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How to Be a Better Thinker

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  • Part 1: How Rational Are We?
  • Is Logic Lost?
  • Part 2: How to Think Better
  • there already is a cognitive enhancing tool
  • Related: Helpful Guides to How to Read a Book
  • Part 3: The Last Curious Man
  • The enormous life of Anthony Bourdain, according to those who knew him best.

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Part 1: How Rational Are We?
 
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Scientific American

September20,2018 | Why do facts fail to change people’s minds? In this eBook, we examine how we form our beliefs and maintain them with a host of cognitive biases, the difference between intelligence and thinking rationally and some solutions for how to overcome these obstacles both in reasoning with others and in dealing with our own prejudices.

Scientific American is the award-winning authoritative source for the science discoveries and technology innovations that matter.

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Part 2: How to Think Better
 

While writing may not literally increase your working memory, many cognitive scientists now believe that such external representations may form important parts of our cognition. This externalized cognition extends the space of thinking and literally makes us smarter, even if our brains are just the same as before.   

Scott H. Young, scotthyoung.com

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You’d be able to keep more thoughts in your head. You could draw new connections between ideas. You could solve problems you’ve been stuck on for years.

Such a pill may not exist, but there already is a cognitive enhancing tool, and it doesn’t require brain-altering drugs.

Scott H. Young <>: Author, Programmer, Entrepreneur

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Part 1: A Helpful Guide to Reading Better
The frameworks that I’ve found to
bemosthelpfulto improving my reading.
Part 2: How to Read a Book: The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading
The Art of Getting a Liberal Education
Related: How To Read A Book [PDF]

 



Part 3: The Last Curious Man

There is no easy description for Tony Bourdain, or for the utterly unique role he managed to carve out for himself in this world. He was a chef. He was an author. He was a very popular TV host—the cheerfully dickish center of the food-media universe. He was an explorer who removed degrees of separation from the world's sociological arithmetic, a man who was always, in his words, hungry for more.   
The enormous life of Anthony Bourdain, according to those who knew him best.

Drew Magary, GQ

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Anthony%20Bourdain.jpgDecember 4, 2018 | Chris Bourdain is searching for a word that he cannot quite find. We're sitting together in a small café in Grand Central Terminal, drinking table wine and talking about his late older brother, Anthony. Chris has a habit of looking away as he's talking to you, one of many physical traits he shares with Tony. And right now he is thinking, with Bourdainian intensity, for a way to sum up his brother succinctly, and for a very specific reason.

"The death certificate that was printed in France," he tells me, "listed as his profession 'chef.' And I tried for months to figure out, what is the appropriate way to describe what Tony has been doing for the last seven or eight years? There's no description for it."

Drew Magary is an author on GQ.

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The Donald and the Fake News Media: The Biggest Threat to Free Speech No One Is Talking About

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Part 1: The Biggest Threat to Free Speech No One Is Talking About ~ Robert Reich
Imagine if … the mainstream corporate media … talked about important things
Part 2: The Donald and the Fake News Media
There’s one place where it’s (fake news) barely talked about at all
,and  that couldn’t be stranger.
Related: Time is Running Out. Tell Congress: Restore Net Neutrality Now!

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Part 1: The Biggest Threat to Free Speech No One Is Talking About ~ Robert Reich

  • “The biggest freedom-of-the-press issue is that Trump is working with Comcast and AT&T and Verizon to end net neutrality. … Ownership of the media and the ownership of the internet, the fact that these big internet providers are [a] few giant companies that also produce content—it’s very, very dangerous.”
  • Imagine if they [the mainstream corporate media] talked about important things, like all the corporate corruption of Donald Trump. How that would have resonated with voters. He’s violating the Constitution.

sueannm, Truthdig / Rise Up Times

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November 16, 2018 | If you clicked this story, or have any desire to listen to the interview embedded within, odds are you’re a consumer of independent media. Yet even as you’re reading these words, your ability to do so in a timely manner is in grave jeopardy.

