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Positive Thinking Works Even When It Fails — By Making You Resourceful

Maintaining a positive perspective will afford you the ideas and versatility necessary for overcoming life's biggest challenges, explains The Amazing Kreskin.

The Amazing Kreskin: I'm passionate about positive thinking from the early books written — The Power of Positive Thinking and all the experts in the past. Many of them, I knew them later on in life; met 'em in different parts of the world. But I apply it because if you study any of the writings and the teachings of positive thinking, you have to have a goal in your mind otherwise you're thinking blindly.

You don't walk to a destination without having an idea of where you're going, so positive thinking isn't just thinking to yourself, "Well I can do anything I want and so forth," because some things we can't do. I have some people I know personally; I wish they feel they could float if they walked out of an airplane in the sky. No I'm not being nasty; I'm just being crazy. But the real positive thinking is having goals because a golfer never hits a ball until he sees where it's going, never hits a ball until he sees where — it's otherwise it's going — neither does a pitcher when he throws a ball. So we have to have in our lives some direction.

And we have to think with a positiveness that we're going to take advantage of all the opportunities that lead to that direction. But the interesting thing is when failures take place, and study the lives of famous people, they found alternate routes, which often caused them to invent new machinery, new paraphernalia that didn't work when the other thing failed because they had to be resourceful. The same as you are in a war or when you're playing a game in which you're playing against a team and something goes wrong. Life is really a game so you have to have a flexibility. And those things take place not only in knowing in your heart and soul you're going to find a route. You’re going to find the route to this place you want to go whether it's working in a large food complex because you like to cook and what have you and you savor food or whether it's working on a sports team or what have you. But you also have to figure, "You know if this thing doesn't happen, maybe there's something in the background there that I didn't notice that I could take advantage of," in the same way that sometimes, and let's take a lesson from chefs, if they don't have a certain piece, a certain appetizer that's there for that food, there's often a couple of other ones that can be added that turns out can make it a new taste, a new dessert and that's the way you have to think about life as a meal that you're adding to.

No good golfer takes a shot without first knowing where he or she wants it to go. The same applies to life and positive thinking. The world-famous mentalist The Amazing Kreskin explains in this video interview that your life is like a meal and you're the chef. You're much more likely to enjoy the taste of things to come if you're not just throwing random ingredients in the pot without direction or vision. And then, even if you fail, maintaining positivity will help you fail better and lead you to future successes.

Remote learning vs. online instruction: How COVID-19 woke America up to the difference

Educators and administrators must build new supports for faculty and student success in a world where the classroom might become virtual in the blink of an eye.

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  • If you or someone you know is attending school remotely, you are more than likely learning through emergency remote instruction, which is not the same as online learning, write Rich DeMillo and Steve Harmon.
  • Education institutions must properly define and understand the difference between a course that is designed from inception to be taught in an online format and a course that has been rapidly converted to be offered to remote students.
  • In a future involving more online instruction than any of us ever imagined, it will be crucial to meticulously design factors like learner navigation, interactive recordings, feedback loops, exams and office hours in order to maximize learning potential within the virtual environment.
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Has science made religion useless?

Placing science and religion at opposite ends of the belief spectrum is to ignore their unique purposes.

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  • Science and religion (fact versus faith) are often seen as two incongruous groups. When you consider the purpose of each and the questions that they seek to answer, the comparison becomes less black and white.
  • This video features religious scholars, a primatologist, a neuroendocrinologist, a comedian, and other brilliant minds considering, among other things, the evolutionary function that religion serves, the power of symbols, and the human need to learn, explore, and know the world around us so that it becomes a less scary place.
  • "I think most people are actually kind of comfortable with the idea that science is a reliable way to learn about nature, but it's not the whole story and there's a place also for religion, for faith, for theology, for philosophy," says Francis Collins, American geneticist and director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). "But that harmony perspective doesn't get as much attention. Nobody is as interested in harmony as they are in conflict."

Signs of Covid-19 may be hidden in speech signals

Studying voice recordings of infected but asymptomatic people reveals potential indicators of Covid-19.

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It's often easy to tell when colleagues are struggling with a cold — they sound sick.
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Octopus-like creatures inhabit Jupiter’s moon, claims space scientist

A leading British space scientist thinks there is life under the ice sheets of Europa.

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  • A British scientist named Professor Monica Grady recently came out in support of extraterrestrial life on Europa.
  • Europa, the sixth largest moon in the solar system, may have favorable conditions for life under its miles of ice.
  • The moon is one of Jupiter's 79.
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Supporting climate science increases skepticism of out-groups

A study finds people are more influenced by what the other party says than their own. What gives?

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  • A new study has found evidence suggesting that conservative climate skepticism is driven by reactions to liberal support for science.
  • This was determined both by comparing polling data to records of cues given by leaders, and through a survey.
  • The findings could lead to new methods of influencing public opinion.
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