Accidental MIT study shows everybody is bad at getting stuff done on time

When you say, "I'll get it done this week," you're just lying to yourself.

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  • A paper from MIT shows that few tasks are actually done in the time frame expected.
  • People of all ages and levels of expertise were rather poor at estimating how long tasks take to complete.
  • Writing and coding tasks took the longest to do.
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13 films everyone should watch and why—as voted by you

A curated watchlist from Big Think readers.

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  • We asked Big Think's readers and staff for their recommendations on films everyone should watch.
  • A collection of fiction and non-fiction works from around the world, these movies will entertain and expand your horizons.
  • The films cover various topics, explore numerous themes, and shed light on several controversial historical events.
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13 books everyone should read and why—as voted by you

Add these great titles to your wish list or secure copies for yourself.

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  • We asked BigThink's readers and staff for their recommendations on books everyone should read.
  • A collection of fiction and non-fiction works from around the world spanning millennia, these books will expand your horizons.
  • Many of these books are long out of copyright, and can be read for free.
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Jordan Klepper: Comedians vs. the apocalypse

Watch The Daily Show comedian Jordan Klepper and elite improviser Bob Kulhan live.

These days, if you don't laugh, you might just scream. Enter comedian and The Daily Show regular Jordan Klepper!

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Handling hecklers: Lessons from a comedian

Here's a simple method for finding out whether those shouts are good-natured or not.

  • Not every audience member who speaks out during a comedy show is a heckler. But there's a way to test the waters without upsetting your audience, says comedian Paul F. Tompkins.
  • By engaging in a civil way with the person who spoke out, you either give them an opportunity to add more fun to the show, or they'll reveal their true colors.
  • If the person ends up being a heckler after you've attempted including them in the conversation, the audience will be on your side when you shut that person down.
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