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April 25 2016 7:04 AM

What Would Thinking Be Like Without Words or Pictures?

Answer by Yohan John, Ph.D. in cognitive and neural systems from Boston University:

What a great question! I don't think neuroscience has much to comment on the matter yet. All we can really do is introspect and speculate about the answer.

I used to be a strong “thought equals language” sort of person, but nowadays I'm not so sure. I widened my definition of thought to include imagistic thinking, such as imagining cogs and gears moving together. I could imagine, say, an engineer thinking directly in terms of mechanical “scenes” without any intervening words. But it's hard for me to imagine what thinking would be like without words or images. Maybe that's just a limitation of my own thinking.

April 24 2016 7:21 AM

How Old Is the U.K.’s Current Postal System?

Answer by Stephen Tempest:

It dates back to the 1850s but adopted its current form in the late 1960s.

In Britain, Sir Rowland Hill set up the first national, uniform postal service using prepaid stamps in 1839. It was a stunning success, with the number of letters being sent nationwide more than doubling in the first three months after the introduction of the system.

April 23 2016 7:06 AM

How Can I Tell if an Escort Likes Me Romantically?

Answer by Ian Morgan, worked as an escort:

There were more than a few of my clients that I liked romantically—women who I would have liked dating on my own time. I still charged them for the time we spent together. I never saw any outside of work. It never kept me from giving my all to the next client.

April 21 2016 7:23 AM

Is Oak the Only Acceptable Wood for Aging Whiskey?

Answer by Laurence Shanet:

Oak (especially American white oak) is far and away the most common type of wood used for making whiskey. However, it is not the only type used. Occasionally, other woods such as maple, hickory, and a host of others are used for aging whiskey. 

April 20 2016 7:05 AM

How Do I Motivate Myself to Finish Projects?

Answer by Milena Rangelov, who works to improve herself 1 percent every day:

Great question. I feel compelled to answer because guess what? I struggle with finishing things, too. In fact, I'm doing it right now. Here are 10 ideas for you:

April 19 2016 7:08 AM

How Do You Become a Minimalist?

Answer by Jonathan Brodsky:

I hate this question. And I hate it because people hear about minimalism and they think it's about cutting stuff out of your life (literally—they think it's about throwing stuff out). It's not about that. When you're talking about a life philosophy, it's about how you assign value to the things and people in your life. It's about how you figure out what's essential to you.

April 18 2016 7:06 AM

What Career Wisdom Do People Learn Too Late?

Answer by Matt Cohler, general partner at Benchmark, pre–Series A team at LinkedIn and Facebook:

Figure out what your comparative advantage is and play to your strengths. In a hypercompetitive world, it's not enough to be really good at something; you also need to be better at it than all of the other good people who are trying to do it too, who are vying for the same opportunity.

April 17 2016 7:31 AM

If Britain Had Gone to War With the U.S. in 1910, Who Would Have Won?

Answer by Stephen Tempest, qualified amateur historian:


The Kaiser would laugh himself silly at the sight of his two great Anglo-Saxon rivals destroying each other in a fruitless war that neither of them could win decisively.

April 16 2016 7:17 AM

Do People Ever Regret Getting Tattoos?

Answer by Jae Alexis Lee, 50 hours under the needle and counting:

I'm going to say something that may surprise people who have followed things I've said about tattoos in the past: I regret some of my ink, and that sucks.


April 13 2016 7:10 AM

How Do I Assert Myself as a Leader Within a Group?

Answer by Aaron Webber, CEO, investor, and learner of leadership:

The answer is: You don’t. In fact, don’t even try.

That is the fundamental error that most people make. They assume leadership is something you put on, something you act out, or something you turn on for the moment and then can relax when the time has passed when you have finished operating that way.