Some Fascinating Facts That You Should Know

Fascinating Math

November 24, 2015


Interview with Arthur Benjamin, author of the book The Magic of Math: Solving for x and Figuring Out Why




Mike Carruthers:
Probably every school kid wonders the importance of all the math they’re taught - math they’ll never use again. But there’s another side to the story.


Arthur Benjamin:
I don’t know of anything that trains you to think more logically than learning mathematics.

Arthur Benjamin

Preventing Hackers From Stealing Your Data

November 16, 2015


Interview with Dr. Tim Summers of




Mike Carruthers:
Hackers love the holidays. This time of year there are a lot of ways they can get you to let them into your computer so they can steal your data.


Dr. Tim Summers:
It’s the holidays hackers know that you’re going to be traveling. So they may send you an email that has an attachment that looks like a flight itinerary. You’re very likely to click on that because you’re thinking it’s from Delta.

Dr. Timothy Summers

Why Doing Good Is Good For You

November 13, 2015


Interview with Stephen Post, author of the book Why Good Things Happen to Good People: How to Live a Longer, Healthier, Happier Life by the Simple Act of Giving




Mike Carruthers:
You know that feeling you get when you do something kind for someone else?


Stephen Post:
That's actually been well described as the helper's high and even in 2006 major neurological studies showed that when we even think about helping others a part of the brain lights up that's associated with feel-good chemicals.

Stephen Post

Protecting Your Personal Safety

November 12, 2015


Interview with Jason Hanson, author of the book Spy Secrets That Can Save Your Life: A Former CIA Officer Reveals Safety and Survival Techniques to Keep You and Your Family Protected




Mike Carruthers:
The fact that people are always looking down at their phones when they’re out walking is something criminals really like because…


Jason Hanson:
The foundation of personal safety is what I think is common sense and that’s keeping your head up when you’re out and about in public. So that’s not walking out of the Walmart parking lot with your head down playing on whatever the latest gadget is.

Jason Hanson

Your Creativity

November 4, 2015


Interview with Shelley Carson, author of the book Your Creative Brain: Seven Steps to Maximize Imagination, Productivity, and Innovation in Your Life




Mike Carruthers:
Even if you don’t consider yourself to be creative you really are.


Shelley Carson:
Our brains are creativity machines; they’re built to come up with creative ideas – because creativity is basically the way we’ve survived as a species.


Shelley Carson

Protecting Yourself From Violence

November 2, 2015


Interview with Clint Emerson, author of the book 100 Deadly Skills: The SEAL Operative's Guide to Eluding Pursuers, Evading Capture, and Surviving Any Dangerous Situation




Mike Carruthers:
There are enough stories in the news about random violence, shootings and assaults that you must of at least wondered what you would do in that situation. And here is a simple checklist to remember…


Clint Emerson:
And that is run, hide, fight every opportunity that you have to run you should because if you increase your distance from the threat then you’ll increase survivability.

Clint Emerson

The Illusion Of Attention

September 25, 2015


Interview with Daniel Simons, author of the book The Invisible Gorilla: And Other Ways Our Intuitions Deceive Us




Mike Carruthers:
The human brain is an incredible machine but it does have some interesting flaws.


Daniel Simons:
We don't notice as much as we think we do, we don’t remember as vividly as we think we do. We tend to place too much value in our confidence in general. We spot causes where they don’t exist.

Daniel Simons

Giving Back To The World

September 23, 2015


Interview with Paul Shoemaker, author of the book Can't Not Do: The Compelling Social Drive that Changes Our World




Mike Carruthers:
I bet you’ve had a can’t not do moment. It’s when you see someone or some animal or some group in need of your help and you simply can’t not do it.


Paul Shoemaker:
There are absolutely moments in each of our lives where we hit that moment where something really affects us or makes us look at something with our heart and head.

Paul Shoemaker

What's Fascinating About Numbers - Part 2

September 17, 2015


Interview with Alex Bellos, author of the book Here's Looking at Euclid: A Surprising Excursion Through the Astonishing World of Math




Mike Carruthers:
When you put your iPod on shuffle it’s supposed to play songs in a random order – but it doesn’t.


Alex Bellos:
True randomness you must have no idea about what’s going to come next on an iPod it’s all done by computer logarithm – so it’s fake randomness.

Alex Bellos

What's Fascinating About Numbers

September 16, 2015


Interview with Alex Bellos, author of the book Here's Looking at Euclid: A Surprising Excursion Through the Astonishing World of Math




Mike Carruthers:
I was never particularly good at math I suppose because I found it so difficult, but it turns out…


Alex Bellos:
Even the people who are good at math find it difficult. Math is effortful it’s like a muscle that you need to train so it’s not surprising that people find math difficult – because it is.

Alex Bellos

Something You Should Know - Blogged