Summary of “Is Your Emotional Intelligence Authentic, or Self-Serving?”

Plenty of research has documented manipulative misuses of emotional intelligence – the intentionally subtle regulating of one’s emotions to engineer responses from others that might not be in their best interest.
The capacity to understand and share others’ feelings creates authentic connection and deepens trust.
Being attuned to the spoken and unspoken concerns of others demonstrates an openness to their views, a willingness to engage ideas different from ours, and honors the courage of others to express divergent perspectives.
Unaware of the tension between a genuine desire to take in others’ views and a need to be right, leaders can feign listening while actually trying to lure others to their side without realizing they’re doing it.
Keenly self-aware leaders detect how others experience them, actively solicit critical feedback from others, and accurately acknowledge their strengths and shortfalls.
Genuinely self-aware leaders face that insecurity head on, and don’t put the burden of soothing it on others.
Our ability to express emotional intelligence is sometimes impaired by unacknowledged, unhealthy, emotional needs.
If you want to genuinely employ effective emotional intelligence skills, pay attention to the unaddressed scars and voids lurking beneath the surface of your inner emotional landscape.

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Summary of “A philosopher says we shouldn’t blame people addicted to opioids for their choices”

Most of us have been trained to use more forgiving language when talking about addiction.
We tend to view addiction as a moral failure because we are in the grip of a simple but misleading answer to one of the oldest questions of philosophy: Do people always do what they think is best? In other words, do our actions always reflect our beliefs and values? When someone with addiction chooses to take drugs, does this show us what she truly cares about – or might something more complicated be going on?
We could give a similar Socratic rationale for punishing drug possession with decades in jail: If we make the consequences of using bad enough, people with addiction will finally realize that it’s better to be sober, the thought goes.
Is Socrates right? Or can we find a better, more sympathetic way of thinking about addiction?
The plight of addiction is that of having a powerful part of your mind push you relentlessly and automatically toward behaviors you do not actually want to do.
Many people manage to recover from addiction without the help of medication or even clinical intervention.
Given how hard it is to resist cravings of normal strength – just think of those bottomless chips – we should not blame someone with addiction for failing to overcome her neurobiologically enhanced cravings.
If the source of addiction is overly strong automatic cravings, then the most direct way to treat addiction would be to weaken or satiate these cravings in a non-damaging way.

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Summary of “A supermoon and total lunar eclipse will coincide for the first time in 152 years”

When you do, you will be treated to both a visible supermoon-what we call a full moon at its closest orbital point to Earth-and a total lunar eclipse.
During the eclipse, with totality visible from eastern Asia across the Pacific to western North America, the moon will slowly lose its brightness and take on a reddish hue because of the way the atmosphere bends the light, says NASA. As a result, totally eclipsed moons are sometimes also called “Blood moons.”
When can I see the supermoon and total lunar eclipse?
The best time to enjoy a supermoon is right after moonrise and before sunrise, when the moon is sitting on the horizon.
For the real highlight of the show, the lunar eclipse will begin at 6:48am ET and reach its maximum at 8:30am ET. Viewers from eastern Asia, the Pacific, and western North America will get the best view, but viewers in eastern North America and Europe will also catch a partial eclipse.
The Virtual Telescope project provides a livestream of the supermoon’s eclipse over Rome’s skyline, beginning at 6:30am ET. What’s the best way to photograph the lunar eclipse?
To take a picture of the supermoon or the lunar eclipse with a smartphone, tap on the moon on the screen and hold your finger in place to lock the camera’s focus.
Unlike the solar eclipse, the supermoon and the lunar eclipse are safe to view with the naked eye.

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Summary of “Google is losing allies across the political spectrum”

Republicans are still largely committed to a hands-off approach to economic regulation, Democrats are out of power, and Google still has plenty of allies in the Democratic Party.
The combination of Bernie Sanders-style populism on the left and Donald Trump-style populism on the right could lead to a future where Google faces hostility from policymakers across parties.
Conservative skepticism of Google goes back to the early years of the Obama administration.
Vaidhyanathan is generally a Google critic, but he found himself in the unusual position of defending Google against unfounded conspiracy theories.
Damore wrote a controversial memo suggesting that Google’s gender gap might be explained by women having less interest in or aptitude for software engineering, and the former employee argued that Google was becoming an “Ideological echo chamber” where right-of-center views weren’t welcome.
When Google terminated Damore, many conservatives argued that Google proved Damore’s point.
Conservative critics believed that Damore’s arguments should have been taken seriously within Google and that Google was essentially signalling that conservative viewpoints were not welcome at Mountain View.
While few conservatives have sympathy for Nazis, conservatives worry that similar reasoning could lead to censorship by Google and other technology giants of more mainstream speech.

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Summary of “America Named Over China as World’s Leading Economic Power”

In seven of the 10 European Union nations in the study, China is considered the leading economic power.
China leads the U.S. by a two-to-one margin in Australia – a longtime U.S. ally, but also a country whose top trading partner, by far, is China.
Following the onset of the financial crisis nearly a decade ago, Europeans increasingly named China, rather than the U.S., as the world’s leading economic power.
Globally, U.S. still seen as leading economic power, but gap with China is narrowing.
Survey respondents were asked which is the world’s leading economic power: the U.S., China, the countries of the EU, or Japan.
China is named the world’s top economy in 12 countries, double the number of nations who saw China in the economic lead when the question was last asked in the same countries between 2014 and 2016.
Australia is the country most convinced that China is the world’s leading economic power – 58% of Australians hold this view.
Before the Great Recession, across five European countries, people were more inclined to name the U.S. as the economic leader, but after the start of the crash, these five European publics named China as the leader.

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Summary of “The Universe May Be Conscious, Prominent Scientists State”

In this view, the entire universe is inhabited by consciousness.
Without it, the universe doesn’t exist at all or at least, not without some sort of consciousness observing it.
Is consciousness derived from an invisible field that inhabits our universe? Getty Images.
Penrose in the 80’s proposed that consciousness is present at the quantum level and resides in the synapses of the brain.
For the sake of argument, if consciousness is a property that arises on the subatomic level with a confluence of particles, how do these tiny little bits of consciousness coalesce?
Here, consciousness is a manifestation with a real, physical location, somewhere in the universe.
Dr. Tononi has actually puts forth a metric for measuring how much consciousness a thing has.
The theory separates intelligence from consciousness, which some people assume are one in the same.

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