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Insights on Logical Thinking for Leaders -- with a Puzzling Perspective
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Beyond the Far Cliffs - Thinking Clearly

Beyond the Far Cliffs - Thinking Clearly | Thinking Clearly and Analytically | Scoop.it

"All the problems of the world could be settled easily if men were only willing to think. The trouble is that men very often resort to all sorts of devices in order not to think, because thinking is such hard work."   (Thomas Watson, IBM)

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The items on this topic are related to thinking and information on brain research.  The items posted are frequently directly related to one of my most popular management training programs -- Thinking Clearly and Analytically.  

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We Can’t Study Short-Termism Without the Right Metrics

We Can’t Study Short-Termism Without the Right Metrics | Thinking Clearly and Analytically | Scoop.it
While a laudable effort in principle, measuring a company’s tendency to make myopic operating and investing decisions is fiendishly complex. Getting the measurement right is central to providing convincing evidence on the debate over short-termism.
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How Do You See the World Around You?

How Do You See the World Around You? | Thinking Clearly and Analytically | Scoop.it
We fall victim to “thinking traps” that influence our feelings and impact our behavior. How do you see the world? Do these 20 filters sound familiar?
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Teach Everyone Logic?

Teach Everyone Logic? | Thinking Clearly and Analytically | Scoop.it
[William] Clifford argued that we are morally responsible not merely for what we do and say, but also for what we believe… When we show ourselves to be uncritical and careless with own our beliefs, we implicitly invite others to do the same. And, perhaps more obviously, we invite others to fool us. We encourage dishonesty and deception. Each time we believe something that we lack the right to believe, in other words, we spread an intellectual and moral disease: an epistemic shamelessness that threatens the very possibility of meaningful, rational discourse… Among the most pernicious and perilous immoralities of our own age is our apparent surrender to the lowest standards of belief and communication…  But it will take tens of thousands of us to really make a difference and drag our civil discourse back from the brink. Should all freshmen across the land be required to study critical thinking and symbolic logic? It is a thought. It’s a thought of Michael Ventimiglia, associate professor of philosophy at Sacred Heart University, who directs what sounds like a terrific program at the school that introduces every first-year student to critical thinking and introductory formal logic, in an essay at Times Higher Education. He is understandably disappointed and frustrated with the level of public discourse, as well as its political results, and he thinks that teaching every student logic could make a difference. I want to believe this. So I should be suspicious of it. (Note: being on the lookout for motivated reasoning is not something typically covered in logic or philosopher-taught critical thinking courses.) Professor Ventimiglia’s case is an explicitly moral one based on the value of “meaningful, rational discourse.” Whether such discourse is valuable in itself, or for the realization of other goods, or both, we can leave aside. Let’s also leave aside the many interesting questions about the extent and degree to which we can plausibly be held responsible for our beliefs. Grant all that. Questions remain. For example: Do people’s improved skills in critical thinking and symbolic logic lead to better, more meaningful, rational discourse among them? Does taking a course in critical thinking and symbolic logic lead to improved skills in critical thinking and symbolic logic? Do enough people attend college such that their..
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Logic was a required freshman course at my university (way back in the day).  While I did not do well in the course, I will strongly admit it turned out to be one of the most important and most valuable courses in my entire career -- both educationally and professionally!

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Update: Study Debunks Four Common Myths About Brain Training and Lifelong Cognitive Enhancement

Update: Study Debunks Four Common Myths About Brain Training and Lifelong Cognitive Enhancement | Thinking Clearly and Analytically | Scoop.it
--- Time for a new edition of SharpBrains’ e-newsletter exploring the latest in brain health. New research: Study debunks 4 common myths about brain
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Logic+Emotion

Logic+Emotion | Thinking Clearly and Analytically | Scoop.it
David Armano's personal blog: Logic+Emotion explores the thinking and practice of building responsive & resilient brands in a connected world
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Multitasking is bad for your brain, warns neuroscientist

