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Eyewitnesses and emotion: A reminder to engage critical thinking

Eyewitnesses and emotion: A reminder to engage critical thinking | Critical Thinking | Scoop.it
By Sharon Hill Faye Flam, science writer and presenter at TAM2013 , published a piece this past week on Forbes that resonated with skeptical audiences.  Or at least it should have.  She was writing...
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My Brain Is Ripening | Travis White Communications

My Brain Is Ripening | Travis White Communications | Critical Thinking | Scoop.it
What cognitive advantages do young people have over me? Not as many as we once thought.
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What cognitive advantages do young people have over me? Not as many as we once thought.
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The United States of Mind | Travis White Communications

The United States of Mind | Travis White Communications | Critical Thinking | Scoop.it
We often compare our brains to computers. But the analogy fails in many ways. Here's an alternative analogy: the brain functions much like the USA.
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Do our brains function like computers? Not so much. More likely, they function like the United States of America.
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Fundraising: From Observer To Participant | Travis White Communications

Fundraising: From Observer To Participant | Travis White Communications | Critical Thinking | Scoop.it
Potential supporters of an NPO can be observers or participants. To increase support, create programs that enhance participation. Here are two ideas.
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Want to build support for your nonprofit organization? Focus on participation.
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Heard Of Self-Herding? | Travis White Communications

Heard Of Self-Herding? | Travis White Communications | Critical Thinking | Scoop.it
Self-herding is a heuristic and cognitive bias. We make a decision and never revisit it. We herd ourselves into the same behavior, even if conditions change.
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Can you herd yourself into a bad decision? You betcha.
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Chocolate Brain | Travis White Communications

Chocolate Brain | Travis White Communications | Critical Thinking | Scoop.it
My sister is addicted to chocolate. Does that make her smarter?
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Does chocolate make you smarter? Of course!
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Donald, Bernie, And Belittlement | Travis White Communications

Donald, Bernie, And Belittlement | Travis White Communications | Critical Thinking | Scoop.it
Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders use the same rhetoric: attributed belittlement. They want to focus your anger on someone else. Time to think critically.
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What did Bernie and Donald have in common? A rhetorical technique that manipulates your anger.

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How Many Friends Can You Have? | Travis White Communications

How Many Friends Can You Have? | Travis White Communications | Critical Thinking | Scoop.it
Dunbar's number predicts that the "natural" upper limit on human social networks is 150. Does heavy use of social media change that?
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Do social media users have more friends than the rest of us?

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Questions or Answers? | Travis White Communications

Questions or Answers? | Travis White Communications | Critical Thinking | Scoop.it
If you want to develop creative new ideas, which is more important: questions or answers? Should you focus on solving problems or identifying problems?
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If you want to be creative, should you focus on questions or answers?

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Disrupting The Bankers | Travis White Communications

Disrupting The Bankers | Travis White Communications | Critical Thinking | Scoop.it
Eliminating the middle man - disintermediation - can make the world more efficient by disrupting established supply chains. With Bitcoin, banks are next.
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Can we eliminate banks? Probably.

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The Dreaded iHunch | Travis White Communications

The Dreaded iHunch | Travis White Communications | Critical Thinking | Scoop.it
When we look at our smartphones, we adopt a low power pose. The pose increases our stress and reduces our confidence. We feel and perform worse. Bad idea.
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Our smart phone posture is making us stressed, fearful, and anxious. 

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Send A Memo To The Future | Travis White Communications

Send A Memo To The Future | Travis White Communications | Critical Thinking | Scoop.it
We know what happens to organizations that are stressed by change. We can anticipate the future. We can then imagine what's coming and prepare for it.
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How can you prepare for the future? Use your imagination. Or hire me.

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Born to Be Conned

Born to Be Conned | Critical Thinking | Scoop.it
Honesty­ and greed are beside the point. We get ourselves in trouble because we’re suckers for belief.
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Can you be conned?

