Learn by Doing

Learn by doing. Not sure if you can break into the pharmaceutical industry? Spend six months interning at Pfizer making connections and see what happens. Curious whether marketing or product development is a better fit than what you currently do? If you work in a company where those functions exist, offer to help out for free. Whatever the situation, actions, not plan, generate lessons that help you test your hypotheses against reality. Actions help you discover where you want to go and how to get there.

Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha, The Startup of You

Managing Your “Mental Tabs”

Have you ever had too many Internet tabs open at once? It is a madhouse of distraction. When I feel like my brain has too many tabs open at once, it’s often the result of trying to mentally juggle too many thoughts at the same time.

Writing gives form to your ideas and gets them out of your head, freeing up bandwidth and preventing you from crashing your browser like a late night downward spiral on Wikipedia.

Gregory Ciotti writing in HelpScout

Articles of Interest - Feb 19


Drones that dodge obstacles without guidance can pursue you like paparazzi  MIT Technology Review 

In the future we won’t edit genomes—we’ll just print out new ones  MIT Tech Review


Even a moth’s brain is smarter than an AI: a neural network that simulates the way moths recognize odors also shows how they learn so much faster than machines  MIT Tech Review

Buzzwords Just Create Confusion about Data Science  Dark Reading 

The misuse, abuse and traps of “statistical significance”  Christensen Institute


Want the Perfect Instagram Photo? This Park Hires a Photographer for You  Bloomberg

Facebook’s two-factor authentication system auto-posts replies on your profile  The Verge

Snapchat founder says user complaints 'validate' redesign  CNN

Why Facebook’s earliest efforts to kill off Snapchat completely backfired  Recode


Carry Around Your Google Account's Backup Two-Step Verification Codes in Case Your Phone is Stolen  Life Hacker

Tired of texting? Google tests robot to chat with friends for you  The Guardian

Google is replacing Facebook’s traffic to publishers  Recode

The ‘Stories’ format is coming to Google search next  The Verge

What Is Google Really Up To With Chrome Ad Blocking?  Popular Mechanics


The Cult of Convenience  Becoming (my blog) 

The Tyranny of Convenience (opinion)  New York Times

The ABCs of Fake Empathy: what it is, what it isn’t and how to cultivate it  The Polymath Project 


Why ‘Dialogue Journalism’ Is Having a Moment  PBS Media Shift 

When it comes to press freedom, America is no longer a ‘beacon’ for the world  Columbia Journalism Review

The Heartbreak and Frustration of Covering One Mass Shooting After Another  New Yorker

How the non-disclosure agreement became a tool for powerful people to stymie journalists from informing the public  Columbia Journalism Review

John Oliver: Is He a Journalist, Despite His Protests?  Variety

Best practices for reporting through social media during a mass shooting  Poynter 


Guide to Audience Revenue and Engagement of News Audiences  Columbia Journalism Review

New York Times CEO: Print journalism has maybe another 10 years  CNBC

How much U.S. newspapers charge for digital subscriptions  American Press Institute


The most common hashtags tweeted by Russian trolls  Quartz

Fake news is an existential crisis for social media  Tech Crunch


In 'Freshwater,' A College Student Learns To Live With Separate Selves  NPR


Education Department says it is no longer investigating transgender bathroom complaints  BuzzFeed

Judge gives grandparents custody of Ohio transgender teen  CNN

Male and female brain rhythms show differences  Science Daily


‘Resist White Supremacy’: A sign. A farm. And the fury that followed  Washington Post

NBC Insists On Saying 'Pyeongchang' Incorrectly Because 'It's Cleaner' Huffington Post

How Diverse Casting in Branded Videos Expands Your Audience  Video Strategist


Provosts are generally confident of free speech rights at their own colleges and universities, but many are worried about the situation more broadly in higher education  Inside Higher Ed

The 10 worst colleges for free speech: 2018  The FIRE


Law School Accreditor Proposes Easing Limits on Online Education  Inside Higher Ed

Supreme Court Tackles Fourth Amendment Case Involving Cellphone Privacy  Law.com

Beyoncé Songs Come to the Olympics. But Who Pays for the Rights?  New York Times

Judge Rules News Publishers Violated Copyright by Embedding Tweets of Tom Brady Photo  Hollywood Reporter

In-Line Linking May Be Copyright Infringement–Goldman v. Breitbart News  Technology & Marketing Law Blog


