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Shikakeology – the science of habit change

Shikake is an embodied trigger for behavior change The trigger is designed to induce a specific behavior The behavior should lead to solutions to personal or societal issues The merits of Shikakeological approach are summarized as four points; low expertise, low cost, wide range of target users, and long term continuous behavior changes. Developing a … Continue reading

Nine daily habits for happiness

1. Start each day with expectation. If there’s any big truth about life, it’s that it usually lives up to (or down to) your expectations. Therefore, when you rise from bed, make your first thought: “something wonderful is going to happen today.” Guess what? You’re probably right. 2. Take time to plan and prioritize. The … Continue reading

How we learn

How We Learn  Highlights from David Brooks opus ‘the Social Animal’ 1. Decision Making How does the brain make decisions? e.g. about what to learn and how to learn it. According to research summarized by Brooks, the brain is an ecosystem constantly measuring the social landscape. We subconsciously form goals, ambitions, dreams and desires every … Continue reading

Why so many predictions fail – and some don’t

“Why So Many Predictions Fail — but Some Don’t” is a new book by Nate Silver on the science of extracting information from noisy data. Why are we so rarely able to make rational predictions about the future? Partly it is because: We are fooled into thinking that random patterns are meaningful We build mental … Continue reading

Seven Behavioral Heuristics That Cause Us To Make Irrational Decisions

Priming – a reminder of a feature tees up behaviors reminiscent of that feature (asking students to read words that vaguely have to do with age causes them to walk slower) Anchoring – behaviors cluster around a comparison to supposed “norms” (showing $149, $30 and $10 bottles of wine cause people to buy $30 bottle … Continue reading

Is Google (Facebook;Twitter) the World’s Best Economist?

I have been wondering for a while why Economists haven’t made better use of Google keyword search analytics as an economic tool after hearing how Google can predict flu outbreaks with surprising accuracy: http://blogs.wsj.com/health/2010/05/17/google-flu-trends-good-at-suggesting-not-pinpointing-flu-cases/ While Google flu trends is a coarse indicator, I wondered if other Google search terms could be more accurate short-term predictors … Continue reading

The World’s Greatest Philosophers – listed as a soccer team!

Plato When: 427-347BC Who: father of western philosophy. Wrote the Socratic dialogs. One-Liner: “Our discussion is about no ordinary matter, but about the right way to conduct our lives” Need to know: The theory of forms. (The objective essence of something). Tome: “The Republic” Tome in one sentence: We are deluded cavemen watching shadows flickering … Continue reading

The Unhealthiest Juices in America

Unhealthiest Juices in America.

Science’s Most Beautiful Theories

In my view, Darwin’s GUT (Grand Unified Theory) on the origin and evolution of all life on earth win’s hands down, but I must admit, Einstein’s GTR (General Theory of Relativity) would come a close second… http://news.yahoo.com/sciences-most-beautiful-theories-171800904.html

Eight weeks to rewire your brain

Mindfulness training (meditation and cognitive therapy) retires the brain within eight weeks: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/01/110121144007.htm .Meditation group participants reported spending an average of 27 minutes each day practicing mindfulness exercises, and their responses to a mindfulness questionnaire indicated significant improvements compared with pre-participation responses. The analysis of MR images, which focused on areas where meditation-associated differences were … Continue reading