Obama on Science

“It’s time, once again, we put science at the top of our agenda” said President-elect Barack Obama yesterday when he announced the new members of his White House science team known as PCAST– the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.

“The truth is that promoting science isn’t just about providing resources it’s about protecting free and open inquiry and it’s about ensuring that facts and evidence are never twisted or obscured by politics or ideology.

It’s about listening to what our scientists have to say even when it’s inconvenient. Especially when it’s inconvenient. Because the highest purpose of science is the search for knowledge, truth and a better understanding of the world around us.

That will be my goal as President of the United States.”


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Would you torture me? I would torture you!

In one of the most dramatic psychology experiments ever conducted, Professor Stanley Milgram proved that I would torture you and that you would torture me if we were directed to do so by a recognised authority.

This was the famous experiment called the Milgram Experiment.

Hard to believe? Well they’ve done it again …

BBC News:
Decades after a notorious experiment, scientists have found test subjects are still willing to inflict pain on others – if told to by an authority figure. US researchers repeated the famous “Milgram test”, with volunteers told to deliver electrical shocks to another volunteer – played by an actor.

Even after faked screams of pain, 70% were prepared to increase the voltage, the American Psychology study found. Both may help explain why apparently ordinary people can commit atrocities.

— Click here for more on this article …

Cognitive computing: Building a machine that can learn from experience

Suppose you want to build a computer that operates like the brain of a mammal.

How hard could it be?

After all, there are supercomputers that can decode the human genome, play chess and calculate prime numbers out to 13 million digits.


Illustration by: D. Modha, IBM

Scientists are studying complex wiring of the brain to build the computer of the future, one that combines the brain’s abilities for sensation, perception, action, interaction and cognition and its low power consumption and compact size.

Understanding the process behind these seemingly effortless feats of the human brain and creating a computational theory based on it remains one of the biggest challenges for computer scientists

— Click through here to original article.

WORLD THINKING: what is world thinking?

World thinking is the thinking of ALL the people in the world.

There are many different and parallel worlds.

There is the cosmos. The natural universal world.

There is the world on Earth. The 1.8 million species of the animal world. The world of plants. There is the human world. There is the world of your family, your school, your gang, your sports club, your partner, your enemy, your nation and the street where you live.

And most poignant and immediate of all, there is the cognos, the world of thinking inside your head!


One of the world’s most authentic examples of world thinking is the Gallup World Poll.

The late Professor George Gallup founded the Gallup Poll at Princeton, New Jersey, which became the world’s first system to objectively and scientifically measure public and customer opinion. He was also the inventor of market research and the ultimate saviour of the customer.

THINKING INSTRUCTORS: next intake on 22nd December.

The next Thinking Instuctors course starts on the 22nd of the month under the personal direction of Michael.

– To apply write to Michael by clicking here.

Michael originated the idea of training thinking instructors when he co-founded School of Thinking with Edward de Bono in 1979 in New York.

Edward was very keen on the ‘train-the-trainer’ idea and wrote to Michael from Cambridge (where he was a Professor of Investigative Medicine) saying, “I think your idea is brilliant! Training instructors has much more motivation” and so, after much discussion and planning, they decided to combine Michael’s CAP Train-the-trainer 6 principles with Edward’s CoRT Thinking syllabus and they started the School of Thinking on November 17, 1979 in New York.

The first intake for Thinking Instructors (TISOT) graduated in March 1980 in New York. One of the original graduates was Eric Bienstock who became the first Chief Instructor SOT and is now Vice Principal of the school.

In 1982, Michael and Edward co-authored the ‘Learn-To-Think Coursebook and Instructors Manual’ (Capra/New) which became a cover story on all global editions of Readers Digest, the world’s highest-circulation magazine and launched the biggest program in the world for teaching teachers-of-thinking.

SOT’s Brainpower Audit was designed by Dr Eric Bienstock who is Vice-Principal of SOT in New York. Eric based this checklist on the SOT’s ‘Learn-To-Think Coursebook and Instructors Manual.

To qualify as a Thinking Instructor you must have both your BCT Certificate and completed Advanced Leadership Training.

– To apply write to Michael by clicking here.

“information wants to be free”

Very often people ask why the SOT is free. Why are there no fees? Some people are even sceptical that it is free and wait for the “money-scheme” to ambush them.

There is nothing wrong with charging fees for services and SOT is actually funded by the fees we do charge to corporations for consulting. But, on the web, SOT is free and has been since it first started.

In 1995, the School of Thinking became the first virtual school on the internet as one of the world’s first 10,000 websites. Today the internet has more than 600 million websites.

In those first days the ethos of the internet was “Information wants to be free!” and SOT became the world’s first school for teaching thinking to anyone, anywhere and at anytime. As Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the WWW puts it, “The spirit of the internet was not one of patents and royalties but of academic openness”.

STEWART BRAND spreads the “information wants to be free” meme at the first Hackers’ Conference in 1984 …

“On the one hand information wants to be expensive, because it’s so valuable. The right information in the right place just changes your life. On the other hand, information wants to be free, because the cost of getting it out is getting lower and lower all the time. So you have these two fighting against each other.”

