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Prof Cass Sunstein on how social change happens, and why it's so often abrupt & unpredictable - 80,000 Hours
There’s a terrific new paper Duncan Waltz is one of the coauthors of the difficulty of predicting in real time what’s going to happen in history. His study is actually of a much more tractable question, which is whether people in the national security area who are reporting to the United States State Department about historic events in real time, do they actually know what was a historic event as by decades later, what became historic?
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23 days ago by Walpole
Aldus Manutius - Wikipedia
Tides of History podcast (on printing) - Aldus was a design and marketing genius, the first publishing brand
INTERESTING  innovation  branding  printing 
5 weeks ago by Walpole
Strategic rule breaking: Time wasting to win soccer games
Rules regulate behavior, but in competitive contexts they also create incentives for rule-breaking because enforcement is imperfect.
rulebreaking  rules  football  INTERESTING 
december 2019 by Walpole
The Iphone as a Painting Tool | Marc Dalessio
It will be well also to have a looking-glass by him, when he paints, to look often at his work in it, which being seen the contrary way, will appear as the work of another hand, and will better shew his faults. DA VINCI
blackmirror  INTERESTING  defamiliarisation 
december 2019 by Walpole
Unpopular Front | The New Yorker
CIA's sponsorship of radical art during Cold War
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december 2019 by Walpole
Horizontal Hostility & Rejection of Hierarchy | DGR Book
The result … was that Pullman porters helped give birth to the African-American professional classes.55
pullmanporters  INTERESTING 
november 2019 by Walpole
Biology is Eating the World: A Manifesto - Andreessen Horowitz
We are at the beginning of a new era, where biology has shifted from an empirical science to an engineering discipline.
biology  INTERESTING  ruffian  healthcare 
october 2019 by Walpole
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In this target article (TA; CISS2016_100), Joan Vickers gives an overview of 20 years of research on her
discovery that a relatively long lasting fixation before movement initiation enhances complex-motor
performance, the so-called Quiet Eye (QE) phenomenon.
quieteye  sports  concentration  focus  INTERESTING 
september 2019 by Walpole
FOCUS: An underrated variable for success in Football - Footy Analyst
The ability to filter out such useless pulls on one’s focus can make a telling difference in what a player can achieve during their career. I
INTERESTING  sport  football  focus  attention 
september 2019 by Walpole
(PDF) Social network and temporal discounting
The more closed a person's network the more narrow the expected time horizon within which the person deliberates events and behavior.
filterbubble  shorttermism  networks  INTERESTING 
september 2019 by Walpole
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Do performance ratings tell us anything?
INTERESTING  performance  talent  workplace 
july 2019 by Walpole
The economic and interpersonal consequences of deflecting direct questions. - PubMed - NCBI
Direct, difficult questions (e.g., Do you have other offers? When do you plan on having children?) pose a challenge. Best way to handle it is ask a question back.
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july 2019 by Walpole
I Trust You, You Trust Me | Psychology Today UK
Teams primed with low levels of trust engaged in significantly more information processing than did teams primed with high levels of trust. If you don’t fully trust team members, you push for more elaboration, integration, and generation to maximize the quality of information processing in the team.
trust  teamwork  collaboration  dialogue  INTERESTING 
july 2019 by Walpole
Joe Henrich on Twitter: "To assess how difficult it is to identify these “basic process” without both evolutionary theory and serious cross-cultural research, let’s put aside psychology and focus on physiology and anatomy. Surely, those are “basic
To assess how difficult it is to identify these “basic process” without both evolutionary theory and serious cross-cultural research, let’s put aside psychology and focus on physiology and anatomy. Surely, those are “basic.” #WEIRDPeopleProblem"
INTERESTING  leftfield 
june 2019 by Walpole
What Climbing Expeditions Tell Us about Teamwork | Stanford Graduate School of Business
“If you’re going to host a town hall to inspire employees of your company to work together in achieving the company’s mission, then you want to encourage team values. Have everybody wear the same T-shirt,” Greer says. “But if you’re trying to make a strategic decision within a team, then make sure to highlight the differences in the room. Call people out based on their expertise.”
INTERESTING  ruffian  leftfield  dialogue  cognitivediversity  disagreement 
june 2019 by Walpole
Nadia Eghbal | The tyranny of ideas
How do creators preserve optionality? How do they maintain separation between themselves and their ideas, and avoid being consumed by demand?
creativity  constraints  incubate  INTERESTING  reputation 
may 2019 by Walpole
Creative arts and investing in systems — Crooked Timber
But … congratulations, Minister, you just zapped the course that brought us Nick Park, Aardman Animation, Wallis and Grommit and the media-industry cluster in Bristol.

The thing about the arts industries is that they’re very hits-driven; talking about what happens to the median person going into them is always going to massively underestimate the value of the system as a whole.
INTERESTING  university  Education  arts  creativity  creativeindustries 
january 2019 by Walpole
Why Do Living Things Die?
There is a vigorous discussion inside the aging research community about whether to classify aging as a disease.
ageing  INTERESTING 
september 2018 by Walpole
(PDF) WHAT CHARACTERIZES SOCIAL DEFENSE SYSTEMS?
Bion’s theory of learning is interesting because he also includes the fact that we don’t always want to know. He says that we unconsciously avoid or resist knowledge. We seek minus knowledge, -K, as he calls it. Failure to learn from experience is in other words linked to fear of thinking.
INTERESTING  learning  dialogue  socialdefence 
july 2018 by Walpole
Why big data is actually small, personal and very human | Aeon Essays
By many calculations, a Hopi Indian man named Don Talayesva counts as the most-intensively documented such subject in history, in a life stretching from 1890 to 1976. Talayesva participated in 350 hours of formal interviews with the anthropologist Leo Simmons alone between 1938 and 1940, during which he used his life experiences as a Hopi to fill the taxonomic pigeonholes for ‘Hopi’ within an encyclopedic knowledge bank, the Human Relations Area File, hosted at Yale. There were also 8,000 diary pages Talayesva contributed to ethnographers; 341 dreams written down in wire-bound notebooks; a set of wide-ranging interviews; a full Rorschach protocol and other projective tests; and, as the result of all this, a thriving correspondence with the French surrealist André Breton.
bigdata  aeon  data  stories  interesting 
may 2018 by Walpole
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