Save Barnes & Noble!
“It’s in the interest of the book business,” Teicher says, “for Barnes & Noble not just to survive but to thrive.”
The disappearance of Borders deprived dozens of communities of their only physical bookstore and led to a drop in book sales that looks permanent
Cannot agree more on this! 🤔😔
It’s depressing to imagine that more than 600 Barnes & Noble stores might simply disappear — as already happened with Borders, in 2011
The motive for the crime, investigators say, was nothing less than ethnic cleansing.
India remains so deeply divided along religious, ethnic and political lines that even a crime this awful instantly gets politicized, sucked into the vortex of a never-ending communal war
Indians in the green-card process since 2008 are only now receiving them.
a group of information technology workers who lost their jobs to imported workers has filed suit to overturn the spousal work authorization program
While skilled workers from most countries receive permanent residency a year or two after applying, Indians must wait a decade or longer because of their large numbers
The Trump administration announced last fall that, as part of a crackdown on H-1B visas issued for skilled workers to enter the United States, it plans to rescind an Obama-era program that allowed spouses to work
Every disease that is killing us in developed nations has causal and significant links to a lack of sleep
I have yet to see a house that lacked sufficient storage. The real problem is that we have far more than we need or want”: so says Marie Kondo about the places we live, and it sounds trite. Applied to our brains, it rings true
What we all need is the cognitive equivalent of decluttering guru Marie Kondo, who can help us to go into our own heads and throw out all the beliefs that have outlived their usefulness
The point is that for me, and perhaps most people, the main barrier to being smart is not what we do not know. It is the masses of things we know and mistakenly believe to be relevant
We have been told that people have had enough of experts. That is true for some experts. It wasn’t true for Stephen Hawking
Towards the end of his lecture, after a difficult discussion of quantum effects near the boundary of a black hole, Hawking offered a simpler idea: “If you feel you are in a black hole, don’t give up. There is a way out.”
It was a message any teenager could hold on to
It does no harm to be the most recognisable scientist on the planet, but Hawking also understood that insults do not work. Instead, he treated us with respect and fired our enthusiasm
If our goal is to persuade, the curiosity-driven approach works better than the conflict-driven one: the evidence suggests that curious people are less subject to the temptations of partisanship
The third quality followed from the first two: unlike some public intellectuals, Hawking was not very interested in conflict for the sake of it.
That sort of curiosity is contagious. It makes us want to join his hunt for answers, rather than passively receiving (or rejecting) information from an expert who claims to know them already.
First, he did not patronise his audience: presenting the most complicated ideas was a sign that he respected our intelligence. If we did not grasp everything, we would still be better off for having tried.
Our children deserve a consistent intellectual foundation. Facts are things that are true. Opinions are things we believe. Some of our beliefs are true. Others are not. Some of our beliefs are backed by evidence. Others are not. Value claims are like any other claims: either true or false, evidenced or not
In summary, our public schools teach students that all claims are either facts or opinions and that all value and moral claims fall into the latter camp. The punchline: there are no moral facts. And if there are no moral facts, then there are no moral truths
Japan's suicide rate is among the highest in the developed world. In 2016, there were 17.3 suicides for every 100,000 people, second only to South Korea among major industrialized nations (the U.S. figure is 13.5
The way I save people, it's like I'm seeing a friend," said Shige, 73, a retired policeman with a floppy fishing hat and a gentle demeanor. "It's not exciting or anything. I'm like, 'Hey, how are you doing?' These people are asking for help. They're just waiting for someone to speak with them
Almost no one jumps on rainy days.
They jump when the sun returns and the masses step outside, reminding them of their misery
As Instagram influencers show off the latest fashion trends and their exotic vacations, mere mortals are breaking the bank trying to keep up. According to Fashionista, you would need to spend about $31,400 a year “to maintain the standards of physical beauty represented daily in our Instagram feeds.”
I was never raised to bash people," she said. "I was raised to help and try to give blessings
Poor handwriting can have serious consequences for early literacy and academic performance. Handwriting is a skill that lasts a lifetime - and the learning of it teaches us so much more than just how to put words on paper
Paediatric doctors, handwriting experts and orthopaedic therapists are warning that although youngsters can swipe a screen, they no longer have the hand strength and agility to learn to write correctly when they start school
So let’s reflect on the tyranny of convenience, try more often to resist its stupefying power, and see what happens. We must never forget the joy of doing something slow and something difficult, the satisfaction of not doing what is easiest. The constellation of inconvenient choices may be all that stands between us and a life of total, efficient conformity
Struggle is not always a problem. Sometimes struggle is a solution. It can be the solution to the question of who you are.
An unwelcome consequence of living in a world where everything is “easy” is that the only skill that matters is the ability to multitask. At the extreme, we don’t actually do anything; we only arrange what will be done, which is a flimsy basis for a life
But climbing a mountain is different from taking the tram to the top, even if you end up at the same place. We are becoming people who care mainly or only about outcomes. We are at risk of making most of our life experiences a series of trolley rides
Today’s cult of convenience fails to acknowledge that difficulty is a constitutive feature of human experience. Convenience is all destination and no journey.
The paradoxical truth I’m driving at is that today’s technologies of individualization are technologies of mass individualization. Customization can be surprisingly homogenizing. Everyone, or nearly everyone, is on Facebook: It is the most convenient way to keep track of your friends and family, who in theory should represent what is unique about you and your life. Yet Facebook seems to make us all the same. Its format and conventions strip us of all but the most superficial expressions of individuality, such as which particular photo of a beach or mountain range we select as our background image.
Everyone, or nearly everyone, is on Facebook: It is the most convenient way to keep track of your friends and family, who in theory should represent what is unique about you and your life. Yet Facebook seems to make us all the same
As task after task becomes easier, the growing expectation of convenience exerts a pressure on everything else to be easy or get left behind. We are spoiled by immediacy and become annoyed by tasks that remain at the old level of effort and time
The dream of convenience is premised on the nightmare of physical work. But is physical work always a nightmare? Do we really want to be emancipated from all of it?
It would be perverse to embrace inconvenience as a general rule. But when we let convenience decide everything, we surrender too much.
With its promise of smooth, effortless efficiency, it threatens to erase the sort of struggles and challenges that help give meaning to life. Created to free us, it can become a constraint on what we are willing to do, and thus in a subtle way it can enslave us
Given the growth of convenience — as an ideal, as a value, as a way of life — it is worth asking what our fixation with it is doing to us and to our country. I don’t want to suggest that convenience is a force for evil
This is particularly true in America, where, despite all the paeans to freedom and individuality, one sometimes wonders whether convenience is in fact the supreme value
as long as you have regular social contact, you are choosing solitude rather than being forced into it, you have at least a few good friends and your solitude is good for your well-being or productivity
introverts tend to have fewer but stronger friendships – which has been linked to greater happiness.
Strong social connections are important for cognitive functioning, motor function and a smoothly running immune system.
Discrimination, although forbidden by law, is widespread in India’s stratified society.
Those who have followed the assertive idiot rather than the introspective wise person have passed us some of their genes. This is apparent from a social pathology: psychopaths rally followers
we have to find a balance between having people who have expertise, but also understanding that not every time is an established idea the right thing
At one point, around the second World War, one in two Americans died of high blood pressure, but at that time the leading voices in cardiology actually felt that lowering blood pressure would do more harm than good. It wasn’t until the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s when this mind-set was fully changed