Thinking Outside the Brain: A Newsletter

Annie Murphy Paul
A weekly guide to extending your mind
Created 28 Jun 2021
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  • Our Intelligence Springs From Our Vulnerability
    08 Oct 2021 • 7 min read • 10 4
    Note: This article was written for the Boston Globe “Ideas” section, appearing here in the online edition, and in the paper edition that will be published on October 10.—Annie When the moment of revel...
  • "I Can't Stand Working for Other People!"
    30 Sep 2021 • 7 min read • 2 0
    This is the second installment of what I’m calling a “cognitive advice column” (see the first one here). Email your own question to anniemurphypaul@gmail.com. Dear Annie, I’m a freelance graphic desig...
  • The Things We Think With
    14 Sep 2021 • 4 min read • 2 1
    Leah Price is a professor of English at Rutgers University who studies the history of reading. For years she has led her students through an unusual exercise: the class is directed to meet up in the u...
  • "I Can't Stop Fidgeting!"
    10 Sep 2021 • 9 min read
    To readers of the “Thinking Outside the Brain” newsletter: This is the first installment of what I’m calling a “cognitive advice column.” I’m a huge fan of the new generation of advice columns created...
  • The Joy of Imitation
    07 Sep 2021 • 4 min read • 2 0
    Ours is a culture that celebrates innovation and looks down on imitation. But (as I write in The Extended Mind), imitation is often the most effective and efficient way to acquire a new skill. Instead...
  • Jordan Ellenberg: “Math is something we do with our body”
    28 Jun 2021 • 5 min read • 1 0
    Jordan Ellenberg hates PowerPoint slides. And whiteboards. For him (and for his fellow math professors at the University of Wisconsin-Madison), it’s an old-fashioned blackboard or bust. “It's part of ...
  • A weekly guide to extending your mind
    28 Jun 2021 • < 1 min read • 2 0
    Welcome to Thinking Outside the Brain: A Newsletter by me, Annie Murphy Paul. Journalist who covers research on learning and cognition. Author of the new book THE EXTENDED MIND: The Power of Thinking ...
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