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The neuroscience of Bob Dylan's genius

The neuroscience of Bob Dylan's genius
theguardian.com — Bob Dylan looks bored. It's May 1965 and he's slumped in an armchair at the Savoy hotel in London. The camera filming the documentary Don't Look Back, about Dylan's tour, turns away - Dylan's weariness feels like an accusation - and starts to pan around the room, capturing the ragged entourage of folkies and groupies following the singer on the final week of his European tour.

The Educational Benefit of Ugly Fonts

wired.com — A few months ago, I wrote a speculative blog post about e-readers. Although I love my Kindle, I worried that these new gadgets made the act of reading a little bit too easy, and that this visual ease might lead, one day, to a shallower engagement with our texts.

The Psychology of 'Making A Murderer'

The Psychology of 'Making A Murderer'
jonahlehrer.com — Roughly ten hours into Making a Murderer, a Netflix documentary about the murder trial of Steven Avery, his defense lawyer Dean Strang delivers the basic thesis of the show: "The forces that caused that [the conviction of Brendan Dassey and Steven Avery]...I don't think they are driven by malice, they're just expressions of ordinary human failing.

Why we travel | Travel | The Guardian

Why we travel | Travel | The Guardian
theguardian.com — It's 4.15 in the morning and my alarm clock has just stolen away a lovely dream. My eyes are open but my pupils are still closed, so all I see is gauzy darkness. For a brief moment, I manage to convince myself that my wakefulness is a mistake, and that I can safely go back to sleep.

What Jeremy Lin Teaches Us About Talent

What Jeremy Lin Teaches Us About Talent
wired.com — Linsanity! For those who don't follow the NBA, or read the NY Post, or check Twitter during Knicks games, Jeremy Lin is a new point guard who has been churning out a series of incredible performances. Last week, he torched the Lakers for 38 points; last night, he hit a three pointer at the buzzer to beat the Raptors.

Cracking the Scratch Lottery Code

Cracking the Scratch Lottery Code
wired.com — Mohan Srivastava, a geological statistician living in Toronto, was working in his office in June 2003, waiting for some files to download onto his computer, when he discovered a couple of old lottery tickets buried under some paper on his desk.

Don’t! - The New Yorker

Don’t! - The New Yorker
newyorker.com — In the late nineteen-sixties, Carolyn Weisz, a four-year-old with long brown hair, was invited into a "game room" at the Bing Nursery School, on the campus of Stanford University. The room was little more than a large closet, containing a desk and a chair.

The Truth Wears Off

The Truth Wears Off
newyorker.com — On September 18, 2007, a few dozen neuroscientists, psychiatrists, and drug-company executives gathered in a hotel conference room in Brussels to hear some startling news. It had to do with a class of drugs known as atypical or second-generation antipsychotics, which came on the market in the early nineties.

When Should Children Start Kindergarten?

jonahlehrer.com — One of the fundamental challenges of parenting is that the practice is also the performance; childcare is all about learning on the job. The baby is born, a lump of need, and we're expected to keep her warm, nourished and free of diaper rash. (Happy, too.)

The Root of Wisdom: Why Old People Learn Better

The Root of Wisdom: Why Old People Learn Better
jonahlehrer.com — In Plato's Apology, Socrates defines the essence of wisdom. He makes his case by comparison, arguing that wisdom is ultimately an awareness of ignorance. The wise man is not the one who always gets it right.
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Feb 13, 2013

Here is the text of my speech. I'm deeply sorry for what I've done. t.co/vw3KJgT4

Jun 13, 2012

RT @anniemurphypaul: RT @PsychToday: Want to learn something backwards and forwards? Teach it to someone else. t.co/UprfLTRL

Jun 13, 2012

RT @JuddApatow: 20 Rules of screenwriting from Pixar. I need to laminate this. t.co/qfI2JcKs

Jun 12, 2012

RT @emilynussbaum: Seriously enjoying the Bill Simmons podcast with Lena Dunham: t.co/MB8I6MCD

Jun 12, 2012

RT @BetseyStevenson: Among top med researchers: women are 2.5x as likely to be unmarried, 50% more likely to be childless & still ea ...

Jun 12, 2012

@tnyfrontrow i think they're a reminder that we're still pretty bad at measuring many of the mental attributes that matter.

Jun 09, 2012

My latest Head Case column on how power protects primates from the toxic effects of stress: t.co/htooh6UZ t.co/7rMFW5WA

Jun 07, 2012

RT @katiebakes: Sitting at hotel bar watching bball and wonderin if the question "so, how'd you get so into sports?" has EVER been asked ...


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