Most books and articles about cognitive bias contain a brief passage, typically toward the end, similar to this one in Thinking, Fast and Slow: “The question that is most often asked about cognitive illusions is whether they can be overcome. The message … is not encouraging.”Kahneman and others draw an analogy based on an understanding of the Müller-Lyer illusion, two parallel lines with arrows at each end. One line’s arrows point in; the other line’s arrows point out. Because of the direction of the arrows, the latter line appears shorter than the former, but in fact the two lines are the same length. Here’s the key: Even after we have measured the lines and found them to be equal, and have had the neurological basis of the illusion explained to us, we still perceive one line to be shorter than the other.

At least with the optical illusion, our slow-thinking, analytic mind—what Kahneman calls System 2—will recognize a Müller-Lyer situation and convince itself not to trust the fast-twitch System 1’s perception. But that’s not so easy in the real world, when we’re dealing with people and situations rather than lines.

“Unfortunately, this sensible procedure is least likely to be applied when it is needed most,” Kahneman writes. “We would all like to have a warning bell that rings loudly whenever we are about to make a serious error, but no such bell is available.”

Click to read the full article in The Atlantic.

Differentiating from other academic, knowledge-driven approaches, the School of Thinking has always been focused on SKILLS since its inception in 1979. We are driven not by SLOs (Student Learning Objectives) but rather by SPOs (Student Performance Objectives). The SPO pedagogy was imported from the military.

Because the School of Thinking training strategy is strongly based on it, I’ve been asked to tell a little more about the Scheyville Experience.

The war movie that had the biggest impact on my life was a little known movie called National Service Officer, a military infomercial about a rigorous and elite finishing school for young army officers at an almost secret place called, Scheyville OTU (Officer Training Unit).

1967 201a Entrance

During the Viet Nam War, on being drafted for National Service, they showed it to us in boot camp and, as a result, we could volunteer to apply for leadership training at the Scheyville Battalion of Officer Cadets.

After a rigourous selection procedure a few of us were selected from each recruit training battalion around the country and I was one of the 23 selected from Puckapunyal in Victoria in July, 1967. I was a member of the class of 3/67 and 4/67. During less than a decade before it was closed down at the end of the Vietnam war, almost 1,800 men graduated from OTU Scheyville.

The Officer Training Unit (OTU) Scheyville (pronounced like ‘sky-ville’) was a place in Western Sydney of which most Australians have never heard. However the Scheyville Battalion’s leaders have gone on to be extraordinarily successful in their chosen fields; the famed DFAT class of ’69 pales in comparison. It has been argued that they are perhaps one of the most successful cohorts Australia has ever produced. In Australian military history this is now known as the Scheyville Experience.

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Now you can watch that movie the Army made to recruit for the Scheyville Experience here

Most schools couldn’t claim as many successful sons as Scheyville. To be sure, schools like Perth Modern can claim a Prime Minister, departmental secretaries, ministers and a Governor-General – but it did not produce them within the space of seven years.

Scheyville can claim a Deputy Prime Minister (Tim Fischer), a state Premier (Jeff Kennett), parliamentarians, the leader of the famous airline strike, a Vice-Chancellor, scientists, a coterie of Brigadiers, successful broadcasters, journalists and advertising men and a bevy of prominent businessmen like Marcus Blackmore – all from but seven short years.

Scheyville also produced some very gallant young men.

The founding Commandant and ‘Father of Scheyville’ was Brigadier Ian Geddes. His training motto which he commended to the Officer Cadets was … I Can and I Will!

THE ‘FATHER OF SCHEYVILLE’

The founder of the Scheyville Battalion of Officer Cadets was Brigadier Ian Geddes who was born in Tamworth, New South Wales on 4 February 1921 and he suffered a stroke and died on Saturday, 21 July 2007.

Seven Science and Innovation Thinkers …

The Science Symposium of the School of Thinking (SOT) is a world class panel of science, innovation and R&D thinkers.

Like Plato’s Symposium, they meet quarterly over luncheon to discuss the SOT strategy and projects.

(In the July 2018 symposium the question under discussion was: How can placebos work in the triune human brain?)

The seven members of the SOT Science Symposium are Sir Gus Nossal, Professor David Penington, Dr Graham Mitchell, Dr John Stocker, Mr Michael Taylor, Mr Peter Turvey and Ms Maria Deveson Crabbe.

Sir Gustav Nossal AC CBE, FAA, FRS

Gustav Nossal took his Ph.D. at The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research. Sir Gus has been President of the Australian Academy of Science (1994-1998); a member of the Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering and Innovation Council (1989-1998); and Chairman of the Strategic Advisory Council of the Bill and Melinda Gates Children’s Vaccine Program (1998-2003). Nossal was knighted in 1977, made a Companion of the Order of Australia in 1989 and appointed Australian of the Year in 2000. Since 2010, Nossal has been Chairman of the Gates Foundation’s Discovery Expert Group, charged with developing longer-term research strategies.

