They Outsmart College Students In Figuring Out Gadgets. But is that good or bad news?
‘Ever wonder why children can so easily figure out how to work the TV remote? Or why they “totally get” apps on your smartphone faster than you? It turns out that young children may be more open-minded than adults when it comes to solving problems.
‘Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley have found that 4- and 5-year-olds are smarter than college students when it comes to figuring out how toys and gadgets work.
‘So they recruited over 100 preschoolers — 4- and 5-year-old boys and girls — and brought them into the lab. The kids had to figure out how to turn on a music box that could be activated by placing clay shapes either individually or in combination on top of the box. After being shown a whole series of different shapes and combinations, the children were asked if they could make the machine turn on…’
Don’t be Ignorant and Get Feedback
The Science of Receiving Feedback
‘“Hell is other people.” Have you had moments when you agreed with Jean-Paul Sartre’s famous quote? Do you find those moments happening more often than you care to admit? Learn how to have more productive and happier relationships with others by learning the science of feedback with Sheila Heen, a founder of Triad Consulting and the co-author of Thanks for the Feedback: The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback Well.
‘Regardless of what you do for a living, your number one job is dealing with people. This can range from pleasing clients to managing team members who hate each other. Understanding the ways in which we are different and not allowing our differences to cause problems in our relationships is essential for leading teams…’
Censorship and What Freedom of Speech Really Means
Comedian Bill Hicks’s Brilliant Letter to a Priest
‘…Writing a mere eight days before his fatal pancreatic cancer diagnosis — a young man still oblivious to his imminent tragic fate — Hicks decided to respond to the missive personally, in what became one of the most lucid and beautiful defenses of the freedom of speech ever articulated, on par with Voltaire’s piercing admonition about censorship and Madeleine L’Engle’s timeless words on the subject.
‘From Letters of Note: Correspondence Deserving of a Wider Audience (public library) — the same wonderful compendium by Shaun Usher that gave us young Hunter S. Thompson on how to live a meaningful life, E.B. White’s heartening response to a man who had lost faith in humanity, and Eudora Welty’s impossibly charming lesson in how to apply to your dream job — comes Hicks’s brilliant, thoughtful, and immeasurably important response…’