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Is Google Killing Wonder?

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 05.26.2015 | Technology
Dr. Jim Taylor

Yes, you may have gotten the answer to your question, and wasn't that so nice and tidy? But at what cost? The question, and any conversation or subsequent mental gymnastics that it might have generated, dies an immediate and unfortunate death.

Impossible Knowledge: Are You an Expert?

Wray Herbert | Posted 05.22.2015 | Science
Wray Herbert

I grew up with a habitual overclaimer. He wildly exaggerated his expertise, at times claiming knowledge of things he couldn't possibly know -- people, events, ideas that simply do not exist. We're all familiar with these people who feel the need to overestimate what they know about the world. What underlies such assertions of impossible knowledge?

Mind Turtles

Michael Neill | Posted 05.12.2015 | Healthy Living
Michael Neill

We treat our negative emotions as some kind of divine oracle or pesky nuisance, either worshiping at their altar or doing our best to avoid feeling them altogether, but neither approach is particularly useful.

"Be Different" for Increased Performance, Productivity, and Profitability

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 04.06.2015 | Business
Dr. Jim Taylor

I'm asked regularly by companies to help them find ways to increase their individual and organizational performance, productivity, and profitability. In these situations, two old adages come to mind.

Climbing the Steps (of Acceptance) in 2015

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 03.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Jane Simon, M.D.

My goals for the new year can be summarized in one word: acceptance. These are some areas where I'd like to put it into practice.

Come Home for the Holidays

Dr. Cheryl Pappas | Posted 02.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Cheryl Pappas

For those seeking a sex or holiday booze article, click onto something else immediately, like TMZ or the Today show. In the spirit of holiday cheer,...

Meditate

Marcia Liss | Posted 01.24.2015 | Comedy
Marcia Liss

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The Ultimate Power

Michael Neill | Posted 01.19.2015 | Healthy Living
Michael Neill

I was talking with a client and I watched them create an entire imaginary world out of thought and then suffer through it as though it had always existed. It made me realize something: People think!

Is Your Mind Like A Drunken Monkey?

Ed and Deb Shapiro | Posted 01.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Ed and Deb Shapiro

It's vital that we make friends with meditation. It's no help at all if we feel we have to meditate and then feel guilty if we miss the allotted time, or only do 10 minutes when we'd said we'd do 30.

Leader-as-Decision-Maker: Decisions Matter

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 11.22.2014 | Business
Dr. Jim Taylor

Ultimately, there is no way to be sure that the so-called right decision has been made before it has been made and acted on. All you can do is ensure that the process of decision-making is deliberately and painstakingly executed. That doesn't guarantee the best decision, but it sure makes it a lot more likely.

Why Walking Helps Us Think

Ferris Jabr | The New Yorker | Posted 09.05.2014 | World

In Vogue’s 1969 Christmas issue, Vladimir Nabokov offered some advice for teaching James Joyce’s “Ulysses”: “Instead of perpetuating the pre...

The Curmudgeon Listener Says: Enough With 'Like'

Dr. Cheryl Pappas | Posted 10.28.2014 | Women
Dr. Cheryl Pappas

The word "like" is a wicked weed that has killed the flowers of language in the speech and communication garden of life. "Like" is an infestation killing off meaning in every spoken human contact, and no spray or bomb of intelligence is strong enough to wipe it out.

Thinking at Harvard: What Is the Future of Learning?

Sriya Chakravarti | Posted 10.26.2014 | Education
Sriya Chakravarti

The future of learning should be such that it gives greater flexibility to the learner, confidence that the self can learn anything, basic idea clarity on complex thoughts and processes and awareness about the world at large and tolerance.

An Idle Mind Is The Devil's Playground

Chuck Nyren | Posted 10.22.2014 | Fifty
Chuck Nyren

Here's a novel concept: Doing nothing is as productive -- maybe even more productive -- as doing something.

What Do You Think, America?

Terry Newell | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics
Terry Newell

In many cases -- more than we care to admit -- the world is gray before it comes into focus. By insisting it has to be black or white (or red or blue), we harden our thinking and our hearts when we would be better served by pausing to learn more.

Conundrums of Our Complex Minds and World

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 10.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Jane Simon, M.D.

Our human minds often complicate simple matters and simplify complex ones. Take the example of the stock market. It goes up until it goes down. Bu...

Shocking News About Wisdom

Tom Morris | Posted 09.27.2014 | GPS for the Soul
Tom Morris

Any day that you've accumulated a new piece of wisdom is a successful day, the most certain support there can be for a truly successful life.

Why Is It So Hard For Us To Do Nothing?

The Wall Street Journal | Posted 07.21.2014 | World

It is summer time, and the living is easy. You can, at last, indulge in what is surely the most enjoyable of human activities—doing absolutely nothi...

The Perspective-Shifting Habit Of These Extremely Creative People

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 07.17.2014 | Healthy Living

Sometimes the best ideas come to the person who isn’t actively searching for them. We spend a lot of time racking our brains in morning meetings...

Think Before You Speak!

Marshall Goldsmith | Posted 09.14.2014 | Business
Marshall Goldsmith

Thinking before speaking is a challenge for a lot of people. It might even be hard for you, especially if you are trying to prove to the world how sma...

Does Thinking Crazy Thoughts Mean I'm Going Crazy?

Ellen Hendriksen, Ph.D. | Posted 09.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Ellen Hendriksen, Ph.D.

To shake yourself free of a belief in thought-action fusion, remember that there is a clear difference between thinking a strange or dangerous thing and taking action on that strange or dangerous thing.

Bring Your Brain to Work

Edward Muzio | Posted 08.16.2014 | Business
Edward Muzio

My wife, my infant son, and I arrived at the boarding door, baby in arm and bags in hand. That's when we found ourselves caught in an example of one of the biggest workplace problems of our time.

The High Price Of Being Crazy-Busy

Paula Davis-Laack | Posted 08.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Paula Davis-Laack

Being busy isn't a bad thing as long as it's purposeful, but too many people go from busy, to addicted to busy, to burned out.

Just a Thought: Today's Buddha Doodle

Molly Hahn | Posted 07.16.2014 | Good News
Molly Hahn

Did you know that when you subscribe to the daily doodle email, you get access to discounts and new releases at my online gift shop not listed anywh...

10 Winning Distinctions: What My Champion Racehorse Taught Me About Winning

Dianne Collins | Posted 07.06.2014 | Sports
Dianne Collins

Watching this year's Kentucky Derby winner, California Chrome, made me reflect on my own peak experience as an owner in a racehorse who also wasn't expected to become anything special amongst the 30,000+ racehorses that are born each year.