Healthy brains struggle between new stuff and old stuff …

ScienceDaily – The healthy brain is in a constant struggle between learning new experiences and remembering old experiences.

Virtually all social interactions require the rapid exchange of new and old information. For instance, normal conversation requires that while listening to the new information another person is providing, we are already retrieving old information in preparation of an appropriate reply.

Yet, some memory theories assume that these different modes of memory cannot happen at the same time and compete for priority within our brain.

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AFL legend honoured: Australian Thinker of the Year

REPOSTED AND UPDATED FOR AUSTRALIA DAY: In July each year, SOT awards the Australian Thinker of the Year.

The current recipient of the award is Kevin Sheedy.

Since receiving the award he has published his biography Stand Your Ground and was the subject of ABC TV’s Australian Story The Big Picture Man
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SOT: Melbourne: An icon of Australian Football League, and widely acknowledged as the most innovative and influential coach, has been honoured as the 2008 Australian Thinker of the Year.

Player and coach for more than 40 years, with the unsurpassed record of eight premierships and 1000 games under his belt, AFL Legend Kevin ‘Sheeds’ Sheedy is presented with the prestigious award in a special ceremony at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) in Melbourne on Tuesday 24 June.

The Thinker of the Year award was created in 2005 by the School of Thinking (SOT) in conjunction with the Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre to recognise the contribution Australian thinkers make both nationally and globally.

Dr Michael Hewitt Gleeson, Principal of SOT says, ‘Kevin Sheedy is a strategic thinker, a person that pushes the boundaries and consistently thinks outside the square. Previous recipients of the Australian Thinker of the Year award have originated from the medical and scientific world but this year’s award acknowledges Kevin as one of the great sports thinkers in Australia.

‘A man who has been at the forefront of the evolution of football, from encouraging young Aboriginal people to play the game or ‘dance on the right stage’ as Kevin puts it, to promoting and supporting players from other countries,’ Michael says.

These days Sheedy spends his time as AFL Ambassador developing the idea of an AFL World Cup and delivering powerful motivational sessions on positive and lateral thinking to corporate staff and management. He is also the co-author of six books.

Previous Recipients
Kevin Sheedy AM joins past Thinker of the Year award recipients, Professor Michael Georgeff (2005), Professor German Spangenberg (2006), and Professor Jenny Graves (2007).

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What is Australia?

This is a holiday long weekend in Australia. No work on Monday because it is Australia Day. We celebrate Australia. But, what is Australia?

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Australia is a constitutional monarchy which was created by The Majority of Electors of 1900. They created The Governor-General as Head of State and The Queen as Sovereign.

Peoplepower

200 years ago Napoleon’s master, Prince Talleyrand, said, “There is someone more intelligent than Voltaire, more powerful than the emperor–and that is the people.”

100 years later in 1900, this became true in Australia. Today, in 2009, it is still one of the enduring truths of our Commonwealth.

The Majority of Electors was the original power in 1900 that created The Constitution and is still, in 2009, the only power in Australia that can change The Constitution.

In contrast to other political realities like in Iraq, Afganistan, Zimbabwe or Fiji or even the Vatican, the USA, India and China, the fact is that the Electors of Australia have been able to hold, without interruption, the ultimate constitutional power in Australia for over a hundred years!

This continuous record of peoplepower and political stability is unprecedented in modern world history.

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What is Cognitive Dissonance?

The Funny Feeling Inside Your Head …

Cognitive dissonance is an uncomfortable feeling caused by holding two contradictory ideas simultaneously.

Wikipedia: Cognitive dissonance is a psychological state that describes the uncomfortable feeling between what one holds to be true and what one knows to be true. Cognitive dissonance theory is one of the most influential and extensively studied theories in social psychology.

Similar to ambivalence, the term cognitive dissonance describes conflicting thoughts or beliefs (cognitions) that occur:

– at the same time, or
– when engaged in behaviors that conflict with one’s beliefs.

In academic literature, the term refers to attempts to reduce the discomfort of conflicting thoughts, by performing actions that are opposite to one’s beliefs.

