A cognitive psychologist on a question that annoys him.
Carl Linnaeus, the father of biological taxonomy, also had a hand in inventing this tool for categorizing anything.
We asked some of our favorite libraries: What’s the oldest item in your collection?
It’s the nature of the wolf to travel. By age two, wolves of both sexes usually leave their birth packs and strike out on their own, sometimes covering hundreds of miles as they search for mates and new territory. Whatever the reason, when wolves move, they do it with intent—and quickly. Humans don’t know how they decide which way to go, but the choice is as important as any they’ll ever make.
Source: A Very Old Man for a Wolf
“Human beings are the only species that deliberately deprive themselves of sleep for no apparent gain,” says sleep scientist Matthew Walker. His new book is Why We Sleep.
Social networks train us to focus on images and emotions, sapping the quest for knowledge.
Social networks, though, have since colonized the web for television’s values. From Facebook to Instagram, the medium refocuses our attention on videos and images, rewarding emotional appeals—‘like’ buttons—over rational ones. Instead of a quest for knowledge, it engages us in an endless zest for instant approval from an audience, for which we are constantly but unconsciouly performing.
Journalist Ted Genoways spent a year on a small farm in rural Nebraska, and he says American nostalgia for the family farm overlooks the pressures farmers face and the realities of food production.
Bringing back “moss,” “blackberry,” and “bluebell” instead of “blog,” “chatroom,” and “database.”
“What’s to become of kids these days, with their damn pocket computers and inability to differentiate between bird species?”
“The Lost Words is a new book for people worried the next generation will lose touch with nature. Written by Robert Macfarlane with illustrations by Jackie Morris, it’s a catalogue and spelling book for kids, where the lost words in question comprise vocabulary about flora and fauna.”
What does the push for digital classrooms mean for that oldest and simplest of touch screens: a plain old sheet of paper?