Summary of “3 daily habits of geniuses that can make you smarter”

Natural talent exists, but most people we consider geniuses still worked daily and put in considerable effort.
Reflecting for 10 minutes, reading for 20, and focusing for 30 minutes a day can help you get smarter at anything – even if you weren’t born brilliant.
Reflect for 10 minutes a day How often do you ask yourself why you do what you do?
Read for 20 minutes a day Taking time to read online is a great way to keep up and get ahead. The internet has a lot of good hiding in some of its corners, and there are many great minds that are sharing worthy content with the world.
An article like this may engage you, and you may even learn something new and valuable - and I hope people keep reading them - but it can’t quite do the job of absorbing you like a good story or some detailed research might.
If you were to read for 20 minutes, or about 15 pages of a book, every day, then by the end of the year, you’d have completed between 15 to 20 books.
While everyone spends 10 minutes reflecting, they don’t do so deeply; while everyone reads for 20 minutes, they don’t read the kind of things worth consuming; and while everyone works on something for 30 minutes, they don’t do so with the aim of purpose and progress, without distraction.
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Summary of “The reviewer’s fallacy: when critics aren’t critical enough.”

According to Rotten Tomatoes, 92 percent of critics liked the movie.
Viewers gave Daddy’s Home 2 a 59 rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and the critics an 18.
It would be tiresome for critics to constantly be counting the ways that the work under review is crap, nor would their editors and the owners of the publications they write for be happy with a consistently downbeat arts section.
As a friend of mine suggests, critics fall prey to a sort of hermeneutic Stockholm syndrome.
Inside Llewyn Davis got 93 from the critics and 74 from the public on Rotten Tomatoes.
Here’s the heart of the problem: The set of critics’ and audiences’ interests do not perfectly overlap but rather form a Venn diagram.
In the audience circle, the pressing question is, “Should I spend some number of the dollars I have to my name and the hours I have left on Earth on this thing?” Critics get in for free and by definition have to read or watch or listen to whatever’s next up.
Take last year’s Best Picture winner, Moonlight, which has a 98 critics’ and 79 audience score on Rotten Tomatoes, and which I haven’t seen.

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Summary of “Seriously, You-Ok, We-Need To Stop Watching The News This Year”

This is what is so brilliant about what the news producers can do: Tune in, we have a breaking news alert, follow this, see what’s going on, look at these compelling pictures.
There used to be a finite amount of space, even a 24/7 news network only has 24 hours in a day.
“Fake news. I don’t mean fake news in the Fox News sense. I mean the fake news that clogs up most newspapers and most news websites, for that matter. The new initiative will go nowhere. The new policy isn’t new at allThe product isn’t revolutionary. And journalists pretend that these official statements and company press releases actually constitute newsFake news, manufactured, hyped, rehashed, retracted-until at the end of the week you know no more than at the beginning. You really might as well wait for a weekly like the Economist to tell you what the net position is at the end of the week.”
A news outlet doesn’t want you to be so outraged by an article that you do something, that you decide to change the world, they want you to be so outraged that you sign a Change.org petition and then consider it a job well done.
Knowing everything that’s going on in the world, having an opinion on these news stories, having the right.
No wonder we don’t have time for philosophy or thinking about these big issues when we’re pinged by every CNN breaking news on our wrists in real time.
If we can remove ourselves, create some distance between those breaking news alerts and our reflective, contemplative time, we’re going to be able to think about bigger and more important things.
Aziz Ansari got in trouble a couple months back for saying he had stopped reading news on the internet.

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Summary of “Stop reading what Facebook tells you to read”

It’s why Facebook is filled, mostly, with the things you agree with, or are seemingly helpless against clicking on.
It’s to say that Facebook’s outsmarted you, and outsmarted the idea that you have some choice about what you are and aren’t reading when you’re getting it from Facebook.
So! Facebook created the newsfeed, and then turned to publishers/media outlets, and said: Guess what? Everyone’s on Facebook.
You’ll participate in our Facebook Instant Articles program.
You hate video on the internet? Tell that to Facebook, which realized it could charge advertisers more money for running video ads.
It was because that’s what Facebook wanted: A way to make more money, for Facebook.
If you want them to keep existing, let alone keep acting as an independent voice that isn’t a machine built just to write things to get you to click on or share on Facebook?
You’ll be taking more control, and opting less for the control Facebook takes from you, and everyone else.

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Summary of “The best books of 2017, according to Ezra Klein”

On my podcast, I close each conversation by asking my guest to recommend three books.
I shifted my reading heavily toward books this year.
Above all, the book is an opportunity to be inside Lanier’s mind for 300-some pages.
Like many of my favorite books this year, it’s a bit difficult to describe.
It’s a book of media criticism as much as it is political commentary, and it’s a book about how in certain places at certain times, the two become indistinguishable.
It’s a book that often feels like dystopic science fiction, but it comes at a time when the dystopic has become more recognizable than the mundane.
So I’ve been searching for insight in books about other places, other times, other worlds.
The book begins in the 1910s, and it follows a handful of, well, young radicals, as they navigate one of America’s truly head-snapping decades.

