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Be a Mad Scientist

March 14, 2016
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If you think back to your seventh grade science fair project maybe you will recall the color of your poster-board, the Kodak or Polaroid pictures you taped to it, and the hand-written captions that went under each photo to combine into a (hopefully) award winning project […]

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When you KNOW it doesn’t make sense!

March 9, 2016
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Every time an election cycle rolls around, I suddenly feel a surge of renewed interest in my teenage and early adult love affair with logic. My academic focus in university and beyond was philosophy, and specifically, logic and the philosophy of language and science. Those areas are preoccupied […]

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If You Could Be Anyone

March 7, 2016
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What if you weren’t who you are? I don’t mean who you are like your biography or your name and identification, but who you are like a personality.  For example, if you could design your personality, way of listening, priorities, style of interaction and so forth […]

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Don’t Be Too Optimistic!

March 3, 2016
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There is a very interesting innate human psychological tendency toward optimism.  In fact, as humans, we tend not only to be optimistic, but overly optimistic, even in the face of countervailing evidence.  That irrational optimism is called the “optimism bias” and it is extremely well-documented in experimental […]

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Quit Early and Often

February 25, 2016
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From the time we are children we are told that persistence is a virtue and quitting is for losers. And in some cases this is definitely true. You will never become a virtuoso pianist if you quit practicing, or get to calculus if you don’t persist at […]

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Where There’s Friction

February 23, 2016
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Anyone who has ever worked with machines knows that friction between moving parts is to be avoided at all costs — unless you trying to start a fire with two pieces of wood. Even then, it’s an ineffective method of lighting things. The same principle applies everywhere we […]

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Diagnosis without Treatment

February 19, 2016
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We spend a lot of time as consultants and coaches observing how things are, whether they work and what is broken. This isn’t just a consultant’s pastime, it is also a favorite past time of most human beings — not to mention,  politicians. We are all […]

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Self-Delusion

February 15, 2016
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There’s a curious phenomenon in social psychology, one well-illustrated by the experience of mentalists — magicians who appear on stage a create the illusion of clairvoyance.  If you have ever seen one of these masters work, they are very convincing.  Their illusion is made all the more […]

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