Samuel Arbesman explains ‘The Half-life of Facts’

Much of what we believe to be factual has an expiration date.

In primary school you learned that there were nine planets in the solar system. There weren’t any that were  known to exist outside of it. Since then, astronomers have spotted over 800 planets around other stars (and thousands more “candidates”) and demoted Pluto to a mere “dwarf planet”. Even a cursory glance at other fields reveals similar patterns.



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Work skills you will need to survive in the future

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As employees chart their route to the top of the “Conceptual Age”, it’s important to know the skills that companies are looking for.

IBM’s 2010 Global CEO Study cited “creativity” as the most important leadership quality for the future when “global knowledge” was once essential for leaders. This is one of many signals that the business world is evolving out of the “Information Age,” where left-brain technical skills, knowledge and expertise were king.

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Brainiest cities across America


The map from Zara Matheson of the Martin Prosperity Institute maps the brainy metro index across U.S. metros.

We are often told the smartest cities and nations do the best in the knowledge economy. Smart cities typically are measured  by education level, calculating the cities or metros with the largest percentage of college grads or the largest shares of adults with advanced degrees. Others do it by charting the kinds of work people do and the occupations they hold, differentiating between knowledge or creative workers and others who do more routine manufacturing and service jobs.

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Top 12 things successful people do differently than the rest of us

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Most were not born into success; they simply did.

There is always a fascination of people who are consistently successful at what they do; especially those who experience repeated success in many areas of their life throughout their lifetime. In entertainment, you may think of Clint Eastwood and Oprah Winfrey. In business, it may be Steve Jobs and Warren Buffett. Everyone has their own examples of super successful people like these who we admire. But how do they become so successful?

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Study: Failure is Better for Success in the Long Run


The difference in response to the Atlantis and Challenger came down to this: The Atlantis was considered a success and the Challenger a failure.

While success is surely sweeter than failure, it seems failure is a far better teacher, and organizations that fail spectacularly often flourish more in the long run, according to a new study by Vinit Desai, assistant professor of management at the University of Colorado Denver Business School.


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