Your September IQ Points Have Arrived

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

Ingredients in food, like sugar, found not addictive — study

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

How Bill Gates blew more than $1b on small schools due to poor understanding of statistics — short 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

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

Stereo mic shaped like a pair of human ears.

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

David Epstein blows away our understanding of sports performance — TED talk

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

Got milk? You don’t need it, and it’s bad for the environment.

Gary Taubes: Why are we all so confused about nutrition? Because we don’t know anything about nutrition.

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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

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