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The Value of Defying Conventional Thinking | Nouriel Roubini | Big Think
"Question: What is the value of defying conventional thinking?

Nouriel Roubini:  Well you know usually critical thinking and not always accepting the conventional wisdom.  Having lateral thinking or contrarian thinking is useful in kind of any discipline. … if you have truly independent research, it’s more likely to get things right than research that is not really independent that has all the biases we know. … And then economists where are in academia are sometimes co-opted by mainstream views because it’s easier to succeed career-wise and otherwise by taking mainstream views rather than having lateral thinking as well, so there are systems of incentives and rewards that people have that lead to these kind of herding behavior both in the financial market and also into the collective thinking as well."
nourielroubini  conventionalthinking  independence  bias  policy  politics  policymakers  lateralthinking  thinking  incentives  criticalthinking  research  economics  academia  mainstream  rewards  behavior  echochambers  herding  herd  collectivethinking 
february 2011 by robertogreco
“the purpose-idea”: ten questions for mark earls | Gapingvoid
"Third, “Brand” is what you get as a result of doing great , not a good guide to what to do — it’s the sco­re­board, not the game.
branding  herd  purpose  hughmacleod  markearls  tcsnmy  mission  focus  communication  advertising  marketing  administration  leadership  management 
january 2010 by robertogreco

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