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Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don't Know

Adam Grant  (Author) The bestselling author of  Give and Take  and  Originals  examines the critical art of rethinking: learning to question your opinions and open other people's minds, which can position you for excellence at work and wisdom in life Intelligence is usually seen as the ability to think and learn, but in a rapidly changing world, there's another set of cognitive skills that might matter more: the ability to rethink and unlearn. In our daily lives, too many of us favor the comfort of conviction over the discomfort of doubt. We listen to opinions that make us feel good, instead of ideas that make us think hard. We see disagreement as a threat to our egos, rather than an opportunity to learn. We surround ourselves with people who agree with our conclusions, when we should be gravitating toward those who challenge our thought process. The result is that our beliefs get brittle long before our bones. We think too much like preachers defending our sacred beliefs, pros

Besting the BRI

Oxford Analytica On July 12,  EU  member states approved plans to launch a global infrastructure project to counter China’s BRI. Member states have asked the European Commission to spend the next nine months developing a plan containing “high impact and visible projects” to rival the BRI.   Efforts to respond to Beijing's BRI are not new; a range of initiatives has existed for several years. However, two developments have been driving Western governments to join efforts in countering the BRI.  First, the continued enlargement of the BRI, China's global geostrategic influence and Beijing's increasing authoritarianism and coercive diplomacy have worried Western governments, adding political salience and increasing the political will to react accordingly. Second, the current US administration strongly values the idea of joining efforts with partners to counter China.  The Commission is expected to present concrete projects to enhance the EU’s global geo-economic influence by M

Regional super power grids face political obstacles

Oxford Analytica Thursday, August 5, 2021 Rising energy demand and the need to phase out fossil fuels are enhancing the appeal of long-distance power lines A draft study for a global power grid will be presented to the annual meeting of the International Council on Large Electric Systems (CIGRE), opening on August 18 in Paris. Its proponents argue that interconnecting the world’s power grids would make it easier for renewable energy, however remotely it is generated, to replace most fossil fuels in electricity generation. Implementation remains a distant, and politically fraught, possibility but regional super-grids look increasingly feasible and could boost the submarine cable industry. What next National decarbonisation goals will increase the need for long-distance power transmission lines, overland and underwater, to access otherwise stranded solar, wind, hydroelectric and possibly nuclear power generation and monetise them through international electricity trading markets. These t

Here’s what we’re reading this summer

New Atlanticist   by   Andrew R. Marshall Source: Atlantic Counsil Even in the depths of summer, our deeply thoughtful (and widely read) staff at the Atlantic Council keep their mental gears churning.  So in place of the policy analyses we typically feature in New Atlanticist , below are some summer reading suggestions from us for the beach, mountains, or backyard.  Given these uncertain times, some are thoughts about the future—scenarios, predictions, utopias, and dystopias.  Others involve inspirations, big ideas about the world,  and the nature of our world today and how we got here.   The links are to the site , which offers you the possibility of supporting local bookstores in the United States or United Kingdom, even by shopping online. Many will also be available in bookstores internationally. BIG IDEAS: Fuel for the mind Antifragile  by Nassim Nicholas Taleb . I am fascinated by any discussion about how our world endures when faced with disorder and challenges, pa

US 'dropped the ball' on security by going it alone claims Huawei US CSO

  see url: m/2021/08/06/cso_huawei_us/ see full story... Quote<<< Andy Purdy, CSO for Huawei USA, believes the US needs to be more active in the development of global security standards rather than being aloof . "The US has fundamentally dropped the ball when it comes to participation in global security standards," Purdy told The Register. "We need really strong standards and the US should be a major player." Instead of working with China and other technologically sophisticated nations, the US under the Trump administration took a confrontational stance. Huawei, a China-based global telecom conglomerate, suffered during this period and the mistrust laid bare during those years lingers. So it's perhaps not surprising that Purdy, as an executive with the company's US subsidiary, believes the US made the wrong move by erecting trade barriers and shunning Huawei. "I don't think the US realizes it, but I think the US m

What we owe to future generations

They’ll face extreme risks like climate change, pandemics, and artificial intelligence. We can help them survive. By  Sigal Samuel     Jul 2, 2021, 8:30am EDT Source: Christina Animashaun/Vox This story is part of a group of stories called Finding the best ways to do good. In 2015, 20 residents of Yahaba, a small town in northeastern   Japan, went to their town hall to take part in a unique experiment. Their goal was to design policies that would shape the future of Yahaba. They would debate questions typically reserved for politicians: Would it be better to invest in infrastructure or child care? Should we promote renewable energy or industrial farming? But there was a twist. While half the citizens were invited to be themselves and express their own opinions, the remaining participants were asked to put on special ceremonial robes and play the part of people from the future. Specifically, they were told to imagine they were from the year 2060, meaning they’d be representing t

Caste, ethnicity, religion – United colours of Indian hockey prove the game thrives in inclusivity

It's impossible to field an Indian hockey team that doesn’t reflect the diversity, the united colours, better than any other. Shows that a sport, or a nation, will prosper with growing inclusivity. SHEKHAR GUPTA 7 August, 2021 8:21 am IST Graphic by Soham Sen | ThePrint Text Size:  A-   A+ O n the day the Indian women’s hockey team lost the Tokyo Olympics semi-final to Argentina, two men hit the headlines for creating a shameful nuisance of a ‘celebration’ around the home of Vandana Katariya, among the deadliest strikers on display at the Olympics. She also scored the first ever Olympic hat-trick for Indian women’s hockey, in the crucial league match against South Africa that took India to semi-finals. Why the ugly ‘celebration’ then? Because the men were supposedly upper caste and Vandana comes from a Dalit family. There was also buzz coming out of local media reports that this ugliness was owing to the fact that the women’s hockey team had too many Dalits etc.  It is easy and saf