27 August 2014

"The Wisdom of Psychopaths" by Kevin Dutton

Delving into the fascinating realm of psychopathy, Dutton focuses on the many virtues that can be gleaned from this 1 to 2 percent of the our population. Contrary to many myths, most psychopaths are fully functional members of society and include CEOs and US Presidents. Indeed, many of their core attributes--stoicism, the ability to make hard decisions quickly, a lack of emotional attachment--makes functional psychopaths more ideal than the average person for high pressure, fast paced positions. Dutton also makes an interesting connection: many attributes of psychopaths are also shared by the "spiritually enlightened."

Interesting tidbit: psychopaths are more likely to offer and provide unsolicited aid to someone who obviously needs it (such as someone having difficulty functioning with a broken limb) than a normal person.

21 August 2014

Malcolm Gladwell: The unheard story of David and Goliath

Gladwell redefines our understanding of the story of David and Goliath. In short, most things you know about the story is wrong. This talk goes with his book David and Goliath.

Malcolm Gladwell: The unheard story of David and Goliath

12 August 2014

06 August 2014

"How the Mind Works" by Steven Pinker

When I first picked up this book I thought, "Great, I can learn how the brain works." It was not until I was pretty far into this hefty book that I realized that the word "mind" was carefully chosen because it was distinctly different from "brain." Pinker delivers on his promise and the book wanders through many of the wonders of the mind. It contains many fascinating ideas, studies and theories about why we do the things we do.

Interesting tidbit 1: Children will generally accept any food given to them from birth through their second year, after which their tastes and generally "locked in" for life.

Interesting tidbit 2: Children generally learn fears and phobias between the ages of three and five.

Interesting tidbit 3: Tickling is a form of mock fighting and laughing while tickling is a way of saying, "I know this would otherwise be scary because it seems like I am attacking you, but I am just having fun."