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The Mother's Day gift your mom will actually want

This year, go for originality over flowers. Big Think Edge is 50% off for Mother's Day.

The Mother's Day gift your mom will actually want
  • Get a 1-year subscription to Big Think Edge for your mom this Mother's Day! A subscription gets you access to our premium video learning platform.
  • Confidence is not the same as self-esteem, says Claire Shipman in her lesson for Big Think Edge. It is an action you take.

Where does confidence come from? How does it grow?

Claire Shipman has devoted her career to helping women find deep confidence by setting themselves worthy challenges, and sometimes through overcoming social programming that can hold them back. She's just one of the many master teachers sharing practical wisdom for life and career on Big Think Edge. And now through May 15th, you can give Mom full access to Edge for a year, at 50% off.

Whatever your mom's personal or professional interests, Big Think Edge offers challenging, supportive, deeply rewarding learning pathways that will excite her curiosity. What better gift could you give her?

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Claire Shipman's lesson "Mastering the Confidence Code: Confidence 101" is just the tip of the iceberg. A subscription to Big Think Edge gives access to an ever-growing treasure trove of immediately applicable video lessons for improving your decision-making, relationships, life satisfaction, and much, much more. We add new lessons each week to help our subscribers in their pursuit of lifelong learning.

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Take your career to the next level by raising your EQ

Emotional intelligence is a skill sought by many employers. Here's how to raise yours.

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  • Daniel Goleman's 1995 book Emotional Intelligence catapulted the term into widespread use in the business world.
  • One study found that EQ (emotional intelligence) is the top predictor of performance and accounts for 58% of success across all job types.
  • EQ has been found to increase annual pay by around $29,000 and be present in 90% of top performers.
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Just How Much Land Does the Federal Government Own — and Why?

The rough beauty of the American West seems as far as you can get from the polished corridors of power in Washington DC.

Surprising Science

The rough beauty of the American West seems as far as you can get from the polished corridors of power in Washington DC. Until you look at the title to the land. The federal government owns large tracts of the western states: from a low of 29.9% in Montana, already more than the national average, up to a whopping 84.5% in Nevada.

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Can VR help us understand layers of oppression?

Researchers are using technology to make visual the complex concepts of racism, as well as its political and social consequences.

Future of Learning
  • Often thought of first as gaming tech, virtual reality has been increasingly used in research as a tool for mimicking real-life scenarios and experiences in a safe and controlled environment.
  • Focusing on issues of oppression and the ripple affect it has throughout America's political, educational, and social systems, Dr. Courtney D. Cogburn of Columbia University School of Social Work and her team developed a VR experience that gives users the opportunity to "walk a mile" in the shoes of a black man as he faces racism at three stages in his life: as a child, during adolescence, and as an adult.
  • Cogburn says that the goal is to show how these "interwoven oppressions" continue to shape the world beyond our individual experiences. "I think the most important and powerful human superpower is critical consciousness," she says. "And that is the ability to think, be aware and think critically about the world and people around you...it's not so much about the interpersonal 'Do I feel bad, do I like you?'—it's more 'Do I see the world as it is? Am I thinking critically about it and engaging it?'"
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Russia claims world's first COVID-19 vaccine but skepticism abounds

President Vladimir Putin announces approval of Russia's coronavirus vaccine but scientists warn it may be unsafe.

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced coronavirus vaccine at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020.

Credit: Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP
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  • Vladimir Putin announced on Tuesday that a COVID-19 vaccine has been approved in Russia.
  • Scientists around the world are worried that the vaccine is unsafe and that Russia fast-tracked the vaccine without performing the necessary phase 3 trials.
  • To date, Russia has had nearly 900,000 registered cases of coronavirus.
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