His books are on the recommended reading list of CEOs of Fortune 500 companies and prominent opinion makers like Barack Obama and Bill Gates. This has made Yuval Noah Harari as one of the most influential intellectuals of this decade and probably this century. Harari’s books explore a wide diversity of questions and answers that are constantly being asked by most people. They range from the possibility that the biological and genetic revolutions in technology and income inequality will result in two classes of humans – the normal and the super mutants – to the questions why are people obsessed with eating sweets and desserts when it leads to obesity and diabetes? I read Harari’s book chronologically backwards. I first read his latest book 21 Lessons for the 21st Century published in 2018. It was a book about the present and how to make sense of today’s pressing issues. It tried to answer questions like: How do computers and … [Read more...] about Is humankind happier?
Why reading books is important
By Star Editorial Board Thu., May 9, 2019 Throw the book at ’em has taken on a bizarre twist down in the Niagara West region of Ontario. That’s where Progressive Conservative MPP Sam Oosterhoff’s constituency staff called the cops on a group of library-loving seniors who showed up to read books as a way of protesting the Ford government’s library cuts. Now, it’s awfully hard to imagine how Oosterhoff’s staff felt so under siege after just a few minutes with some 15 retired librarians and book club members that such drastic action was necessary. Was it was the craft paper book covers, with neatly typed quotes about the importance of libraries, that left staff feeling they had no choice but to call 911? “I don’t think we looked threatening,” said one retired librarian and member of a local book club. Article Continued Below Oosterhoff — who until now has been best known for being Ontario’s … [Read more...] about They threatened to read — so a PC MPP’s office called the cops
MANILA -- Vision board is a collection of images and affirmations of someone's goals and dreams. Cork boards are usually used as the blank canvas then filled with images like photographs and magazine cutouts; inspirational quotes; and other significant objects, meaningful to the owner. Basically, the idea of a vision board is to inspire and motivate the owner. In Philosophy, it is intended to use the Law of Attraction to attain goals and dreams. Simply put, by creating positive thoughts, it would bring positive results as well. But does it really work? According to vision board coach Trixie Esguerra, vision board is actually backed up by science. “There is this thing that we call Reticular Activating System (RAS), it's a part of your brain that filters out all the information you receive. Imagine if there's no RES that filters out information, it's going to be information overload,” Esguerra said. “The vision board makes you understand and … [Read more...] about News There is actual science behind vision boards
By Steven Zeitchik The Washington Post Tues., April 30, 2019 Since 13 Reasons Why debuted on Netflix two years ago, some critics and social scientists have said the popular teen series glorifies suicide and puts impressionable young people at risk. On Monday, they received perhaps their strongest evidence yet with the release of a study showing abnormally high rates of teen suicide in April 2017, the first month the show was available. The study, which researchers from Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, conducted, to explore the 13 Reasons effect, found 58 additional suicide deaths among 10- to 17-year-olds that April than would have been expected given both the trend in the months leading up to the period and projections based on a host of scientific factors. “I was disheartened when I saw the results,” said Jeffrey A. Bridge, the lead author of the study, which will be published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & … [Read more...] about Suicides spiked in the months after Netflix released 13 Reasons Why, study finds
SINGAPORE: Every time freelance writer Clare Lee, 27, uses a changing room when trying on clothes in fashion outlets big and small, she will take a few minutes to inspect every nook and cranny in her cubicle for hidden cameras before feeling safe enough to undress herself.For 27-year-old Fiona, who did not want to give her full name, she will always double-check that the curtains in her bedroom or hotel are fully drawn such that there is not even a teeny-weeny gap for anyone to peek through, and steer clear of unattended baskets in supermarkets.Freelance content creator Hilary See, 27, would refrain from standing near the edge of the escalator where people can look up her skirt, and try to use either a bag or a file to cover the back of her skirt while climbing the stairs.With spycams and phone cameras taking voyeurism to unsavoury new heights, these women are among a growing number of people who have taken extra precautions to protect themselves and their private spaces.As Fiona, … [Read more...] about The Big Read: Singapore’s voyeurism problem – what’s wrong with men, or the world?