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Rewire Your Life: Looking Closely At Your Media Use

The U.S. leads the world in the amount of people regularly using the internet — yet, with all the information it brings into our lives, our media diet is typically pretty myopic. So says internet activist Ethan Zuckerman in his book, “Rewire: Digital Cosmopolitans in the Age of Connection.” Zuckerman, who is also the director of MIT’s Center for Civic Media, posits that we can “rewire the world” by [ … ]

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Illusions: Fooling the Brain

Clad in a tuxedo, the tall and bearded conjurer tosses the ball up. Once, twice, thrice — voila! The ball disappears midflight. You’re absolutely sure that your gaze didn’t waver from it, so where did the ball go? Of course, it didn’t actually disappear forever [ … ]

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In The “Creative” Zone: An Interview with Dr. Charles Limb

What do Franz Liszt and Jay Z have in common? Not much — one is a classical composer, the other is a rapper; one is dead, the other is alive. We could go on, but one thing they do have in common is their fantastic ability to improvise. Both have or had musical, skill but what really sets them apart from their contemporaries is their ability to perform without preparation — creating music on the spur of the moment. [ … ]