1. Truth in Tech E08: Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics


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    Boston: Microsoft Veteran Steven Sinofsky to Teach at Harvard this Spring: Well, the question of what the Windows 7 and Windows 8 mastermind will do following his November departure from Microsoft has now been answered: preach product development to future masters of the universe. http://mashable.com/2012/12/19/steven-sinofsky-harvard/ Squarespace partners with Stripe to launch Squarespace Commerce. Hipster shopkeeps can peddle their wares for $30/mo and collect payments via Stripe. AOL Acquires Gdgt. Can more tech product-focused content and reviews make the internet giant relevant again? http://mashable.com/2013/02/13/aol-acquires-tech-product-review-site-gdgt/ Dr. Spaceman battles the Grey Lady. After the NYT published a rather dismissing review of the Tesla Model S, CEO Elon Musk accused the reviewer of committing journalistic malpractice, and published some charts he claimed prove it. But do they? http://www.theatlanticwire.com/technology/2013/02/elon-musks-data-doesnt-back-his-claims-new-york-times-fakery/62149/ http://venturebeat.com/2013/02/14/data-is-teslas-secret-weapon-against-negative-model-s-reviews/ Are Affiliate Ads Ads? Brainpickings self-titled curator extraordinaire comes under fire for a) attacking the marriage of advertising and journalism whilst b) misrepresenting her site as entirely reader-supported and ad-free, when in fact she uses affiliate links that earn her, by one man's estimate, between $240-432,000 a year. But affiliate links aren’t ads, cries Popova. Is she right? http://on-advertising.tumblr.com/post/42994773187/maria-popova-have-you-made-1m-on-affiliate-ads-while http://betabeat.com/2013/02/maria-popova-brain-pickings-affiliate-links-amazon-on-advertising-tumblr-ads-ads-ads/ Knight Foundation pays Jonah Lehrer $20k to speak, apologizes for it. The journalism institution paid the disgraced journalist for what “turned out to be a slyly exculpatory mea culpa,” and then offered their own less doctored mea culpa in response to the (merited) flack. http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2013/02/14/knight_foundation_regrets_paying_jonah_lehrer_s_20_000_speaking_feee.html App of the week: Killswitch: This app deletes all of your Facebook interactions with your ex, saving you from having to delete your account. Alternative option: delete the relationship status field. http://bostinno.com/2013/02/14/killswitch-breakup-facebook-app-download/

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    • RSA Shorts - Does Brainstorming Work?


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      Here's another animation we made for RSA Shorts series combining stop motion & motion graphics. The audio comes from a Jonah Lehrer's speech given at the RSA.

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      • Art of Science v2 11/12


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        science needs to find a place for the arts. In the early 1920s, Niels Bohr was struggling to reimagine the structure of matter. Previous generations of physicists had thought the inner space of an atom looked like a miniature solar system with the atomic nucleus as the sun and the whirring electrons as planets in orbit. This was the classical model. Bohr had long been fascinated by cubist paintings. For Bohr, the allure of cubism was that it shattered the certainty of the object. The art revealed the fissures in everything, turning the solidity of matter into a surreal blur. By 1923, de Broglie had already determined that electrons could exist as either particles or waves. What Bohr maintained was that the form they took depended on how you looked at them. Their very nature was a consequence of our observation. This meant that electrons weren’t like little planets at all. Instead, they were like one of Picasso’s deconstructed guitars, a blur of brushstrokes that only made sense once you stared at it. The art that looked so strange was actually telling the truth. The fundamental point is that modern science has made little progress toward any unified understanding of everything. Our unknowns have not dramatically receded. In many instances, the opposite has happened, so that our most fundamental sciences are bracketed by utter mystery. It’s not that we don’t have all the answers. It’s that we don’t even know the question. This is particularly true for our most fundamental sciences, like physics and neuroscience. Physicists study the fabric of reality, the invisible laws and particles that define the material world. Neuroscientists study our perceptions of this world; they dissect the brain in order to understand the human animal. Together, these two sciences seek to solve the most ancient and epic of unknowns: What is everything? And who are we? But before we can unravel these mysteries, our sciences must get past their present limitations. How can we make this happen? My answer is simple: Science needs the arts. We need to find a place for the artist within the experimental process, to rediscover what Bohr observed when he looked at those cubist paintings. The current constraints of science make it clear that the breach between our two cultures is not merely an academic problem that stifles conversation at cocktail parties. Rather, it is a practical problem, and it holds back science’s theories. If we want answers to our most essential questions, then we will need to bridge our cultural divide. By heeding the wisdom of the arts, science can gain the kinds of new insights and perspectives that are the seeds of scientific progress. But what of the collaboration between science and the arts? Are we really prepared to live with a permanent cultural schism? If we are serious about unifying human knowledge, then we’ll need to create a new movement that coexists with the third culture but that deliberately trespasses on our cultural boundaries and seeks to create relationships between the arts and the sciences. The premise of this movement—perhaps a fourth culture—is that neither culture can exist by itself. Its goal will be to cultivate a positive feedback loop, in which works of art lead to new scientific experiments, which lead to new works of art and so on. Instead of ignoring each other, or competing, or co-opting each other in naïve or superficial ways, science and the arts will truly impact each other. The old intellectual boundaries will disappear. Neuroscience will gain new tools with which to confront the mystery of consciousness and modern physics will improve its metaphors. Art will become a crucial source of scientific ideas. This will ultimately lead us to take a broader view of truth. Right now, science is widely considered our sole source of Truth, with a capital “T.” Everything that can’t be stated in the language of acronyms and equations risks being disregarded as a pretty fiction, which is the opposite of scientific fact. ... You can read the whole article by Jonah Lehrer here : http://seedmagazine.com/content/article/the_future_of_science_is_art/ tnx to the authore and respect!

