Originally posted on The Homa Files:
Excerpted from Think Better …
Among the many discoveries NASA made when it began sending people into space was that the astronauts’ pens did not work well in zero gravity.
The ink wouldn’t flow properly. You can simulate the effect at home by trying to write with the business end of your pen pointing up.
Pretty soon, the ink stops flowing and the pen won’t write.
The solution – giving astronaut’s a way to write upside down — depends on how you frame the problem …
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Originally posted on Pablo Figueroa | Cultural Anthropology, Japanese Studies:
Anthropologists working in higher education have little time for on-site fieldwork research. Teaching loads, administrative tasks, symposiums, and other related obligations has made extended periods of fieldwork research something of the past, a sort of academic luxury that most teaching professors cannot afford.
Actually, getting any research done during the semester can be hard. Many good ideas end up undeveloped or in the waste paper bin.
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Originally posted on Knowledge Ecology:
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I wasn’t going to post this since the event has unfortunately been canceled, but Matt Segall threw his up so I figured I’d leave this here for future reference. The below abstract was meant for a conference on theoretical archaeology in Copenhagen. Readers will notice that the abstract continues to develop the themes that have occupied my recent posts. The paper is about 2/3 finished, and I’ll probably end up pitching it to a journal or using it for another conference down the line.
Abstract Proposal: XV Nordic TAG 2015
Title: Cognitive Archaeology and the Ecology of Extended Minds
Author: Adam Robbert
Panel: Disentangling the Neolithic ‘Revolution’ in Southwest Asia
Abstract: The role of the cognitive archaeologist is to re-construct the values, thoughts, and beliefs of past societies. In this paper I argue that the best way to understand human experience, now or in history, is…
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Originally posted on A New Way to Work:
I admit it: I’m somewhat addicted to the TV show, NCIS. In watching a multi-day marathon over New Year’s, I started thinking about Gibbs’ Rules: basic paradigms on how to avoid the common pitfalls of being a special agent.
Since inspiration can come from unlikely and unanticipated sources, I reflected on my own hypotheses to create a new, more enjoyable way to work in this hyperactive, hypercompetitive 2015 work environment.
Beginning in 2015, I’ll be posting weekly Paradigm Shifters to help you to accomplish more and enjoy your work and create and enjoy your life outside of work.
(FYI: Just like Gibbs, the Paradigm Shifters will be posted in a random order – so they don’t have to be “followed” in any particular sequence.)
Watch for my Paradigm Shifters at www.a-new-way-to-work.com every Friday in 2015. Feel free to share, comment, or even add some of your own insights to…
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Originally posted on Brain and Mind Fitness News:
Brain teaser: Please consider Linda, a 31-year-old woman, single and bright. When she was a student, in high school and in college too, she was deeply involved in social justice issues, and also participated in environmental protests. Which is more probable about Linda’s occupation today?
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