articles of interest - August 14

***SOCIAL MEDIA

What do your Instagram photos say about your mental health?  The Verge

Instagram is ruining food (opinion)  Boston Globe

SoundCloud Gets New Investment Round, Lives to Stream Another Day  MotherBoard

South Carolina man dies after running into burning home  Daily Mail

Facebook is rolling out a Trending News section on mobile, now with its own link  TechCrunch

***TECHNOLOGY

An Emoji-trained Algorithm Knows When You’re Being Sarcastic on Twitter  MIT Technology Review

The Guy Who Invented Those Annoying Password Rules Now Regrets Wasting Your Time  Gizmodo

China uses a quantum satellite to transmit potentially unhackable data  CNBC

How Your Apple Wireless Earbuds Could Double as Hearing Aids  MIT  Technology Review

***BIG DATA & STATISTICS

“Neural networks are turning out to be great code crackers”  MIT Tech Review

The religious war between frequentists and Bayesians and its statistical influence on AI  The Register

Struggling with making sense out of the massively growing digital universe despite increasing spend on big data tech  CIO

China uses a quantum satellite to transmit potentially unhackable data  CNBC

Could predictive analytics allow us to anticipate network problems: failures, degradation, performance issues?  NoJitter

Stanford professor Andrew Ng spreads the gospel of AI with a new online school  Wired

An emoji-trained algorithm knows when you’re being sarcastic on Twitter  MIT Tech Review

***PRODUCING MEDIA

TuneIn Raises $50 Million to Prove Online Audio Can Make Money  Bloomberg

***INTERNET

Of those harassed online, nearly half know the harasser  Pew Research Center

***JOURNALISM

We’re in the early stages of a visual revolution in journalism  Recode

Remix: Best Practices for Aggregation on Deadline  PBS Media Shift

How journalists should handle racist words, images and violence in Charlottesville  Poynter

Providence Journal identified its own anonymous source, Will police officer sue?  iMediaEthics

What Data-Mining TV's Political Coverage Tells Us  RealClearPolitics

Apologies & Retractions: Nazi salute, name calling ‘butch queen,’ round-up of journalist Twitter fails  iMediaEthics

Blurring Line of Opinion and Reporting, Scourge of Writers as Brands  PBS Media Shift

Top journalists reveal the best reporting advice they have received  Columbia Journalism Review

***THE BUSINESS OF JOURNALISM

When Silicon Valley Took Over Journalism  The Atlantic

***FAKE NEWS     

Social Bots Play a Major Role in Spreading Fake News  MIT Technology Review

No, these pictures are not from the recent racist rally in Charlottesville  Mashable

How to spot a fake viral video  The Verge

Not Real News: A look at what didn’t happen this week  Associated Press

Who Said What tool brings artificial intelligence to fact-checking audio and video  Journalism.co

***PERSONAL GROWTH

How America Lost Its Mind in a custom-make reality (opinion)  The Atlantic

You Aren't Lazy––You're Terrified: On Paralysis And Perfectionism  Ravishly

Why Entrepreneurs Can’t Hold Regular JobsFortune Insiders  Fortune

***WRITING & READING

Hillary Clinton's pastor plagiarized portion of new book  CNN

The true importance of good spelling  BBC

***LANGUAGE

Robots Gossiping in a Secret Language?  Chronicle of Higher Ed
 

***LITERATURE

1922: The Year That Transformed English Literature  New York Times

Henry David Thoreau, a new biography: This compelling study reveals an enigmatic American writer worthy of reappraisal  Economist

The books that inspire people to get PhDs  Quartz

How Charlotte Brontë came to write “Jane Eyre”  Economist

Book Review: Printer’s Error: Irreverent Stories From Book History  Scholarly Kitchen

***GENDER

Would transgender troops harm military effectiveness? Here’s what the research says  Washington Post

Study suggests big difference between how college men describe affirmative consent and how they apply it to their own sexual experiences  Inside Higher Ed

***RACE & ETHNICITY ISSUES

How did FaceApp think people would react to their new change-your-race filters?  Washington Post 

College Diversity Officers Face a Demanding Job and Scarce Resources  Chronicle of Higher Ed

Extremist white movement is turning up on college campuses through speakers and leaflets  Inside Higher Ed

What happened when eight states outlawed race-conscious admissions at colleges  Economist

Killings of Blacks by Whites Are Far More Likely to Be Ruled ‘Justifiable’  New York Times

When White Supremacists Descend, What Can a College President Do?  Chronicle of Higher Ed

