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By: David Allen | February 16, 2018

Amy Cuddy — Why You Can’t Choreograph Success.
Amy Cuddy — Why You Can’t Choreograph Success.

Amy Cuddy — Why You Can’t Choreograph Success. — It's tempting to rush success, but Amy Cuddy, professor at Harvard Business School, explains why setting your goals too big can backfire, and vouches for the value of incremental change and authentic learning over the desire to simply 'win'. Cuddy's latest book is " Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges"

People make the mistake of making these big goals, these big sort of New Year’s resolutions. And we also know that they often backfire. That, you know, by January 15 a lot of people have given up on their New Year’s resolutions. Why is it that we keep making them and keep failing? Because they’re so big, they’re so distant and they require a million li...

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By: David Allen | February 16, 2018

Janna Levin — Physics vs. Human Perception — Which Represents Reality?
Janna Levin

Janna Levin — Physics vs. Human Perception — Which Represents Reality? — What does a theoretical physicist do all day? Janna Levin shares some insight on perception vs. reality, and provides a glimpse of how she spends her time (hint: doing math).Levin's latest book is "Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space" 

Every human being models the world to understand it and that's cognitively how we're successful. So I don't look at a chair and see a huge number of molecules or some very complex structure, I see a chair. This is something that's very hard to teach a computer to do to understand conceptual things forward. And we conceptualize right away. We theorize right away. I have a theory of what that object is and...

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By: David Allen | February 16, 2018

The upside of rejection: How hearing “no” can lead to success | Matt Dixon
Matt Dixon

The upside of rejection: How hearing “no” can lead to success | Matt Dixon

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By: David Allen | February 16, 2018

Embracing awkwardness: How to defeat social anxiety and embarrassment | Melissa Dahl
Melissa Dahl

Embracing awkwardness: How to defeat social anxiety and embarrassment | Melissa Dahl Why is it awkward to listen to a recording of your own voice? What makes us cringe? For the last few years, Melissa Dahl, co-founder of NYMag.com's popular social science site Science of Us, has been digging for answers. 


The culmination of her research is 'cringe theory'—a psychological explanation of why we find awkward moments so painful. A central part of that theory is what psychologist Philippe Rochat at Emory University calls the irreconcilable gap. Dahl explains: "What makes us cringe is when the 'you' you think you’re presenting to the world clashes with the 'you' the world is actually seeing, and that makes us uncomfortable becaus...

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By: David Allen | February 16, 2018

How great leaders develop their grit | Nancy Koehn on building resilience
Nancy Koehn

How great leaders develop their grit | Nancy Koehn on building resilience — Great leaders are few and far between but Nancy Koehn, a historian of business at Harvard Business School, has put together a compendium of anecdotes from five great leaders throughout history. It reads like a whos-who of humanitarianism, with true stories of grit and determination from the likes of explorer Ernest Shackleton, American president Abraham Lincoln, the abolitionist Frederick Douglass, the Nazi-resisting Lutheran minister Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and the environmental activist Rachel Carson. Here, Nancy Koehn talks to us about how Ernest Shackleton overcame some incredible odds to hold his team together on a doomed Antarctic expedition, and how we can...

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By: David Allen | February 12, 2018

How Navy SEAL Hell Week builds indestructible teams | Brent Gleeson
Brent Gleeson

How Navy SEAL Hell Week builds indestructible teams | Brent Gleeson — Becoming a Navy SEAL isn't exactly easy. First, you have to get through 18 months of training. About a month or so into that, you have to get through Hell Week. With an 80% attrition rate, Hell Week lives up to its name. But former Navy SEAL and current business consultant Brent Gleeson will tell you that the only way to get through it is similar to how teams of any kind get through hard times: by putting the team before the individual. Brent talks with us about his experience going through training, and the moment he realized that great teamwork — both in the business world and on the battlefield — is built on trust and respect.


When I think about how critical intern...

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By: David Allen | February 10, 2018

How astronomy makes neuroscience even cooler: brains, gold, and neutron stars | Michelle Thaller
Michelle Thaller

How astronomy makes neuroscience even cooler: brains, gold, and neutron stars | Michelle Thaller Did you know you have gold in your brain? Inside every neuron, there are just a few atoms of gold that keep the neuron charged, which is what keeps you thinking, moving, and frankly existing. What could be cooler than that? Well, NASA's assistant director of science communication Michelle Thaller adds a layer of astronomy on top of that amazing neuroscience. It turns out that when we look far into outer space, essentially back through time, we can see that all the gold in the known universe was created and spewed out in cosmically violent neutron star collisions—that includes the atoms of gold that are now inside your brain. Crazy, right...

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By: David Allen | February 10, 2018

The Social Brain: culture, change and evolution | Bret Weinstein
Bret Weinstein

The Social Brain: culture, change and evolution | Bret Weinstein In this wide-ranging talk, controversial professor Bret Weinstein covers several topics: politics, technology, and tribalism, just to name a few. But ultimately the former Biology professor at Evergreen College talks with us about why this particular decade is so interesting. Given the explosive growth of the 20th century, he argues that we've come to the end of that particular boom and have just started searching frantically to keep the pace that we've come to expect. When that change doesn't come, Weinstein posits that we search for scapegoats, turn inwards, and start to attack ourselves. And that's paraphrasing just some of the half-hour talk we have for you.


We’re h...

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By: David Allen | February 10, 2018

Why saying
Annie Duke

Why saying "I don't know" is a key to success | Poker champion Annie Duke In the earliest stages of our education, it gets drilled into us that certainty is good, and phrases like "I don't know" or "I'm not sure" are lesser ways of thinking. That's a shame, says former World Series poker champion and self-professed "uncertainty evangelist" Annie Duke: being uncertain is a much more accurate representation of the world than concrete certainty—there is just too much blind luck in the mix. Most often we're dealing with probability, not premonition, but the more accurate you make your worldview, the better your predictions will turn out. Embracing what you don't know can help you make surer bets o...

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By: David Allen | February 10, 2018

How virtual reality can make every kid a capable scientist | Jeremy Bailenson
Jeremy Bailenson

How virtual reality can make every kid a capable scientist | Jeremy Bailenson The most amazing thing about virtual reality isn't necessarily the technology behind it, but the way it makes us feel. When you bring virtual reality learning into classrooms, that feeling matters more than ever. Stanford University's Jeremy Bailenson explains how well-designed VR programs like EcoMUVE and River City boost kids' intellectual confidence and show students who think they're not "science-minded" just how capable they truly are. That's a wonderful thing. So why don't we just teach every subject in VR? Gains in learning aren't that automatic across all subjects, says Bailenson. "You shouldn't use VR for everything. There are a lot...

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