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Video: The Situation of Empathy – via thesituationist.wordpress.com – WKU Psychology professor Sam McFarland has long been fascinated by individuals who put their lives–and the lives of loved ones–at risk in order to save people of a different race, ethnicity, or religious group. Dr. McFarland has an article that’s set to be published in a social psychology journal called “All Humanity is My Ingroup: A Measure and Studies of ‘Identification with All Humanity.’”
Philosopher Alain de Botton on “Status Anxiety” – via There Are Free Lunches- Alain de Botton, the most-read philosopher alive, has decided to answer some questions about his wonderful book Status Anxiety. The book focuses on the anxiety prevalent in many modern societies to be Number One. It also shows how this can be a win-lose socially dysfunctional game, as your social position is always dependent on where others stand.
Video: James Montier’s 2012 Chicago CFA Speech The Flaws of Finance: – via cfapodcast.smartpros.com -
Video: JP Rangaswami: Information is food – via Video on TED.com – How do we consume data? At TED@SXSWi, technologist JP Rangaswami muses on our relationship to information, and offers a surprising and sharp insight: we treat it like food.
How Hewlett-Packard lost its way – via Fortune Tech – Léo Apotheker’s disastrous tenure as HP’s CEO revealed a dysfunctional company struggling for direction after a decade of missteps and scandals. Can his replacement, Meg Whitman, fix the tech giant?
Things That Will Change The World - Via Michael Milken – Fifty years ago, the Internet would have sounded like science fiction. Today it’s not only a staple of daily life – but it’s enabled the rate of innovation to accelerate beyond our wildest dreams. What amazing breakthroughs are currently being cooked up in R&D labs?
Welcome to the Future Nauseous – via www.ribbonfarm.com – My new explanation is this: we live in a continuous state of manufactured normalcy. There are mechanisms that operate — a mix of natural, emergent and designed — that work to prevent us from realizing that the future is actually happening as we speak. To really understand the world and how it is evolving, you need to break through this manufactured normalcy field. Unfortunately, that leads, as we will see, to a kind of existential nausea.
A look inside digital humanity - via mindhacks.com – BBC Radio 4 has just started an excellent series called The Digital Human that looks at how we use technology and how it affects our relationship to the social world.
Video: Joshua Foer: Feats of memory anyone can do – via Video on TED.com – There are people who can quickly memorize lists of thousands of numbers, the order of all the cards in a deck (or ten!), and much more. Science writer Joshua Foer describes the technique — called the memory palace — and shows off its most remarkable feature: anyone can learn how to use it, including him.
Psychology Of Fraud: Why Good People Do Bad Things – via www.npr.org – Over the past decade or so, news stories about unethical behavior have been a regular feature on TV, a long, discouraging parade of misdeeds marching across our screens. And in the face of these scandals, psychologists and economists have been slowly reworking how they think about the cause of unethical behavior.
Video: Go the Fuck Home: Engineering Work/Life Balance – via YouTube – Ignite Philly 9 talk from February 16th at Johnny Brenda’s. On going the fuck home after work, working while you’re at work, and being happy.
Graham and Doddsville Newsletter – via Spring 2012 – Featuring Jim Chanos, Tom Russo, and Julian Robertson, among others.
Video: Beverly + Dereck Joubert: Life lessons from big cats – via Video on TED.com – Beverly + Dereck Joubert live in the bush, filming and photographing lions and leopards in their natural habitat. With stunning footage (some never before seen), they discuss their personal relationships with these majestic animals — and their quest to save the big cats from human threats.Documentary filmmakers Beverly and Dereck Joubert have worked to conserve wildlife for more than 25 years. As National Geographic Explorers in Residence, the couple influences public policy and perceptions.
Lessons Learned: A new field guide for entrepreneurs of all stripes – via www.startuplessonslearned.com – To that end, they’ve refined their thinking and have incorporated feedback about The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Customer Development into The Lean Entrepreneur. They’ve also augmented their writing with research and interviews, collecting the stories of dozens of entrepreneurs who are now applying Lean Startup thinking to all sorts of ventures, ranging from music and artist development: Legendary music producer Marti Frederiksen (Aerosmith, Def Leppard, Fuel, Mötley Crüe, Ozzy Osbourne), to finance and investment: Dave McClure of 500 Startups to apparel and ecommerce: Chris Lindland, Founder of BetaBrand to automotive manufacturing: Danny Kim, Founder of Litmotors, and of course, technology startups such as Lucas Carlson of AppFog, Hiten Shah of KISSmetrics, Nathan Oostendorp of Ingenuitas and many others.
Amory Lovins: A 50-year plan for energy – via Video on TED.com – In this intimate talk filmed at TED’s offices, energy theorist Amory Lovins lays out the steps we must take to end the world’s dependence on oil (before we run out). Some changes are already happening — like lighter-weight cars and smarter trucks — but some require a bigger vision.
2012 Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting Notes – via www.valueinvestingworld.com – A BIG thanks to Ben Claremon and Peter Boodell for taking great not
Renting Prosperity – via WSJ.com – Americans are getting used to the idea of renting the good life, from cars to couture to homes. Daniel Gross explores our shift from a nation of owners to an economy permanently on the move—and how it will lead to the next boom.
Infographic: Fortune 500 – via Chart Porn – The 2012 Fortune 500 is out (which basically rates companies by revenue). I like this presentation of sales vs profits