Tag: Science


Yale, Evolution and Turkey Time: Our Week in Wisdom

On The Wisdom Daily this week (Nov. 9-13), we examined the tendency to increase our pace when slowing down may bring more contentment, the anticipation of joyful Thanksgiving gatherings, the surprising moments when violence seems natural and necessary, the trend among non-scientists to question evolution… and more. Did you grow wiser this week? We hope The Wisdom Daily played a part.   Too Much, Too Fast: Why We Need to Pause in Life – Min Kantrowitz One day, I realized I’d never seen a semi-colon as part of a tweet, those compact......

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Why Fewer People Believe In Science

The fact that only 33% of Americans believe in evolution – that according to a Pew survey conducted earlier this year, and in line with past years’ results – may be disturbing enough, but additional research shows that this is just the tip of a much larger, and potentially dangerous iceberg against which our culture is crashing. More and more people reject scientific knowledge as a reasonable basis understanding the world, or for decisions they make about a whole range of political, medical and other fundamentally important issues. Don’t get me wrong,......

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Science, Success and More: Must-Read Links

Every week on The Wisdom Daily, we bring you our favorite reads from sources around the web. Topics on this week’s list include?appreciating a variety of talents, strength and bravery in teamwork, the challenge of looking for happiness, nature’s calming powers and more. Whatever’s transpiring in your life, may you find the words of wisdom you need.   1. Countless Talents “Who am I to judge others for not doing this, if they are doing something else that is valued by society? Society and culture are the sum of everyone’s talents and......

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Science, Sorrow and the Supernatural: Our Week in Wisdom

On The Wisdom Daily this week (Oct. 26-30), we took a look at the latest social media app under attack, the intersection of joy and sadness, the new research on faith and science in America, the football coach in hot water for praying publicly, the everlasting appeal of a good ghost story… and more. Did you grow wiser this week? We hope The Wisdom Daily played a part.   Yik Yak Is Back – Brad Hirschfield The popular social platform Yik Yak is back in the news. Not that it was ever......

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Whether Scientific or Religious (or Both), We're All Human

The Pew Research Center has released a new study about how religion affects Americans’ views on science, and there are quite a few fascinating key takeaways. One important finding: The common refrain that “religious people don’t embrace science” is simply not true. Only 30% who were polled felt that their religious views conflicted with science – and even more interesting, non-religious people were more likely (than religious people) to think science and religion were in conflict. We can stop talking past each other and start talking to each other, and say: This......

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Guns, Generosity and More: Must-Read Links

Every week on The Wisdom Daily, we bring you our favorite reads from sources around the web. Topics on this week’s list include?the film He Named Me Malala, the language we use to describe our purpose in life, the surprising benefits of talking about polarizing issues, the generosity of spirit that creates non-competitive friendships… and more. Whatever’s transpiring in your life, may you find the words of wisdom you need.   1. Girl Uninterrupted “Malala has every right to be bitter. A bullet went through her face and severed the nerve, and......

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Failure Is, in Fact, Always an Option

The world of psychology was recently shaken to its core. Since science is based on testing and retesting hypotheses, several researchers sought to replicate some of the key findings from three prestigious journals, on topics like free will, emotional closeness and finding a romantic partner. Rather than finding that additional studies confirmed these hypotheses, these researchers found that less than half were replicated successfully. As reported in the New York Times: “The vetted studies were considered part of the core knowledge by which scientists understand the dynamics of personality, relationships, learning and......

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Expanding Our Curiosity Beyond the Old Limits

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: Have you experienced the awe of contemplating NASA’s beautiful, clear images of Pluto, sent by the New Horizons spacecraft from three billion miles away? There are several reasons why this amazing mission (and the data it gives our scientists on Earth) has touched so many, including this one: “The desire to explore is a central feature of our humanity…the notion of curiosity is fundamental to who we are, and this affirms that.” Watch my video for more insight and discussion.     Odyssey Networks......

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Giving, Rebelling and Slowing Down: Our Week in Wisdom

On The Wisdom Daily this week (April 20-24), we took a look at what may finally be slowing the pace of the tech revolution, how we rationalize our decisions to make sacrifices, why Israeli food represents more than local flavor, what keeps us from seeing our neighbors in need, and where women are rebelling against religious rules. Did you grow wiser this week? We hope The Wisdom Daily played a part.   If Our Tech Revolution Slows Down, What’s Next? – Brad Hirschfield Fifty years ago this week, an important prediction by......

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If Our Tech Revolution Slows Down, What's Next?

Fifty years ago this week, an important prediction by Intel co-founder Gordon Moore was made. Had “Moore’s Law” not come true, none of our lives would be the same today. Imagine little or no access to computers for most of us, no smart phones, no digital media as we know it. Those advances all depended on Moore’s Law. But that pattern may finally be dying. IBM research director Supratik Guha explains on Fortune.com: “The reason behind this relentless progress is….Moore’s Law. The micro-chip is built with tiny electrical switches made of purified......

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