Archive for “January, 2015”

#GeekReads: 4 Quick Reads + 1 Quick Watch that Made Us Smarter (Jan 24)

This week’s #GeekReads: contagious emotions; the problem with absolute truths; achieving more by doing less; the importance of staying true to ourselves; and how identity influences our habits.


What if 2 +2 ≠ 4? If you’re in search for the truth, a belief in absolute truthfulness may be your biggest obstacle. From David Deutsch via

Human see, human do. Do mirror neurons make emotions contagious? From Braincraft via

Doing more by doing less. There are often days we wish for an extra hour, but what if a new clock isn’t what’s needed to deal with a lack of time, energy, or patience? From Lisa Evans via

New habit, new identity. A change in our everyday behavior may first require a change in the way we perceive ourselves. From Melissa Dahl via The Science of Us 

“My blackness is not a secret.” A woman’s story of suppressing her true self in order to ensure the comfort of others. From Priscilla Ward via

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#GeekReads: 5 Quick Reads that Made Us Smarter (Jan 17)

In this week’s #GeekReads: Computers that know us better than our friends; getting bored to get creative; meditating to become more empathetic; the psychology of the Internet misogynist; and recruiting job-seeking millennials with a focus on social impact.


Bored and brilliant. In a world of tech overstimulation, sometimes the best way to generate creativity is old-fashioned boredom. Via NPR.

Think different. How Zen meditation changed the way that Steve Jobs understood the world and what we can learn from his experience. From Drake Baer via Business Insider.

Computers that really know us. By analyzing the things we like on Facebook, computers may end up knowing us better than our best friends. Is this how Skynet takes over the world (Terminator, for the non-geeks)? Via

The Internet misogynist. How the anonymity of online comments reveals the sexism lingering in the hearts and minds of many men. From Olga Khazan via The Atlantic.

Mission-minded millennials. How social impact, more than compensation, can attract job-seeking millennials. From Ariel Schwartz via

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#GeekReads: 5 Quick Reads that Made Us Smarter (Jan 9)

Happy 2015! This week’s #GeekReads: the science of successful resolutions; the physical burden of grudges; more educated, more partisan; managing Ned’s negativity; and why millennials are not as post-racial as you think. 


The science behind resolutions. Fantasizing about your goals makes it less likely you’ll achieve them. Setting positive expectations for change and then imagining the obstacles to your success will make you more likely to succeed. From Indre Viskontas via Mother Jones.

That grudge is weighing you down. Why that grudge is physically holding you back and how a simple forgiveness exercise will make the world less daunting. From Tom Jacobs via Business Insider. 

Understanding Negative Ned. Compassion and maturity are the best approaches to dealing with highly negative people. From Raj Raghunathan via

More educated, more partisan. Research shows partisanship is strongest among highly educated Americans – giving these folks the cognitive tricks to resist information inconsistent with their strongly held beliefs. From University of Kansas via PsyPost.

Not so post-racial. Implicit and explicit bias research shows that millennials are less racially tolerant than you think. From Sean McElwee via The Science of Us.

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