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Shakespeare and Hip Hop? The cognitive bias of art appreciation

  When it comes to defining great art and literature, most people encounter a thinking problem that explains what Man Vs. Brain is all about. That separation between the role our unconscious emotional brain plays in our thinking versus our logical, rational thought processes. The reason why art and literature make such a good example is the fact that, logically …

Why “Inspirational Quotes” make you appear shallow by trying to appear deep

  Enough already with the inspirational quotes. Inspiring epithets from the great and the good. We’ve all seen them, heard them, scrolled by ignoring them. Sage like wisdom, abstracted to the point of banality. Purgatory for the meaning and sentiment of well chosen words. These snippets of vanilla wisdom have become not just a blight of social media, Powerpoint decks …

It’s Crap Hammer time: See it working for yourself…

A couple of weeks ago I published a prototype thinking tool called “The Reverse Formulation Bullsh*t Detector” or “Crap Hammer”. This week, I’ve taken it out there into the world of LinkedIn Job listings to demonstrate its effectiveness. Take a look at the results… like all thinking tools (and tools in general) it’s not designed to be a stand alone …

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The Reverse Formulation Bullshit Detector – or “Crap Hammer”

The interesting thing about thinking tools is the fact they don’t have to be complex philosophical or psychological concepts. In fact, the simpler they are, the better they work. Especially on concepts like bullshit. Thinking tools, in that need for simplicity, are like a hammer or a screwdriver. If you needed a manual to operate a hammer (as opposed to …

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“For the rain it raineth every day” – Shakespeare vs. cognitive bias & linguistics

The 450th anniversary of Shakespeare has the whole English speaking world jumping with excitement. Of course it does, he’s the greatest playwright that ever lived, right? How do you know? It’s not just a critical opinion, based on evidence, it’s also an assumption. Assumptions are the name we give to cognitive bias behaviours, and in when it comes to the …

Is childhood play just one big copyright breach? Creation, cognition and your brain.

It should be simple to understand. If you want to do anything with a character from a comic book (like write your own story, make a tee shirt, produce artwork etc.) you have to get a license and respect copyright. If you can’t get a license, don’t breach copyright. But it’s not that simple is it? Why? Because the journey …