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Summary of “‘The difficulty is the point’: teaching spoon-fed students how to really read”

My students are, for the most part, education students who live in regional Australia.
For the past four years I have been teaching a subject to education students that has been designed to actively interrogate their reading and writing abilities, and make them capable of passing their Acer test.
To satisfy this concern I want to tell you about semesters and classes shortened to save money on teaching; on passing incapable students simply to keep quotas up; on teaching students for whom attendance at university is no longer a necessary part of gaining a degree.
It asks students to write about their reading habits: how often they read, what they read, what they feel they take from their reading.
What have our students been reading before they come to our class? Some – a very few, and almost always women – have read 19th century classics: the Brontë sisters, Jane Austen, George Eliot, Charles Dickens.
The second thing that struck me was how difficult my students found the 10-page extract.
If you have never read anything more difficult than a Harry Potter book, how are you meant to proceed?
Like many students would after her, she had read Garner’s essay in the light of her university enrolment; it made her determined to enjoy herself, to unselfconsciously engage in learning, to stop being critical of herself.

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Summary of “25 Books Everyone Should Read, According to TED Speakers”

In preparation for the holidays, the organization asked its speakers for more recommendations for books to either give or enjoy this winter.
The first installment in a detective series set in ancient Rome, “This book will make you realize crime, corruption, cops, and crime fighters are not a new concept,” notes industrial engineering manager Julio Gil.
If most of your reading these days is done with your kids, here’s a suggestion from information designer Giorgia Lupi, who calls these books “The best bedtime books you’ll ever read. They will help girls – young and old – to dream bigger, to be confident, and to be inspired.”
Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari and Eric Klinenberg “This is one of those books that I’ve continuously thought about and quoted to people ever since I read it,” relates actor, writer, producer, and activist Naomi McDougall Jones.
The book is a “Well-researched and provocative look at the history of romance, courtship, and marriage, putting into context the fantastic amount of pressure that our current ideas have put on our own love lives and partners. It’s a must-read for anyone who is dating, married, or thinking of ever doing either.” So, everyone then.
If you want to read about the end of the world over the holidays, this is the book for you.
Rare praise for the readability of a book about math from computer scientist Roger Antonsen: “I recently picked up Foolproof at a local bookstore in San Francisco, and I simply couldn’t put it down! In this wonderful book – using sudoku, Hilbert curves, chaos, π, and much more – Hayes shows us the colorful, creative, and imaginative side of mathematics.”
Have to see your most self-involved relative over the holidays? Prepare yourself with “This incredibly insightful book” that “Details the underlying motivations and behaviors of those with narcissistic personality disorders,” suggests executive Susan Robinson.

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Summary of “Getting started with Bitcoin, blockchains, and cryptoassets”

I started compiling a list so that I could respond efficiently.
There are thousands of other blockchain tokens beyond bitcoin.
This is not investment advice, I am not endorsing these exchanges, just using them as examples, here is a longer list by volume.
Work through Nick Tomaino’s reading list, especially Nick Szabo’s articles.
Dan Romero also has a nice list here that is not too technical.
For a more comprehensive list of resources, check out Jameson Lopp’s page.
To see a more comprehensive list, go through my follows.
So many subreddits that I won’t even try to list them all.

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Summary of “The Case Against Reading Everything · The Walrus”

Often share-“Show, don’t tell,” “Write what you know”-are harmless enough.
My Twitter feed is full of writers and critics who relentlessly strive to be up on their field, logging every literary debut like librarians, returning from writing conferences with shareable JPEGs of their book-engorged tote bags, or lighting out for yet another reading, the stacks on the book table like some mountain range, the promise of a horizon.
Some real talk: most writing isn’t worth consuming.
Many can barely metabolize a Stephen Marche tweet without declaring a stomach ache, and Marche is a reasonable guy who can write a good sentence.
The real problem with telling young writers to fan out across genres and forms is that it doesn’t help them find a voice.
To read widely-to flit from book to book, writer to writer-is to flaunt an open mind while never stopping long enough to fill it up.
The greatest teachers I ever had always held firm opinions about the books you should bother with and about how to read and write.
Whatever else you do, you should not be reading the many, many new releases of middling poetry and fiction that will be vying for your attention over the next year or so out of some obligation to submit your ear to a variety of voices.

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The almost-five-year-old, not falling for this nonsense at all, will then say to me, “Mom, just read it.” And I’ll keep reading.
When parents get stuck on teaching kids how to read, they’re missing their more critical duty, the one that will help put kids on a path to lifelong reading success: teaching kids to love to read. Here’s what to do instead.Read Them Lots of High-Information Texts.
“There are times when you can read content out loud but not understand what you’re reading.” In the later elementary school grades, as texts become much more complex, comprehension becomes much more difficult.
In his NYT piece, Willingham writes that “Comprehension is intimately intertwined with knowledge.” He suggests that parents should leave the teaching up to teachers, and simply read with kids.
Kids can soak in more complicated information and plots when you read to them than when they read texts themselves, so it’s important to keep at it, following their natural curiosity.
Don’t Stop Reading to Your Kids Once They Learn How to Read. There’s magic in reading books aloud to little kids, especially when you do the voices.
Ultimately, to teach kids to love to read, parents must love to read themselves.
Research has shown that parents who view reading as fun raise children who read better than those whose parents view reading as an academic skill.

The orginal article.