These resources you can use and pass on …

Here are my two main books, Software For Your Brain and WOMBAT Selling: How to sell by Word of Mouth. There are also some other resources you can use and pass on.

If you wish, you do have my permission to forward this link or the links to any of these resources to your colleagues, associates, employees, sporting organisations, family and schools. There are no fees.

With best wishes,

Michael

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SUMMARY OF cvs2bvs PRESENTATION

– The 59 Second Course in Thinking – “ESCAPE + SEARCH = THINK”
http://www.schoolofthinking.org/how-sot-training/59-second-course-in-thinking/
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BOOKS
First, there are two main books which you can download with my compliments:
– THINK: Software For Your Brain
http://www.schoolofthinking.org/about/cvstobvs-universal-brain-software/

– SELL: WOMBAT Selling
http://www.newsellcoaching.com/the-book/
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ONLINE TRAINING
Second, you can do online training sent to you by daily emails (all pro bono) here:
– THINK: Beyond Critical Thinking
http://www.schoolofthinking.org/

– SELL: WOMBAT Selling by Word of Mouth
http://www.newsellcoaching.com/
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VIDEO
– Michael on Leadership.
http://www.newsellcoaching.com/2008/michael-on-leadership-2/

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INTERVIEWS
– Australia: Simon Chen – An Interview With Michael Hewitt-Gleeson
http://blog.eightblack.com/2007/an-interview-with-michael-hewitt-gleeson/

– Germany: Michael interviewed by Florian Rustler
http://www.schoolofthinking.org/2008/germany-michael-interview-with-florian-rustler/

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ARTICLES
Strategic Thinking: Most business leaders spend their time and energy on solving the wrong problem.
http://www.schoolofthinking.org/how-sot-training/think-darwin/

Beyond the Abyss: We are living in exponential times!
Did you hear, for example, that:
– China will soon become the #1 English speaking country in the world
– 25% of India’s population with the highest IQ is greater than the total US population.
– The top ten in-demand jobs in 2010 did not exist in 2004.
http://www.newsellcoaching.com/2008/we-are-living-in-exponential-times/

Is it true?: How to use Greyscale Thinking.
In our exploding world of cybermedia with peer2peer messaging at the speed of light, I believe that the global epidemic spread of lies may be one of the most serious challenges facing long-term human survival.
http://www.schoolofthinking.org/about/is-it-true-greyscale-thinking/

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SCHOOLS
– THE BIG BRAIN TRAIN: Teaching Thinking in Australian Schools
In early 2009 SOT will open up the National Brain Training Engine in Australia—The Big Brain Train.
The BIG BRAIN TRAIN is a national innovation initiative to focus attention on:
– the teaching of “thinking skills” and also
– the teaching of “teaching thinking skills” in Australian schools.
– the BIG BRAIN TRAIN is also a pro bono service offered to any educational institution in Australia.
Any school, college, university, TAFE or educational institution may qualify for membership in the National Brain Training Engine.
http://www.schoolofthinking.org/about/sot-in-schools/

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CONGRESS
– World Thinking Congress 2010 (WTC 2010)
Thinking has the power to change attitudes and lives. The World Thinking Congress 2010 will bring together the world’s most fascinating thinkers. In a fast paced format, the best speakers and thinkers will come alive on stage at the new Melbourne Convention Centre. As for your invitation here:
http://www.schoolofthinking.org/2007/the-world-thinking-congress-escape-search-think/

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Is the glass half-full or half-empty?

180px-Glass-of-water.jpg Is the glass half-full or half-empty?

The problem with this question is in the construction of the question. The question is set-up as two-box thinking rather than three-box, six-box or even ten-box thinking.

Right or wrong? Black or white? Yes or no? All examples of black hat, judgmental two-box thinking.

If you accepted the way the question has been put to you (and you don’t ever have to) and if you answered ‘half-empty’ you would be RIGHT but maybe not as effective as you could be.

Using cvs2bvs you can escape from two-box thinking—change your perception from cvs to bvs—and always choose a better outcome.

••• Click through here to see also The Necker Cube illusion •••

Yes, of course you’ve heard this before many times but it still applies to every single situation–many hundreds of them–that come your way every day of your conscious life.

Knowing this is not as important as actually doing it.

So, the important questions are:
How often each day can YOU use cvs2bvs?
How many times will you escape from YOUR
cvs today?
How can YOU use this today?

The Necker Cube and Human Perception

neckercube.jpg The Necker Cube is an ambiguous line drawing. It can be interpreted two different ways. When a person stares at the picture, it will often seem to flip back and forth between the two valid interpretations. The Necker Cube is an optical illusion first published in 1832 by Swiss crystallographer Louis Albert Necker.

Like the paradox of the “half-empty/half-full glass of water” the Necker Cube shows how human perception is multi-stable. It can change and be changed–it can flip/flop.

This also shows why the cvs2bvs brain software is so powerful in the human perception system because it can change, or flip, perception from one stable state to another stable state–on command!

Click through here to an interesting animated Necker Cube.