Job Applicants Have to Play the Game
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Post No.: 0814   Fluffystealthkitten says:   Biases in job interviews include judging applicants according to their accent, dialect, hairstyle, skin colour and ultimately the features of a person that (supposedly) denote their ‘class’, which in turn (supposedly) denotes their … Read More

False and Planted Memories, Recall and Recognition
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Post No.: 0803   Furrywisepuppy says:   We can remember things that didn’t happen at all, or remember things differently from the way they really were. Memories are a bit like a Wikipedia page – you can go there and … Read More

Sitting on the Fence
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Post No.: 0787   Furrywisepuppy says:   It’s sensible and right to be open-minded, at least to listening to those who offer evidence and reason for their standpoints. But understanding the true complexity of socio-political subjects can sometimes make one … Read More

Using Your Intuitive Thinking and Imagination
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Post No.: 0779   Fluffystealthkitten says:   In Post No.: 0766, we said that the best way to generate new ideas if you’re struggling to find solutions to a problem or challenge is to first consciously feed your brain with … Read More

The Right Intellectual Mindset
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Post No.: 0775   Furrywisepuppy says:   It’s better to treat your beliefs as hypotheses that are to be tested rather than to be defended.   So whenever you form a belief, try to immediately think of some conditions or … Read More

Some Ideas for Coming Up with Ideas
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Post No.: 0766   Fluffystealthkitten says:   In Post No.: 0759, we looked at some general pointers when brainstorming alone or in groups. If you’re still stuck trying to come up with creative ideas for new products or businesses, or … Read More

Brainstorming for Solutions
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Post No.: 0759   Fluffystealthkitten says:   For the optimal conditions for creativity, we need the optimal level of constraints. Too much freedom and we’ll feel paralysed about what to do or we might get too comfortable and feel that … Read More

Mentally Exhausting Lessons
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Post No.: 0750   Fluffystealthkitten says:   Like with all animals – behaviour is communication. Thus if a student is constantly absent, complaining about something, has her/his head on the desk or is disruptive, for instance, then it’s sending a … Read More

Motor Memories and Task Mastering
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Post No.: 0736   Furrywisepuppy says:   The brain can use as much as 20% of the body’s total energy consumption but only makes up about 2% of the body’s total mass. But whereas stronger muscles will show greater activation, … Read More

Finding the Right Candidate for the Role
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Post No.: 0725   Furrywisepuppy says:   Traditional unstructured or unguided job interviews are quite inconsistent and thus noisy – different interviewers might accept/reject different candidates for various personally partial reasons, or accept/reject a specific individual candidate depending on their … Read More

The Best Motivation is Intrinsic Motivation
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Post No.: 0705   Furrywisepuppy says:   We don’t do hobbies for the extrinsic rewards – we do them for the intrinsic or inherent pleasures of doing them. We don’t normally get paid for doing the activities we enjoy and … Read More

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

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