The ‘war on whites’ is a myth — and an ugly one  Washington Post

Intermarriage and U.S. Hispanics: New research  Journalists Resource

***FREE SPEECH

Google Memo Raises Questions About Limits Of Free Speech In The Workplace  NPR

TechDirt, sued by the lawyer who fought Gawker, gets $250,000 to cover freedom of speech issues  Harvard Nieman Lab

Techdirt: Now With More Free Speech Reporting  Techdirt

First Amendment ruling focuses the lens on photojournalists' rights -- again  Student Press Law Center

***LEGAL ISSUES

'Reading Rainbow' Owner Accuses LeVar Burton of "Theft and Extortion" in Lawsuit Hollywood Reporter  Hollywood Reporter

Was Scaramucci’s profanity-laced call recording Illegal?  Associated Press

Fox News Host Eric Bolling Sues Journalist for $50M Over Lewd Photo Allegation  Hollywood Reporter

Country Rap Artist Can't Force Facebook To Remove Page Created By Users  Media Post

Disney Settles Defamation Case With Beef Products Inc.  NPR

LinkedIn Connection Request Doesn’t Violate Non-Solicitation Clause  Technology & Marketing Law Blog

***RELIGION

Christian author Jen Hatmaker on the ‘moxie’ it takes to get your books banned  Religion News Service

The Woes of the Southern Baptist Convention  New York Times

New Books Explore How to be Single and Christian  Publishers Weekly

How America Really Lost Its Mind: Hint, It Wasn’t Entirely the Fault of Hippie New Agers and Postmodern Academics (opinion)  USC Annenberg Religion Dispatches

What is wrong with white Christians? (opinion)  Religious News Service

Muslims and Islam: Key findings in the U.S. and around the world  Pew Research Center

Canadian pastor faced ‘overwhelming loneliness’ in N Korea labor camp  AFP

Museum of the Bible to offer free admission when it opens in November  Washington Post

Christian Entertainment Company Pure Flix & Paramount release Faith-themed film staring Renee Zellweger  Christian Post  

Charlottesville and Your Church's Response (opinion)  Christianity Today

Tweeting In Church: German Protestants Are Encouraged To Tweet During Services : All Tech Considered  NPR

Like most Americans, U.S. Muslims concerned about extremism in the name of Islam  Pew Research

**MUSIC

A a a a a Very Good Song:  A clever way to avoid hearing the same song every time you plug your phone into the car stereo  Engadget

When Mistakes/Studio Glitches Give Famous Songs Their Personality  Open Culture

Why do stars like Adele keep losing their voice?  The Guardian

Music classes for kids should include pop music and electronic composition lessons  Quartz

Metallica Board Of Directors Debates Whether New Riff Will Have Negative Impact On Shareholder Value  The Onion

***FILM

Social Impact Marketer Picture Motion: The Secret Weapon Behind Some Of The Best Known Films  Deadline

Director Destin Daniel Cretton Has Always Lived in The Glass Castle  Vanity Fair

“I’ll Push You” book explores the power of friendship  Northwest Nazarene University

Woody Harrelson On 'Glass Castle' Dad Whose Rages And Redemptions Loomed Large  NPR

***THE BUSINESS OF MEDIA

Who’s Afraid of Sinclair Broadcasting?  Politico

***TEACHING JOURNALISM

$147,000 for a One-Year Master's? In Journalism? Cost of Columbia’s new graduate degree in data journalism slammed by journalists  Inside Higher Ed

Practicing What We Preach: Teaching engagement in j-schools means listening to our students  Medium

Professor says his students-grade-themselves Syllabus was a way to start a conversation  Inside Higher Ed

***SOCIOLOGY

Sociologists call for a systematic response to online targeting of and threats against public scholars  Inside Higher Ed

***HEALTH

The drug crisis that nobody's talking about: One in eight American adults is an alcoholic, study says  Washington Post

Alcoholism among women rises in new study  Daily Mail

Hospice, Designed For The Dying, Is Discharging Many Live Patients   NPR

Monsanto Was Its Own Ghostwriter for Some Safety Reviews  Bloomberg

What does European Health Care Really Look Like?  Economist

Why we fell for clean eating  The Guardian

***SCIENCE

The Ongoing Battle Between Science Teachers And Fake News  NPR

Spreadsheet Risks in Science  Neuroskeptic

***NEUROSCIENCE

Video Games May Affect The Brain Differently, Depending On What You Play  NPR

This Type of Video Game May Actually Harm Your Brain  Fortune

***RESEARCH

Publishing an Unsuccessful Self-replication: Double-dipping or Correcting the Record?  Rolf Zwaan

