Mindful Communication – 8 Ways to Master the Art

By Etyane Youssef / 02.25.2017 How Well Do You Communicate? Communication is essential to achieve successful human interactions. However, the type of communication we have highly determines the outcome of our relationships. It all simply boils down to how we are connecting with each other. Jamyang Khyentse once said something intriguing about human communication: We think[…]

How We Communicate: Language in the Brain, Mouth and the Hands

    One of the most uniquely human abilities is the capacity for creating and understanding language. This introduces you to the major topics within the study of language: phonology, morphology, syntax and recursion. Dr. Bloom also describes theories of language acquisition, arguments for the specialization of language, and the commonalities observed in different languages[…]

Getting a Scientific Message Across Means Taking Human Nature into Account

Yeah, I’m not hearing that. / Shutterstock By Rose Hendricks / 01.10.2017 PhD Candidate in Cognitive Science University of California, San Diego We humans have collectively accumulated a lot of science knowledge. We’ve developed vaccines that can eradicate some of the most devastating diseases. We’ve engineered bridges and cities and the internet. We’ve created massive[…]

Public Speaking: Why It Matters Today and How It Can Help

Photo by Håkan Dahlström, Flickr Creative Commons By Dr. Jason S. Wrench / 11.30.2014 Associate Professor in Communication and Media State University of New York at New Paltz Public Speaking in the Twenty-First Century © Thinkstock Public speaking is the process of designing and delivering a message to an audience. Effective public speaking involves understanding[…]

Why You Think You’re Right – Even When You’re Wrong (VIDEO)

Julia Galef investigates how and why people change their minds. Julia Galef Co-founder, Center for Applied Rationality Perspective is everything, especially when it comes to examining your beliefs. Are you a soldier, prone to defending your viewpoint at all costs — or a scout, spurred by curiosity? Julia Galef examines the motivations behind these two[…]

Disagreeing Without Personal Attacks

By David Robertson / 06.25.2016 One task that the legal guardians of children have is the task of teaching children the art of disagreeing without engaging in personal attacks. This particular art form is often missing in the comments sections of website articles and blog commentaries. For example, Gretchen Carlson states the following in one[…]

Finding Solitude in an Era of Perpetual Contact

Don’t neglect to unplug and be actually alone. Woman on beach via shutterstock.com By Dr. Scott Campbell Professor of Telecommunications University of Michigan Being alone has many benefits. It grants freedom in thought and action. It boosts creativity. It offers a terrain for the imagination to roam. Solitude also enriches our connections with others by[…]

How Typography Can Save Your Life

Rob Weychert / ProPublica What words look like matters — in some cases, a whole lot. By Lena Groeger / 05.11.2016 After decades of silently shouting at the top of its lungs, the National Weather Service recently announced that it’s going to stop publishing its forecasts and weather warnings in ALL CAPS. Beginning May 11,[…]