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Jedi Mind Tricks for the Real World

If you’re feeling the itch for Star Wars: The Old Republic during the seemingly age-long but realistically short period between the end of the beta and the start of Early Access, maybe you can spend the time learning some real-world Jedi mind tricks.

Redditors having managed to compile a monster list of little tricks you can use to get your way in a negotiation, see whether someone is unconscious or just faking it, and convince people to do things for you.

It is, as Reddit threads tend to be, a highly entertaining read.

What is a “mind trick” you know of? — AskReddit.

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Transhumanism, Space Colonization, Social’s Future & the Singularity

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In June and July, I published a series of editorials at The Next Web that take a look at futurist topics that have always fascinated me. If looking beyond the immediate future, to the possibilities that long-term technological advances might bring us, is your cup of tea, you might enjoy these pieces.

Humanity Plus: How Transhumanism Could Change the Human Race

Transhumanism, as it’s known, is the process of augmenting ourselves with advanced technology; the point where the technology isn’t merely an extension of ourselves — like your smartphone probably is — but a part of ourselves.

Read more about transhumanism.

What is the Technological Singularity?

Technological singularity was a term coined by Vernor Vinge, the science fiction author, in 1983. “We will soon create intelligences greater than our own,” he wrote. “When this happens, human history will have reached a kind of singularity, an intellectual transition as impenetrable as the knotted space-time at the center of a black hole, and the world will pass far beyond our understanding.”

Read more about the Singularity.

Online games: where the real key to the future of social technology lies

We’ve been trying to wrangle this Internet thing to allow us to share an experience the way we can in real life. In real life, we can watch a movie together. Play poker and down a case of beer together. It can be as simple as sitting down to chat, sharing the same physical space — the atmosphere, food, music, all those things that add to an experience and make it stick out as something memorable.

Read more about the future of social technology.

What Would Colonization of the Final Frontier Look Like?

It’s not a huge surprise that governments and corporations aren’t investing heavily in space colonization itself. We still need to make many, many more of these ancillary but important advances before we’d make any significant progress in the area. And there’s that other issue – that governments and corporations don’t see a need to ramp up the timeline on this. But Stephen Hawking, one of the few physicists whose name regular people actually know, thinks differently. He’s worried that until we disperse, we’re in imminent danger of a catastrophic event destroying human civilization – heck, human life – for good. “One we spread out into space and establish colonies, our future should be safe,” Hawking once said to a BBC reporter.

Read more about space colonization.

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Why we should stop multi-tasking in our downtime – TNW

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I’ve made the decision to force myself to separate my leisure activities so that I can make the most of what rare downtime I do get. That doesn’t mean I’ve gone Luddite: I enjoy a range of shows, and I love gaming. I enjoy sitting with my daughter on my iPad and laughing as she sends every bird flying in the opposite direction of the green pigs, no matter what I say. I read a wide variety of books on that same device.

What I don’t love so much? Missing out on the real value in all of the above, because I’m too busy trying to get them done all at once.

Read the article on The Next Web.

Image Credit: Steve Jurvetson.

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Why Duncan Riley is Selling The Inquisitr

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When Duncan Riley announced that he was selling The Inquisitr, one of the mainstays of independent Australian online media over the last few years, many readers responded on Twitter with sadness. Understandably, they didn’t want to see Riley, the owner who had founded and brought the site up to record peaks, let the site lose its luster and attitude under another chief. (more…)

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Developing Your Writing Ritual

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I used to write for productivity publications. I’d spend a lot of time thinking about how we motivate ourselves, how we create, looking at tools we use to organize our lives. After all that time, I came to the realization that tools don’t really matter, and systems rarely get to the heart of what actually makes them work, perhaps so you remain dependent on them. The brain is trained on rhythm and habit. If you create a rhythm to your tasks and then force yourself to follow the same process for getting things done until it becomes second nature, eventually you’ll find that doing that work is more of a habit than trying to avoid it. (more…)

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The Weekly Review: NaNoWriMo, Finding a New MMO & WP.Envato

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I’ve been very busy the last few weeks in my Envato after-hours. I’ve got a couple of closely related projects that I’m slowly moving to completion–I’m excited about them, but not quite ready to talk about them. So while I’ve been doing a lot, as far as you’re concerned, I’ve been watching Seinfeld re-runs in my pyjamas. (more…)

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