This is a big day in human history. A very big day. I think that today will always be known as the beginning of the Sino Century. Let the Sino Century begin …

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BEIJING– International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques Rogge spoke highly of BOCOG’s preparations for the Olympic Games, which begin today. Rogge said both the IOC and he were excited about the arrival of the Olympics after seven long years of preparation. We look forward to the competitions, he said.

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As we yawn and open our eyes in the morning, the brain stem sends little puffs of nitric oxide to another part of the brain, the thalamus, which then directs it elsewhere.

Like a computer booting up its operating system before running more complicated programs, the nitric oxide triggers certain functions that set the stage for more complex brain operations, according to a recent study.

In these first moments of the day, sensory information floods the system–the bright sunlight coming through the curtains, the time on the screeching alarm clock–and all of it needs to be processed and organized, so the brain can understand its surroundings and begin to perform more complex tasks.

More on this article …Your Brain Boots Up Like a Computer

Amongst other things, scientsts are also lie-detectors …

Nineteenth-century romantics accused scientists of uglifying nature; hence the central riposte of Richard Dawkins in his book: that the rainbow is no less beautiful for having been refracted into its component colors.

Au contraire, reductionism has allowed us to discover wonders far beyond anything the poets of past centuries could imagine–from the “breathtaking poetry of modern cosmology” to the poetic improbabilities of our personal existence.

Think Darwin!

Meanwhile, I’ve been creating a new online course called—Think Darwin!—so that anyone can get their head around and harness the practical power of Darwin’s Theory—the most powerful theory in all of science!

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Michael on ‘The Problem of Business’ …

Nearly all of business education–even at postgraduate level–is misguided, even misleading. It is, for the most part, faithfully based on a false premise–that the problem of business is growth. When, in fact, the problem of business is survival.

Most business leaders spend their time and energy on solving the wrong problem. Yes, of course, growth is critical in business but the MAIN PROBLEM is that most business fail to survive long enough to grow.

Of the Fortune 500 class of 1974 only 22 of those businesses still survive. These are the big companies. The failure to survive of smaller companies is ten times worse.

Since Darwin explained the reasons 150 years ago, we know that it’s not the strongest or the largest that survive but it’s those best prepared to cope with change.

On this BIG PROBLEM of survival, most business executives are shockingly ignorant and deplete in their formal education. They know little or nothing useful about the science of strategic darwinian thinking.

They venture forth naked and ill-equipped in their approach to the chaos of the marketplace–the whirling, howling, cacophonous wilderness of the global marketplace with its ferocious fads, toxic wastes, and vicious moods, its callous explosions and cruel extinctions putting capricious end to the blind and righteous rivalry across pointless medieval double-entry boardrooms.

Extravagant expenditures of directors’ time and energy are squandered on the talmudic reading of balance-sheets and P&Ls, like the obsessive pre-scientific study of entrails, when less than one director in a hundred could give an intelligent, educated account of what strategy it would take for their business to survive in the fast-changing environment of the next decade.

Experiment: Ask any director you know to demonstrate their strategic understanding of Darwin’s Theory and to show how s/he uses that knowledge to safeguard the future of the company in the faster-changing environment of the marketplace. If you get a clear, articulate response it will be a surprise.

Is there any business school in Australia that insists their graduates understand the strategic business application of the darwinian imperative? Are there any of the endless ‘case studies’ churned out by business schools devoted to darwinian business strategy?

Do let me know if you find one.

Think Darwin!

Meanwhile, I’ve been creating a new online course called—Think Darwin!—so that anyone can get their head around and harness the practical power of Darwin’s Theory—the most powerful theory in all of science!

••Click here for the first lessons …