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Final Boss Form — Criticism doesn’t just make people defensive,...
Criticism doesn’t just make people defensive, criticism can also worsen a person’s performance. In the book The Man Who Lied to his Laptop, Clifford Nass outlines a study that he did with a Japanese car company that illustrates this point. This car company had created a sophisticated system that used sensors and artificial intelligence to determine when someone was driving poorly and let the driver know. They asked Professor Nass to help them evaluate the effects of this system on driver performance in simulations before putting it live in cars. It’s a good thing too because what they found is somewhat counter-intuitive.

The system gave well-intentioned feedback when people drove too fast or took corners too sharply. It would say things like, “You are not driving very well. Please be more careful.” If you think that people were delighted to hear when they weren’t driving well, you are mistaken. People were frustrated and angry when the system told them their driving wasn’t very good. People’s damaged egos would not have mattered if the system actually improved their driving. What they found through the simulations was that the feedback actually worsened people’s driving. People got annoyed and, rather than slowing down or taking corners more cautiously, they sped up, oversteered, and generally drove worse the more critical feedback they received.

—Kate Heddleston [ ] (via treblekicker)

I need to get better with giving feedback. I come from a tribe of self criticizers who accomplish great things by constantly evaluating one’s own work as being “not good enough.” [ ]

It turns out that that’s a great way to self motivate but disastrous when working with teams."
kenyattacheese  criticism  motivation  work  perfectionism  feedback  howwework  teams  intrinsicmotivation  2015  kateheddleston  josswhedon 
april 2015 by robertogreco
Whedon '87 Delivers 181st Commencement Address
"You have, which is a rare thing, that ability and the responsibility to listen to the dissent in yourself, to at least give it the floor, because it is the key—not only to consciousness-but to real growth. To accept duality is to earn identity. And identity is something that you are constantly earning. It is not just who you are. It is a process that you must be active in. It’s not just parroting your parents or the thoughts of your learned teachers. It is now more than ever about understanding yourself so you can become yourself."

"The thing about our country is—oh, it’s nice, I like it—it’s not long on contradiction or ambiguity. It’s not long on these kinds of things. It likes things to be simple, it likes things to be pigeonholed—good or bad, black or white, blue or red. And we’re not that. We’re more interesting than that. And the way that we go into the world understanding is to have these contradictions in ourselves and see them in other people and not judge them for it. To know that, in a world where debate has kind of fallen away and given way to shouting and bullying, that the best thing is not just the idea of honest debate, the best thing is losing the debate, because it means that you learn something and you changed your position. The only way really to understand your position and its worth is to understand the opposite. That doesn’t mean the crazy guy on the radio who is spewing hate, it means the decent human truths of all the people who feel the need to listen to that guy. You are connected to those people. They’re connected to him. You can’t get away from it.

This connection is part of contradiction. It is the tension I was talking about. This tension isn’t about two opposite points, it’s about the line in between them, and it’s being stretched by them. We need to acknowledge and honor that tension, and the connection that that tension is a part of. Our connection not just to the people we love, but to everybody, including people we can’t stand and wish weren’t around. The connection we have is part of what defines us on such a basic level."

"So here’s the thing about changing the world. It turns out that’s not even the question, because you don’t have a choice. You are going to change the world, because that is actually what the world is. You do not pass through this life, it passes through you. You experience it, you interpret it, you act, and then it is different. That happens constantly. You are changing the world. You always have been, and now, it becomes real on a level that it hasn’t been before."
josswhedon  commencementspeeches  debate  ambiguity  2013  empathy  dissent  criticalthinking  humanism  human  humans  tension  contradictions  opposition  perspective  freedom  life  living  change  present  future  commencementaddresses 
june 2013 by robertogreco
io9 - Why Dollhouse Really Is Joss Whedon's Greatest Work - Dollhouse
"The evil in Dollhouse is harder to deal with than the evil in Buffy because it’s our evil. It’s our willingness to strip other people of their humanity in order to get what we need from them. It’s our eagerness to give up our humanity and conform to other people’s expectations, in exchange for some vaguely promised reward. And it’s our tendency to put any new piece of technology to whatever uses we can think of, whether they’re positive or utterly destructive.
dollhouse  josswhedon  sciencefiction  humanity  technology  society 
may 2009 by robertogreco
The Meming of Life » My cover is blown
"The enemy of humanism is not faith. The enemy of humanism is hate, is fear, is ignorance, is the darker part of man that is in every humanist, every person in the world. That is the thing we have to fight. Faith is something we have to embrace. Faith in God is believing, absolutely, in something with no proof whatsoever. Faith in humanity means believing absolutely in something with a huge amount of proof to the contrary. We are the true believers." - Joss Whedon
josswhedon  belief  faith  humanism  atheism  humanity  evil  hate  fear  ignorance  philosophy  morality  dalemcgowan 
april 2009 by robertogreco
Felicia Day | The A.V. Club
"Recently, Day spoke with The A.V. Club about making an online serial on a shoestring, growing up as a home-schooled nerd, and what it was like singing a videogame theme song to a crowd of 5,000 geeks."
feliciaday  homeschool  interviews  josswhedon  drhorrible  education 
november 2008 by robertogreco
Dr. Horrible's iPhone Remote Is Available as a Web App | Geekdad from
"Dr. Horrible used a custom-designed application for his iPhone. Of course, we couldn't find it in the AppStore since the launch of iPhone 2.0, but now it's finally been found -- as a web app."
iphone  drhorrible  josswhedon  applications  humor  control  remote  csiap  ios 
july 2008 by robertogreco
Blackbeltjones/Work » Jessica Helfand and Tony Stark vs. Don Norman, Paul Dourish and Joss Wheedon
"3 years on from Firefly, most of the audience watching scifi & action movies/tv will have seen or experienced a Wii or iPhone, and so some of the work of moving technology from star to set-dressing is done"

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mattjones  interface  scifi  sciencefiction  technology  wii  iphone  ux  firefly  josswhedon 
july 2008 by robertogreco
Warren Ellis » The Guts Of Dr Horrible
"I was crapping away here the other day about the ratio of linkblogs to people actually producing original content...And then [Dr Horrible]...lessons to be taken from it that apply broadly. Not least of which are, Be Short, Be Bold, and Get It Done."
warrenellis  drhorrible  josswhedon  creativity  internet  gettingitdone 
july 2008 by robertogreco
fabric of folly: Why Dr. Horrible is on-demand event TV and Joss Whedon is the new Radiohead
"There are a numerous reasons why Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog is noteworthy; here are ten of them: It's being distributed for free, with a view to making money on iTunes downloads, merchandise and a subsequent DVD release (hence the Radiohead compariso
josswhedon  tv  television  drhorrible  online  internet  film 
july 2008 by robertogreco
Master Plan - Dr. Horrible
"During this work-stoppage, many writers tried to form partnerships for outside funding to create new work that circumvented the Forest King system.Frustrated with the lack of movement on that front, I finally decided to do something very ambitious, very
josswhedon  drhorrible  creativity  media  film  television  tv 
july 2008 by robertogreco
Felicia Day - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Going straight from home-schooling to college at an early age, Day chose to major in mathematics at the University of Texas at Austin, despite having been accepted to the Juilliard School of Music...graduated with the highest honors"
homeschool  josswhedon  drhorrible  feliciaday  tv  television 
july 2008 by robertogreco

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