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In the News 02.03.15 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets


In the News 02.03.15 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets
In the News 02.03.15 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets
In the News 02.03.15 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets



1. The Elastic Brain

“Early childhood is characterised by a series of critical periods – circumscribed times when the brain opens up and changes profoundly in response to input from the environment as new skills are learned. During these times, the rapidly-morphing brain – an organ so malleable that neuroscientists call it ‘plastic’– sculpts itself into the perfect vehicle for navigating the world. During one critical period, for instance, children master specific visual skills. During another critical period, they master emotional control, and during another, language. When the brain opens up and becomes plastic too early or too late, circuits are laid down incorrectly and disorders like autism or schizophrenia may result, forever altering how we process the world. At no other point in our lives are we more primed to receive new information and put it to use than during the critical periods of early childhood. ‘Genius is no more than childhood recaptured at will,’ the French poet Charles Baudelaire wrote in 1863.”

Read the rest of this article at aeon





2. The Real “Mad Men”? ( Video )

“A leader of the Creative Revolution, Lois helped create the campaign “I Want My MTV,” and make companies like Xerox, Jiffy Lube, and Tommy Hilfiger household names. He also designed 92 iconic covers for Esquire. Lois is often referred to as an inspiration for Don Draper, but there are stark differences between the two. Here’s his story.”

Read the rest of this article at Vice





3. How an Undocumented Immigrant From Mexico Became a Star at Goldman Sachs

“The overachievers at Goldman Sachs aren’t all the same. Some have been valedictorians, or Navy SEALs, or the sons or grandsons of the company’s bankers. Some will stop at nothing to amass a fortune; others are patient. And at least one was an undocumented immigrant. Arce, who turns 32 in March, owed her bright career on Wall Street to fake papers bought for a few hundred dollars in a stranger’s living room in Texas. Over seven years at Goldman Sachs, she rose from intern to analyst, associate, then vice president, later becoming a director at Merrill Lynch. When her father died in Taxco hours after the 2007 phone call, she didn’t leave to see her family because with her bogus papers she couldn’t have come back.”

Read the rest of this article at Bloomberg





4. Burn After Reading

“Written by nineteen-year-old William Powell, The Anarchist Cookbook included sections such as “Converting a shotgun into a grenade launcher” and “How to make TNT.” The book’s message wasn’t subtle. In the forward, Powell expressed “a sincere hope that it may stir some stagnant brain cells into action.” The final sentence reads: “Freedom is based on respect, and respect must be earned by the spilling of blood.” When it was published, in January 1971, Powell was young and angry in a country where the young and angry had started to blow things up. But by the time the bomb detonated in the Bronx—marking the first of many connections between the book and real-world carnage—Powell had become a father and converted to Christianity and was having reservations about what promised to be his life’s most enduring legacy.”

Read the rest of this article at Harper’s Magazine





5. New York Times CEO Mark Thompson: The Full Code/Media Interview ( Video)

“Onstage at Re/code’s Code/Media conference, New York Times CEO Mark Thompson talks about building the paper’s digital audience.”

Read the rest of this article at <re/code>


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