Do Photographic and Eidetic Memories Exist?
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Post No.: 0688   Furrywisepuppy says:   Some people have more exceptional memories than others – but it’s largely down to the use of mnemonics or techniques that aid information retention and retrieval. Plus ample practice.   Under formal scientific … Read More

Some Pointers When Preparing For a Presentation or Speech
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Post No.: 0678   Furrywisepuppy says:   Here are some tips if you’re preparing for a speech or presentation…   Presence is what actors/performers have that leaders also need. Leadership presence is the ability to connect with the hearts and … Read More

The World Appears Less Simple the More We Learn
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Post No.: 0666   Furrywisepuppy says:   It’s said that the ‘fox’ knows many things but the ‘hedgehog’ knows one big thing. For some, this means that the ‘fox’ is a jack of all trades, master of none, whilst the … Read More

Knee-Jerk Reactions and Going from One Extreme to Another
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Post No.: 0651   Furrywisepuppy says:   Our ‘system one’ counts on simple inborn, and adapted, instincts or heuristics, like ‘fat is delicious so gimme more’. And, unfortunately, even when we try to apply our conscious ‘system two’, we can … Read More

Below and Beyond our Conscious Awareness
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Post No.: 0631   Furrywisepuppy says:   Philosophers believe that there’s sentience (being receptive to one’s surroundings and acting in an intelligent way), wakefulness (being neither asleep nor incapacitated), access consciousness (having thoughts that guide our actions), and phenomenal consciousness … Read More

The Web Isn’t Regulated By or For the Truth
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Post No.: 0621   Furrywisepuppy says:   We should understand that the web isn’t regulated by or for the truth. A web search can bring up dodgy health advice, legal advice and other falsehoods that affect our beliefs, values and … Read More

Ultimate and Proximate Level Explanations
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Post No.: 0598   Furrywisepuppy says:   Why is anything the way it is?   The ultimate level explanation will come from the fundamental laws of physics and raw mathematical descriptions of the universe. But that level of explanation or … Read More

Get Your Priorities Straight!
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Post No.: 0587   Furrywisepuppy says:   Time is our most valuable asset in life because no matter how financially rich we are, we all only have 24 hours to personally spend each day. (Having money does mean that we … Read More

How to be a Little Less, Erm, Forgetful
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Post No.: 0578   Furrywisepuppy says:   Often, being forgetful is the result of not being conscientious enough to encode (properly pay attention to something in the first place), store or revise (including writing something down or similar so that … Read More

The Illusion of Skill in Stock Market Trading
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Post No.: 0563   Furrywisepuppy says:   We should always remain humble when making predictions. But there’s an ‘illusion of skill’ in stock market trading that’s often hubristic, even though it all essentially boils down to gambling (unless an investor … Read More

The Ascendancy of Algorithms
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Post No.: 0552   Furrywisepuppy says:   When it comes to making predictions, algorithms – at least decent ones, that have been trained with sufficiently accurate and complete datasets if machine learning – beat or do no worse than the … Read More

The Flaws of the Traditional Job Interview Process
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Post No.: 0543   Furrywisepuppy says:   Since most people are biased in thinking they’re great judges of character and honesty – job interviewers think that if they just spend a few minutes with someone, they can predict exactly what … Read More

Words of Wisdom that Can Make Everything Seem ‘Obvious’!
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Post No.: 0525   Furrywisepuppy says:   A lot of us think that our words of wisdom are always correct – but our words of wisdom frequently contradict each other and we’ll pick out the apparently correct words depending on … Read More

Brains, Myths and Sex Differences
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Post No.: 0513   Furrywisepuppy says:   The right and left hemispheres of the brain are linked with different specialisations (although the brain can adapt to a degree if one part is damaged, especially if this damage is sustained when … Read More

We Logically Don’t Know How Much We Don’t Know
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Post No.: 0490   Furrywisepuppy says:   It’s smarter to assume that one isn’t one of the smartest in the world. This should compel one to learn more and never become complacent or arrogant…   We don’t know what we … Read More

Improving Your Ability to Make Better Forecasts
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Post No.: 0478   Furrywisepuppy says:   Many investors and businesses are more interested in hearing the forecasts they want to hear than understanding whether such forecasts are dependable or not – hence all these 2, 3, 5-year turnover and … Read More

Stories, Fairy Tales, Fables and Parables
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Post No.: 0463   Furrywisepuppy says:   We learn about the world through copying, through direct observation, through tuition or instruction (e.g. via teachers in school), and through stories.   A story – or basically a lesson wrapped within a … Read More

Experiment to Learn, Experiment to Create
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Post No.: 0459   Furrywisepuppy says:   A fantastic way to discover things or create something new is to experiment. We can conduct an experiment or two to check to see if what we or other people claim is true, … Read More

Overcoming Barriers to Creativity
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Post No.: 0445   Furrywisepuppy says:   Some people think that they can only be creative in the mornings, after they’ve drank a few beers, a few coffees, if it’s quiet, if it’s noisy, or some other ‘perfect conditions’ – … Read More

The Elderly and Keeping Mentally Active
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Post No.: 0430   Furrywisepuppy says:   Due to general declining brain neuroplasticity as we age – which means that we’ll find it harder for new lessons to stick in our brains – it generally doesn’t get easier to learn … Read More

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