Another Rands In Repose gem. Tinkering is a deceptively high-value activity. You donâ€™t usually allocate much time to tinkering because the obvious value of tinkering is low. You donâ€™t start tinkering with a goal in mind; you start with pure curiosity. Iâ€™ve heard about this thing, but Iâ€™ve never used it. How does this thing… Continue reading Tinkering
For a few weeksÂ The Demise of GuysÂ by Philip Zimbardo and Nikita Duncan has occupied a corner of my attention. It started when a friend posted about the Reddit AMA:Â I am a published psychologist, author of the Stanford Prison Experiment, expert witness during the Abu Ghraib trials. AMA starting June 7th at 12PM (ET).Â I even bought… Continue reading TED Talk: Demise of Guys
Catherine who I follow on TwitterÂ retweetedÂ about agreeing with thisÂ blog post: Last night while sitting at a pub with some friends, the topic of information came up. My friendÂ Tom, in particular, had a few interesting things to say about it. I asked him if he thought that constantly being tapped into the stream of information that… Continue reading Are We Information Junkies?
With a black box system a person working with it sees what goes in and what comes out. The machine’s decision making process is obfuscated.Â Theories are made based on incomplete evidence on the behavior. More data points on more situations confirming the behavior is my way of being more comfortable the theory is correct. Sometimes… Continue reading Black Box Magic
In the Q&A, Stuart Brown, co-author of Play: How It Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul, rejects the idea play is a rehersal for adulthood. Stopping an animal from playing doesn’t prevent the animal from being a successful predator. REM sleep provides the rehearsal needed for learning. Play is the next… Continue reading TED Talk: Is Play More Than Fun?
We have 10x bacteria cells on or in our bodies as human cells. By far most of those protect us. Soap which kills 99% of bacteria kills both the good and the bad. This video by far gives an idea as to how cool bacteria can be. Bonnie Bassler here says bacteria use produce chemicals… Continue reading TED Talk: Social Bacteria