Mind Food

Jun 2013

It's cold, it's wet, it doesn't get much better than this

The perfect comfort food for a miserable day, the Nutella microwaveable mug cake.
Just tell yourself you’ll work it off tomorrow.

nutella-mug-cake

In 1820, the biggest contributor to global GDP was …..

China, with 33%.
Europe had 27%, India 18% and the USA, a piddling 2%.
Check out this fascinating graph from Kleiner Perkins Caulfield Byers
‘Internet Trends’ Presentation in May 2013.


Can't believe I ever got by without this stuff ….

“Resource is more than just a beverage, it’s a reflection of who you are as a woman in the very deepest and personal sense of your very being … “
And it’s
not satire.

Shlomo Benartzi - TEDsalon NY2011

Using behavioural finance to encourage saving for retirement.

It's easy to imagine saving money next week, but how about right now? Generally, we want to spend it. Economist Shlomo Benartzi says this is one of the biggest obstacles to saving enough for retirement, and asks: How do we turn this behavioural challenge into a behavioural solution?
Shlomo Benartzi uses behavioural economics to study how and why we plan well for the future (or fail to), and uses that to develop new programs to encourage saving for retirement.

Top Five Regrets of the Dying

By Susie Steiner, The Guardian, 1 February, 2012
Bronnie Ware, a palliative nurse who has counselled the dying in their last days has revealed the most common regrets we have at the end of our lives. And among the top, from men in particular, is 'I wish I hadn't worked so hard'.
Ware writes of the phenomenal clarity of vision that people gain at the end of their lives, and how we might learn from their wisdom. "When questioned about any regrets they had or anything they would do differently," she says, "common themes surfaced again and again."


Champagne may ward off cognitive decline of ageing

A study undertaken by the University of Reading, UK, shows that champagne’s phenolic compounds improve spatial memory, in rats. Read More...

Acupuncture is a theatrical placebo: the end of a myth

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Canadian Documentary - Pension Plan Evolution - February 2013


Pew Research Center report, May 29 2013, Breadwinner Moms

Mothers Are the Sole or Primary Provider in Four-in-Ten Households with Children; Public Conflicted about the Growing Trend.

The reaction - US Conservatives horrified to discover it's not 1960 (any more)

Conservatives comment on recent Pew Center report on the rise of the female family breadwinner. Read More...

The ASFA Retirement Standard, March 2013

Ever wondered how much it costs to have a life when you’ve retired? Read More...