German expert on Thinking Skills–Florian Rustler–asks Michael about teaching thinking and the universal brain software (CVS2BVS) …

Michael, you created the School of Thinking (SOT). For some people that might be an unusual concept that you need a school that teaches you how to think. A lot of people are of the opinion that they know already how to think. Why is there a necessity for having a School of Thinking?

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I think a new era begins today. A genuine quantum leap. A real tangential break-away.

What if you could hold in your hand a magic wand that could, in effect, give you an additional lobe to your brain?

What if, like Aladin, you could just tap it with your finger to make it work for you?

Well, abracadabra … you can. It’s a magic wand: an additional lobe for your brain.

It’s called the iPhone3G … from Steve Jobs and his clever team …

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Is it true? Is it really that good?

Yes, it is!

It can help you escape like never before.

It can help you search like never before.

It can help you think, like never before.

And, mirabile dictu, just like your brain it’s completely portable. You can take it with you wherever you go.

Watch how many people throw away their Blackberries in the coming weeks and months. I’m throwing mine away today and replacing it with an additional lobe to my brain, god knows I can use one!

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SEMANTIC = MEANING

GOOGLE may eventually be displaced by a company that harnesses the power of the SEMANTIC WEB, according to Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web.

What is the semantic web?

The semantic web is the next-generation web technology.

Google could be superseded: Berners-Lee

One example frequently given is of typing a street address which, if it had “semantic data” built into it, would link directly to a map showing its location, dispensing with the need to go to a site like Google `maps, type in the address, get the link and paste it into a document or e-mail.

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••• Click through to video of Tim Berners-Lee on the Semantic Web

Dr Martin Seligman is Director and founder of the Positive Psychology Center at University of Pennsylvania.

This is a new branch of psychology which focuses on the empirical study of such things as positive emotions, strengths-based character, and healthy institutions.

His research has demonstrated that it is possible to be happier – to feel more satisfied, to be more engaged with life, find more meaning, have higher hopes, and probably even laugh and smile more, regardless of one’s circumstances.

Positive psychology interventions can also lastingly decrease depression symptoms. The research underlying these rigorously tested interventions is presented in the July/August edition of the American Psychologist, the journal of the American Psychology Association.


There are some useful resources here including the Signature Strengths Questionnaire …

The Edge Annual Question – 2008:

WHAT HAVE YOU CHANGED YOUR MIND ABOUT?

When thinking changes your mind, that’s philosophy.
When God changes your mind, that’s faith.
When facts change your mind, that’s science.

WHAT HAVE YOU CHANGED YOUR MIND ABOUT? WHY?

Science is based on evidence. What happens when the data change? How have scientific findings or arguments changed your mind?”

•• You can click through here for thought-provoking answers to this question from over 100 of the world’s leading scientists and thinkers …

THOUGHT EXPERIMENT:

Post how you’ve changed your mind below …