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Six words you hate hearing at work


“I have some feedback for you.” Most people react viscerally when someone says that to us because we fear we’re about to be skewered and spit roasted over the scorching fire of personal appraisal. It doesn’t have to be like that… Continue reading

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Is your brainstorming costing you money?


I’m sure you’ve seen it when the team is called to brainstorm. You’re supposed to suggest brilliantly clever ideas in enormous quantities.
Except it doesn’t really work that well. Does it? Continue reading

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2 easy ways to help your kids learn to read you’ve never thought of.


Learning to read can be torturous for many children.

Among a raft of other personal or individual difficulties children may have, English is such a hard language to learn, even for native speakers.

Partly it’s because many words are borrowed from other languages, but also partly because some of it, well, just doesn’t make sense.

Try explaining to a non-English speaker how it is that it’s perfectly reasonable to chop down a tree and then chop it up.

Seriously?! Continue reading

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New computing power discovered in the brain


We often compare the brain to a computer  Think about the mechanics of yours for a moment. It’s 1.3 kilograms of congealed porridge, held together by cling film, surrounded by fluid, enclosed in a spider web, wrapped in a leathery … Continue reading

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Playing craps with your kids’ brains.


You know how playing craps goes…

You hold the dice, you shake them three times in cupped hands, three times in that hand, three times in this hand, then you blow on them, then you do some other ritualized superstitious bunk, then you toss them against the backboard and hope like crazy they come out ok.

Kind of like raising children really… Continue reading

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How to create a false memory – in someone else’s head


Imagine guerilla warfare taking place inside your brain

Some cells are deliberately, targeted and destroyed. Others are manipulated on an individual, chemical level.

Insurgents, rebels, or hired neuro-mercenaries actively seek to implant, alter, or destroy memories inside another person’s mind. Continue reading

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Paper vs Pixels. Does it matter how we read? Part 4.


Think of how you read a book. It’s a relentlessly automatic process.

Eyes forward, then…

Left to right, left to right, left to right, turn.

Left to right, left to right, left to right, turn.

Repeat. Continue reading

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Paper vs Pixels. Does it matter how we read? Part 3.


She’s really cute.

A digital native if you like.

Today, she’s about three and a half. And if you watched the video Continue reading

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Paper vs Pixels. Does it matter how we read? Part 2.


The Book My daughter, bless her, has to read Great Expectations for college. It’s part of the English curriculum for Year 9 students. She has low hopes for it. Not that she dislikes Dickens. She was particularly taken by some … Continue reading

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Sleep, teenagers and bird brains


I don’t get it. Are you the parent of a teenager? My condolences. I’m kidding. I’m sure they’re lovely and we’re not talking about yours just now, just some other teenagers you might know because this won’t apply to yours. If … Continue reading

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