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Post Truth is Fake News

The idea is increasingly being propagated that we live in a ‘post truth’ world. In truth (ha!) the stories we receive have always been partial. Sometimes our story telling is deliberately disingenuous.

Smart Bees, like us

We could learn a lot from the Bee. Here they show us their amazing cognitive ability and their ability to communicate the essence of change.

Noticing my noticing

Travelling through northernmost Norway I am caught by the nature of scale. The grand and the delicate. The power and the finesse. In my awareness it becomes alive within me.

There Is No Scientific Method

Why are the results of science considered more reliable than those from other forms of human inquiry, like poetry or philosophy?

Ecological Systems Theory

The Ecological Systems theory states that human development is influenced by the different types of environmental systems. Formulated by famous psychologist Urie Bronfenbrenner, this theory helps us understand why we may behave differently when we compare our behavior in the presence of our family and our behavior when we are in school or at work.

Kahneman: Why we make bad decisions

Ever wondered why you keep making bad decisions? In this video Kahneman explains.

Dynamic Systems Theory and Sports Training

Performance and training science has traditionally been deeply influenced by the mechanical conception of human beings. It conceives the organism as a machine divided into parts and performance as the sum of different qualities. But instead of being thought of as machines, athletes should be considered as complex dynamic systems, self- organized and constrained by morphological, physiological, psychological and biomechanical factors, the properties of the task and the environment.

Your Thoughts Can Release Abilities Beyond Normal Limits

Our cognitive and physical abilities are in general limited, but our conceptions of the nature and extent of those limits may need revising. In many cases, thinking that we are limited is itself a limiting factor. There is accumulating evidence that suggests that our thoughts are often capable of extending our cognitive and physical limits.

Steven Pinker: Language as a Window into Human Nature (Video)

In this new RSA Animate, renowned experimental psychologist Steven Pinker shows us how the mind turns the finite building blocks of language into infinite meanings.

Cognitive Dissonance Theory for Inspiring Social Change

The significance of cognitive dissonance needs to be understood to rationalize the theory underlying social change processes. Social change in the context described might be applied within a personal or family relationship, a work organization, or within society in general. And, the theory can be rationalized in its application in terms of scale for example in inciting the conditions for civil revolution and changing political systems of governance, or complex organizational change within multinational corporations.

Animal Cognition

How do animals use the information they obtain from their environment to move through space, time their activities, assess quantity, or remember the past?

Perceiving is Believing

In this video from crashcourse, Hank Green asks: what does perception even mean? What’s the difference between seeing something and making sense of it? Offering some insight into the differences between sensing and perceiving.

Hidalgo: Relationships between individual and collective knowledge

In this video Cesar Hidalgo at MIT asks intriguing questions about how social and economic systems interact. He sees networks as holding the knowledge and know-how necessary to ‘crystallise’ information into the things we use every day. The capacity of a network to hold this sort of knowledge and know-how is thus for him directly linked to economic activity. It helps explain how economic growth is variable and differs from place to place. It says that a theory of economics that doesn’t take into account the social complexity of society and its networks is incomplete. This 20 minute address at the RSA is a rapid tour through Cesar’s work. It is expanded in more depth in his book ‘Why information grows’. If you are exploring how social networks relate to economic activity this is well worth a look.

Connecting Learning To Life

A complexity-oriented perspective is both an academic and intuitive way of looking at the world, a way of studying patterns of behavior and relationships over time. In research and in practice, complex systems approaches have been used to advance knowledge across a range of disciplines from computer science and engineering to archeology and public administration.

The neuro science that contradicts pilot and roll out?

For me, as a systems thinker, I see group function as equivalent to a collective mind, the connections and relationships between people and their environment coming together to create a unique collective consciousness that makes sense of the each situation and from it derive appropriate actions. If you cannot reproduce these connections in a single brain, can you recreate them across a community?

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