Professor David Penington AC, DM, MA(Oxon), FRCP, FRACP, FRCPA

After graduating in medicine at Oxford David Penington returned to Melbourne as Professor of Medicine at the University of Melbourne then Dean of the Faculty of Medicine then Vice-Chancellor of the University of Melbourne for eight years from 1988. He was Chairman of the National AIDS Task Force (1983-87). He was Chairman of the Board of Cochlear Ltd from 1995 to 2002. His autobiography “Making Waves: Medicine, Public Health, Universities and Beyond” published by Melbourne University Press July 2010.

Dr John Stocker AO MB BS BMedSc PhD FRACP FTSE

John Stocker has a distinguished career in pharmaceutical research and extensive experience in management of research and development and in its commercialisation. Dr Stocker is Chairman of the Science and Engineering Advisory Committee, Environment Protection Authority of Victoria. Recently he was a Director of Telstra and a Board member of Wine Victoria. Before that he was Chief Executive of CSIRO and the Australian Government’s Chief Scientist and a member of the Board of The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute for Medical Research. He was appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia in June 1999 and was awarded the Centenary Medal in 2003.

Dr Graham Mitchell AO RDA BVSc FACVSc PhD FTSE FAA

At The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research (WEHI) Graham Mitchell made discoveries in immunology obtaining his PhD in 1969. In 1990 he was appointed Director of the prestigious Royal Melbourne Zoological Gardens. Recognised as one of Australia’s leading biological scientists Mitchell was appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia. He has been an advisor on innovation to the Victorian, Commonwealth, Tasmanian and Northern Territory Governments.

Michael John Taylor AO BAgSC DipAgEcon FTSE

Mike Taylor is currently a Director of the Public Transport Development Authority and the Country Fire Authority. Formerly the Secretary to Australia’s Department of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Services and Secretary, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries & Forestry. As a result he has been extensively involved in negotiating International, Commonwealth, State and industry agreements on a wide range of transport, security, regional development, water, energy, minerals, agricultural, food, forestry, fisheries, environmental and sustainable natural resource management issues. Mike has chaired international negotiations, meetings, delegations, projects, policy and trade development work in Asia, North America and Europe.

Peter R Turvey BA/LLB, MAICD

Former Executive Vice President Licensing and Company Secretary of CSL Limited Peter Turvey had responsibility for the protection and licensing of CSL’s intellectual property. Among the many licensing deals he was involved with, the most significant included the Gardasil license to Merck & Co., the licensing of the Iscomatrix® adjuvant platform technology to the world’s leading vaccine manufacturers, and establishment of the P.gingivalis vaccine technology collaboration between the CRC for Oral Health and Sanofi-Pasteur.

Maimage1-2ria Deveson Crabbe

In 2016 Maria was appointed the CEO of Absolute Care & Health Pty Ltd, a Melbourne-based in-home care provider. Before that Maria was CEO of Marie Stopes International Australia, she was the driving force behind the successful registration of RU486 by the Therapeutic Goods Administration. As Regional Director Maria was accountable for operations in the Philippines, Vietnam, Myanmar, PNG, Timor Leste, Cambodia, China and Mongolia. Previously she was the Founding CEO of Aussie Bodies. Under her leadership, Aussie Bodies achieved its number one status within the sports nutrition FMCG category. Maria received the 2014 Telstra Business Women Award for Community and Government (Victoria) and also the 2014 Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence. In 2016 Maria was appointed an Honorary Fellow, Nossal Institute for Global Health, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, The University of Melbourne.


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What is the mood and style of the SOT Masterclass?

The SOT Masterclass is elite. It is not for everyone. Participants are not required to bring anything. Everything is provided. The mood is one of relaxation and comfort. Concentration and value.

The SOT Masterclass is 100% offline. Neither recording or imaging devices may be admitted. Your brain is the only gadget you’ll need. Just bring a clear head, an open mind and a sense of humour. There will be time for smartphones at the 1230 lunchbreak.

The SOT Masterclass honours the Chatham House Rule.

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Spend A Day with Michael on Sales x10 Strategy

I usually consult with ASX/F500 corporate and government clients but I’ve recently been asked to provide an opportunity to work with innovators, entrepreneurs and small business owners who are also interested in x10 strategy. So, this is it.

These two elite events will be in Melbourne on 4th and Geelong on 6th September. Because of the focus and intensity of the day there are limited places for each event.

Michael will help design a bespoke plan for each of the selected participants in the two events. The **consulting fee for each participant is AUD$885.00.

HOW TO APPLY:

If you would like to be considered apply directly to Michael here and please answer the following two questions in your message:

• Who are your target customers?

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**On the day Michael will do three things with the five participants all included in the $885 consulting fee:

  1. Conduct an x10 Thinking Masterclass

  2. Conduct an x10 Selling Masterclass

  3. Design a bespoke Ten Day Plan for each individual participant to get started immediately following the event which he will personally monitor on a daily basis for the next ten days.

 

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