Maurice Ashley is not your typical world-class chess competitor. For starters, he is the first (and, so far, only) African-American grandmaster. Then there is the fact that he is one of the only chess players in the world to make a living doing chess commentary for ESPN (teamed, as it happened, with Big Think's editorial chairman Paul Hoffman) and other media outlets. Most chess champions today seem to have learned chess in preschool, but Ashley first studied the game as a teenager—and only earned the coveted grandmaster title comparatively late in life. His mastery of the game as an adult should be inspiration to anyone who wants to take up a new "intellectual" activity later in life. Ashley believes that chess builds skills that are useful in other endeavors in life such as business. Negotiating with people and taking the measure of the competition are important skills, Ashley tells Big Think: "I mean chess is nothing if not knowing what the other guy is thinking and getting deep into that thought process."
Understanding thinking talents in yourself and others can build strong teams and help avoid burnout.
- Learn to collaborate within a team and identify "thinking talent" surpluses – and shortages.
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Rediscovering the principles of self-actualisation might be just the tonic that the modern world is crying out for.
Abraham Maslow was the 20th-century American psychologist best-known for explaining motivation through his hierarchy of needs, which he represented in a pyramid. At the base, our physiological needs include food, water, warmth and rest.
Using a new process, a mini-brain develops retinal cells.
- Mini-brains, or "neural organoids," are at the cutting edge of medical research.
- This is the first one that's started developing eyes.
- Stem cells are key to the growing of organoids of various body parts.
Does believing in true love make people act like jerks?
- Ghosting, or cutting off all contact suddenly with a romantic partner, is not nice.
- Growth-oriented people (who think relationships are made, not born) do not appreciate it.
- Destiny-oriented people (who believe in soulmates) are more likely to be okay with ghosting.
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