Our entire educational system is in need of a paradigm shift. I happen to prefer the "Flipped Classroom" approach. I believe knowledge is abundant and students should be gleaning it from sources other than the classroom, and that the role of school is twofold:
Yes. How many people do you know who are sure about things and yet don't recognize that the brain may not be reliable?
Are you honest?
Actually, we (humans) have all kinds of mechanisms in our brains that make us feel honest even when we're not. Here is a great talk about honesty and rationalization about dishonesty in people:
A few months ago, one of Google's employees posted a rant about how Google was messing up in a significant way in their overall strategy:
Wikipedia (which, by the way, is striking by making all pages except two unavailable today) has more about SOPA and what it is.
Sometimes it's important to push your fears aside and experience the world. Scott Adams spent the last year doing just that:
As 2011 approached, I wondered what would happen if, for the next 12 months, I said yes to any opportunity that was new or dangerous or embarrassing or unwise. I decided to find out.
Businesses are starting to realize that the key to becoming competitive is knowing how to analyze all the data they have available. This means a shift in what skills are valuable to a company:
It's that time of year again, time to fall back (at least if you are in the US... well, some parts of the US):
A fantastic talk about the necessary evolution of cities in light of the current state of the earth: