"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.
Critical thinking is an essential skill in our age of constant information (and misinformation), but our own subconscious biases don’t help matters much when it comes to sorting out truth from viral nonsense. This graphic outlines some of those biases, complete with examples so you understand how pervasive they can really be.
We need science more than ever, yet many people find it hard to get accurate information about the scientific method and its achievements. Making things more difficult, their misconceptions about science are often driven by logical fallacies, or errors in deductive reasoning. Here are eight of the most common anti-science fallacies.
A New York Jewish Yeshiva is slamming critics of a controverial letter in which the school offered parents a better version of their child's report card with higher grades -- claiming the backlash is unfounded and the words taken out of context.
James Schreier's insight:
I've posted this to my "Unintended Consequences File" because there are several that are easy to anticipate. But this is also just a great example of illogical thinking!
Critical thinking needs to infiltrate education nwitimes.com During my college years in the early '70s, challenging authority was the norm. Anti-establishment fervor was a rite of passage to adulthood.
Steve Jobs said: You can’t just ask customers what they want and then try to give that to them. By the time you get it built, they’ll want something new.
This is true. So, don’t ask them what they want. Ask them what they’re trying to do, what they’re trying to achieve. Ask them about their pain points, their needs, their desired outcomes in what they’re doing.
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