When I was much younger, I shadowed a Psychologist who bravely ventured into two large prisons to oversee the residents caged therein. I’d sit white-knuckled in the corner of the room, holding fast to my visitor’s badge. I understood it to be my big ticket out of the joint, and should I lose it, I’d be unlikely to make it home for dinner… ever. Continue reading “The Day We Cured Billions” »
In a fascinating talk, Simon Sinek discusses the fundamental differences between “leaders” and “those who lead.” He proposes his theory of the golden circle and asserts that “those who lead” are able to build a fiercely loyal following because they focus, not on what they do, but why they do it. He references great leaders, innovators and corporations such as Martin Luther King, the Wright Brothers and Apple, who influenced the world simply because they were able to attract and inspire people who shared their beliefs.
Keep your head still, stare at the dot in the center of the image and you will see two concentric circles with broken circumferences. Move your head back and forth though, and you will experience something a bit more special.
Always remember to be flexible. A change in perspective can bring great rewards!
Polygraph machines and their recent software-based incarnations measure pulse, perspiration, vocal frequency and pupil dilation in order to reveal whether someone is telling the truth or not. In short, when we lie we get a little flustered. By remembering the “base rate” benchmark of the individual, the software estimates whether the subject experiences stress during a particular line of questioning. They are fallible purely because they are designed to detect subtle signs of stress – not the deception itself. Continue reading “Detect, Confirm, Reveal: Confessions of a Human Lie Detector” »