June 18 - June 25, 2017

A week with a wonderful, broad selection.

The feature article on being well read was the necessary spur I needed to tackle the summer reading stack on my bedside table with a little more gusto, and the other feature article gave me greater permission to put my phone away.  (...As did the cognitive science study on the effect of phones on cognitive capacity!)

Much, much more on a wide range of topics this week.



We Need To Be Well Read. (Via Journalism, But For Everyone) Col. Jour. Rev. 
"Being well-read is a transcendent achievement similar to training to run 26.2 miles, then showing up for a marathon in New York City and finding 50,0000 people there.  It is at once superhuman and pedestrian... There are only so many  hours in a day, but the most common workaround for devoted readers is surprisingly uninventive. 'I have yet to meet a great journalist who is not well and widely read,' Tom Lutz, editor of the Los Angeles Review of Books, told me. 'In my life, the only way that happens is if one carries a book at all times, and uses the odd moments life provides to read.'"

"Before the Internet": Delightful Nostalgia [Humor, Kind Of] New Yorker
"Before the Internet, you'd have yawning summer afternoons when you'd flop down on one couch, then flop down on another, then decide to craft a fake F.B.I card. You'd get some paper from your dad's office, copy the FBI logo and your signature, laminate it with Scotch tape, put it in your wallet, take it out of your wallet, look at it, then put it back in your wallet with a secretive smile."


On The Epidemic Of Sports Specialization New York Post
"It's young people with injuries that weren't common when there was a diversity of sports -- three different sports and three different seasons.  The variety of the stress on their body wasn't causing it to break down to the degree we are seeing now."

How D1 Athletes Responded To 12 Minutes/Day Of Mindfulness New York Times
"And those in the meditation group, if they had practiced often, showed considerable mental resilience, with higher scores than the other athletes in either group on the measures of both attention and mood."


Colleges Work To De-Stigmatize Failure New York Times
"A consortium of academics soon formed to share resources, and programs have quietly proliferated since then: the Success-Failure Project at Harvard, which features stories of rejection; the Princeton Perspective Project, encouraging conversation about setbacks and struggles; Penn Faces at the University of Pennsylvania, a play on the term used by students to describe those who have mastered the art of appearing happy even when struggling."

"The Psychology of Curiosity" - A Literature Review Psychological Bulletin


A Deeper Dive Into The Cognitive Mechanics Of Goals Vs. Habits Scientific Amer.

Does The Mere Presence Of Your Phone Reduce Cognitive Capacity? Sci. Daily
"The researchers found that participants with their phones in another room significantly outperformed those with their phones on the desk, and they also slightly outperformed those participants who had kept their phones in a pocket or bag. The findings suggest that the mere presence of one's smartphone reduces available cognitive capacity and impairs cognitive functioning, even though people felt they're giving their full attention and focus to the task at hand. 'We see a linear trend that suggests that as the smartphone becomes more noticeable, participants available cognitive capacity decreases.'"


Stanford D. School: Free Guide For Running A Design Thinking Wkshp Stanford


How Professors' Words Become Politicized Headlines Chronicle of Higher Ed

It Was June 20, 1986 That The New York Times Adopted "Ms." New York Times


New Course: "Calling Bulls**t In The Age Of Big Data" Salon

Highlights From The Senate Hearing On Campus Free Speech Chron. of High. Ed
"The seven witnesses who spoke to lawmakers were two students, two legal experts, a campus administrator, a former college president, and Richard Cohen, president of the Southern Poverty Law Center, an advocacy organization that among other things tracks hate groups in the United States."


The First Recorded Poet Is A Woman: Enheduanna Of Mesopotamia Literary Hub

On Books Based On Minor Characters Baffler

Using Storytelling Principles From 'The Moth' For Class KQED
"So far, 300 teachers from around the world have formed partnerships with The Moth that allow them to use the curriculum for free and to interact with one another on a just-for-teachers portal.  Blei hopes the number of users grows. 'We want to create a global community of student storytellers.'"


Steps For Making Large Scale Change Stanford Social Innovation Review

Why Established Organizations Can't Be "More Like A Startup" Harvard Bus. Rev.

A Decision Framework For Four Types Of Institutional Decisions McKinsey

A Collection Of Thinking About Decision Making Farnam Street


Digital Promise Updates Interactive Guide To Ed. Research  Digital Promise


In Praise Of Writing Fiction Creativity Post

The NYT HAs A Weekly Column Just For Book Recommendations New York Times
"Dear Match Book: I Need Short but Great Books for My Commute... Dear Match Book: What Books Are Best Savored by Reading Aloud?... Books for Those Who Love Sports or Just Love to Read About Them..."


Mars Curiosity Rover Is Laser Analyzing Hundreds Of Rocks Per Day The Verge


Girls Scouts Add New Badge: Cybersecurity CNN

Whether To Delete An Email [Flowchart] Flowing Data

What Researchers Learned From Analyzing 2.5 Million Selfies Georgia Tech
"To better understand the photographic phenomenon and how people form their identities online, Georgia Institute of Technology researchers combed through 2.5 million selfie posts on Instagram to determine what kinds of identity statements people make by taking and sharing selfies."


Who We Spent Time With During The Day, By Age The Atlas


3 Rules For An Effective Open Office Plan Gallup


"The Five Universal Laws Of Human Stupidity" Quartz

Sir Ken And Sugita Think Way Outside The Box Forbes

Interview: History And Frontiers Of The Lean Startup [Audio] Steve Blank

The Surprising History Of Pearson [Interactive] Hack Education
"How Pearson grew from a construction company in Yorkshire, England to the world's largest education company"