Author of “The Faith of Donald J. Trump” is challenged on Morning Joe  MSNBC

Charlotte Mother Jailed For Baptism: Mother Reports To Jail  WSOC-TV


A landmark 5Pointz case shows the legal reasons why graffiti is art  Quartz

How restaurateur Mr Chow became the unlikely hero of the art world  Dazed

What the 5Pointz ruling means for street artists  The Conversation


Classical Music Couples Throughout History  NPR

A Town In Mexico Sees Guitar Sales Soar Thanks To The Movie 'Coco'  NPR


Bill Would Hold College Presidents Accountable for Sexual Abuse by Employees  Chronicle of Higher Ed 

In The Wake Of Rob Porter Allegations, Mormon Women Say Church Leaders Encouraged Them To Stay With Their Abusers  BuzzFeed

The Moral Responsibility of Restaurant Critics in the Age of #MeToo  The New Yorker

Bill Would Hold College Presidents Accountable for Sexual Abuse by Employees  Chronicle of Higher Ed

The Call-In: Knowing Sexual Harassers  NPR

Breaking the Silence: the #MeToo Moment in Scholarly Communication  Scholarly Kitchen


New malleable 'electronic skin' self-healable, recyclable  University of Colorado Boulder

Google AI can scan your eyes to predict heart disease  Engadget


No, opposites do not attract  The Conversation

8 facts about love and marriage in America  Pew Research Center

How to avoid hugs (video)


A single dad walked 11 miles to work every day—until his co-workers found out  CNN

How Two Police Drones Saved a Woman's Life  The Atlantic

50 Years Later, Mister Rogers Remains Our Favorite Neighbor NPR


What Color Is a Tennis Ball?  The Atlantic

The Psychology Behind Successful Apps (opinion)  Media Post


Philosophy Relies on Those Double Majors  The Splintered Mind

A Celebrity Philosopher Explains the Populist Insurgency  New Yorker


Tech’s Ethical ‘Dark Side’: Harvard, Stanford and Others Want to Address It  New York Times


Meet the ‘data thugs’ out to expose shoddy and questionable research   Science Mag


How Russian Bots Spread Fear at University in the U.S.  Inside Higher Ed

Students who attend for-profit colleges are outperformed on earnings and employment by other students in nearly every category  Brookings

In a fast-changing world, nearly everything is unsettled in higher education  Inside Higher Ed

What students know that experts don't: School is all about signaling, not skill-building  LA Times

Getting from ‘Hello’ to ‘I Do’ on a Christian College Campus  Christianity Today

Female students at Christian colleges more likely to experience gender discrimination  Christianity Today


Harnessing the Power of the Developing Brain  Chronicle of Higher Ed

Hybrid learning techniques in both online and traditional classes can be better used (opinion)  Hechinger Report

Online Courses Are Harming the Students Who Need the Most help  New York Times

Future economy demands workers who can learn online  The Hill

The lack of meaningful pedagogical training during graduate school  Chronicle of Higher Ed

Since the mid-1970s, college students have become increasingly less likely to major in education  Market Watch


College PR offices fight against student media to manipulate narrative  Student Press Law Center

Students hassled by transit authority and local cops for filming on the sidewalk of a public bus station    

Student reporter interviews classmates during shooting  Fort Worth Star-Telegram


The 7 Things Students Think About When Choosing a College  Chronicle of Higher Ed

Millennials Are Obsessed With Pets  Media Post

College roommates underestimate each other's distress, new psychology research shows  Science Daily


Why I Collapsed on the Job: Academics are silent workaholics—so free to work whenever we want that many of us end up working all the time  Chronicle of Higher Ed

Michigan State University Faculty Senate passes no confidence vote in Board of Trustees  Michigan Radio

History in the Face of Catastrophe: After my son died, how could I know anything for certain?  Chronicle of Higher Ed

The Cult of Convenience

Everyone, or nearly everyone, is on Facebook: It is the most convenient way to keep track of your friends and family, who in theory should represent what is unique about you and your life. Yet Facebook seems to make us all the same. Its format and conventions strip us of all but the most superficial expressions of individuality, such as which particular photo of a beach or mountain range we select as our background image.

I do not want to deny that making things easier can serve us in important ways, giving us many choices (of restaurants, taxi services, open-source encyclopedias) where we used to have only a few or none. But being a person is only partly about having and exercising choices. It is also about how we face up to situations that are thrust upon us, about overcoming worthy challenges and finishing difficult tasks — the struggles that help make us who we are. What happens to human experience when so many obstacles and impediments and requirements and preparations have been removed?