An Appraisal of the Carlisle-Stouffer-Fisher Method for Assessing Study Data Integrity and Fraud  OvidInsights

Publishing in fraudulent journals is criminal  Times of Higher Ed

***HIGHER ED

As White Supremacists Wreak Havoc, a University Becomes a Crisis Center  Chronicle of Higher Ed

The profit motive is creeping into higher education  Inside Higher Ed

Public Records Appear to Have Been Altered by Former General Counsel, U. of Florida Audit Finds  Chronicle of Higher Ed

University responds to NAACP advisory against travel to Missouri  Columbia Missourian

Are Small Colleges Doomed? Not So Fast  Chronicle of Higher Ed

***HUMANITIES /STEM

Your 'useless' liberal arts degree can give you an edge in tech  USA Today

Students At Most Colleges Don’t Pick ‘Useless’ Majors  FivethirtyEight

***CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS

Southern Baptist College announces new classical education minor (press release)  Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Christian College president says 'snowflake' student problem persists in new Book  Today

Colorado Christian University VP pens USA Today editorial against marijuana  USA Today

University Shifts Campus From San Diego to Indy  Inside Indiana Business

Baylor ordered to turn over documents in sex assault lawsuit   Associated Press

Azusa Pacific University sued by Supervisor over alleged cover-up of anti-gay violence  News Release

Disgraced Baylor Coach's Finds New Job at Christian School  Houston Press

'If you mess up, you 'fess up': White urged Baylor openness  Houston Chronicle

***TEACHING

Syllabus Offering Self-Grading Pulled at Georgia  Inside Higher Ed

When Will We Talk About the Syllabus?  Chronicle of Higher Ed

Public records appear to have been altered at University of Florida  Chronicle of Higher Ed

Why can’t college graduates write coherent prose?  Washington Post

The Benefits of No-Tech Note Taking: A year after banning students from taking notes on laptops, a professor reports on the results  Chronicle of Higher Ed

***STUDENT LIFE

What I Wish I Had Known Freshman Year of College  Teen Vogue

People who Complain about Millennials are Really just complaining about being old  Quartz

Report: Where students feel most and least ― safe on campus  USA Today

Yes, Smartphones Are Destroying a Generation, But Not of Kids  Jstor

***SEXUAL HARASSMENT & ASSAULT

Male student one semester from graduating sues UT-Austin over possible expulsion for alleged sexual assault  Daily Mail

Pulling Back on Title IX Enforcement  Inside Higher Ed

Institutions appear to be cracking down on big-name professors in sexual harassment cases  Inside Higher Ed

U.S. Asks Court to Put Hold on Lawsuit as It Reviews 2011 Title IX Guidance  Chronicle of Higher Ed

Lawsuits From Students Accused of Sex Assault Cost Many Colleges More Than $200,000  Chronicle of Higher Ed

Taylor Swift's sexual assault testimony takes aim at one of the most persistent sexist myths today  Quartz

How Schools Handle Title IX Cases for K-12 Students  The Atlantic

***STUDENT MEDIA

Journalism groups rally behind UCSD student media against retaliatory withdrawal of financial support  Student Press Law Center

Snapchat Throws Lifeline To College Papers  Media Post

 

It's a never-ending cycle

You start a project determined to execute it perfectly. You avoid it until you can “do it right,” but then you don’t do it at all. You feel frozen, stuck, incapable. You are paralyzed by the fear that you will be bad at the thing you want to accomplish. Which, of course, makes it impossible to accomplish anything.

It's a never ending cycle: perfectionism, procrastination, paralysis.

At my best, I am an efficient and organized person. I thrive off of hard work and high pressure, always ambitious, always reaching for the next thing to do or make or achieve. I am productive and full of ideas. I take charge and take action. I keep a clean house and read at least a book a week.

At my worst, I am flighty and frazzled. I spend far more time thinking about how I want to do something than I do actually doing it. I doubt every choice I make, every thought that flits across my mind. I let my apartment get increasingly messy, even though I know how much I need a clean space in order to be happy. I just can’t confront the glaring imperfection of a sink full of dishes, baskets of dirty laundry.

I recede further and further inside of myself.

