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What radically differentiates humans from even the most cutting edge machine intelligence is creativity. We have an ability, apparently unique in nature, to imaginatively break apart and reassemble the world in novel ways. While some are born with more natural talent in one creative area or another, creative thinking is a teachable skill. A set of skills, in fact, from intuition-testing to improvisation to collaborative brainstorming. With Big Think Edge, you'll learn them from the best, including John Cleese, Sharon Salzburg, Daniel Dennett, Barbara Oakley + more.
In every area of life and work, emotional intelligence is the key to understanding ourselves and connecting with others. Through empathy, great leaders can nurture the best in each employee or use storytelling to bring a company together in pursuit of a grand vision. By recognizing the vast differences between individuals, team members can avoid misunderstandings and forge better working relationships. Whatever we're trying to achieve, we're stronger together than alone, and emotional intelligence is the social glue. In this Big Think Edge learning path, you'll work with powerful tools for developing it.
Analytical thinking fuels better decision making, problem solving, and organization, but our brains aren't always geared for rationality. To quote behavioral economist Dan Ariely, they can be "predictably irrational". That's good news—by combining insights from probability theory, cognitive science, and even the great Sherlock Holmes novels of Arthur Conan Doyle, this learning path will help you predict and overcome your own irrational tendencies and boost your analytical intelligence.
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The art of management is a delicate balance of psychological awareness, organization, and delegation. When these elements are synchronized (and if you'll bear with the reference), it's a bit like a Jedi using The Force—you're both in control and letting things happen naturally. But unlike The Force, there's nothing mystical about it; a great manager trains separately in skills like collaborative intelligence, self-management, and team building. With the help of master teachers from Harvard Business School, the Navy SEALs, NASA, and the upper echelons of business consulting, this learning path will teach you all these skills and more.
Great leaders are masters of influence-at-scale. They communicate, inspire, and shape company culture without unnecessary turmoil or wasted energy. But the idea that leadership qualities are a birthright rather than the fruits of a career-long learning process couldn't be more misguided. Leaders aren't born, they're made—by standing on the shoulders of giants such as those you'll meet in this learning path.
It's no secret: in spite of over a century's progress toward equality, women still face discrimination and unique challenges. From sexual harassment, to social conditioning toward perfectionism, to simply being taken seriously by men, women are still in the position of having to fight for what they deserve. This learning path is a roadmap to contingency planning, self-advocacy, and career success. Designed for and taught by powerful women, it offers the tools to build financial security, confidence, and the presence you need to realize your dreams—all of them.
What can 3D printing do for medicine? The "sky is the limit," says Northwell Health researcher Dr. Todd Goldstein.
- Medical professionals are currently using 3D printers to create prosthetics and patient-specific organ models that doctors can use to prepare for surgery.
- Eventually, scientists hope to print patient-specific organs that can be transplanted safely into the human body.
- Northwell Health, New York State's largest health care provider, is pioneering 3D printing in medicine in three key ways.
Torn between absolutism on the left and the right, classical liberalism—with its core values of compassion and incremental progress whereby the once-radical becomes the mainstream—is in need of a good defense. And Adam Gopnik is its lawyer.
- Liberalism as "radical pragmatism"
- Intersectionality and civic discourse
- How "a thousand small sanities" tackled drunk driving, normalized gay marriage, and could control gun violence
Irish president believes students need philosophy.
- President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins calls for students to be thought of as more than tools made to be useful.
- Higgins believes that philosophy and history should be a basic requirement forming a core education.
- The Irish Young Philosopher Awards is one such event that is celebrating this discipline among the youth.
The lost practice of face-to-face communication has made the world a more extreme place.
- The world was saner when we spoke face-to-face, argues John Cameron Mitchell. Not looking someone in the eye when you talk to them raises the potential for miscommunication and conflict.
- Social media has been an incredible force for activism and human rights, but it's also negatively affected our relationship with the media. We are now bombarded 24/7 with news that either drives us to anger or apathy.
- Sitting behind a screen makes polarization worse, and polarization is fertile ground for conspiracy theories and fascism, which Cameron describes as irrationally blaming someone else for your problems.
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