Today’s cult of convenience fails to acknowledge that difficulty is a constitutive feature of human experience. Convenience is all destination and no journey. But climbing a mountain is different from taking the tram to the top, even if you end up at the same place. We are becoming people who care mainly or only about outcomes. We are at risk of making most of our life experiences a series of trolley rides.

Tim Wu writing in The New York Times

Articles of Interest - Feb 12


STUDY: We’re Not Addicted To Smartphones, We’re Addicted To Social Interaction  Daily Wire

Jon Gabriel: How to keep social media from rewiring your brain  AZcentral

Teens Are Losing It Over Snapchat's Unpopular App Redesign  BuzzFeed


Instagram Is Telling People If You Screenshot Their Story In A Test  BuzzFeed

Instagram is testing screenshot alerts for stories  TechCrunch


Inside the Two Years that Shook Facebook—and the World  Wired

Facebook hired a full time pollster to monitor Zuckerberg’s approval ratings  The Verge

Facebook Messenger’s ‘Your Emoji’ status tells friends what’s up  TechCrunch

Facebook losing young users even faster to Snapchat  USA Today


Twitter just had its first profitable quarter  CNN

Twitter failed to remove hundreds of Russian propaganda videos aimed at Americans  CNN


Your Mobile Phone Can Give Away Your Location, Even If You Tell It Not To Scientific American

Behold, the 157 new emoji for 2018  Ars Technica


Podcasting Is the New Soft Diplomacy  The Ringer


You Can Now Mute Websites Forever in Chrome  LifeHacker

What to Do If Your Favorite Website Won't Load  LifeHacker


Chinese police are wearing sunglasses that can recognize faces  Quartz


Newspaper movie trailer 

How cleaning off your desk can help you figure out what to say no to  Poynter

 Proposed Journalist Protection Act Would Make Assault Of Reporter A Federal Crime  Forbes


Theresa May announces review into future of newspapers  BBC

Newsonomics: Inside Tronc’s sale of the L.A. Times (and all the new questions to come)  Nieman Journalism Lab

New York Times Co. Subscription Revenue Surpassed $1 Billion in 2017  New York Times

Can Independent Web Journalism Survive?  PBS Media Shift


He Predicted The 2016 Fake News Crisis. Now He's Worried About An Information Apocalypse  BuzzFeed 

Overseas Fake News Publishers Use Facebook’s Instant Articles To Bring In More Cash  BuzzFeed

Let’s focus on real journalism, not so called ‘fake news’ (opinion)  Grand Rapids Herald Review

A Field Guide to Fake News and Other Information Disorders: A Free Manual to Download, Share & Re-Use  Open Culture 

The far-right sharing fake news — or conservatives sharing conservative journalism?  NiemanLab


The Argument Against Quantum Computers  Quantam Magazine

Behind Artificial Intelligence Lurk Oddball Low-Paid Tasks  Wired

New report reveals a growing 'trust gap' in data, analytics, and AI and uncertainties about who's accountable for errors and misuse  ZD Net

China's military "is funding the development of new AI-driven capabilities" in battlefield decision-making and autonomous weaponry  Science Mag

3 steps to get clean, structured data you trust  IOT for All

Are the Digits of Pi Truly Random?  Here’s one for the data geeks among us  Data Science Central

Bayesian model selection shows extremely polarized behavior when the models are wrong  Phys org

Cloudera looks to be an Apache Hadoop/Spark alternative to making meaning out of the Data Deluge   Federal News Radio


The Moment You Feel  Becoming (my blog)


Oxford comma dispute is settled as Maine drivers get $5 million  Boston

How periods and scare quotes can create emphasis far beyond the squiggles on the page  Chronicle of Higher Ed


A Language's Popularity Could Influence Its Grammar and Vocabulary  The Atlantic

An unsung term that has the magical power of deflecting anger and resentment  Chronicle of Higher Ed

How Americans preserved British English  BBC

Talking Killer Whales? Gullible Science Journalists More Likely  Chronicle of Higher Ed 


Plagiarism Software Unveils a New Source for 11 of Shakespeare’s Plays  New York Times

Bill Gates Names His New Favorite Book of All Time: A Quick Introduction to Steven Pinker’s Enlightenment Now


A word in the Nunes memo that has no male counterpart  Chronicle of Higher Ed


This is what happens when a class called ‘White Racism’ comes to campus death threats and hate mail keep arriving for the professor  Daily Dot 