Multitasking is bad for your brain, warns neuroscientist | Thinking Clearly and Analytically | Scoop.it
Professor Earl Miller, a neuroscientist at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts, advises that attention is limited resource, and the brain has a limited capacity for multitasking.
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Five Compelling Reasons For Teaching Spatial Reasoning To Young Children

Five Compelling Reasons For Teaching Spatial Reasoning To Young Children | Thinking Clearly and Analytically | Scoop.it
Research spanning several cognitive science disciplines shows a strong connection between early spatial reasoning training and future academic success.
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6 Powerful Characteristics of Great Critical Thinkers

6 Powerful Characteristics of Great Critical Thinkers | Thinking Clearly and Analytically | Scoop.it
We spend so much time discussing what critical thinking is and how to do it that we often overlook an important conversation: what skills do good critical
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An older but solid piece of information on thinking clearly!

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Dynamic duo: Big data and design thinking

Dynamic duo: Big data and design thinking | Thinking Clearly and Analytically | Scoop.it
See why organizations worldwide are realizing the magic of combining big data with design thinking to generate value for powerful business use cases.
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Never assume when selling

Never assume when selling | Thinking Clearly and Analytically | Scoop.it
"Never Assume (ASS-U-ME) because when you do you make an A?? of U and ME.
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Assumption are necessary!  And the "ASS out of U and M" is a inaccurate assessment.  But this article does conclude that it is possible to make positive assumptions.

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Critical thinking: what is it? And why does it matter?

Critical thinking: what is it? And why does it matter? | Thinking Clearly and Analytically | Scoop.it
Martin Davies explores the concept of critical thinking, and whether universities are doing enough to teach it.
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What Is True? What Is Real? And Does It Matter In a Data-Driven World?

What Is True? What Is Real? And Does It Matter In a Data-Driven World? | Thinking Clearly and Analytically | Scoop.it
EST: 10:00 a.m. | PST: 7:00 a.m. | GMT: 15:00 We are obsessed with data-driven business. Is that really, truly desirable? Is
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'I Hate Change' And 4 More Mindsets That Can Get You Fired

'I Hate Change' And 4 More Mindsets That Can Get You Fired | Thinking Clearly and Analytically | Scoop.it

Google is currently testing driverless cars in Arizona. The two of us had lunch one afternoon in Scottsdale and watched the noticeable cars (with their rooftop honing devices) pass by our restaurant. As the car passed we heard a gentleman at a nearby table say, “Not a chance I’d get in that car.”

As unnerving as driverless cars may seem, change can be hard for many people to accept. We often fear the worst — that music videos would be the end of radio, and tablets would eliminate traditional books. Just consider how many people find it concerning every time Apple changes its charging cord on the iPhone. Yes, it’s concerning. But, we adapt…because we have to.

Change, in all areas of life, can be daunting, and especially at work where our natural tendency is to find a groove that works for us. Still, the resistance to change can be dangerous — as the way we work, the when we work, and the things we work on are consistently in a state of flux.


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The Learning Factor's curator insight, April 18, 7:28 PM

In a world with driverless cars, drone package delivery, and technology advancing like never before, it can feel like everything, especially our work, is changing. But, there are some things that actually never change—like the five mindsets that could inspire your boss to ask you to ‘take a hike.’

rodrick rajive lal's curator insight, April 18, 11:06 PM
Somehow, the human brain is averse to change, and disruption tests it severely. It will take some time getting used to riding in driverless cars or any new technology that challenges accepted beliefs and norms. To say that you hate change is a sure way to get fired. You need to get over your hatred for change and accept that there might be other ways to do things.
 
James Schreier's curator insight, April 19, 8:25 AM

This is about "paradigms."

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Teach children about fake news to stop them becoming extremists, OECD says

Teach children about fake news to stop them becoming extremists, OECD says | Thinking Clearly and Analytically | Scoop.it
Children must be taught about fake news in schools to stop them from turning to extremism, a major international think-tank has said.
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Should you trust your gut?