Example:
Smokers tend to experience cognitive dissonance because it is widely accepted that cigarettes cause lung cancer, yet virtually everyone wants to live a long and healthy life. In terms of the theory, the desire to live a long life is dissonant with the activity of doing something that will most likely shorten one’s life.

The tension produced by these contradictory ideas can be reduced by quitting smoking, denying the evidence of lung cancer, or justifying one’s smoking. For example, a smoker could rationalize his or her behavior by concluding that everyone dies and so cigarettes do not actually change anything. Or a person could believe that smoking keeps one from gaining weight, which would also be unhealthy.

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See also: How and Why We Lie to Ourselves: Cognitive Dissonance

There’s never been a better time …

I’ve been asked to go to Sydney on Thursday to talk to the business and government leaders of the great city on the harbour.

They will gather together over a luncheon. I’ve been asked to give them some advice on what kind of strategic thinking they should consider for the first business quarter of 2009. I have 30 minutes.

I’m going to tell them that there’s never been a better time to multiply their business by ten!

I’ll explain what I mean, I’ll give tell them about the GE X10 case study. When Jack Welch used x10 thinking to multiply GE by ten from a $35 billion to a $300 billion enterprise. I’ll even give them a copy of two of my books that explains how to do x10 thinking. X10 thinking is also called ‘tentimes thinking’.

Why Now?
Then there’ll be questions. I expect the first question will be “Why now?” Why has there’s never been a better time than now?

The reason is: APPETITE. There is a growing appetite for change.

Why is appetite so important as a prerequisite for change? Just suppose you are talking to some people who’ve just finished a big feast. You offer them a meal that’s ten times more nutritious than the feast that just filled their bellies. Even if they can see that what you’re saying is true they still won’t be interested. Why? Because they are NOT HUNGRY! They have no appetitie.

In recent years business and government have been feasting and their bellies have been full. But things have changed. That was then this is now. That era became extinct in 2008.

Now it’s 2009 and we are in a whole new era. And guess what? People are hungry again. They now have an APPETITE for change.

An Appetite for Change
So if you have a more nutritious meal to offer people whose bellies are no longer full. You are now talking to people who have an APPETITE. There is no stronger darwinian imperative than APPETITE.

Your Business X10
That’s why I say there’s never been a better time to multiply your business by ten.

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— Also , a new version of x10 thinking called CRICKET THINKING …

What is a ‘hero’?

You can do a lot if you’re properly trained …

THE AGE Editorial: TWO of the most overused words in the English language have to be “hero” and “miracle”.

So devalued have they become, in their commonplace application to everything from newborn babies to tennis players, let alone firemen who rescue cats up trees, they have all the grammatical purchasing power of Zimbabwe’s new 100 trillion dollar note.

In truth, there are almost as few genuine heroes in the world as there are actual miracles – those moments when fate, time and circumstance combine to cheat the inevitable and create the incredible.

It is all the more remarkable, therefore, that at the end of last week, within 24 hours, two men on opposite sides of the world entered the pantheon of heroes – those who, without equivocation, are absolutely deserving of that description and will always be remembered because of it.

In Canberra, on Friday morning, Trooper Mark Donaldson of the Special Operations Task Group, received the first Victoria Cross awarded in 40 years.

This award was for his bravery in the dustbowl of Afghanistan on September 2, when he exposed himself to Taliban fire to divert attention from wounded soldiers, and then dashed 80 metres to rescue an injured interpreter and carry him to safety.

This sort of courage speaks for itself.

Earlier, on a chilly afternoon in New York City, Captain Chesley Sullenberger managed to land his stricken US Airways Airbus A320 on – as distinct from in – the Hudson River. All 155 people on board survived.

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Telescopes X10 = a Global Telescope

(PhysOrg.com) — Radio telescopes around the world will join forces this week.

They will carry out a unique observation of three quasars. Quasars are distant galaxies powered by super-massive black holes.

For 33 hours this observation is being conducted as part of the International Year of Astronomy 2009.

17 telescopes in Asia, Australia, Europe, North America and South America will take part in the mammoth project.

The unique X10 aspect of this event is that telescopes located all around the globe will be brought together to work as a single gigantic instrument.

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