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

Originals

Originals

Adam Grant [ 3 M Views, 68 K Likes, 15:24 ] Seven years ago, a student came to me and asked me to invest in his company. He said, “I’m working with three friends, and we’re going to try to disrupt an industry by selling stuff online.” And I said, “OK, you guys spent the whole summer on this, right?” “No, we all

That Good Day

That Good Day

Caroline Webb [ 27 K Views, 200 Likes, 50:26 ] I used to work a lot with companies to help them shift their culture in a more positive direction. And I found that the best way to actually find out what was really going on under the hood was often to simply ask three simple questions. What’s a good day for you? What

The Road Home

The Road Home

Nicholas Carr [ 40 K Views, 460 Likes, 18:04 ] In the summer of 2008, The Atlantic published Carr’s article “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” as the cover story of its annual Ideas issue. Highly critical of the Internet’s effect on cognition, the article has been read and debated widely in both the media and the blogosphere. Carr’s main argument is that 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

Superchickens 101

Superchickens 101

Margaret Heffernan [ 250 K Views, 3 K Likes, 15:47 ] An evolutionary biologist at Purdue University named William Muir studied chickens. He was interested in productivity — I think it’s something that concerns all of us — but it’s easy to measure in chickens because you just count the eggs. He wanted to know what could make his chickens more productive, so