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.
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.
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.
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.
PRINCETON, NJ — Americans’ high hopes for the country under the Obama presidency are perhaps best represented by the new USA Today/Gallup poll finding that 72% of Americans think the country will be better off four years from now. Only 20% believe it will be worse off.
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’.
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.
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.
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.