California police worked with neo-Nazis to pursue 'anti-racist' activists, documents show  The Guardian

Black History Month posters covered up at University of Tennessee with ones referencing Hitler  CBS News

Former Klansman finds Forgiveness and a Friend in a Black Church  Philadelphia Inquirer


Can LGBT Rights and Religious Rights Coexist?  Washington Post

Died: James W. Sire, Editor Who Brought Us Francis Schaeffer and Os Guinness  Christianity Today

Christian group plans ‘revival’ to protest ‘toxic evangelicalism’  Religious News Service

Ex-CFO stole $100K from Children's Bible Fellowship in Kent: Cops  Lohud 

The Michigan town where only Christians are allowed to buy houses  The Guardian

Christian-only Michigan community faces lawsuit: Buyers must prove they are practicing churchgoers to live in Bay View  The Week

5 facts about blacks and religion in America  Pew Research Center

Racist Bullying? Religious School In Texas Argues Courts Can’t Intervene  Huffington Post  


Natalie Grant reclaims voice from cancer  Times FreePress

Trouble No More trailer (video)


The complicated history of In God We Trust and other examples Trump gives of American religion  Washington Post

3 new books analyze Trump’s faith and his faithful followers  Religious News Service

Beth Moore, Jen Hatmaker and other evangelical leaders are publishing a letter urging Trump, Congress to act on immigration  The Washington Post


Compilation of 2017 loops  Philip Lueck


Bob Dylan Updates "The Times They Are A-Changin'" for 2018 (video)


Student-run newspaper says hundreds of copies taken from racks due to controversial story  KWCH


 Over Time, Humanities Grads Close the Pay Gap With Professional Peers  Chronicle of Higher Ed

Easily accessible porn prevalent among students  Baptist Standard

Preventing suicide: Teen deaths are on the rise, but we know how to fight back  USA Today

Teenagers are better behaved and less hedonistic nowadays - The youth of today  Economist

University Won’t Expel student who called himself “the most active white nationalist in the Nebraska area”  Chronicle of Higher Ed

Kansas Scrambles To Change Rules After 6 Teens Enter Governor's Race  NPR

Dental students took selfie with severed heads at Yale training workshop  Associated Press

Transgender student: Professor refused to use preferred pronoun  New York Post


Digital Media is Driving Job Growth in LA region, report Finds  MSNBC

Microsoft releases its LinkedIn resume helper for Word  Engadget


Is There a Smarter Way to Think About Sexual Assault on Campus?  New Yorker

Ten women sign letter accusing Northwestern journalism professor Alec Klein of sexual harassment and assault  Chicago Reader

Air Force Academy mismanaged sexual assault program, Pentagon says  CNN

UNC claims right to shield names of students disciplined for on-campus sex misconduct  Herald Sun

UT investigates vandalism connected to professor’s domestic abuse case  Statesman

Being Aware Of Abuse May Make People Uncomfortable — And That's OK (by a writing professor)  WBUR


Former William & Mary professor files discrimination lawsuit against college  WY Daily

Princeton students leave class after professor allegedly uses N-word  Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Northwestern journalism professor accused of misconduct takes leave of absence  Chicago Tribune

ICE Detains Chemistry Professor Before He Can Goodbye To His Family  Newsweek

How Much Do Professors Work? One Researcher Is Trying to Find Out  Chronicle of Higher Ed

Northeastern University professor walks back ‘stupid’ comment on Donald Trump  Boston Herald


5 facts about crime in the U.S.  Pew Research

Talk is cheap: the myth of the focus group  The Guardian


Don't Tell Terminal Cancer Patients It's All Going To Be OK  NPR

Many people take dangerously high amounts of ibuprofen  Reuters

Are Hand Dryers Actually Full of Bacteria? A Viral Photo Doesn’t Tell the Whole Story  The New York Times

Scientists create functioning kidney tissue  Manchester


When You’re a ‘Digital Nomad,’ the World Is Your Office  The New York Times

WeWork: The Perfect Manifestation of the Millennial Id  The Atlantic


Why Don't Babies Smile from Birth?  Scientific American

The 4 Great Challenges of Christian Counseling  Christianity Today

The mental health and loneliness paradox  Salon

Major Psychiatric Disorders Have More In Common Than We Thought, Study Finds : The Two-Way  NPR

Why You Get Hooked on Candy Crush and Snapchat  Bloomberg

People with depression use language differently – here's how to spot it  The Conversation 


Meet the Philosophers Who Give ‘The Good Place’ Its Scholarly Bona Fides  Chronicle of Higher Ed

