Summary of “How Language Shapes Our Perception of Reality”

Does an English speaker perceive reality differently from say, a Swahili speaker? Does language shape our thoughts and change the way we think? Maybe.
Some studies say that people don’t actually see color unless there is a word for it, but other studies have found that speakers of the Dani language can see the difference between yellow and red despite only having one word for them.
Because of the vocabulary, English speakers might organize things left to right, whereas a speaker of Guugu Yimithirr might orient them in a mirrored position.
The Hopi language doesn’t require past or present tense, but has validity markers, which requires speakers to think about how they came to know a piece of information.
One study conducted by Stanford researchers found that Spanish and Japanese speakers didn’t remember who is to blame for accidental events as much as those who speak English do.
English speakers get to the point in speech quicker than say, a Chinese speaker would, says Birner.
Tsedal Neeley, an associate professor at Harvard Business School, studied the company for five consecutive years after the mandate and discovered that employees who weren’t native Japanese speakers or English speakers proved to be the most effective workers in the end, even though they had it the roughest in the beginning.
If we believe that language shapes how we think, will learning a new language change the way you think? Probably not, says Birner, but if the newly acquired language is very different than the one you already speak, it might reveal a new way of looking at another culture.

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Summary of “How to Recover From ‘Busyness’ Addiction”

When Busyness Becomes Addiction For me, busyness addiction sneaks right up, disguising itself as joy, the thrill of being sought after for my talents or skills, and the reward for years of hard work in order to get to a place where I am paid to do what I love.
The thrill of accomplishment is quickly replaced with a full, anxiety-inducing calendar; teaching six days a week for up to 10 hours a day for weeks at a time; taking four to six flights a month from one climate to the next; consuming food that I have little control over; and getting fewer hours of sleep than what I need to restore my body and keep going healthfully.
The SNS is like an emergency response system that releases the stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol – under stressful circumstances, our bodies’ resources are habitually diverted to help us survive a heightened state of stress, stress, stress, or work, work, work, as if they were a real, life-threatening danger.
Though we may try to live healthy and vital lives, the fast pace of an urban, globalized, and internet-driven world, and the systemic social, economic, racial, and gender inequalities therein, can cause severe wear and tear on the body, mind, and heart.
Tapping into all of my years as a wellness practitioner, I came up with the following 10 steps to recover from my busyness addiction.
Notice how you stand and where you hold tension in your body as you wait in the various lines for lunch, the ATM, the post office, etc.
Slow, deep nasal breathing brings the “Rest and digest” aspect of nervous system online, so that even when you can’t control the busyness around you, you send a message to your body that everything is OK. Then go back to work attuned, refreshed, and more attentive.
Develop a Body Scan Practice Every evening before dinner, become aware of how your body feels from head to toe.

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Summary of “Randy Newman on Chance the Rapper, ‘Toy Story,’ Trump, and Mike Trout”

Randy Newman has been writing songs since the early 1960s, but he’s still playing to young audiences: His 1983 song “Same Girl” was used on Euphoria earlier this month, and he’s featured on “5 Year Plan,” a new track from Chance the Rapper’s about-to-be no.
Has getting older helped or hurt your ability to put yourself in the place of other people and write songs from their perspective?
I’ve got a song called “Real Emotional Girl,” and in my opinion, the narrator of the song is sort of a bad guy.
They told me the story and that there was a great deal of-they sort of think at Pixar, I think, that I’m a specialist in emotion, which actually is what music does, is the best thing it can do.
You know, “When She Loved Me” from Toy Story 2, that song Jessie had. That was pretty good, and they animated to it.
People who saw Toy Story as kids are taking their kids to see Toy Story 4.
It’s going to be songs that I’m going be remembered for, I think, along with maybe Toy Story also.
You said you wrote a song about Donald Trump for Dark Matter, but you didn’t release it, in part because it felt too easy.

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Summary of “Gender reveal parties have been widely embraced”

Future parents can choose from endless options for surprising party attendees with a telltale glimpse of pink or blue, from piñatas to candles, and at least one bakery that only makes gender reveal cakes.
“Social media has unleashed an era of disclosure and access transforming the intimate phases of pregnancy into public knowledge; the gender-reveal marks one of the more pivotal points in this public process,” writes Carly Gieseler, an assistant professor of gender and communications at York College, in an article for the Journal of Gender Studies.
With her infant son in tow, Kimberly set to work creating the Gender Reveal Game, where future parents create betting pools for the sex of their future offspring and raffle off prizes to those who guess correctly.
There’s a clear connection between the gender reveal arms race and other forms of intensive parenting.
Like Pinterest-perfect birthday parties and toddler music camps, dramatic gender reveals require lots of resources – time, money, or both – making them a subtle way to impose class restrictions on who can be a good parent.
This isn’t the only way that gender reveal parties are intensely divisive; if they reveal anything, perhaps it’s how polarized Americans have become on the topic of gender.
Jenna Karvunidis, the mother whose gender reveal party was the first to go viral in 2008, recently posted on Facebook that she thinks the trend has gotten “Crazy.” “I just wish people would calm down with their reveal parties,” Karvunidis tells me.
A paper by Florence Pasche Guignard asserts that the gender reveal became a phenomenon “In a context where neither medical nor religious institutions offer ritual options deemed appropriate enough for celebrating joyfully and emotionally during pregnancy.” Expectant parents are trying to meet an emotional need that might otherwise go unrecognized, and as imperfect as it is, a gender reveal party offers at least an approximation of what many parents are searching for.