Jenni Berrett writing in Ravishly

Looking back on failure

When you look back on your choices from a year ago, you should always hope to find a few decisions that seem stupid now because that means you are growing. If you only live in the safety zone where you know you can’t mess up, then you’ll never unleash your true potential. If you know enough about something to make the optimal decision on the first try, then you’re not challenging yourself.

James Clear

The best performers

Self-regulation begins with setting goals - not big, life-directing goals, but more immediate goals for what you're going to be doing today. In the research, the poorest performers don't set goals at all; they just slog through their work. Mediocre performers set goals that are general and are often focused on simply achieving a good outcome - win the order; get the new project proposal done. The best performers set goals that are not about the outcome but rather about the process of reaching the outcome.

For example, instead of just winning the order, their goal might be to focus especially hard on discerning the customer's unstated needs. You can see how this is strongly analogous to the first step of deliberate practice. The best performers are focused on how they could get better at some specific element of the work, just as a pianist may focus on improving a particular passage.

The best performers make the most specific, technique-oriented plans. They're thinking exactly, not vaguely, of how to get where they're going.

Geoff Colvin, Talent is Overrated

articles of interest - August 7

***SOCIAL MEDIA

Facebook is starting to put more posts from local politicians into people’s News Feed  Recode

Twitter is testing a $99 per month subscription that could get you more followers  Business Insider

***PRODUCING MEDIA

Adobe Premiere Clip 101: Editing your videos on your Smartphone   Gadget Hacks

RED Hydrogen One $1,200 smartphone revealed in MKBHD video  Business Insider

How to Get the Perfect Eclipse Shot Using Your Smartphone  Wired

10 Things We Learned Producing a Podcast at a University  Chronicle of Higher Ed

***INTERNET

Use the Wayback Machine to Save Your Favorite Sites Forever  LifeHacker

***TECHNOLOGY

How to make soldiers’ brains better at noticing threats  Economist

How Two Brothers Turned Seven Lines of Code Into a $9.2 Billion Startup  Bloomberg

Inside Andy Rubin's Quest to Create an OS for Everything  Wired

Google Earth Is Trying To Help Stop Slavery In India  Vocativ

***THE BUSINESS OF MEDIA

Pew’s Digital News Fact Sheet tracks the growth of mobile ads and Facebook’s growing share  Talking New Media

***JOURNALISM

China's Few Investigative Journalists Face Increasing Challenges  NPR

How BuzzFeed News revealed hidden spy planes in US airspace with a machine-learning algorithm  Columbia Journalism Review

These are the most — and the least — trusted news sources in the U.S.  MarketWatch

Local TV station records lawsuit underscores North Carolina’s text message troubles  Columbia Journalism Review

***THE BUSINESS OF JOURNALISM

Snopes is owed money, but question remains over how much  Union Tribune

Snopes won the first round in the battle for its site. Round two begins today  Poynter

How the blockchain could save journalism’s business model  Technical.ly

***FAKE NEWS

Why Americans Get Conned Again and Again: Their admiration for ingenuity and gumption leaves room for opportunists  The Atlantic

FBI tracked 'fake news' believed to be from Russia on Election Day  CNN

***PERSONAL GROWTH

The decision that most affects your happiness  Becoming (my blog)

Kids need structure more than warmth from their parents  Quartz

How Information Overload Robs Us of Our Creativity: What the Scientific Research Shows  Open Culture

When Public Speaking, Look at Individuals Instead of the Entire Group  Life Hacker

Scientists made people turn off their notifications for a day, and saw an effect years later  Quartz

***GRAMMAR

Policing people’s grammar online is never really about grammar  Quartz

My new pet peeve is the past perfect (opinion)   Chronicle of Higher Ed

***WRITING & READING

On Writing: Anne Lamott  Chronicle of Higher Ed

***LANGUAGE

The rising usage of swear words in literature suggests that American society is becoming increasingly individualistic  Phys.org

***LITERATURE

Free: You Can Now Read Classic Books by MIT Press on Archive.org  Open Culture

‘Dictionary of American Regional English’ Speaks!  Chronicle of Higher Ed

The New PEN America Digital Archive: 1,500 Hours of Audio & Video Featuring 2,200 Eminent Writers  Open Culture

***GENDER  

Male and female journalists still aren’t paid the same. When and how can we demand change?  Poynter

Medicine Is Getting More Precise … For White People  FiveThirtyEight

***RACE & ETHNICITY ISSUES

The Asian Bachelorette (comedy video)  Wong Fu Productions

Justice Department To Probe Universities Over Affirmative Action Policies  NPR

Sikhs in America: Hate Crime Victims and Bias  ProPublica

***FREE SPEECH

Campus free speech bill becomes law in North Carolina  The FIRE

***LEGAL ISSUES

Couple Who Declined to Pay Their Wedding Photographer $125 Are Ordered to Pay $1 Million  People  