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        • RSA Shorts - Does Brainstorming Work?


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          Does Brainstorming Work? This is the question psychologists have been baffled by for nearly half a century and we’re still on the path of discovering whether brainstorming is a technique that extracts the best out of people or if it’s a method that suppresses creativity. Journalist and author, Jonah Lehrer, argues that brainstorming produces less original ideas than those people who work by themselves. From Alex Osborn, the father of brainstorming, to Charlen Nemeth, Jonah explains why brainstorming just doesn’t work. Additional Resources: Charlan Nemeth et al. study https://www.ilr.cornell.edu/directory/ja26531/downloads/Liberating_role_of_conflict_in_group_creativity.pdf Rossiter & Lilien http://www.garylilien.info/publications/66%20-%20New%20Brainstorming%20Prin.pdf Speaker: Jonah Lehrer Animators: Marija Jacimovic Benoit Detalle Watch the video: www.thersa.org/events/audio-and-past-events/2012/imagine-how-creativity-works

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          • Jonah Lehrer: The Origins of Creative Insight & Why You Need Grit


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            Why does the "aha!" moment arrive only after we stop looking for it? At Behance's 99% Conference, Jonah Lehrer explains how creative insight works & what drives incredible achievements.

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            • Creativity in Business


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              Harry West, CEO, Continuum and Jonah Lehrer, New York Times Best Selling Author of Imagine, sound off on infusing creativity into your business.

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              • Creativity in Business


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                Direction / Camera / Edit: Leeanne Brennan 2nd Camera: Samuel Molleur

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                • Jonah Lehrer @ 5x15


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                  Jonah Lehrer on his latest book 'Imagine: How creativity Works.' Jonah Lehrer is an American author and journalist who writes on the topics of psychology, neuroscience, and the relationship between science and the humanities. He is the author of two books, Proust Was a Neuroscientist (2007) and How We Decide (2010). He is contributing editor at Wired, Scientific American Mind, National Public Radio’s Radiolab and has written for The New Yorker, Nature, Seed, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and The Boston Globe.

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                  • Imagine: How creativity works


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                    Bestselling journalist and author Jonah Lehrer shows how new research is deepening our understanding of the human imagination and considers how this new science can make us happier. Listen to the podcast of the full event including audience Q&A: http://www.thersa.org/events/audio-and-past-events/2012/imagine-how-creativity-works

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                    • IMAGINE


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                      Did you know that the most creative companies have centralized bathrooms? That brainstorming meetings are a terrible idea? That the color blue can help you double your creative output? From the New York Times best-selling author of How We Decide comes a sparkling and revelatory look at the new science of creativity. Shattering the myth of muses, higher powers, even creative “types,” Jonah Lehrer demonstrates that creativity is not a single gift possessed by the lucky few. It’s a variety of distinct thought processes that we can all learn to use more effectively. Lehrer reveals the importance of embracing the rut, thinking like a child, daydreaming productively, and adopting an outsider’s perspective (travel helps). He unveils the optimal mix of old and new partners in any creative collaboration, and explains why criticism is essential to the process. Then he zooms out to show how we can make our neighborhoods more vibrant, our companies more productive, and our schools more effective. You’ll learn about Bob Dylan’s writing habits and the drug addictions of poets. You’ll meet a Manhattan bartender who thinks like a chemist, and an autistic surfer who invented an entirely new surfing move. You’ll see why Elizabethan England experienced a creative explosion, and how Pixar’s office space is designed to spark the next big leap in animation. Collapsing the layers separating the neuron from the finished symphony, Imagine reveals the deep inventiveness of the human mind, and its essential role in our increasingly complex world. www.jonahlehrer.com Directed & Edited: Adam McClelland Produced: Rachel Lehrer Music: Michael Maurice

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