Being busy all the time is a habit you made. You can unmake it. | Dan Pontefract

From Big Think. Read more at BigThink.com: Follow Big Think here: YouTube: http://goo.gl/CPTsV5 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BigThinkdotcom Twitter: https://twitter.com/bigthink The current approach today is essentially we’ve entered into a culture of freneticism—that’s a Big Think word, and that means we’re really busy. But I believe we’ve created the business on ourselves. Ultimately we’ve become distracted by SQUIRREL…

The tragedy of this American moment: Populism, elites, and the 2020 election | Anand Giridharadas

From Big Think. Read more at BigThink.com: Follow Big Think here: YouTube: http://goo.gl/CPTsV5 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BigThinkdotcom Twitter: https://twitter.com/bigthink Anand Giridharadas: You know that old saying about the fox guarding a henhouse? So I like to tell a different version of that story with a backstory. We’re the hens, regular people trying to live our lives. And…

The huge social impact of learning to love books | James Patterson

From Big Think. Read more at BigThink.com: Follow Big Think here: YouTube: http://goo.gl/CPTsV5 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BigThinkdotcom Twitter: https://twitter.com/bigthink There’s a program that I’m involved with at the University of Florida, right now Florida the percentage of kids reading at grade level is 43 percent. The best in the country is Massachusetts at 62 percent so nobody…

Pussy Riot’s Nadya Tolokonnikova on feminism, abortion, and dehumanization

From Big Think. Feminism that doesn’t benefit men isn’t really feminism. Gender is a palette you can draw with; the self is a piece of art. Women should have rights equal to those of men, end of story. Read more at BigThink.com: https://bigthink.com/community/nadyatolokonnikova Follow Big Think here: YouTube: http://goo.gl/CPTsV5 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BigThinkdotcom Twitter: https://twitter.com/bigthink Transcript: I…

The teenage brain: Why some years are (a lot) crazier than others | Robert Sapolsky

From Big Think. Read more at BigThink.com: Follow Big Think here: YouTube: http://goo.gl/CPTsV5 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BigThinkdotcom Twitter: https://twitter.com/bigthink Robert Sapolsky: Neurobiologically the single most important fact about, say, a 20 year old brain is the fact that almost all of it is already matured, fully wired up—myelinated, a jargon-y term for it. The reward dopamine system…

Google 2.0: Why MIT scientists are building a new search engine | Danny Hillis

From Big Think. Read more at BigThink.com: Follow Big Think here: YouTube: http://goo.gl/CPTsV5 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BigThinkdotcom Twitter: https://twitter.com/bigthink Among other projects—you’re doing lots of stuff—you get involved in some very heady questions about the origins of truth on the internet. And this is where we’re getting folks because the work that Danny’s describing now in theory…

How to build an authoritarian regime — and how to stop one | Timothy Snyder

From Big Think. Read more at BigThink.com: Follow Big Think here: YouTube: http://goo.gl/CPTsV5 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BigThinkdotcom Twitter: https://twitter.com/bigthink Timothy Snyder: It’s normal that when a new medium comes along, a new communications technology comes along, that this is very disorienting to our own hardware. The same thing was true when the book came along. I mean…

This puppy: Fluffy time-waster or productivity hack? | Ingrid Fetell Lee

From Big Think. Read more at BigThink.com: Follow Big Think here: YouTube: http://goo.gl/CPTsV5 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BigThinkdotcom Twitter: https://twitter.com/bigthink We find a lot of joy in cute things whether that’s baby animal videos or cartoons. And the reason that we find this joy is actually it stems from deep in our evolution. Cuteness is actually a set…

Corporate responsibility? Don’t make me laugh. | Anand Giridharadas

From Big Think. Read more at BigThink.com: Follow Big Think here: YouTube: http://goo.gl/CPTsV5 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BigThinkdotcom Twitter: https://twitter.com/bigthink Anand Giridharadas: Corporate social responsibility or CSR is everywhere—and which company now doesn’t have CSR? All the major banks that screwed America in the financial crisis in the world, that sold out our economy and tried to make…