Confirmation Bias

Confirmation Bias

“Perhaps the most undervalued quality of a great mind or, at least, an awakened mind, is the willingness to abandon cherished ideas that cannot stand up to new evidence.” Joseph Loconte “It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data.  Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts.”  Sherlock Holmes Gay Marriage? Artistic Nudity? Women’s Roles? Evolution? Tattoos? How do we decide about these things: determine right from wrong, good from bad, … Read More

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And the Winner is…

And the Winner is…

You know the feeling, right? You’re on the edge of your seat. The anticipation is growing. You’ve watched the competition or reality show (Celebrity Apprentice: Leeza or Geraldo? Don’t tell me. I haven’t watched the finale yet!) as the participants jumped through hoops, overcame obstacles, performed silly stunts, fought for the rose, defended themselves in the board room, etc. After all that work, who will win? I have that same feeling of anticipation after giving a talk, leading a Bible … Read More

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The Physics of Social Norms

The Physics of Social Norms

How to Create a Positive Imbalance (and move conversations beyond the status quo). Read More

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The (Snow)Path of Life

The (Snow)Path of Life

This would be perfect. Our four year old (Austin) had just received a slick sled from my parents for Christmas. A week earlier, Austin and I had gone to a nearby sledding hill with big, heavy snowflakes falling all over us. He had a blast and couldn’t wait to do it again. Now it was time for more family fun. My wife, Erika, was going to join us this time for some serious sledding. Our young lad is Mr. Adventure. … Read More

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