Since the repeal in June of Obama-era rules guaranteeing net neutrality, websites like Truthdig, Democracy Now!, Common Dreams and more risk being pushed into an internet slow lane that could severely hamper their readership, if not drive them out of business entirely. For Jeff Cohen, editorand co-founder of the media watchdog Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting(FAIR), it may be the most urgent threat to the First Amendment no one is talking about.

Robert Reich is an American political economist, professor, author, and political commentator. He's the Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley and Senior Fellow at the Blum Center for Developing Economies.

Sue Ann Martinson: editor at Rise Up Times

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Part 2: The Donald and the Fake News Media ~ Tom Engelhardt

Oh wait! Oddly enough, in case you hadn’t noticed, there’s one place where it’s barely talked about at all, where silence largely reigns, and to my mind that couldn’t be stranger.

sueannmCommon Dreams / Rise Up Times

https://d2omw6a1nm6pnh.cloudfront.net/images/net-neutrality-now-180.pngNovember 15, 2018 | Face it: it’s been an abusive time, to use a word he likes to wield. In his telling, of course, it’s he or his people who are always the abused ones and they — the “fake news media” — are the abusers. But let’s be honest. You’ve been abused, too, and so have I. All of us have and by that same fake news media.

It isn’t complicated, really. Thanks to them, to those cable news talking heads who never stop yammering about him, to the reporters who clamor over his every word or twitch, he’s always there, 24/7. I know that it’s still called covering the news, but it’s a phrase that no longer faintly fits the situation. Yes, a near majority of Americans voted for him as president, but no one voted to make him a living (and living-room) icon, a never-ending presence not just in our world, but in all our private worlds, too.

https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/tom_engelhardt.jpg?itok=jkM6xaRITom Engelhardt, co-founder of the American Empire Project, runs the Nation Institute's TomDispatch.com. His sixth and latest book, just published, is A Nation Unmade by War (Dispatch Books).

Sue Ann Martinson: editor at Rise Up Times

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Time is Running Out. Tell Congress: Restore Net Neutrality Now! Craig Brown, Common Dreams

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Helpful Guides to How to Read a Book

  • Part 1: A Helpful Guide to Reading Better
  • The frameworks that I’ve found to be most helpful to improving my reading.
  • Part 2: How to Read a Book: The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading
  • The Art of Getting a Liberal Education
  • Related: How To Read A Book [PDF]

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

 

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Part 1: A Helpful Guide to Reading Better

“In my whole life, I have known no wise people (over a broad subject matter area) who didn’t read all the time – none, zero.” — Charlie Munger
This article explains the frameworks that I’ve found
tobemosthelpfulto improving my reading.

Farnam Street

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Through trial and error, over the years, I’ve come across several frameworks that help us improve how we read.

While there are thousands of hacks and shortcuts on the internet, most of them only offer the illusion of speed, retention, or improvement.

It turns out you don’t need a lot of frameworks anyways. A few, well-tested ones, can vastly improve your comprehension, speed, and ability to connect and apply what you are reading to critical thinking, problem-solving, and creativity.

Farnam Street is devoted to helping you develop an understanding of how the world really works, make better decisions, and live a better life. We address such topics as mental models, decision making, learning, reading, and the art of living.

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Part 2: How to Read a Book: The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading ~ Mortimer J. Adler and Charles Van Doren

The Art of Getting a Liberal Education

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You are told about the various levels of reading and how to achieve them – from elementary reading, through systematic skimming and inspectional reading, to speed reading, you learn how to pigeonhole a book, X-ray it, extract the author's message, criticize. You are taught the different reading techniques for reading practical books, imaginative literature, plays, poetry, history, science and mathematics, philosophy and social science.

Goodreads is a "social cataloging" website that allows individuals to freely search its database of books, annotations, and reviews.

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The Chickenpox Vaccine Is Safe. Avoiding It Is Not. There Is No Argument. These Are Facts.


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  • Apparently, the percentage of kids under two who go unvaccinated in this country has quadrupled since 2001, because yeah, your doctor says they're safe, but did you read that email with the subject "FW:FW:FW:FW:FW: vaccine DEATH??"
  • Not vaccinating your kids is still a thing, somehow.

