Something You Should Know about Human Behavior


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

 

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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

 

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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

The Silo Effect

September 15, 2015

 

Interview with Gillian Tett, author of the book The Silo Effect: The Peril of Expertise and the Promise of Breaking Down Barriers

 

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Mike Carruthers:
There’s something in our personal and our professional culture today called the silo effect.

 

Gillian Tett:
Today’s bureaucracies are often so fragmented that the right hand doesn’t know what the left hand is doing. The fundamental problem that comes from that is that bright people do really, really dumb things.
 


Gillian Tett

Embracing Optimism

September 14, 2015

 

Interview with Bert Jacobs, co-author of the book Life is Good: The Book

 

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Mike Carruthers:
There’s a lot to said for being optimistic.

 

Bert Jacobs:
Because it’s not a soft philosophy it’s a pragmatic strategy for approaching life and living a happy and fulfilling life.

 


Bert Jacobs

When You "Click" With Someone

September 10, 2015

 

Interview with Ori Brafman, co-author of the book Click: The Magic of Instant Connections

 

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Mike Carruthers:
You’ve most likely had the experience of meeting someone for the first time personally or professionally and you just hit it off, you click.

 

Ori Brafman:
It turns out that the relationships that ensue from those kinds of connections are categorically different – mainly they’re more passionate.
 


Ori Brafman

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)

 

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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

The Real Reason People Go To Work

September 1, 2015

 

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

 

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Mike Carruthers:
A lot of us get up every day and go to work. Why?

 

Barry Schwartz:
There’s a long standing ideology about human beings and work which is that people don’t want to work they’re basically lazy. If we didn’t need the money we wouldn’t work – end of story.
 


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

 

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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

Doing What's Important

August 28, 2015

 

Interview with Eric Maisel, author of the book Brainstorm: Harnessing the Power of Productive Obsessions

 

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Mike Carruthers:
Does it even seem that you never quite get around to those important projects and goals that you’ve set for yourself? This is really quite common and the solution as simple as it might sounds is to just show up and start working on them.

 

Eric Maisel:
And the regularity and routine of showing up day in and day out makes a tremendous difference.
 


Eric Maisel

Why Asking For Help Is Hard

August 25, 2015

 

Interview with Nora Klaver, author of the book Mayday!: Asking for Help in Times of Need

 

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Mike Carruthers:
Are you good at asking for help when you need it? Most of us are not - why?

M. Nora Klaver:
People are really afraid of looking weak, or incompetent or incapable or not on top of things. Men and women both struggle with that.
 


Nora Klaver

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