Some Fascinating Facts That You Should Know

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

Fascinating Insects

September 4, 2015


Interview with Hugh Raffels, author of the book Insectopedia




Mike Carruthers:
You probably consider insects to be nothing more than a nuisance but they can actually be quite fascinating– take house flies.


Hugh Raffels:
And if you see slow motion film for instance at the ways that flies can huver and the ways that they can arrange their flights. They’re extraordinarily sophisticated fliers.


Hugh Raffels

The Real Reason People Go To Work - Part 2

September 2, 2015


Interview with Barry Schwartz, author of the book Why We Work (TED Books)




Mike Carruthers:
You’ve probably heard that a majority of working people don’t actually like their job. Which is a shame because…


Barry Schwartz:
We spend half our waking lives at work. And it’s an incredible waste of a human resource for people to spend half of their lives in places they don’t want to be doing things they don’t want to do - especially when it’s not necessary.

Barry Schwartz

What's Next in Technology?

August 31, 2015


Interview with John Markoff, author of the book Machines of Loving Grace: The Quest for Common Ground Between Humans and Robots




Mike Carruthers:
How we interact with technology has changed dramatically and will likely tend to do so.


John Markoff:
Where I live and work in San Francisco half the population, I swear to you, is walking around looking down at their palm at their smart phone. I mean they’re just everywhere that can’t be the final stage of human evolution.

John Markoff

How Technology Affects Jobs

August 12, 2015


Interview with Geoff Colvin, author of the book Humans Are Underrated: What High Achievers Know That Brilliant Machines Never Will




Mike Carruthers:
As technology allows more and more jobs to be done by machines many people worry that their job is next.


Geoff Colvin:
What’s happening is what technology has always done. Which is revalue skills, some skills become less valuable and some are becoming more valuable.

Geoff Colvin

Math In Everyday Life

July 21, 2015


Interview with Jordan Ellenberg, author of the book How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking




Mike Carruthers:
Understanding the role mathematics plays in our thinking is really fascinating. To illustrate back in World War II…


Jordan Ellenberg:
A bunch of generals come to a group of mathematicians and say these planes that are coming back from Germany that are flying missions there’s more bullet holes on the fuselage than on the engines. We want to know how much more armor we should be putting on the fuselage where the planes are getting hit.

Jordan Ellenberg

Americans And Their Cars

June 12, 2015


Interview with Anne Lutz Fernandez, author of the book Carjacked: The Culture of the Automobile and Its Effect on Our Lives




Mike Carruthers:
Americans love their cars and I bet you’ll be surprised to realize how much time we actually spend in them.


Anne Lutz Fernandez:
On average American’s spend (either as a driver or passenger) 18 and a half hours a week in their cars.




Anne Lutz Fernandez

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