Field Guide to Lies

Field Guide to Lies

Daniel Levitin [ 292 Views, 4 Likes, 1:13:32 ] I started writing the book in 2001, because my job was to teach students at McGill University how to think critically. Both undergraduates and graduate students. We used a little textbook, “How to Lie with Statistics” that was written in the 50s. And it’s a wonderful book, but all the examples came from the

Prospective Hindsight

Prospective Hindsight

Daniel Levitin [ 7 M Views, 50 K Likes, 12:20 ] A few years ago, I broke into my own house. I had just driven home, it was around midnight in the dead of Montreal winter, I had been visiting my friend, Jeff, across town, and the thermometer on the front porch read minus 40 degrees — and don’t bother asking if that’s

Three Big Ideas

Three Big Ideas

Daniel Levitin [ GoogleTalk ] I want to talk about three big ideas, and then I’d be happy to take some questions. The three big ideas are multitasking, brain extenders, and decision making in the age of information overload. But first, I’ll give you a little glimpse into why I wrote the book. Neuroscientists in the last 10 years have learned quite a

The Scrum TED

The Scrum TED

Jeff Sutherland [ TEDx Aix ] I’m here to talk about Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness — a Great American Dream that is often not built. In the words of the poet Robert Burns, the best laid plans of mice and men often go terribly wrong and lead to pain and suffering instead of the promised hope. I first started to

Tokens to Tablets

Tokens to Tablets

Ivars Peterson [ Science News ] We learn to count at such an early age that we tend to take the notion of abstract numbers for granted. We know the word “two” and the symbol “2” express a quantity that we can attach to apples, oranges, or any other object. We readily forget the mental leap required to go from counting specific things