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Creating A Design Culture | Travis White Communications

Creating A Design Culture | Travis White Communications | Critical Thinking | Scoop.it
Design thinking is creating new and innovative solutions for business. So, how do you create a design-oriented culture?
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How to use design thinking to animate your business. 

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Politics - Lying Versus Bullshitting | Travis White Communications

Politics - Lying Versus Bullshitting | Travis White Communications | Critical Thinking | Scoop.it
Are our presidential candidates lying or bullshitting? The candidate who wins the election will need to know the difference.
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Lying is different than bullshitting. The difference may decide the presidential election. 
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Context Effects: PayPal and Brexit | Travis White Communications

Context Effects: PayPal and Brexit | Travis White Communications | Critical Thinking | Scoop.it
You may have a strong message. But if you screw up the contextual factors, you'll still lose the argument.
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Just because you have a good message doesn't mean you'll win the argument. Context factors can still kill you.
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Rhetorical Jujitsu | Travis White Communications

Rhetorical Jujitsu | Travis White Communications | Critical Thinking | Scoop.it
How do you persuade a person to see your point of view? Try a rhetorical jujitsu move -- concession-and-shift.
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Want to persuade someone? Try rhetorical jujitsu.
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Chocolate or Sex? | Travis White Communications

Chocolate or Sex? | Travis White Communications | Critical Thinking | Scoop.it
Chocolate consumption is associated with improved cognition. So is sexual activity. What happens if you have sex and chocolate at the same time?
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Chocolate or sex? Which is better for the brain?
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Human 2.0 | Travis White Communications

Human 2.0 | Travis White Communications | Critical Thinking | Scoop.it
As children, we load Human 1.0 software. We assume that it's good enough. But is it? Can we upgrade our software? If so, how? Who sells the new software?
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It's time to upgrade our thinking.
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Mark E. Deschaine, PhD's curator insight, March 1, 2016 12:29 PM
It's time to upgrade our thinking.
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Posture, Attitude, and Amy Cuddy | Travis White Communications

Posture, Attitude, and Amy Cuddy | Travis White Communications | Critical Thinking | Scoop.it
Amy Cuddy, the master of how the body talks to the mind (embodied cognition) has a new book out. Here's what you need to know.
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Where you stand depends on how you stand.

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Conned By The Force | Travis White Communications

Conned By The Force | Travis White Communications | Critical Thinking | Scoop.it
Con artsist have it easy. We do most of the work for them. We want to believe. All they have to do is make up a good story. Just like Kylo Ren in Star Wars.
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I knew what to expect in Star Wars: Episode 7. But I didn't expect be conned.

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Disrupting The Lawyers | Travis White Communications

Disrupting The Lawyers | Travis White Communications | Critical Thinking | Scoop.it
We have lawyers because we don't trust each other. We need an intermediary to enforce our contracts. But what if contracts enforced themselves? No more lawyers.
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"The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers." -- Henry the Sixth

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New York, The NORC | Travis White Communications

New York, The NORC | Travis White Communications | Critical Thinking | Scoop.it
Retired people are increasingly moving into naturally occurring retirement communities or NORCs. What's the best NORC is America?
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Thinking about retiring? Maybe you should move to a NORC.

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Two Brains. So What? | Travis White Communications

Two Brains. So What? | Travis White Communications | Critical Thinking | Scoop.it
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It's time to re-think the way we teach thinking.

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Surviving The Survivorship Bias | Travis White Communications

Surviving The Survivorship Bias | Travis White Communications | Critical Thinking | Scoop.it
What's wrong with research that identifies the common features of successful companies? Just the basic logic. It's the survivorship bias all over again.
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Want to know what the innovative companies do? Beware the survivorship bias. 

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WhyDon't We Smile At Art Museums? | Travis White Communications

WhyDon't We Smile At Art Museums? | Travis White Communications | Critical Thinking | Scoop.it
People don't smile at art museums. Ever. It's just not done. Why we that be? Here are five leading theories.
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Is it a crime to smile at art museums?

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