Should you trust your gut? | Thinking Clearly and Analytically | Scoop.it
Steps and techniques for listening to both your gut and head to calculate your next best move.
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Thinking Critically with Digital Media 

Thinking Critically with Digital Media  | Thinking Clearly and Analytically | Scoop.it
This book by Nik Peachey is an excellent resource book for teachers of
media and digital literacy.
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The Critical Thinking Skills Cheatsheet 

The Critical Thinking Skills Cheatsheet  | Thinking Clearly and Analytically | Scoop.it
We'd like to share this critical thinking skills cheatsheet for you to use with your students. Get them asking questions on any topic!

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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Viljenka Savli (http://www2.arnes.si/~sopvsavl/)'s curator insight, April 4, 4:34 AM
 good infographic on critical thinking
 
Lee Hall's curator insight, April 4, 9:35 AM
Help your students with their critical thinking skills. 
Heather Temske's curator insight, April 4, 10:35 PM
I think this could be very useful. 
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Is this the hardest puzzle ever?

Is this the hardest puzzle ever? | Thinking Clearly and Analytically | Scoop.it
The giant puzzle, created by German artist Clemens Habicht, features all the colours in the CMYK spectrum. This means tiles next to each other are almost identical in colour, but not exactly the same.
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Are you REALLY a go-getter?

Are you REALLY a go-getter? | Thinking Clearly and Analytically | Scoop.it
According to experts, from getting out of bed early to completing tasks on your commute, there's ten vital signs that prove you're a go-getter.
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Can YOU solve these word riddles?

Can YOU solve these word riddles? | Thinking Clearly and Analytically | Scoop.it
Playbuzz has devised a list of infuriating word riddles, otherwise known as dingbats, to put your logistical knowledge to the test.
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A major part of my training programs on "Thinking Clearly and Analytically" is teaching specific techniques for solving puzzles like this.  Logical thinking is a skill to be learned!

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When It Comes To Your Career, Is Making Assumptions Good Or Bad?

When It Comes To Your Career, Is Making Assumptions Good Or Bad? | Thinking Clearly and Analytically | Scoop.it
Some people caution that one should never make assumptions. When it comes to your career, is making assumptions good or bad?
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4 Secrets to Keeping Your Employees Motivated, According to a Duke Behavioral Economist

4 Secrets to Keeping Your Employees Motivated, According to a Duke Behavioral Economist | Thinking Clearly and Analytically | Scoop.it
Some of the key lessons from Dan Ariely's new book, 'Payoff.'
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According to this post, there's some "hidden logic" to our thinking.  That's always interesting.

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What If You Ran Your Business Like Westworld? 

What If You Ran Your Business Like Westworld?  | Thinking Clearly and Analytically | Scoop.it
One of the things I’ve most enjoyed while watching this first season of Westworld is trying to figure out which tech CEO Ford is most like. Is it Elon Musk with his big dreams and even bigger ambition? Or is it Jeff Bezos with his need for ever-increasing excellence and high pressure, no-regrets management style? Is Ford inspired by all of our worst tech leaders and a few of our best ones? His character seems to be a collage of famous quirks, Hannibal Lecter eyes, and byzantine logic trees.
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What is critical thinking? And do universities really teach it?

What is critical thinking? And do universities really teach it? | Thinking Clearly and Analytically | Scoop.it
Being a good critical thinker is a desirable and highly-sought after trait for getting a job in today's economy. But are universities actually teaching this skill effectively?
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Why it's OK to switch degrees after starting university

Why it's OK to switch degrees after starting university | Thinking Clearly and Analytically | Scoop.it
Having a degree will always be beneficial. It proves to employers that you have determination and transferable skills, for example, the ability to make decisions effectively, lead a team and think logically and analytically - all of which are highly valued.
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