Monthly Archives: January 2012

Brilliant Use of Visualization of Public Data

Very nice!

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Outstanding Thoughts on Job of CEO

Love this piece.

Jeff Bezos is very strategic.

Netflix strategically creates a culture.

Wow, Silicon Valley Employment

NYT

VC Stuff

Some stuff.

Big Data Stuff

Start ups.

Superbowl Recipes

Wings.

Others.

Some Autism Links

CureMark
MIND Institute.
A new findingin gene variations.

Some kids show at 6 months.

Subconsciousness: The Supercomputer Inside Our Brain

Let it works for you. Apparently, our subconscious filters ideas well when we let it work and let it have some time.

Group Think, Solitude…

A powerful piece in the NYT.

This part is painful:

In one fourth-grade classroom I visited in New York City, students engaged in group work were forbidden to ask a question unless every member of the group had the very same question.

This is interesting:

Solitude can even help us learn. According to research on expert performance by the psychologist Anders Ericsson, the best way to master a field is to work on the task that’s most demanding for you personally. And often the best way to do this is alone. Only then, Mr. Ericsson told me, can you “go directly to the part that’s challenging to you. If you want to improve, you have to be the one who generates the move. Imagine a group class — you’re the one generating the move only a small percentage of the time.”

But decades of research show that individuals almost always perform better than groups in both quality and quantity, and group performance gets worse as group size increases. The “evidence from science suggests that business people must be insane to use brainstorming groups,” wrote the organizational psychologist Adrian Furnham. “If you have talented and motivated people, they should be encouraged to work alone when creativity or efficiency is the highest priority.”

The reasons brainstorming fails are instructive for other forms of group work, too. People in groups tend to sit back and let others do the work; they instinctively mimic others’ opinions and lose sight of their own; and, often succumb to peer pressure. The Emory University neuroscientist Gregory Berns found that when we take a stance different from the group’s, we activate the amygdala, a small organ in the brain associated with the fear of rejection. Professor Berns calls this “the pain of independence.”

On Taxation

Warren Buffett’s piece.

Basically, he didn’t provide any counter arguments to the proponents of 15% tax rate.

And this is David Frum’s defense of 15% tax rate.

Krugman’s responded to that.

Another defense of 15% tax rate on the ground of double taxation.