ACLU Defends John Oliver Against Coal Baron With Hilarious Brief  Huffington Post

A legal battle that's got something for historians, grammar nerds, activists, and copyright nuts: The fight over an iconic civil rights anthem  Hollywood Reporter

The Star Wars Video That Baffled YouTube's Copyright Cops  Wired

National Enquirer Argues False Stories About Celebrity Sex Changes Can't Be Defamatory  Hollywood Reporter

U.S. Supreme Court ruling leads to offensive trademark requests  Reuters

Judge Rules KickassTorrents Founder Properly Charged With Criminal Copyright Conspiracy  Hollywood Reporter

***BIG DATA & STATISTICS

The limitations of Big Data are based within “messy data”  Fortune

AI and music-will machines soon be composing symphonies & hit singles-will we become slaves to the algorithm?  The Guardian

To get computers to think like humans, we need an AI paradigm that reflects top-down knowledge  New York Times

UK big data firm claiming role in Trump & Brexit successes now playing part in African elections  BBC

Can data predict fashion trends? Technology may be disrupting a peculiar business   Economist

Quantum world causality: A new model extends the definition of causality to quantum-mechanical systems  Physics.org

Why China’s AI push is worrying: state-controlled corporations are developing powerful artificial intelligence  Economist

How data science can help us fight human trafficking   The Conversation

***RELIGION

WWE Has Successfully Trademarked The Term ‘3:16’  UpRoxx

Jesus Responds To The WWE Trademarking Bible Verse '3:16' on Colbert Show (video)  YouTube

Israeli Authorities Arrest Antiquities Dealers In Connection With Hobby Lobby Scandal Parallels  NPR

I'm a black pastor. Here's why I'm staying in the Southern Baptist  Washington Post

Does the Bible say there's oil in Israel? Thousands are paying a Dallas company to find out  Dallas News

Assemblies of God national office named in Oregon child sex abuse lawsuit  News-Leader

Why Are There No New Major Religions?  The Atlantic

Only Christians can own cottages at this idyllic Michigan resort   MLive

***RELIGION & FINANCES

The No. 1 Reason Churches End Up in Court Is No Longer Child Abuse  Christianity Today

Christians more than twice as likely to blame a person’s poverty on lack of effort  Washington Post

Robbing God, Literally: 1 in 10 Protestant Churches Experience Embezzlement  Christianity Today

The Pay Gap Is Worse for Pastor-Moms  Christianity Today

***RELIGION & POLITICS

Trump can’t Save Christian America (opinion)  New York Times

***ART & DESIGN

Accidental Wes Anderson: Every Place in the World with a Wes Anderson Aesthetic Gets Documented by Reddit  Open Culture

Why everybody liked Norman Rockwell And why it is probably impossible for a visual artist to have such broad appeal in America now  Economist

3D Scans of 7,500 Famous Sculptures, Statues & Artworks: Download & 3D Print Rodin’s Thinker, Michelangelo’s David & More  Open Culture

***MUSIC

How Leonard Cohen & David Bowie Faced Death Through Their Art: A Look at Their Final Albums  Open Culture

AI and music: will we be slaves to the algorithm?  The Guardian

What Music Do Americans Love the Most? 50 Detailed Fan Maps  New York Times

***JOBS & INTERNSHIPS

How to Handle Inappropriate Job Interview Questions  Life Hacker

***HEALTH

Unexpected protection A chance finding may lead to a treatment for multiple sclerosis  Economist

How To Watch The 2017 Solar Eclipse  NPR

Why the ‘gold standard’ of medical research is no longer enough  Stat News 

Baylor should put the brakes on claims based on a tiny study of breast cancer and extrapolated benefits  Health News Review

***SCIENCE

Darpa Wants to Build a BS Detector for Science  Wired

In Breakthrough, Scientists Edit a Dangerous Mutation From Genes in Human Embryos  New York Times 

The rise of unproven stem cell therapies turned this obscure scientist into an industry watchdog  Science Mag

The Eclipse of 1878 Almost Killed the Father of the National Weather Service  Atlas Obscura

