Each month I publish the contrails of my Internet research journey. Here is another installment. Read, view, and learn …
Why you should hire people who have rebounded from failure, rather than been continuously successful — excellent piece by @idonethis
Tim Minchin’s wonderful graduation speech hits many agility points on the mark.
How Northeastern University gamed the rankings machine and profited handsomely. Always remember that rankings are made up and as legitimate as palmistry.
Lego bricks, which originally copied another company’s product, took many years to eventually find their current form, and included several chance occurences. They were not the result of a single bright idea, but rather years of evolution and accidents. Read the Lego history.
Why Triceratops and many other dinosaurs never existed (the way we thought) — TED talk
Simpson’s Paradox applied to tennis shows how to lose the points game and win the match
The Paradox of Skill — an excellent article by Michael Mauboussin
The Myers Briggs test is meaningless — article
OpenFDA gives more people access to data
Why People Insist on Believing Things that Aren’t True — New Yorker articleQuestioning a Courtroom Proof of the Uniqueness of Fingerprints — paper by David Kaye
Writers writing in pairs — oh my!
David Siegel, The Culture Deck — on Medium.com
One More Time: How do You Motivate Employees — awesome paper by Frederick Herzberg
The stories investors tell each other lead to bad investments — Stanford research
This just in: little evidence for the stereotype of the “trophy wife” — research summary
Long-term weight loss successful in only 5% of population — metastudy summary
Jerker Denrell on why we’re studying the wrong thing, and why learning from example isn’t effective — HBR article
Jerker Denrell on why we shouldn’t look to successful people for guidance — HBR interview
Sugar doesn’t make kids hyperactive, but it sure gets parents excited — BBC article
Ball Balancing PID System — an open-source project that uses a camera to balance a ball. Here’s the video:
That little voice in your head that says you can multitask? It’s wrong.
The Case Against Grades — paper by Alfie Kohn
Gary Taubes: Why are we all so confused about nutrition? Because we don’t know anything about nutrition.
David Siegel is a serial entrepreneur in Washington, DC. He is the founder of the Pillar Project. He is the author of The Token Handbook, Open Stanford, The Culture Deck, Climate Curious, and The Nine Act Structure. He gives speeches to audiences around the world and online. His full body of work is at dsiegel.com.