Self-driving cars' Trolley Problem: Philosophers are building ethical algorithms to solve the problem  Quartz


After it stopped posting to Facebook, a Danish broadcaster saw its traffic stability improve  Digiday


A library without books? Universities purging dusty volumes  Yahoo

Judge blocks UW from billing student Republicans for campus rally  Seattle Times

A Crash Course in Crisis Communication for Colleges (opinion)  Chronicle of Higher Ed

Sexual assault less likely, gender discrimination more likely on Christian campuses  Baptist Standard


Our Students Aren’t In Our Heads With Us: Teach Writing In Your Field With Good Assignment Sheets  Chronicle of Higher Ed

This Student Failed Her Assignment Because Her Professor Said "Australia Isn't A Country"  BuzzFeed

How One University Connects Students and Mentors With Surprising Success  Chronicle of Higher Ed

Why I Stopped Writing on My Students’ Papers  Chronicle of Higher Ed

Would College Students Retain More If Professors Dialed Back The Pace?  NPR 

How to Help Students of Differing Abilities  Chronicle of Higher Ed

Shame cuts you down to size

Shame is universal, but the messages and expectations that drive shame are organized by gender. These feminine and masculine norms are the foundation of shame triggers, and here's why: If women want to play by the rules, they need to be sweet, thin, and pretty, stay quiet, be perfect moms and wives, and not own their power. One move outside of these expectations and BAM! The shame web closes in. Men, on the other hand, need to stop feeling, start earning, put everything in their place, and climb their way to the top or die trying. Push open the lid of your box to grab a breath of air, or slide that curtain back a bit to see what's going on, and BAM! Shame cuts you down to size.

Brené Brown, Daring Greatly

Articles of Interest - Feb 5


Here's How Much Instagram Likes Influence Millennials' Choice Of Travel Destinations  Forbes

NY State Attorney General On Why He's Going After Fake Social Media Accounts  NPR

Newsrooms welcome Facebook's new local news emphasis, but remain wary of its effect  Poynter

Public Enemies: Social Media Is Fueling Gang Wars in Chicago  Wired

Facebook looking for an 'extra-terrestrial product manager' as it plans to deliver internet from the sky  CNBC

These Social Media Trends Are On The Rise In 2018  Daily Infographic


Would you care if this feature had been written by a robot?  BBC

Eddie Adams' iconic Vietnam War photo: What happened next  BBC

Know your Journalism Rights: Social media   RTNDA

California Congressman introduces Journalism Protection Act to counteract Trump era  KTVU-TV

Journalists are fleeing for their lives in Mexico. There are few havens  LA Times


In An Era Of Fake News, Advancing Face-Swap Apps Blur More Lines  NPR

'Fake news factories' date back to the 1800s  Business Insider 

'Fiction is outperforming reality': how YouTube's algorithm distorts truth  The Guardian


5 Types of Videos That Will Make Your Brand Stand Out  Video Strategist


Google Has Quietly Dropped Ban on Personally Identifiable Web Tracking  Propublica


How deep learning came to power Alexa, Amazon Web Services, and nearly every other division of the company  Wired

Artificial intelligence is rewiring the news and information ecosystem in novel and unexpected  Policy Options

What is the latest (and arguably greatest) use for deep machine learning? Answer: dropping Nicolas Cage’s face into classic movies, of course!  Gov Tech

A key benchmark in the development of advanced computing devices designed to mimic biological systems could open the door to more natural machine-learning software  Nature


Self-Control Is Just Empathy With Your Future Self  Becoming (my blog)


Oxford English Dictionary adds new words for mansplainers and snowflakes alike  LA Times

The Backward Index — A Clever Pre-Digital Dictionary Hack  Scholarly Kitchen

Fascinating Etymology Charts Show How Very Unexpected Sets Of Words Are Related  Digg

The 36 Letters of the English Alphabet  Scholarly Kitchen


George Orwell Creates a List of the Four Essential Reasons Writers Write  Open Culture

How Alexander Pushkin Was Inspired By His African Heritage  Jstor

A Peek at Famous Readers’ Borrowing Records From a Private New York Library  Atlas Obscura


Elizabeth Blackwell: Google honors the first female doctor in the US  Quartz


President of Nebraska professors group resigns amid UNL free speech fracas  Omaha

Texas Lawmakers Weigh the Limits of Free Speech on Campus: backlash to a controversial “whiteness” column in the campus newspaper  The Chronicle of Higher Education


