January 19 - January 26, 2014

An interesting series of articles about the relationship between the STEM disciplines and the Arts/Humanities disciplines.  Broadly, it seems we're in the midst of a global conversation about the role of the humanities in the digital age, and culturally, the pendulum has swung far to the side of STEM and the Science of Everything.  Now, we're starting to see some pushback against this movement, and the momentum towards the sciences and engineering might be showing hints of slowing, even if the pendulum isn't yet swinging back.  (Will it ever?)

FEATURED ARTICLES

          Three Roles Teachers Must Play in the Digital Age
          WBUR, 1/9/14
          "In the Khan Academy era, content expertise can be outsourced to machines, but 
          moral leadership cannot."

          Explaining Art With Science Is Bad For Both
          New Republic, 1/18/14
          "Physics can explain chemistry, which can explain biology, which can explain 
          psychology, and psychology might someday tell us, at least in the most general 
          terms, how we create art and why we respond to it. But it will never account for 
          the texture, the particularities, of individual works, or tell us what they mean.  
          Art is experiential.  It doesn't just speak of experience; it needs to be experienced 
          itself."

          How Do You Increase Productivity and Lower Stress? Stop Emailing.
          New York Times, 1/19/14
          "Ms. Mark's research has found that people who stopped using email at work felt 
          less stress and were more focused and productive."

COGNITIVE SCIENCE 

          Attention is the Filter of Our Lives and Learning
          Farnam Street, 1/13/14

          Simply Thinking You Slept Well Helps You Think and Feel Better
          Smithsonian, 1/22/14

          How To Memorize Lines Like an Actor (Hint: Learn Their Meaning.)
          Brilliant Blog, 1/20/14

          Neuroscience of Aesthetics (Should We Care?)
          Scotsman, 1/20/14

          Amateur Psych Student Takes Down Positive Psychology's 3:1 Ratio
          Guardian, 1/18/14

CREATIVITY

          How Has Portland's "Creative Laureate" Experiment Gone?
          Pacific Standard, 1/23/14

HUMANITIES

          Is Anglo-American Literature Isolated and Narrow-Minded?
          Guardian, 1/20/14

          Viking Social Networks Were Just Like Ours Today
          Nautilus, 1/21/14

          What Aristotle Can Teach Us About Modern Headlines
          New Yorker, 1/21/14

LEADERSHIP

          3 Kinds of Focus Needed for Good Leadership
          UC Berkeley, 1/21/14

MINDSETS 

          Unearned Praise Demotivates Kids
          Pacific Standard, 1/23/14

READING

          Reading Really Does Make You More Intelligent
          Guardian, 1/23/14

          E-Book Reading Grows.  Print Holds Steady.
          Publishers Weekly, 1/16/14

SOCIAL MEDIA

          Princeton Predicts the End of Facebook by 2017
          Guardian, 1/22/14

          Facebook Predicts the End of Princeton by 2021 Using Same Method
          Facebook, 1/23/14

STEM

          How Computer Science Helped One Man Find Love
          Wired, 1/21/14

          Science Isn't the Answer to Everything
          Edge/Bogost, 1/1/14

          Arduino Becoming the Social Hub for Makers and Hackers
          Fast Company, 1/22/14

          Has a Kazakh Mathematician Solved the Navier Stokes Problem?
          New Scientist, 1/22/14

          Why Are So Many Studies Irreproducible?
          New York Times, 1/20/14

TECH

          The Web As We Know It Is About To Change (Top Level Domains)
          Quartz, 1/22/14

WORKPLACE

          Michael Eisner on When Collaboration Works
          Farnam Street, 1/14/14

OTHER

          Top 25 High Schools, by SAT Scores
          Business Insider, 1/21/14

          The New oPhone Sends Smells Across Long Distances
          Wired, 1/17/14