Big Tips: Who and where do you get your information from? In Why are Smart People so Dumb? (You Tube) Wisecrack exposes the Ideas Industry, TED Talks and more. I hope you find some of these sites and resources for improving your brain – well, brain changing!
Knowledge, ideas and learning
Knowledge is embodied in people gathered in communities and networks. The road to knowledge is via people, conversations, connections and relationships.General Knowledge
- Bill Gates – Gates Notes: the blog of Bill Gates. My Bookshelf “I’ve always loved reading. I read whenever I can, because books help me understand more about the world. I also like sharing the books I’ve read, and getting book suggestions from others.
- SG Teach – Fun, thought provoking photos and videos from Facebook, Internet
- Carl Sagan (check out too Carl Sagan’s Best Productivity Tricks) They say: “A Pulitzer Prize winner for the book The Dragons of Eden: Speculations of the Evolution of Human Intelligence, Dr. Sagan was the author of many bestsellers, including Cosmos, which became the bestselling science book ever published in English. The accompanying Emmy and Peabody award-winning television series has been seen by a billion people in sixty countries. He received twenty-two honorary degrees from American colleges and universities for his contributions to science, literature, education, and the preservation of the environment, and many awards for his work on the long-term consequences of nuclear war and reversing the nuclear arms race. His novel, Contact, is now a major motion picture.
- ”The Conversation Great online site espousing – “Academic rigour, journalistic flair… The enemy of trusted journalism is disinformation and spin… [Find here independent] … evidence based analysis, research and news”. The topics you’ll find here cover cover current ideas and research on:
- The Economy
- Energy Health
- The 37 Best Websites to Learn Something New Future Learn [FREE online courses] “We offer a diverse selection of courses from leading universities and cultural institutions from around the world. These are delivered one step at a time, and are accessible on mobile, tablet and desktop, so you can fit learning around your life. We believe learning should be an enjoyable, social experience, so our courses offer the opportunity to discuss what you’re learning with others as you go, helping you make fresh discoveries and form new ideas. We’re a private company wholly owned by The Open University, with the benefit of over 40 years of their experience in distance learning and online education. We have 40 partners from the UK, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. These include many of the best UK and international universities, as well as institutions with a huge archive of cultural and educational material, such as the British Council, the British Library, the British Museum, and the National Film and Television School. We also work with a range of internationally renowned organisations – from professional bodies such as the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), to businesses like the BBC and Marks & Spencer, to the UK Government.”
- 12 Sites That Will Teach You Coding for Free
- Mind Maps How to Use Mind Maps to Unleash Your Brain’s Creativity and Potential
Critical thinking – the Media, Public Intellectuals, TED Talks, Think Tanks – some biases and limits
- A Practical guide to Critical Thinking, Greg R. Haskins
- TED They say: “is a (worldwide) nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design … its scope has become ever broader.”
Health and Science
- Ben Goldacre Bad Science “Ben is a best-selling author, broadcaster, campaigner, medical doctor and academic who specialises in unpicking the misuse of science and statistics by journalists, politicians, quacks, drug companies, and more. ‘From homeopathy to anti-vaccination: why people believe ‘quack science’
- How to pick the good from the bad smartphone health apps, Carol Maher, The Conversation
- Using supplements? You need to keep these things in mind – ABC Health & Wellbeing
- The dark side of alternative health treatments, Samantha Selinger-Morris, SMH
- Homeopathy (audio) Ezard – Ernst On Why He Changed His Mind About Homeopathy