23 December 2013

"David and Goliath" by Malcolm Gladwell

Gladwell presents a wonderful collection of stories that focus on how the underprivileged Davids of the world are not so bad off as we usually think in their fight against the Goliaths. Instead, whatever their disadvantages are, those very disadvantages often provide the perfect circumstances to beat excel. From physiological issues like dyslexia to life events like losing a parent and even the way in which authority is presented to us. Each of these would seem to seem to reduce one's chances of success but those who suffer them and persevere are stronger than those who never face such challenges.

Interesting tidbit: The biblical Goliath was likely nearly blind.

17 December 2013

Sheena Iyengar: How to make choosing easier

How to avoid decision paralysis:
  1. Cut back. The more options, the lower the participation.
  2. Concretize. Show the concreteness of the choice.
  3. Categorize. Fewer items in more categories (that are meaningful to the chooser not necessarily the categorizer) feels like more choice and receives more participation.
  4. Condition for complexity. Present information from least complex to most complex.
Sheena Iyengar: How to make choosing easier (TED)

03 December 2013

Hans Rosling: Religions and babies

Apparently, childbearing is not so much tied to income (as I have been taught), however the population will continue to bloom as as birthing rating continue to drop.

Hans Rosling: Religions and babies