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Summary of “5 Surefire Ways to Make Friends While Traveling”

Saying yes to every opportunity is one way to meet new people and experience adventures you never imagined.
If you’re like me, one of the scariest things is making friends and connecting with locals.
I’ve gone sailing in Greece with people I met in a café after asking them to share their favorite local haunts and admitting I was traveling alone.
Not only will you likely make a few friends, but you’ll also get to know the city you flew halfway around the world to explore.
Take Your Time One of the best ways to make friends with locals is simply to slow down.
Say Yes to Every Opportunity It may seem obvious, but when I moved to Wanaka and went in search of new friends, my personal philosophy was to say yes to everything, whether it was an adventure in the mountains or simply hanging out by the lake.
Five years later, I’ve yet to get back on a mountain bike due to sheer trauma, but I now count some of the strangers I met on that ride as my best friends.
Let me tell you, while asking questions is a great way to start a conversation, I find myself engaging more with the travelers who treat me like a human instead of a walking guidebook.

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Summary of “Modern Media Is a DoS Attack on Your Free Will”

If you get distracted by the same thing in the same way every day, it adds up to a distracted week, distracted months.
The role of the newspaper now is to filter, and help you pay attention to, the things that matter.
Second, the “Starlight.” If the spotlight is about doing things, the starlight is who I want to be, not just what I want to do.
It seems to me that the one thing that all these societies have in common is their major form of media.
Even people who write about these issues day to day, even me-and I worked at Google for 10 years-need to remember the sheer volume and scale of resources that are going into getting us to look at one thing over another, click on one thing over another.
What’s one concrete thing companies could do now to stop subverting our attention?
If you were to actually look at the dashboards that they’re designing, the high-level metrics they’re designing for, you probably wouldn’t see those things.
The challenges, generally, are structural, whether it’s about the existing business models of companies or the way in which certain forms of corporate legal structures don’t give people the space to balance some of these more petty, immediate goals with more noble kinds of things.

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Summary of “Everything About Niksen, The Dutch Concept of Doing Nothing”

Now there’s another Northern European trend that’s being embraced as a way to combat our increasingly busy and often stressful lives: niksen.
The Dutch concept is as simple as, well, doing nothing.
Niksen “Literally means to do nothing, to be idle or doing something without any use,” says Carolien Hamming, managing director of CSR Centrum, a coaching center in the Netherlands that helps clients manage stress and recover from burnout.
Whereas mindfulness is about being present in the moment, niksen is more about carving out time to just be, even letting your mind wander rather than focusing on the details of an action.
These potential health effects might be enough to encourage even the most hectic and overburdened among us to consider carving out time to practice niksen.
Another benefit of niksen is that it can help people come up with new ideas, according to Veenhoven, who is also the director of the World Database of Happiness, an archive of research related to life enjoyment.
Some “Gateway” practices to niksen could be taking a walk in nature or writing a letter of gratitude, she suggests, as a way of easing into what true downtime feels like.
Of course, it’s not practical to practice niksen constantly – we can’t do nothing all the time.

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Summary of “22 Books That Expand Your Mind and Change The Way You Live”

To me, expanding your mind means that a book had an impact on the way I look at the world.
After serious thought, I came up with the following 22 books that caused a real shift in the way I think.
The movie was based on a Jon Krakauer book with the same title about Christopher McCandless, a young and naïve idealist who wanted to live a simple life.
You will change the way you think after reading Kahneman’s book.
I think it’s one of the most important books that’s published in recent years.
If you read this book the way Og Mandino instructs, it will change your life.15.
Like I’ve said before, I hope you pick up one of these books and that they will change the way you think.
When I told him a year ago to read a few of the books listed above, he answered: “Books are way too expensive.”

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Summary of “Forget Coding-Here’s The Skill You Need Most When You Start Your Career”

In order to move up, over, side to side, and double back when you need to, all while making your way upward, the trait you need most is adaptability, not this or that tech skill.
If you’re less than a decade into your career, it’s probably time to prioritize building your network the same way the generation ahead of you was told to develop their skills.
How do you build a network right out the gates, when your limited time in the workforce limits the range of people you’ve come into contact with? Here are a few tips.
Second, start networking with alumni before you’re an alum yourself.
Twitter isn’t just another social network, it’s a powerful networking and education platform.
If networking is a job skill you can develop like any other, it helps to give yourself some structure.
Just giving what you can help you show your network that you’ll be there for them when they need you.
More than any technical skill, one of the best ways to advance your career from the very beginning is to start thinking of networking as part of your day job-even before you land one.

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Summary of “Design and the environment: Industry is being upended by climate crisis”

It’s not just about designing the same things, but making them “Eco-friendly.” Designers are responding to the environmental crisis with more nuance, sophistication, and directness than ever before.
Climate anxiety is defining our time and now, design.
MoMA curator Paola Antonelli organized “Broken Nature”, an exhibition that “Traces design’s potential to make reparations for humans’ collapsing social orders and bonds with nature” for the Milan Triennial; she also hosted a symposium in New York on the topic, as well as talks related to design and the environment.
At this year’s Milan Design Fair, the environmental crisis fueled material explorations, like chairs 3D printed from a cornstarch-based plastic, side tables made from recycled shells and feathers, and glazes made from volcanic ash.
During this May’s NYCxDesign-the most notable of American design festivals-ruminations about humans and the environment were inescapable, from Wanted Design’s timely “Conscious” theme at its Industry City fair to Times Square, which was temporarily occupied by a prefab solar home and a tiny house made from recycled glass and sand.
“It’s undeniable that design and designers are complicit in climate change and the efforts to slow the engine of industry and consumption have not been enough,” she says.
At Wanted Design, Adrien Testard, a fashion design student at the Écol des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, exhibited his Hors-Champ collection of sustainable garments-a reflection on disappearing agrarian landscapes and cultures in France.
With this project, and all of his work, Udink ten Crate tries not to make more design that ends up in a waste stream, but use design to enrich experiences in intangible ways.

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