“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.
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.”
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.
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.
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
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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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
– 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/
– 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/
– 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/
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.