kids given no instruction were much more likely to come up with novel solutions to a problem
From an economic point of view, bombs and bullets are purely consumption goods, not nearly as beneficial as education or infrastructure. The reason defence spending has become the common means of stimulating demand is largely political. Conservatives who cannot stomach deficit spending for any other reason are willing to forgo their hard money prejudices in time of national emergency.
scripts are so generalized and compressed, we tend to make unwarranted assumptions based on them. Humor takes advantage of this tendency.
“Never before in human history have so few owed so much to so many, Mr. Jiabao. A handful of men in this country have trained the remaining 99.9 percent—as strong, as talented, as inteligent in every way—to exist in perpetual servitude; a servitude so strong that you can put the key of his emancipation in a man's hands and he will throw it back at you with a curse.” ― Aravind Adiga, The White Tiger
Iatrogenesis, or an iatrogenic artifact (pron.: /aɪˌætroʊˈdʒɛnɪk/; "originating from a physician") is an inadvertent adverse effect or complication resulting from medical treatment or advice, including that of psychologists, therapists, pharmacists, nurses, physicians and dentists.
Instead of asking, “Why is there war?” we might ask, “Why is there peace?” We can obsess not just over what we have been doing wrong but also over what we have been doing right.
How much do I want to follow people I know? How much do I want to follow people I respect? How much do I want the system to learn and to infer what I like, based on what I’ve liked so far?
Couzin’s experiments showed that a minority could control the path the group would take if it had greater conviction. (These greater conviction fish had more training to go down one path and not the other.) That was counter-intuitive. Still more counter-intuitive was how Couzin showed that by increasing the number of uniformed individuals, the group would go down the majority path instead of down the path of the intransigent minority. “Uniformed individuals inhibit extremism and promote democratic consensus with animal groups,” he stated.
The things we create aren’t usually any less ephemeral than the experiences they deliver (how many websites or campaigns or apps or events have you created in your career that are no longer available?). What lasts, at least in the minds and reactions of our customers, are the experiences around these things. Ultimately, this is also where we derive our own greatest satisfaction in our work.
Worse, as Deci began discovering forty years ago, adding certain kinds of extrinsic rewards on top of inherently interesting tasks can often dampen motivation and diminish performance.
The beauty of heuristics is that they guide us toward a solution by way of organized exploration of the possibilities. With a
For social scientists, experiments are like microscopes or strobe lights, magnifying and illuminating the complex, multiple forces that simultaneously exert their influences on us. They help us slow human behavior to a frame-by-frame narration of events, isolate individual forces, and examine them carefully and in more detail. They let us test directly and unambiguously what makes human beings tick and provide a deeper understanding of the features and nuances of our own biases.*
Ghosh sighed. “I hope one day you see this as clearly as I did in Kerchele. The key to your happiness is to own your slippers, own who you are, own how you look, own your family, own the talents you have, and own the ones you don’t. If you keep saying your slippers aren’t yours, then you’ll die searching, you’ll die bitter, always feeling you were promised more. Not only our actions, but also our omissions, become our destiny.”
In any conversation, we’re really doing two things. We talk. And we listen. Easy enough, but here’s the deal: Once you decide to actively participate in social media (like Facebook or Twitter, for starters), it’s important that you answer two questions about your conversations: • Why am I talking? • Why am I listening?