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Share What Makes a Good Reader
2013-1-29 08:57
by Maria Popova “A good reader, a major reader, an active and creative reader is a rereader.” “All attempts at gaining literary polish must begin with judicious reading,” H. P. Lovecraft famously advised aspiring writers. We’ve already seen that reading is a learned skill and an optimizable technique, and that non-reading is as important an intellectual choice as reading itself, so it follows that reading, more than the mere monolithic act of ingesting text, comes ...
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Share The death of a revolutionary
2012-12-28 13:55
The song of Song The shot that killed Song Jiaoren was not heard around the world. But it might have changed Chinese history Dec 22nd 2012 | BEIJING AND SHANGHAI | from the print edition Economist AT 10.40pm on March 20th 1913 a young man who represented one possible future for China stood on the platform at Shanghai railway station, waiting with friends to board a train to Beijing. Song Jiaoren—30 years old, sporting a Western suit and a wisp of a ...
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Share Moderation as the Sweet Spot for Exercise(Repost)
2012-12-27 13:21
For people who exercise but fret that they really should be working out more, new studies may be soothing. The amount of exercise needed to improve health and longevity, this new science shows, is modest, and more is not necessarily better. That is the message of the newest and perhaps most compelling of the studies, which was presented on Saturday at the annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine in San Francisco. For it, researchers at the University of South Caroli ...
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Share Quick and Easy Ways to Quiet Your Mind(Repost)
2012-12-27 11:30
Neuroscience tells us that, to be more productive and creative, we need to give our brains a break. It's the quiet mind that produces the best insights. But it's a challenge to take that sort of time off in the midst of a busy day. Here are three specific, quick and easy ways to build purposeful break time into your day. Quick meditation New research from the UCLA Laboratory of Neuro Imaging suggests that people who meditate show more gray matter in certain regions of the brain, show ...
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  • What Makes a Good Reader 2013-3-19 20:21

    Interesting.  I have reread some books the same as watching a movie a second or third time you get something different out of it.  I knew that I would have to reread the last book I read  "Myths and Ledgends of China"   (an English translation) as it was packed full of information that would be hard to absorb with only one read.  I recommend it to anyone either learning English or on an extended stay in China.  I downloaded it from the  internet to my ereader.

  • Moderation as the Sweet Spot for Exercise(Repost) 2013-3-19 20:02

    Thanks for your repost.  I found this article very interesting. I always knew that while walking and jogging were beneficial and running was harmful to most people (joints) I had never seen this report. It would be interesting to see a comparison between jogging and swimming as I have always been toldt he best exercise is swimming.

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