200 years ago, Charles Darwin was born on February 12, 1809, in the town of Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England.

In 1859, after two decades of analyzing, researching, and developing his hypothesis, he published his world-renowned book “On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life,” on November 24, 1859.

He later shortened the title to “On the Origin of Species.”

- The Complete Works of Charles Darwin Online is found here.

- Here are ten articles on Darwin.

– Do you understand Darwin’s Theory? Take SOT’s course here and raise your own darwinian intelligence: Think Darwin!

– GALLUP POLL: On Darwin’s Birthday, Only 4 in 10 Believe in Evolution.

- New movie: Creation is an upcoming biographical drama film about the life of Charles Darwin. It is directed by Jon Amiel and stars Paul Bettany as Darwin and Jennifer Connelly as his wife, Emma. John Collee wrote the script based on Randal Keynes’ biography of Darwin titled “Annie’s Box”. No official release dates have been announced.

Republished by Australian ANTHILL. Original interview July 1, 2004 | By Paul Ryan:

Paul Ryan: In a snapshot, what are the three main ideas that you’ve written about and what thought processes led you to your current book, The X10 Memeplex?

Michael Hewitt-Gleeson: There are two strands of thought that I’ve written about in the past (Software for the Brain and Newsell) and these are brought together in The X10 Memeplex: Multiply Your Business By Ten.

Software for the Brain talks about the brain as a necktop computer. It’s less of a metaphor and more of a reality, since the brain is a deeply digital environment. The software we’re using is 2,500 years old – including programming from the church, the Middle Ages, the Greek software of Aristotle, Socrates and Plato, the concept of absolute truth and logic, which was distributed around the world with missionary zeal. Just as we need to upgrade our desktop computers, we also need to upgrade our necktop computer. That’s what I’ve been doing for the last 25 years with the School of Thinking that I founded with Edward De Bono, and our lessons have reached over 70 million people worldwide.

That’s one strand – the thinking strand. The other strand, which I explored in Newsell, is the selling/leadership strand. Selling and leadership have to do with behavior and particularly influencing the behavior of other people. You can use coercion and force, which is an inefficient method. The other way to influence a person’s behavior is to influence their thinking. If you want people to change their behavior, whether it is in a leadership/social context or a commercial/selling context, you need to influence the way they see things. So that’s why there’s such a strong link between thinking and selling.

My subversive agenda is to get people thinking far and wide. If I can show a link between developing the thinking skills of employees and increasing the revenues of a company, it will help me teach people to think and grow.

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Take SOT’s course here and raise your own darwinian intelligence: Think Darwin! The ten lessons in this course are chapters from Michael’s book The X10 Memeplex, Multiply Your Business By Ten.

The X10 Memeplex: Multiply Your Business By Ten!

(Prentice Hall 2000).


As you know, School of Thinking is based in Melbourne, Victoria.

This morning’s newspaper tells us that Saturday’s fire, which devastated much of Victoria, was a fire event on a scale never seen before in Australia’s history.

Scientists have estimated that the energy of that ‘Perfect Firestorm’ on Saturday was equivalent to that of 500 Hiroshima bombs going off simultaneously.

Pictures
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Help
Help is sought and gratefully accepted through the official Victorian Bushfire Appeal 2009 run by the Red Cross and the State Government of Victoria. 100% of every cent given to this appeal goes to the victims. No admin fees of any kind are deducted.

From CPA Australia by Bromyn Davis:

When we think about the concept of artificial intelligence (AI) and its applications a science fiction image of robots replacing humans comes to mind.

While the quest to create sentient robotic ‘life’ is the most talked about aspect of AI, the reality is that it is increasingly creeping into our lives in a far less obvious way. It lurks in computer systems and is generally known as ‘analytics’ or ‘expert systems’ and the scope of its applications is coming under renewed scrutiny in the global financial crisis.

Some experts believe that these expert systems, designed to ‘collaborate’ with humans, could provide an early warning signal for future looming economic downturns and be used to great competitive business advantage in tough economic times.

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Sir Ken Robinson is a world-renowned consultant to schools on new education strategies for the future and is an expert on Creativity.

— Click here to see his talk to the TED audience about Do Schools Kill Creativity? <http://www.ted.com/tedtalks/tedtalksplayer.cfm?key=ken_robinson>

If you haven’t seen this TED talk, stop everything, sit back, take a deep breath, relax and enjoy one of the world’s best speakers who will entertain you, inspire you and make your day. This is one of my personal favourites.