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As individuals, we tend to gravitate to people who share and confirm our beliefs. But, in business, surrounding yourself with ‘yes men’ could prove to be perilous. Recent studies have shown that working in cognitively diverse groups boosts creativity and problem-solving. This playfully animated short features audio from a lecture by the British author Matthew Syed at the RSA in London in 2019, and borrows from his research for the book Rebel Ideas: The Power of Diverse Thinking (2019) to argue in favour of cognitive diversity as a tool for innovation.
Teaching and learning
Ronald grew up in a New York City library. It was as strange and wondrous as it sounds
An unvarnished, poetic account of a new mother’s struggle to breastfeed
The ancient world
What did the Rosetta Stone’s inscription actually communicate?
Why making if-then connections might be the key to consciousness
The cast of ‘misfit toys’ who keep life on an idyllic tourist island afloat
Ageing and death
When his elderly parents make a suicide pact, Doron struggles to accept their choice
Biography and memoir
What Akiko saw at the centre of the Hiroshima blast, and the indelible mark it left
To understand the limits of human senses, look to the wild world of animal cognition
Design and fashion
From sheep to sea – an ode to the iconic sweater that warms Cornish sailors