Why Socrates Hated Democracy, and What We Can Do about It.

Around the world, people of all ages are finding reason to be wary of democratic government. While the western world places a high value on democracy today, this wasn’t always the case. Some of the greatest minds in the history of western civilization had strong critiques of democracy. Critiques that we would be idiots to ignore. In the Republic, Plato…

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Rethinking the Concept of “Outliers”: Why Non-Experts are Better at Disruptive Innovation

    Bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell says it takes 10,000 hours to become expert at something, whether it’s playing the guitar, charting the stars or writing software code. In his landmark book Outliers: The Story of Success, Gladwell looks at why certain people are successful and postulates that, among other things, a combination of circumstances and…

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Three Big Problems With Facebook Activism

BY REBECCA TEICH (guest blogger)  Many of us have fallen victim to it: changing our profile picture to those white equals signs atop a red background because someone said that it meant you support marriage equality, sharing the now-infamous #Kony2012 video that no one ever watched in full, or reposting the Huffington Post article only because the title was…

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How two countries helped drive the recent rise in cryptocurrency prices

Digital currency prices have soared recently, with reports from the past few months showing enormous valuation increases for currencies across the board. Bitcoin, Ripple, and Ethereum have all experienced exponential growth, with Bitcoin prices rising to $2,588, Ripple reaching a market cap of nearly $10 billion, and Ethereum growing to a total market cap of…

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How to Regulate Artificial Intelligence

The technology entrepreneur Elon Musk recently urged the nation’s governors to regulate artificial intelligence “before it’s too late.” Mr. Musk insists that artificial intelligence represents an “existential threat to humanity,” an alarmist view that confuses A.I. science with science fiction. Nevertheless, even A.I. researchers like me recognize that there are valid concerns about its impact on weapons,…

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How Adverse Childhood Experiences Affect the Developing Brain

Unfortunately, not all kids have the same experiences growing up. While some have a comfortable, relatively happy home life, others have to deal with situations like poverty, violence, or death of others at a young age. Dr. Nadine Burke Harris was the first to bring the term “adverse childhood experience” or ACE into the mainstream with her…

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6 common investment strategies of fund managers

DAN WEIL OCTOBER 1, 2014 in INVESTING The criteria that mutual fund managers use to select their assets vary widely according to the individual manager. So when choosing a fund, you should look closely at the manager’s investment style to make sure it fits your risk-reward profile. “Investment style is incredibly important because of the way that investing works,”…

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BENEFITS OF LONG-TERM INVESTING

One of the main concerns for any type of investing is market volatility. Volatility measures the degree to which prices change over time. Another way to think of volatility is in terms of price swings. The greater and more frequently an investment’s price swings, the higher its volatility. Investments with high volatility have a high…

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