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On being wrong

Most of us will do anything to avoid being wrong. But what if we're wrong about that? "Wrongologist" Kathryn Schulz makes a compelling case for not just admitting but embracing our fallibility. Kathryn Schulz is the author of "Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error," and writes "The Wrong Stuff," a Slate series featuring interviews with high-profile people about how they think and feel about being wrong.

How to fail at almost everything and still win big

This is an amusing look at some of the ideas of Scott Adams who created the enormously successful Dilbert cartoon series.This article has some great quotes, or at least counterveiling quotes from what is out there in the world. E.g. 'Following your passion is terrible adive' as passion follows success; and 'focus on energy not time' which is true for writing which I do in the moring when energy is high. Its fun.

What a piece of work is man. Dan Ariely

This great short talk by Dan Ariely who wrote Predictably Irrational, gives us a different perspective on how our warming up process, if left as an unconscious and unaware process, is so susceptible to influence to the extant we can question our ideas about how in control we are of our decisions.

 

What a piece of work is a man! How noble in reason! how infinite in faculties! in form and moving
how express and admirable! In action how like an Angel In apprehension how like a god!

The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark (Act II, Scene ii, 285-300)

Find our waht Dan Ariely thinks!

 

Dani Kahneman - brilliant on happiness - a short video

Using examples from vacations to colonoscopies, Nobel laureate and founder of behavioral economics Daniel Kahneman reveals how our "experiencing selves" and our "remembering selves" perceive happiness differently. This new insight has profound implications for economics, public policy -- and our own self-awareness.

This is a very useful perspective on happiness because it suggests that how we think about ourselves effects our memory. Obvious, perhaps. And he is a great speaker.

Who’s In Charge: Free Will and the Science of the Brain. Michael. S. Gazzaniga - A long video from a brilliant thinker

Michael. S. Gazzaniga had written a number of rather brilliant books, and presented some challenging ideas. For instance, did you know that it takes longer for nerve impulses to travel from your toes to your brain, than it does from your fingers to your brain? Longer nerve pathways take longer to get there. Makes sense doesn’t it? So how come we experience things simultaneously? Touch your toe with your finger. Our brain does that, with no help from our conscious mind.

So, do we have free will? It is an age-old question, which has attracted the attention of philosophers, theologians, lawyers, psychodramatists and political theorists. Now it is attracting the attention of neuroscience, explains Michael S. Gazzaniga, director of the SAGE Center for the Study of the Mind at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and author of the new book, “Who’s In Charge: Free Will and the Science of the Brain.” This link will take you to a complete interview with Michael about this subject. Try it, you might like it. Click here for the web page.

OR watch Michael on this great Youtube video.

 

Loving the unlovable. A short video

"The harder they are to love the more we must love them. The harder they are to forgive, the more we must forgive them." Richard Sapolsky suggests it is only our capacity to decide to do the impossible that separates us from other species. He does this very convincingly and shows how all the previously thought differences do not stack up after research. Moreno had an idea that megalomania normalis, or normal megalomania, the idea that we can be great and that we are great, is something all of us have to a degree and that it is a good thing. Unfortunately you need to go to the end of the tape to understand the line above.

Our bodies change our minds! A short video.

Amy Cuddy starts by asking us to pay attention to what we’re doing with our bodies. Are our shoulders hunched? Are we trying to not bump into the person next to us? Are we sprawled out? She encourages us to notice how our non-verbals effect us! She points to research that the body language of others effects us immediately. This is relevant to psychodrama because we often work extensively with body language, reshaping body posture, and experimenting with body movement as a warm-up trigger for new roles. Amy Cuddy starts by asking us to pay attention to what we’re doing with our bodies. Are our shoulders hunched? Are we trying to not bump into the person next to us? Are we sprawled out?

 

Role reversal in psychodrama

Role reversal; is a technique typical to psychodrama, and it is one which is considered by many practitioners as the single most effective instrument in therapeutic role-playing. According to J.L. and Z.T. Moreno (Moreno et al. 1955), such a procedure is important not only for interpersonal socialization with others, but also for personal self-integration

Cognitive science and what we teach at Psychodrama Australia

This is a discussion with the author of a new book, David Brooks. He has summarised the main findings he considers are important from cognitive science. 1) Most of our thinking is below awareness, 2) Emotion is the foundation of reason, and 3) we are deeply linked and respond quickly to others. Tell me this does not interest you. I dare you! This certainly interests us. 

Don't bank on bonuses

BONUS culture has come under intense scrutiny since the ongoing financial crisis began in 2007. Many people have been outraged by the way some bankers and top executives seem to have been rewarded for failure. Others find the idea of multimillion-dollar bonuses morally abhorrent. Even US President Barack Obama has gone as far as to call large bonuses "obscene".

But few have asked whether performance-related bonuses really do boost performance. The answer seems so obvious that even to ask the question can appear absurd. Indeed, despite all the fuss about them, financial incentives continue to be introduced in more and more areas, from healthcare and public services to teaching and academia.