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Are You Curious About Your Competence?

The other day a potential future rock-star, 6-year old drummer girl asked me a great question.

“How do I know whether I’m good enough yet?”

It wasn’t an easy question to answer because we all wonder, from time to time, whether we question our competence too much or not enough. Are we not yet good enough or are we so good that, comparatively, others suck?

Sexy mind science can be embarrassing when it comes to humans and our competence. For exampleRead More

Use Curiosity to Avoid This Trap

“I would love to see the statistics of domestic violence in the NFL versus the general population.”

“What do you mean by statistics?”

“Well, I mean the reported rates. I bet the reported rates are a lot higher in the NFL than in the general population.”

“Really? What would that mean?”

Could it mean that:
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Dumpster Dive Your Life to Connect

Once upon a not-too-long-ago time, I was an impostor in a focus group. Wildly impressive people gathered in Los Angeles for what seemed like the purpose of giving others (okay, me) an inferiority complex. Really they were there, like me, for a focus group to test their media meddle.
One serious, ex-military general was preparing to present a multi-billion dollar project to the Pentagon the next month. A brilliant, German scientist was testing her TED talk about her discovery of a whole new way of looking at cancer. A best-selling author was prepping for a sit-down with Oprah, and another clever entrepreneur was practicing for a Today Show segment. And then there was Read More

How Did We Get So Right?

I like to think of polarizing issues and try to pinpoint the exact moment when I knew which side of the issue was right. On big issues like abortion, gay marriage and Justin Bieber, I doubt that I will ever change my mind because I’m absolutely certain that I’m right. Still, it’s hard for me to pinpoint the exact moment that I came to my right conclusion.

I’m willing to admit that I could be wrong. Okay, no I’m not. Who do I even think that I’m fooling? I know several things about this process because science tells me so. The more entrenched I am in my opinion, the more I will look for things that prove I’m right. Now, I don’t have to look far and wide to find evidence proving I’m right, but that’s because Read More

From Nether Regions Come…Sortafacts

Sortafacts are everywhere. Shhh…don’t tell anybody because whispering makes things 87% more believable.

Sortafacts are shared by company presidents, members of governments, magazines, blogs, newspapers, and news broadcasts both fair and balanced and slippery and wobbly. They are the truth-ish. This is proven to be true 93% of the time.

Often they come from our nether regions. Basically. Trust me. Literally (I saw them there once). They sometimes get sent down the bloggit hole whereRead More

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