***RESEARCH

How to fix the academic peer review system (opinion)  GroundUp

A routine check for Image Manipulation in Research  Springer

Can PhD Students Write Review Papers?  Discover Magazine

***HIGHER ED

University presidents often seem to struggle to issue apologies in controversial cases, but some say they tend to have reason to be cautious  Inside Higher Ed

Trinity Loses Donations, Students After Professor’s Facebook Posts  Hartford Courant

What’s Next on Title IX: Little Appetite for Rollback of Obama Guidelines  Inside Higher Ed

Wichita State University’s name is misspelled on its water tower  Kansas

Justice Dept to investigate the affirmative-action policies of colleges and universities to see if they discriminate against white students  New York Times

How The For-Profit College Art Institutes Found A Savior With Christian Roots  BuzzFeed

***STUDENT MEDIA

Snapchat is working with college newspapers to produce local Discover Stories   The Verge

95-Year-Old Woman Finally Got Her College Diploma And Is Now Moving Back In With Her Parents  Chick Hole

Oklahoma College Newspaper to Begin Charging for Content  Cleveland Leader

University of Central Missouri's student newspaper on hold for the year after budget shortfall  Student Press Law Center

***STUDENT LIFE

The digital native is a myth: The younger generation uses technology in the same ways as older people — and is no better at multitasking  Nature

Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation? (written by a SD State professor)  The Atlantic

Nightclub and dorm footage clears USC student of rape  Daily Mail

Millennials Are Uncertain, Not Entitled   Huffington Post

Millennials Are Blamed for a Lot of Things but They’re Reviving the Vinyl Record Industry  Fortune

***SEXUAL HARASSMENT & ASSAULT

Federal Sex-Assault Investigations Are Being Resolved More Often. These 11 Cases Show How  Chronicle of Higher Ed

Sex trafficking operation: More than 1,000 arrests across US  CNN

College journalist nabs $2k award for reporting on campus sexual harassment  USA Today

***ACADEMIC LIFE

A Caltech Professor Who Harassed Two Female Students Has Resigned  BuzzFeed

Rutgers prof removed from classroom after controversy over 'threatening' tweets  New Jersey.com

New book tries to help readers cope with that faculty colleague who never liked a new idea or offered to help  Inside Higher Ed

Arrest warrant issued for Northwestern professor in Near North Side stabbing death  Chicago Tribune

University of Kentucky faculty member files federal civil rights lawsuit: School officials fired following criticism the Gov’s Medicaid waiver proposal  Kentucky.com

The University Of Washington Just Fired A Tenured Professor For The First Time  BuzzFeed

Fresno State Removes Adjunct after Anti-Trump Tweets   Inside Higher Ed

 

The decision that most affects your happiness

There are two premises that lead Moran Cerf, a neuroscientist at Northwestern University, to believe personal company is the most important factor for long-term satisfaction. 

The first is that decision-making is tiring. A great deal of research has found that humans have a limited amount of mental energy to devote to making choices. Picking our clothes, where to eat, what to eat when we get there, what music to listen to, whether it should actually be a podcast, and what to do in our free time all demand our brains to exert that energy on a daily basis.

The second premise is that humans falsely believe they are in full control of their happiness by making those choices. So long as we make the right choices, the thinking goes, we'll put ourselves on a path toward life satisfaction.

Cerf rejects that idea. The truth is, decision-making is fraught with biases that cloud our judgment. People misremember bad experiences as good, and vice versa; they let their emotions turn a rational choice into an irrational one; and they use social cues, even subconsciously, to make choices they'd otherwise avoid.

But as Cerf tells his students, that last factor can be harnessed for good.

His neuroscience research has found that when two people are in each other's company, their brain waves will begin to look nearly identical.  

"This means the people you hang out with actually have an impact on your engagement with reality beyond what you can explain. And one of the effects is you become alike."

From those two premises, Cerf's conclusion is that if people want to maximize happiness and minimize stress, they should build a life that requires fewer decisions by surrounding themselves with people who embody the traits they prefer. Over time, they'll naturally pick up those desirable attitudes and behaviors. At the same time, they can avoid the mentally taxing low-level decisions that sap the energy needed for higher-stakes decisions.

