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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.
Your professional life depends upon self-knowledge, habit building, strategic thinking, and the ability to collaborate with a wide range of personalities. It's the invisible double-major of adult learning. In this learning path, you'll learn from some of the world's most successful thinkers how to use data to track and boost your own performance, how to treat your career as an ongoing work-in-progress, and how to eradicate bad habits and master winning ones.
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.
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The 21st century is experiencing an Asianization of politics, business, and culture.
- Our theories about the world, even about history or the geopolitics of the present, tend to be shaped by Anglo perspectives of the Western industrial democracies, particularly those in the United States and the United Kingdom.
- The West, however, is not united. Canada, for instance, acts in many ways that are not in line with American or British policies, particularly in regard to populism. Even if it were united, though, it would not represent most of the world's population.
- European ideas, such as parliamentary democracy and civil service, spread across the world in the 19th century. In the 20th century, American values such as entrepreneurialism went global. In the 21st century, however, what we're seeing now is an Asianization — an Asian confidence that they can determine their own political systems, their own models, and adapt to their own circumstances.
Research has shown that men today have less testosterone than they used to. What's happening?
- Several studies have confirmed that testosterone counts in men are lower than what they used to be just a few decades ago.
- While most men still have perfectly healthy testosterone levels, its reduction puts men at risk for many negative health outcomes.
- The cause of this drop in testosterone isn't entirely clear, but evidence suggests that it is a multifaceted result of modern, industrialized life.
Can sensitive coral reefs survive another human generation?
- Coral reefs may not be able to survive another human decade because of the environmental stress we have placed on them, says author David Wallace-Wells. He posits that without meaningful changes to policies, the trend of them dying out, even in light of recent advances, will continue.
- The World Wildlife Fund says that 60 percent of all vertebrate mammals have died since just 1970. On top of this, recent studies suggest that insect populations may have fallen by as much as 75 percent over the last few decades.
- If it were not for our oceans, the planet would probably be already several degrees warmer than it is today due to the emissions we've expelled into the atmosphere.
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