of songs, both popular and underground, even utter the phrase “only stupid people are breeding.” Apparently, many of us can relate.

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    5. MDMA and Psilocybin: The Future of Anxiety Medication?

      MDMA and Psilocybin: The Future of Anxiety Medication?

      When my wife texted me from the other side of the apartment last Thursday I knew things could not be good. Four simple words: Chris Cornell is dead. While I haven’t remained up on Soundgarden or Cornell’s solo career over the last two decades, Badmotorfinger and Superunknown, along with the Temple of the Dog record, were essential high school and college listening, memories for life.

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    6. Want People to Believe Fake News? Repeat it Often, Says New Study.

      Want People to Believe Fake News? Repeat it Often, Says New Study.

      Do you want people to believe a lie online? Just repeat it over and over.

      Familiarity influences the spreading of fake news online, concludes a new study from Yale University researchers. The study analyzed highly implausible and partisan fake news headlines that were spread online in recent months. While many studies have examined the "illusory truth effect," this was the first empirical investigation of the psychology of fake news.

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    7. How Does the Brain-Body Connection Affect Creativity?

      How Does the Brain-Body Connection Affect Creativity?

      Humans have a complicated relationship with walking. This wasn’t always so. British paleoanthropologist Mary Leakey identified marks of bipedalism dating back 3.7 million years in Tanzania—it’s an old endeavor indeed. The story of our uprightness was, for most of history, one of survival and thriving. Today the tale of our peculiar relationship to gravity is being written much differently.

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    8. Want to Succeed? F-Up Until You Find Your Passion

      Want to Succeed? F-Up Until You Find Your Passion

      Sarah Robb O'Hagan: I think that the wonderful thing that I learned writing the book Extreme You and interviewing some of the most extraordinarily successful people in the world—I mean everyone from Condoleezza Rice to Bode Miller the downhill skier, Mister Cartoon who is a tattoo artist—I’ve interviewed people from all walks of life who have achieved incredible success in very different areas.

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    9. Who Do You Trust More: Your Friend, or a Total Stranger?

      Who Do You Trust More: Your Friend, or a Total Stranger?

      Social trust, the expectation that people will behave with good will and avoid harming others, is a concept that has long mystified both researchers and the general public alike. Trust and cooperation is critical to social success, with neuroscientist Kelly Clancy suggesting that life operates by an undercurrent law of Survival of the Friendliest: evolution is about more than just rivalry, we need relationships. So, how trusting are you?

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    10. Virtual Reality Will Trick You In Ways You’ll Like – and Ways You Won’t

      Virtual Reality Will Trick You In Ways You’ll Like – and Ways You Won’t

      Imagine Virtual Reality 24/7 in a world that seems entirely real. This may be our reality in 5 short years.

      "I think in five years or so VR is going to be a really prominent platform for experiences, for business, for commerce, entertainment, and social," shares Kevin Kelly, author of  The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future.

      If you've tried VR gear, you see only the virtual world. With Mixed Reality, MR, you'll see virtual objects in the real world. Both these experiences operate on a different part of the brain than when you watch a screen or Television claims Kelly. It's like experiences lived in real time. This is the panacea for marketers, entertainers and social collaboration.

      Watch the video at: 

      http://bigthink.com/videos/kevin-kelly-virtual-reality-engages-our-reptile-brain

       

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