Jack Holmes, Esquire

 

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Nov 19, 2018 | ome kids in North Carolina didn't get vaccinated, so some kids in North Carolina got chickenpox. That's the takeaway from a Washington Post report examining the latest infectious disease outbreak in an anti-vax hotbed—this one, thankfully, outside the usual confines of California. It's about time we ramped up the geographic diversity, and it seems they've got a bit of a problem at the Asheville Waldorf School:

Chickenpox has taken hold of a school in North Carolina where many families claim religious exemption from vaccines. Cases of chickenpox have been multiplying at the Asheville Waldorf School, which serves children from nursery school to sixth grade in Asheville, N.C. About a dozen infections grew to 28 at the beginning of the month. By Friday, there were 36, the Asheville Citizen-Times reported.

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Special Project | US Immigration Policy: Hate Unbound

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Story 1: Robert Reich | Hate Unbound, * Story 2: Trump and the GOP Have Blood on Their Hands for Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting * Story 3: ‘The US Immigration System Is Inherently Abusive and Violent and Racist’ * Story 4: Tell Congress To Protect Immigrant Families * Story 5: Do Family Separation and Detention Deter Immigration? * Story 6: Morality and Immigration: 4 Overlooked Stats Everyone Is Missing in the Border Crisis Debate * Related: Column: Sorting out facts and fears in the immigration debate * Related: Gaza in Arizona: The secret militarization of the U.S.-Mexico border

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Week Ending November 3, 2018 |

Story 1: Robert Reich | Hate Unbound, Robert Reich, Robert Reich's Website 

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Immigrant%20Waves%20US%20Flag%20Over%20His%20Shoulders.jpgTuesday, October 30, 2018 | Demagogues rarely commit violence directly. Instead, they use blame, ridicule, fear and hate – and then leave the violence to others. That way, they can always claim 'it wasn’t me. I don’t have blood on my hands.
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Story 2: Trump and the GOP Have Blood on Their Hands for Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting, Amy Goodman, Democracy Now / Portside

October 29,2018 | ... this political violence is not happening in isolation. The murder of these 11 Jews in Pittsburgh is inextricably linked to the murder of the two black shoppers in Kentucky, to the slaughter of black worshipers in Charleston in 2015 ...

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Story 3: ‘The US Immigration System Is Inherently Abusive and Violent and Racist’, Janine Jackson, FAIR.org
October
19,2018 | Janine Jackson interviewed Tina Vasquez about reporting on immigration for the October 19, 2018, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript.

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Story 4: Tell Congress To Protect Immigrant Families, Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) <>
October, 2018 | Tell Congress: Pass DACA, Abolish ICE, End Deportations
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July
 24, 2018| The administration’s family separation policy has not had its intended effect. A new analysis of data from a longer period of time illustrates that family detention has not acted as a deterrent either.
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June 22,
 2018 | There has been a great deal of finger-pointing over who’s to blame.
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Column: Sorting out facts and fears in the immigration debate, Michael Leiber, Lyndsay Boggess, Bryanna Fox and Richard Moule, Jr., Special to the Tampa Bay (FL) Times

http://www.tampabay.com/storyimage/HI/20180706/ARTICLE/307069997/AR/0/AR-307069997.jpg?MaxW=950&cachebuster=68821A young girl grasps her mother's hand as dozens of undocumented immigrant families are released from detention at the bus station in McAllen, Texas, June 26, 2018. Trump administration officials said on Wednesday that it would be difficult to comply with the timetable in a federal court order requiring the reunification of migrant children and parents who were separated at the border. (Callaghan O'Hare/New York Times)

  • The research does not indicate that there is a growing illegal immigration problem, or that immigrants commit more crime.
  • Related: Select Articles | The Challenges and Opportunities of Undocumented Immigrants, Week Ending June 16, 2018

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Gaza in Arizona: The secret militarization of the U.S.-Mexico border, Todd Miller and Gabriel M. Schivone, TomDispatch.com

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  • How Israeli High-Tech Firms Will Up-Armor the U.S.-Mexican Border
  • A once-peaceful region has been transformed into a low-intensity war zone. Here's how it went so bad.
     

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