Forget The Wisdom of Crowds; Neurobiologists Reveal The Wisdom Of The Confident Way back in 1906, the English polymath Francis Galton visited a country fair in which 800 people took part in a contest to guess the weight of a slaughtered ox. After the fair, he collected the guesses and calculated their average which turned out to be 1208 pounds. To Galton’s surprise, this was within 1 per cent of the true weight of 1198 pounds. Who am I surrounding myself with? To recap: I've outlined twenty areas of introspection I wanted to explore over the course of twenty days and I'm sharing it here — not because I think you'll care about my conclusions, but rather because it might provide a perspective for similar pursuits by others — or not. I really like Nick Crocker's assertion that "You end up being the average of the people you spend your life with" — and I think he's probably right to some extent. I don't know that I've ever been terribly methodical about understanding who and how I spend my life around, choosing instead to allow that mix to be something of a byproduct of choices around where I work, where I socialize and how I spend my free time. This evening, I sat down to take an inventory of the kinds of people with whom my time is spent, through two different lenses. First, by function: I identified four different groups of people with whom I spend considerable time, and tried to make an estimate of the portion of time I spend with each.
Graham Hill Explains How Less Stuff Leads to More Freedom at TED TreeHugger Founder Graham Hill stopped by the TED Conference recently to outline his LifeEdited project—and explain why a keen ability to edit will be the most important skill of the next century. Watch a video of the talk below:Watch the Video in Full Screen at Ted.com In the end, the goal of the LifeEdited project was not to strip everything away—rather, it was to cut down to the essential in order to open more opportunities with less space and fewer things.
Reframing the Mind Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences (Basic Books, 1983) Multiple Intelligences: The Theory into Practice (Basic Books, 1993) Intelligence Reframed: Multiple Intelligences for the 21st Century (Basic Books, 1999) Is Google Making Us Stupid? - Nicholas Carr Illustration by Guy Billout "Dave, stop. Stop, will you? Stop, Dave. Cynefin for Devs Every now and then, someone comes up with a new way of looking at the world that becomes the next fashionable thing to do. Every time I’ve seen this, there’s usually a space of time in which a lot of people say, “Meh, it’s irrelevant”, or “Meh, consultants”, or “Meh, they’re only in it for the money.” After a while, things settle down and everyone is used to that new model or concept, and it’s no longer seen as edgy or strange.
Advertising agencies are dying, just as they become most vital There is a curious tension in the current agency landscape – a vast mismatch between what clients’ needs are and what agencies are working on, and this gap seems to be widening. It seems like companies have never struggled with bigger problems, as chief marketing officers face the most daunting challenges of a lifetime, but curiously, agencies seem to offer smaller solutions than ever. Isn’t it time agencies stepped up to the plate? The internet has been a mixed blessing, a volatile combination of incredible, new possibilities, rampant change and some of the most destructive forces the marketplace has ever seen. On a communications level we have a plethora of new media channels, memes circling the world in seconds, the app of the moment bursting onto the scene, and trends like content marketing, native advertising, and influencer marketing to navigate and leverage. You would imagine this would have led to large-scale changes in the advertising industry.
The Slow Poisoning of India The Slow Poisoning of India is a 26-minute documentary film directed by Ramesh Menon and produced by the New Delhi-based The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI). It deals with the dangers of excessive use of pesticide in agriculture. India is one of the largest users of pesticide in Asia and also one of the largest manufactures. The toxins have entered into the food chain and into our breakfast, lunch and dinner. The film showcases startling case studies from Kerala where villagers in Kasaragod district are paying a heavy price as it has been exposed to pesticide spraying for many years. It talks of the health impacts in other parts of India and also on how the magic of the green revolution in Punjab is fading as land and water bodies have been poisoned. Internet use in class tied to lower test scores Warning: Surfing the internet in class is now linked to poorer test scores, even among the most intelligent and motivated of students. Michigan State University researchers studied laptop use in an introductory psychology course and found the average time spent browsing the web for non-class-related purposes was 37 minutes. Students spent the most time on social media, reading email, shopping for items such as clothes and watching videos.
Why Abundance is Good: A Reply to Nick Carr I think Carr’s premises are correct: the mechanisms of media affect the nature of thought. The web presents us with unprecedented abundance. This can lead to interrupt-driven info-snacking, which robs people of the ability to find time to think about just one thing persistently. 14 Things I’ve Learned About Content Curation In Social Media We recently published a post called “50 Random Things I Have Learned About Social Media Marketing” that quickly became one of our most viewed posts of all time. It was obvious that many people appreciate a clear and concise post that lists actionable items and truths about effective social media marketing. We decided to apply the same principle to a post about content curation. Content curation is something that has been written about quite extensively, however most people still don’t seem to understand what it is and how to be effective with it in social media.
7 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Give Up So Easily We all hit points when it seems like going on is next to impossible. When you’re already overwhelmed, it’s easy to talk yourself into giving up. But giving up too soon could cause you to miss out on success. You never know how soon you might start seeing progress if you hang in there and give it a little more time. Here are eight good reasons you should keep at it just a little longer. The Disappearing Male The Disappearing Male is about one of the most important, and least publicized, issues facing the human species: the toxic threat to the male reproductive system. The last few decades have seen steady and dramatic increases in the incidence of boys and young men suffering from genital deformities, low sperm count, sperm abnormalities and testicular cancer. At the same time, boys are now far more at risk of suffering from ADHD, autism, Tourette's syndrome, cerebral palsy, and dyslexia. The Disappearing Male takes a close and disturbing look at what many doctors and researchers now suspect are responsible for many of these problems: a class of common chemicals that are ubiquitous in our world. Found in everything from shampoo, sunglasses, meat and dairy products, carpet, cosmetics and baby bottles, they are called "hormone mimicking" or "endocrine disrupting" chemicals and they may be starting to damage the most basic building blocks of human development.
Le manque de sommeil altère le cerveau des ados Sleep habits, academic performance, and the adolescent brain structure Anna S. Urrila1,2,3, Eric Artiges1,4, Jessica Massicotte1, Ruben Miranda1, Hélène Vulser1, Pauline Bézivin-Frere1, Winok Lapidaire1, Hervé Lemaître1, Jani Penttilä1, 5, Patricia J Conrod6, 7, Hugh Garavan8, the IMAGEN consortium, Marie-Laure Paillère Martinot1, 9, and Jean-Luc Martinot1, 10*