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“The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference” by Malcolm Gladwell

Ideas and products and messages and behaviors spread just like viruses do. Three Characteristics of a Tipping Point: one, contagiousness; two, the fact that little causes can have big effects; and three, that change happens not gradually but at one … Continue reading

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“Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t” by Simon Sinek: Part Two

Oxytocin in the chemical that helps direct how vulnerable we can afford to make ourselves. My favorite definition of love is giving someone the power to destroy us and trusting they won’t use it. Simply seeing or hearing about acts … Continue reading

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“Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain” by David Eagleman: Part Two

The neuroscientist Vilayanur Ramachandran speculates that the quip about men preferring blonds may have a biological seed of truth to it: paler women more easily show signs of disease, while the darker complexions of swarthier women can better disguise their … Continue reading

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“Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain” by David Eagleman Part One

What exactly is a thought? It doesn’t seem to weigh anything. It feels ephemeral and ineffable. You wouldn’t think that a thought has a shape or smell or any sort of physical instantiation. Thoughts seem to be a kind of … Continue reading

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“Exercise, Pleasure, and the Brain” by David Linden. Psychology Today, April 21, 2011.

Jeff Tweedy, leader of the roots-inflected rock bands Wilco and Uncle Tupelo, struggled mightily with various drug addictions, most notably to prescription painkillers, alcohol, and cigarettes. These were coincident with, and in some cases triggered by, chronic migraines, major depression, … Continue reading

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“David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants” by Malcolm Gladwell

I’ve enjoyed Malcolm Gladwell’s writing, especially XXX“The Outliers”XXX and this book continues his approach of conveying his thoughts through stories and idioms. Much in this book deals with perception, or rather misperception of a situation. I’ve pointed out before through … Continue reading

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“Nurture Shock” by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman Part Two

Please see Part One of “NurtureShock”. This book continues with the childhood development themes of where our society has maybe taken our nurturing to an unhealthy level. What stands out as problems are: the districts who don’t give late-blooming children … Continue reading

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