Cheery Friday Greetings from Learning How to Learn! Sep 9, 2016

10th January 2017

Cheery Friday greetings to our Learning How to Learners!

Read Books, Live Longer?

Here’s an intriguing article by Nicholas Bakalar in the New York Times about research findings revealing that book readers live longer. “Compared with those who did not read books, those who read for up to three and a half hours a week were 17 percent less likely to die over 12 year of follow-up, and those who read more than that were 23 percent less likely to die. Book readers lived an average of almost two years longer than those who did not read at all.” Those who read newspapers and magazines had a similar, but weaker life extension–books are best!

Book of the Week

And so this leads us to this week’s book recommendation, The Kingdom of Speech, by Tom Wolfe. Sometimes overly idolized characters need to be deflated, and Wolf’s just the man to do it in highly entertaining fashion. Wolfe refers to another of our long-time favorite books, mega-best-seller (well-nigh unbelievable for a book of anthropology!) Don’t Sleep, There Are Snakes: Life and Language in the Amazonian Jungle, by Daniel Everett. Everett destroys academic icons even as he lives through the wildest adventures imaginable. Read and enjoy!

Follow iDoRecall’s Twitter and/or Instagram feeds for great learning-focused content

You might like to take a look at iDoRecall’s Twitter and Instagram feed. We’ve noticed that they’re posting a lot of interesting items on topics relevant to LHTL — that is, they post about learning, sleep, the brain, health, science, and all the good things. They’re mainly trying to help students, so if you’re a student you might be especially interested in these accounts. Follow iDoRecall on Instagram and/or Twitter, and say hi to them!

25 Best Memory Improvement Books

Here is an interesting post: “25 Best Memory Improvement Books (Recommended By Memory Masters).” (You’ll note that our own A Mind for Numbers is very high on the list!)

Learning How to Learn in Polish – Uczymy jak się uczyć – kurs internetowy na platformie Coursera

Polish speaking volunteers are welcome to join Agnieszka Komala’s efforts to launch the Polish version of the course. If you are up for the challenge, please post on this thread to join the group. Agnieszka has just joined the translation team as the Polish Lead. She is an Logistics and Supply Chain specialist who takes great interest in helping people to learn.

That’s all for this week. Have a happy week in Learning How to Learn!

Barb, Terry, and the entire Learning How to Learn team

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