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Thursday, June 13, 2013 (Updated )

The Skin Gun

by The Metaist

Summary

Stem cells are a type of cell that can replicate into different kinds of cells. A few years ago, National Geographic showcased a fascinating application of stem cells for regrowing burnt skin.

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Monday, March 11, 2013 (Updated )

Review: Drive

by The Metaist

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Summary

Daniel Pink's Drive highlights several stark differences between what motivation science tells us and how businesses and schools operate in the areas of:

  • Autonomy: choosing what you work on, when you work on it and with whom,

  • Mastery: working towards bettering yourself in some dimension under optimal working conditions, and

  • Purpose: working towards something greater than yourself.

Drive MindMap

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Friday, June 01, 2012 (Updated )

Review: Paradox of Choice

by The Metaist

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Summary

The Paradox of Choice consists of our:

  • preference for many (rather than few) options when making a decision,
  • larger likelyhood of dissatisfaction when choosing from a large set of options (rather than a small set).

In Barry Schwartz's Paradox of Choice, he argues that our desire to expand our available alternatives is actually making us less satisfied with whatever we end up choosing.

Choice

The choice is your and your alone.
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