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In the News 24.04.15 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets

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In the News 24.04.15 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets

 

 

1. Mixed Signals: Why People Misunderstand Each Other

“One person may think, for example, that by offering help to a colleague, she is coming across as generous. But her colleague may interpret her offer as a lack of faith in his abilities. Just as he misunderstands her, she misunderstands him: She offered him help because she thought he was overworked and stressed. He has, after all, been showing up early to work and going home late every day. But that’s not why he’s keeping strange hours; he just works best when the office is less crowded.”

 
Read the rest of this article at The Atlantic

 

 


 

 

2. Photos: Forbidden from riding bikes, fearless Afghan girls are skateboarding around Kabul

“Australian skateboarder Oliver Percovich created the non-profit Skateistan in 2007, a grassroots project that connects youth and education through skateboarding in Afghanistan. The organization, which has since grown to an award-winning international NGO, caught the attention of London-based photographer Jessica Fulford-Dobson and inspired her to visit the program in Kabul in 2012—especially after learning 45% of the students were female.”

 
Read the rest of this article at Quartz

 

 


 

 

3. Why can’t we read anymore?

“Last year, I read four books.

The reasons for that low number are, I guess, the same as your reasons for reading fewer books than you think you should have read last year: I’ve been finding it harder and harder to concentrate on words, sentences, paragraphs. Let alone chapters. Chapters often have page after page of paragraphs. It just seems such an awful lot of words to concentrate on, on their own, without something else happening. And once you’ve finished one chapter, you have to get through the another one. And usually a whole bunch more, before you can say finished, and get to the next. The next book. The next thing. The next possibility. Next next next.”

 
Read the rest of this article at Medium

 

 


 

 

4. Why Bad News Is Good News

“If you read the news often enough, you’ll know the world is populated by corrupt politicians, rapacious bankers, perverted priests, racist college students, and several hordes of armed zealots. Our planet is not a kind place—at least, if you keep up with the latest media reports. In 2007, for example, the Pew Research Center released data showing that for the past two decades Americans have been mainly interested in the following types of news stories: United States-related war and terrorism, bad weather, and human-made and natural disasters. Crime and social violence, plus health and safety, also ranked higher than most other categories. So, pretty bleak stuff. And just think of what has dominated the headlines since: missing planes, marathon bombings, teen bullying, oil spills, disease outbreak, the mortgage crisis, and the trial of a Florida mother charged with murdering her two-year-old daughter. All horrible.”

 
Read the rest of this article at Pacific Standard

 

 


 

 

5. The Rise of the Alpha Stoners

“Researchers, meanwhile, are less certain about pot as a force for creative good. Taken together, there’s a fair amount of ambivalence in the science. A 2012 report from Reuters cited a Norwegian study that suggested that, “People who reported smoking in the past year generally reported less dedication to work than abstainers.” (This study was published in a journal called Addiction—make of that what you will.) A year earlier, the science reporter Jonah Lehrer looked at some studies when he was a writer for Wired and found some results that suggested weed’s anxiety-reducing and mood-stabilizing properties might lead some users to focus on tasks since “a few puffs seem to dramatically increase feelings of relaxation and euphoria.” (Lehrer’s career suffered a major blow when his reporting was found to be flawed and some of his quotes fabricated, so again, reader beware.)”

 
Read the rest of this article at Fast Company

 

 


P.S. previous articles & more by P.F.M.

 

 

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