Chris Weller writing in Business Insider

articles of interest - July 31

***TECHNOLOGY

Adobe is finally killing its hated Flash Player  Mashable

First Human Embryos Edited in U.S.  MIT Tech Review

Hackers break into voting machines in minutes at hacking competition  The Hill

Don’t be the co-worker who sends late-night emails. Use this free tool  Poynter

***BIG DATA & STATISTICS

Big names in statistics want to shake up much-maligned P value  Nature

Google launches free course on Deep Learning: the science of teaching computers how to teach themselves  Open Culture

How predictive analytics is being used at LinkedIn  Predictive Analytics World

China plans to Use AI to "gain global economic dominance by 2030"  MIT Technology Review

Bring neural networks to smartphones  Campus Technology

The 10 coolest big data products of 2017 (So Far)  CNN

How computational psychiatry is using Machine Learning, data mining, and AI to revolutionize mental illness  MIT Technology Review

 ***SOCIAL MEDIA

Privacy Isn't Dead. It's More Popular Than Ever  Wired

The Right Social Media Metrics Are Different For Every Business  Ad Exchange

How Facebook overcame its “coolness” problem, won back the kids who fled it for Snapchat, and secured its dominance of social media  Slate

Study of social media retracted when authors can’t provide data  Retraction Watch

***PRODUCING MEDIA

The Beginner's Guide to Podcasts  Wired

MS Paint is here to stay  Windows Blog

How To Preserve Your Polaroid Photos  NPR

***INTERNET

What Google's New Autoplay Experiment Means for the Future of Search  Wired

Concerned about browsing privacy? Here's how to install Firefox Focus  Tech Republic

***THE BUSINESS OF MEDIA

Twitter reports $116-million loss and flat user growth; its stock drops 13%  LA Times

Jobs’ ex Buys The Atlantic  Forbes

SESAC scores big win in radio royalty rate dispute  The Tennessean

***JOURNALISM

Fact-Checking Website Snopes Is Fighting To Stay Alive  NPR

InVID Wants to Help Journalists Debunk Fake Videos  PBS Media Shift

How to responsibly mix fiction and journalism  Online News Assoc.

Trump Tests the F-Bomb Policy at The New York Times  The Atlantic

What I learned about journalism at the New York Post  Columbia Journalism Review

That R. Kelly ‘cult’ story almost never ran. Thank Hulk Hogan for that  Washington Post

7 words (and more) you shouldn’t use in medical news  Health News Review

***THE BUSINESS OF JOURNALISM

Driving Our Employees Over the EdgeIn an industry that valorizes overwork and toxic coping strategies, we can model something different  Source

News organizations are using Nextdoor to connect with readers block-by-block  Poynter

Fox News And 'New York Times' Clash Over Paper's ISIS Reporting  NPR

White House aide’s tirade tests editors and producers   Associated Press

***PERSONAL GROWTH

Our Minds Have Been Hijacked by Our Phones. Tristan Harris Wants to Rescue Them  Wired

If-then planning is a really powerful way to help you achieve any goal  Becoming (my blog)

One surprising way money can buy happiness, according to scientists  The Washington Post

If you’re 30% through your life, you’re likely 90% through your best relationships  Quartz

Smart People Are More Likely to Stereotype  The Atlantic

What To Tell Kids Instead of "You're So Smart"  Life Hacker

***WRITING & READING

Why I Don’t Ask Students to Write the Thesis Statement First  Chronicle of Higher Ed

Getting Kids Interested In Poetry  NPR

Aiding the Writing-Stalled Professor   Chronicle of Higher Ed

Author discusses her new book of writing advice for academics  Inside Higher Ed

Notorious=famous is not an uncommon mistake and the New York Times made it  Chronicle of Higher Ed

***LITERATURE

Jane Austen, 200 years on How an unremarkable Englishwoman became a literary juggernaut  Economist

A map of America through 737 favorite books set in each of the 50 states   StoryMaps

Author Jeannette Walls on "The Glass Castle"  CBS News

The Heretical Things Statistics Tell Us About Fiction  The New Yorker

***GENDER  

Following uproar, surgery journal retracts paper with male-only pronouns  Retraction Watch

Trump: I consulted the military about the transgender ban. Military: no, you didn’t  Vox

Bloomberg Quicktake: Transgender Legal Rights  Bloomberg

Transformers: Lost Light #8 Features Trans Women Transformers  Bleeding Cool

***DIVERSITY

7 facts about Americans with disabilities  Pew Research

***RELIGION

Muslims In The U.S. Face Increased Discrimination, PEW Report Says  NPR

Justin Bieber runs over photographer at church and then lays hands on him, police say   Kansas City Star

Demand for exorcists is soaring in France: The Catholic church has left a big gap in the market  Economist

Most White Evangelicals Don’t Believe Muslims Belong in America  Christianity Today

Hobby Lobby thinks the Bible can save America. Now its museum has to convince its critics  PBS

