Daily Life


Google and the Right to Be Forgotten

Who doesn’t want to know that their life makes a difference – a difference that at least those closest to them will appreciate? Who among us doesn’t want to be remembered? But how are memories created and preserved? What makes some things memorable and others forgettable? These questions have been at the center of society for most of human history. They lay at the center of many religions, much of politics, and so much more. Now however, probably for the first time in human history, we have a new challenge: how to......

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Making Every Second Count

Ticktock. Ticktock. Ticktock. Hear that? Those are the seconds of life slipping away we can never have back. As Woody Allen once said, “I don’t mind dying I just don’t want to be there when it happens.” None of us have any idea how much time we have left. Well, now there is a ‘disruptive spiritual technology’ designed for all those non-consumers of existing religious products who want an accessible and usable way to experience awareness of their own mortality. Tikker is a wristwatch that counts down your life! Using an algorithm......

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Bo Burnham Laughing At God and Me Laughing At Bo Burnham

However faithful or faithless you may be, I dare you to watch this without laughing! Far from being heretical or otherwise offensive, having a laugh at God’s expense is not only sometimes the healthiest thing to do, it’s quite traditional. Sarah laughs at God in the Book of Genesis, and if it was good enough for her, then even the most pious among us should relax about laughing at God. That’s exactly what Bo Burnham does in his song, “From God’s Perspective” below (language NSFW). Believe me, I know that Bo Burnham......

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Move Your Body, Free Your Mind

I love when science confirms, and even deepens, the intuition of an ancient practice. A study conducted by Stanford researchers Daniel Schwartz and Marily Opprezzo, reported in the Journal of Experimental Psychology, found that creativity levels were consistently and significantly higher for people when they were walking compared to people who were sitting. In one sample, walking subjects thought of 81 to 100 percent more potential uses for an object than their seated counterparts did. In another sample, people thought of a greater number of linguistic analogies while walking than they did......

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When a Falsehood Is the Truth

Words like truth and falsehood, honesty and lie, get tossed around with great ease and certainty. But what if it isn’t as simple as that? What if something false is actually true? Think that’s not possible? Think about placebos that work even though they “shouldn’t”. A recent study shows that believing that you have slept well, even if you have not, will improve your performance as if you had. On our totally sleep deprived culture this may be a really useful piece of information, or it could encourage deception as a form......

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Do Pessimists Live Longer?

What do you say when you look at your life? Is your glass half-full, or half-empty? Your life, or at least your longevity, may depend on your answer. Recent studies bucking the trend toward “positive psychology,” and the science of being happier, indicate that pessimism – not optimism – may actually contribute to living a longer life. Of course, the pessimists among us will doubt these findings, which ironically may make these promises more likely to come true! Before all you pessimists start celebrating, though (itself a funny image, a celebration of......

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Automated Thanking Machines Give Out More Than Just Money

Last week over 30,000 TD Bank (Toronto Dominion) customers across Canada were surprised and delighted to receive $20 as a thank you for being regular customers. But a dozen or so customers received a much bigger surprise. These pre-selected folks received a special customer thanking experience at their local branch through the ATM’s turned into Automated Thanking Machine (ATM). The gifts doled out were all personal and emotional homeruns. A single mom unable to afford to take her kids on vacation was given a trip to Disneyland. An elderly woman received tickets......

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Another Stephen Colbert Talent: Wisdom

I am the father of three daughters in their teens and twenties, which is why this video from TV star Stephen Colbert caught my attention. It’s produced by Tavi Gevinson’s Rookie magazine, for its “Ask a Grown” advice series, featuring a variety of well-known personalities answering real questions written by girls. As someone who appreciates the complexities of parenting in ways that merit serious attention to so-called “traditional” values and the fact that each generation’s uniqueness demands respect, this Emmy winner’s guidance struck me as genuinely wise. In the clip – no......

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Do You Consider the World a Safe Place?

With the world seemingly on edge – the Israel-Hamas war, violence throughout the Middle East, gangland killings in Central America, planes shot down and crashing, threats of terrorism both domestic and international – it’s easy to think that the world is becoming increasingly violent. Despite that it can often seem we live in the most dangerous time, the truth is that the world is actually getting safer. Yes, research has proven: Deaths from wars, revolts, and murders are dropping worldwide. The latest report of the Human Security Report Project, which studies violence......

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Beyond Living with Cancer. Stuart Scott's Wisdom for Living, Period.

This video of ESPN’s Stuart Scott accepting the Jimmy V Perseverance Award is about way more than living with cancer – as if that would not be reason enough to watch. You can watch from the beginning, or pick it up at 6:50 when his speech begins, but either way you will be both inspired and enlightened. The “take away’s” for me are: 1.?? ?Think bigger. Whatever the challenge, address it with your eyes focused on whatever you believe matters even more. For Scott, that means his family, especially his kids, but......

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