Dr. Phil Prepares for What Could Be the Strangest Copyright Trial Ever  Hollywood Reporter


Swiss university to offer yodeling degree  BBC


A 'Passion of the Christ' Sequel Is in the Works  Hollywood

Kenneth Copeland's appearances at a South Carolina Army Base sparks protests  WIS-TV

Nick Foles plans to become a pastor after football career  WTXF

This Pastor Is Putting His Faith in a Virtual Reality Church  Wired

Televangelist Gloria Copeland Tells viewers not to get a flu shot  YouTube

In a tough sports town, baptisms and Bible studies fuel many of the Eagles’ stars  Washington Post

New study of Millennials and GenZ points to a “massive religious realignment” in America (opinion)  Religious News Service


What my color-blindness taught me about design  UX Design Collective


Hip-hop’s influence and the growth of music streaming mean genres are being broken down  Economist 

Surfin' Bird History: A Novelty Hit With Wings  Tedium

The science behind sound reproduction and the man whose gift he made to the world will continue that mission for the foreseeable future (podcast)  Twenty Thousand Hertz


Students With Disabilities Are Largely Ignored by Colleges’ Assault Prevention, Study Finds  The Chronicle of Higher Education 

Should Churches Handle Sexual Abuse Allegations Internally?  Christianity Today

Women in Congress address sexual misconduct on Facebook more than men  Pew Research Center

Univ of Arizona faces 2nd lawsuit, violating Title IX even as they knew its athletes were abusing women  Tucson.com

I lost my church because we were advocating for victims of sexual assault within the evangelical community: Written by the First Victim to Report Larry Nassar  Christianity Today

Student sues UT to stop sexual misconduct disciplinary hearing  Statesman


Academics should be collaborating, not competing for pseudoscientific rankings  Ummid

Kansas chemistry instructor arrested by ICE while taking his daughter to school Kansas City


Apple and Amazon’s moves in health could mean empowered patients, better diagnosis of disease and sharply lower costs  Economist

How Math (and Vaccines) Keep You Safe From the Flu  Quanta Magazine


Genes play a role in the likelihood of divorce  Economist


Test how moral (or immoral) you are with this utilitarian philosophy quiz  Quatz


The Cognitive Biases That Convince You the World Is Falling Apart  LifeHacker


Your friends’ brains process the world the same way as you  Quartz


There's a morality test that evaluates utilitarianism better than the Trolley Problem  Quartz


Eighty-two cases of offspring named as co-authors  University World News 

‘Decolonizing’ a Journal  Inside Higher Ed

Online forums give investors an early warning of shady scientific findings  Stat News

A partial solution to the problem of predatory journals, and a new index of journal quality  Alex Holcombe

The future for academic publishers lies in navigating research, not distributing it The London School of Economic and Political Science

It’s time to open the black box of peer review  ASAPbio

Paper authorship goes hyper: A single field is behind the rise of thousand-author papers  Nature Index


Higher Ed is Headed for a Supply and Demand Crisis  Washington Post

Three million Americans are disconnected from higher education  Urban Institute

Professor Claims Moody Bible Institute Fired Her For Helping a female student file a Title IX gender discrimination complaint against the school  Patheos

Woman accuses San Diego pastor of 'sexual healing' therapy scheme  LA Times


Can the Large Lecture Be Saved?  The Chronicle of Higher Education


Student Journalists Launch Website After They Say School Censored Their Paper  NPR


Why Students Are Still Spending So Much for College Textbooks  The Atlantic

Undocumented and Disillusioned, I Decided to Leave America  Washington Post

Screen Addiction Among Teens: Is There Such A Thing?  NPR


Self-Control Is Just Empathy With Your Future Self

Empathy depends on your ability to overcome your own perspective, appreciate someone else’s, and step into their shoes. Self-control is essentially the same skill, except that those other shoes belong to your future self—a removed and hypothetical entity who might as well be a different person. So think of self-control as a kind of temporal selflessness. It’s Present You taking a hit to help out Future You.

Impulsivity and selfishness are just two halves of the same coin, as are their opposites restraint and empathy. Perhaps this is why people who show dark traits like psychopathy and sadism score low on empathy but high on impulsivity. Perhaps it’s why impulsivity correlates with slips among recovering addicts, while empathy correlates with longer bouts of abstinence. These qualities represent our successes and failures at escaping our own egocentric bubbles, and understanding the lives of others—even when those others wear our own older faces.

Ed Yong writing in The Atlantic