Lesbian mom asks Christian judge to recuse himself from her divorce case citing his stance against homosexuality  New York Daily News

Why some people are so sure they're right, even when they are not  Science Daily

Outlaw pastor Rob Bell shakes up the Bible Belt  CNN

Outback Steakhouse is a chain of Satan  BongBong

Is mega-pastor getting a $110 Million contract from Lakewood Church?  KHOU

President Trump Nominates Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback as Religious Freedom Ambassador  Associated Press

***ART & DESIGN

What is the real role of a design portfolio website?  UXdesign

This algorithmic generative art explores the visual beauty of math  BongBong

***MUSIC

The sound illusion that makes Dunkirk so intense (video)  YouTube

BMI, ASCAP to Combine Music Databases  Broadcasting and Cable

The Rise and Decline of the “Sellout”  Slate

The Best Band Nobody Can Sign  The Fader

***FILM

How Did Akira Kurosawa Make Such Powerful & Enduring Films? A Wealth of Video Essays Break Down His Cinematic Genius  Open Culture

***BUSINESS

30 firms earn half the total profit made by all US public companies  Quartz

***HEALTH

Prescription video games may be the future of medicine  The Verge

The Company Behind Many Surprise Emergency Room Bills  New York Times

Doctors Make The Case Against Taking A Full Course Of Antibiotics  NPR

How Scared Should I Be of Macaroni and Cheese?  The Atlantic

How well do you know your body? Take our quiz  Stat

Beware Scam “Clinical Trials” That Ask You to Pay Money for Unproven Therapies  Life Hacker

***SCIENCE

Don't run biomedical science as a business: Science should abandon its assembly-line mentality and rebuild for quality, not quantity  Nature

***PSYCHOLOGY

England’s Mental Health Experiment: No-Cost Talk Therapy  New York Times

Students say they don't know where to turn for mental health services  Education Dive

Stanford researchers have discovered a simple shift in thinking can make you live longer  Quartz

***PHILOSOPHY

Philosopher Who Praised Risk Died Trying to Save Children From Drowning  New York Times

James Franco Hosts Philosophy Time, a New Videos Series Created to Help Philosophy Reach a Wider Audience  Open Culture

***ETHICS

If you could 'design' your own child, would you?  Washington Post

***RESEARCH

Science needs an IMDb for authors to promote the idea of “data authorship"  New England Journal of Medicine

 Why published research is untrustworthy  Springer

For the majority of researchers, the role of publishing is not so much to ensure the widest possible dissemination of their findings at the lowest cost, but to build up their standing and their professional portfolio  University Affairs

How training can help fix the research reproducibility crisis: Giving researchers better skills analyzing large datasets  Inside Higher Ed

Group of scientists concerned about reproducibility say a p-value cutoff of 0.05 isn’t strict enough  Science Mag

The One-Percent Club For Top-Cited Papers  Scholarly Kitchen

***HIGHER ED

There are 2.4 million fewer college students than there were five years ago  Hechinger Report

Wake Forest Freshmen Get an ‘Irreverent’ Take on Orientation  Chronicle of Higher Ed

Trump Struggles to Find a Leader for White House Initiative on Black Colleges  Chronicle of Higher Ed

Provost says she was denied due process before removal over conflict of interest with Counseling Center  KBTX

Who Is Betsy DeVos?And how did she get to be head of our schools?  NY Mag

Recent Higher Ed Scandals lay Bare the Murky Moral Waters Leaders must Navigate  Inside Higher Ed

***CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS

A Series of Modest Steps to Save Christian Higher Education (Step 1: Get rid of as many people who do not teach as possible) (opinion)   Patheos

With more students streaming classes online, Southern Evangelical Seminary plans to sell campus and find smaller facility  Charlotte Observer

The American Association of Christian Counselors Conference Features Court Evangelicals (opinion)  Patheos

***TEACHING

New book about promoting success of at-risk students  Inside Higher Ed

Your Syllabus Doesn’t Have to Look Like a Contract  Chronicle of Higher Ed

***FREE SPEECH

Who should police free speech on college campuses? Congress wants to know  USA Today

***STUDENT LIFE

Student-loan forgiveness has halted under Trump   Associated Press

At Harvard, extraordinary court battle between Ph.D. student and prominent researcher grinds on  Science Mag

***ACADEMIC LIFE

UNC civil rights center may be barred from litigation, raising questions about the role of law schools and academic freedom  Inside Higher Ed