Hunter "Toto" Maats

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Attention Economy: What Price Do We All Pay for Justin Bieber’s Cult of Personality?

Everyone wants attention.  The individual family provides a beautiful microcosm for thinking about the dynamics of the “Attention Economy.”  Kids compete for their...

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#NISIS: Because you don’t bring a book list to a meme war

“Alexander Hamilton is one of American history’s most luminous figures…Yet in 1804 this brilliant man did something that by today’s standards was astonishingly...

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Staring at a Single Data Point: If You Want to Solve Problems At Home, Look at Your Neighbors’ Problems

Over the last thirteen years, I’ve tutored A LOT of kids and one of the most important things that it has taught me is that you can’t make sense of the world by...

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The Attention Economy: What Do We Do About People Who Sell Attentional Crack?

In the age of social media, it has become fashionable to talk about The Attention Economy. Everyone is competing for eye balls. Nowhere is this competition more clear than to...

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Learn, Unlearn, Relearn: Is it Time to Change Your Tune?

A few weeks ago, I was at a program from what we often call troubled teens. As I browsed the library of books available for the kids to read, I spotted a copy of The Tao of Pooh....

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Unlearn: There is no distinction between entertainment and education

Twelve years ago, I was trying to figure out what to do with my life. I’d just read Victor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning on an elliptical machine at 24 Hour...

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Why did humans evolve to be so defensive of our beliefs?

Working with teenagers, you get used to seeing a very particular and charming side of the human animal: defensive behavior. A simple suggestion that students might want to ask...

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Truncate and Renormalize: Do Scientists Actually Think of the Earth as Round?

The wonderful thing about living in the age of the internet is things people long thought but never dared say have come bursting out on the world. As someone who loves science,...

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The Orange Belt – The Tribe

By achieving the first two belts in this series you have learned: you’re in a cult(ure) that’s adapted to environment, you downloaded your culture through awe, and that...

The Iron Throne: Why do Americans cheer for Khaleesi but want to depose dictators?

‘The breakup of the Soviet Union was the greatest geopolitical tragedy of the 20th century.’For all the praise that has been rightly heaped on Game of Thrones its greatest...