Rex Arul

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73 days ago

“It’s in the interest of the book business,” Teicher says, “for Barnes & Noble not just to survive but to thrive.”

Save Barnes & Noble!

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Rex Arul

73 days ago

The disappearance of Borders deprived dozens of communities of their only physical bookstore and led to a drop in book sales that looks permanent

Save Barnes & Noble!

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Rex Arul

73 days ago

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

Save Barnes & Noble!

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Rex Arul

85 days ago

The motive for the crime, investigators say, was nothing less than ethnic cleansing.

Where 8-Year-Old Was Raped and Killed, Hindus Rally Around Suspects

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85 days ago

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

Where 8-Year-Old Was Raped and Killed, Hindus Rally Around Suspects

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Rex Arul

101 days ago

Indians in the green-card process since 2008 are only now receiving them.

Thousands of Indian Women Find Their American Dreams in Jeopardy

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Rex Arul

101 days ago

a group of information technology workers who lost their jobs to imported workers has filed suit to overturn the spousal work authorization program

Thousands of Indian Women Find Their American Dreams in Jeopardy

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Rex Arul

101 days ago

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

Thousands of Indian Women Find Their American Dreams in Jeopardy

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Rex Arul

101 days ago

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

Thousands of Indian Women Find Their American Dreams in Jeopardy

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Rex Arul

123 days ago

Every disease that is killing us in developed nations has causal and significant links to a lack of sleep

Sleep Scientist Warns Against Walking Through Life 'In An Underslept State'

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Rex Arul

123 days ago

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

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Rex Arul

123 days ago

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

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Rex Arul

123 days ago

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

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Rex Arul

123 days ago

We have been told that people have had enough of experts. That is true for some experts. It wasn’t true for Stephen Hawking

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Rex Arul

123 days ago

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

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Rex Arul

123 days ago

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

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123 days ago

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

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Rex Arul

123 days ago

The third quality followed from the first two: unlike some public intellectuals, Hawking was not very interested in conflict for the sake of it.

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123 days ago

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.

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Rex Arul

123 days ago

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.

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Rex Arul

129 days ago

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

Why Our Children Don’t Think There Are Moral Facts

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Rex Arul

129 days ago

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

Why Our Children Don’t Think There Are Moral Facts

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Rex Arul

129 days ago

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

At Japan’s suicide cliffs, he's walked more than 600 people back from the edge

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Rex Arul

129 days ago

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

At Japan’s suicide cliffs, he's walked more than 600 people back from the edge

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Rex Arul

129 days ago

Almost no one jumps on rainy days.

They jump when the sun returns and the masses step outside, reminding them of their misery

At Japan’s suicide cliffs, he's walked more than 600 people back from the edge

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Rex Arul

129 days ago

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.”

My quest for Instagram stardom left me in financial ruin

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Rex Arul

129 days ago

I was never raised to bash people," she said. "I was raised to help and try to give blessings

Viral photo captures worker’s heartwarming act of kindness for elderly man at Waffle House

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129 days ago

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

Children struggle to hold pens because of excessive use of iPads, claim experts 

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Rex Arul

129 days ago

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

Children struggle to hold pens because of excessive use of iPads, claim experts 

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Rex Arul

129 days ago

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

The Tyranny of Convenience

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Rex Arul

129 days ago

Struggle is not always a problem. Sometimes struggle is a solution. It can be the solution to the question of who you are.

The Tyranny of Convenience

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129 days ago

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

The Tyranny of Convenience

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Rex Arul

129 days ago

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

The Tyranny of Convenience

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Rex Arul

129 days ago

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 Tyranny of Convenience

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129 days ago

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.

The Tyranny of Convenience

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Rex Arul

129 days ago

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

The Tyranny of Convenience

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Rex Arul

129 days ago

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 Tyranny of Convenience

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Rex Arul

129 days ago

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?

The Tyranny of Convenience

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Rex Arul

129 days ago

It would be perverse to embrace inconvenience as a general rule. But when we let convenience decide everything, we surrender too much.

The Tyranny of Convenience

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Rex Arul

129 days ago

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

The Tyranny of Convenience

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Rex Arul

129 days ago

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

The Tyranny of Convenience

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Rex Arul

129 days ago

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

The Tyranny of Convenience

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Rex Arul

129 days ago

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

Why being a loner may be good for your health

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Rex Arul

129 days ago

introverts tend to have fewer but stronger friendships – which has been linked to greater happiness.

Why being a loner may be good for your health

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Rex Arul

129 days ago

Strong social connections are important for cognitive functioning, motor function and a smoothly running immune system.

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Why being a loner may be good for your health

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Rex Arul

129 days ago

Discrimination, although forbidden by law, is widespread in India’s stratified society.

As India’s Tensions Boil, Even a Statue of Gandhi Isn’t Safe

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Rex Arul

130 days ago

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

Who Is Nassim Taleb? Antifragile Thinking for a Fat-Tailed World

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Rex Arul

130 days ago

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

Why So Many of Us Die of Heart Disease

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Rex Arul

130 days ago

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

Why So Many of Us Die of Heart Disease

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Rex Arul

130 days ago

even though our nutrition has changed a lot, adaptive mechanisms that were meant to protect us from starvation have now, in fact, led to the dual epidemics of obesity and diabetes

Why So Many of Us Die of Heart Disease

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