What's the Best Degree for Entrepreneurs?

If you are looking to start a business after graduating college, but want to continue your education first, choosing an engineering degree over an MBA may be the wiser decision.

What's the Latest Development?

Individuals with advanced engineering degrees may be more successful entrepreneurs than MBA graduates, according to a new online survey. The business blog Identified combed its Facebook Rolodex and found that engineering post-graduates outnumbered MBA grads three to one when it came to owning an independent business. "Increasing doubts about both the value of MBAs and their creativity-destroying side effects may be partly to blame, as could the increasingly technical nature of many of the fastest growing business sectors." 

What's the Big Idea?

The survey found other noteworthy changes occurring in the entrepreneurial world: The age of the average entrepreneur is falling, from 36 in 2008 to 33 in 2012. Where entrepreneurs get their training is also changing: "The Institute of Technology Bombay, Canada's University of Waterloo and China's Tsinghua University joined perennial American favorites Stanford, MIT, UC Berkeley, CalTech, and Carnegie Mellon among the most common training grounds of top engineers." Overall, the survey suggests a more technical orientation to new business.

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​There are two kinds of failure – but only one is honorable

Malcolm Gladwell teaches "Get over yourself and get to work" for Big Think Edge.

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  • Learn to recognize failure and know the big difference between panicking and choking.
  • At Big Think Edge, Malcolm Gladwell teaches how to check your inner critic and get clear on what failure is.
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Why are so many objects in space shaped like discs?

It's one of the most consistent patterns in the unviverse. What causes it?

  • Spinning discs are everywhere – just look at our solar system, the rings of Saturn, and all the spiral galaxies in the universe.
  • Spinning discs are the result of two things: The force of gravity and a phenomenon in physics called the conservation of angular momentum.
  • Gravity brings matter together; the closer the matter gets, the more it accelerates – much like an ice skater who spins faster and faster the closer their arms get to their body. Then, this spinning cloud collapses due to up and down and diagonal collisions that cancel each other out until the only motion they have in common is the spin – and voila: A flat disc.

Trauma in childhood leads to empathy in adulthood

It's not just a case of "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger."

Mind & Brain

  • A new study suggests children who endure trauma grow up to be adults with more empathy than others.
  • The effect is not universal, however. Only one kind of empathy was greatly effected.
  • The study may lead to further investigations into how people cope with trauma and lead to new ways to help victims bounce back.
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Do human beings have a magnetic sense? Biologists know other animals do. They think it helps creatures including bees, turtles and birds navigate through the world.

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