The Cube of Truth

Wednesday, March 2nd 2011

Following on from The Noise.

A person doesn't assess another person based on the criteria that other person wants to be assessed on.

People judge that person based on characteristics that person doesn't even realise are important. Or on things that person isn't aware of.

Consider a manager interacting with a computer nerd. The manager imagines he is interacting with the nerd on a social level, maybe even on the basis of some hierarchy.

Not so!

The Noise

Tuesday, March 1st 2011

Scientists are fond of conducting 'thought experiments' - Einstein especially liked them. Imagine we are standing on a bridge high above a gorge and are about to let a stone drop. What will happen? The advantage of a thought experiment is that we do not actually have to be there in person. We can also do impossible things like stopping the stone in mid-air or watching it in slow motion over a short time interval.

According to Newton's theory of gravity, the stone will fall. Nothing surprising in that; the stone is attracted to the earth and will fall faster and faster as the hand on our stopwatch ticks on. Another advantage of a thought experiment is that we can ignore complicating factors like air resistance. (50 Mathematical Ideas You Need To Know, Tom Crilly, p 77)

This a problem with how people tend to measure things. They measure one thing in a connected system. You define where that thing begins and ends. You measure another instance of the same thing in a different connected system.

Then you compare them. Isolating them from all the complicating factors (assuming they are the same).

The measurements turn out to be wrong once you introduce the complicating factors again.

Rocker's OCD

Monday, February 28th 2011

What is the rock n roller's equivalent of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)?


(It made me laugh, anyway)


Saturday, February 26th 2011


Tongue Warriors of the First Olympiad

Friday, February 25th 2011

Tongue Warriors of the First Olympiad

The Success Conundrum

Thursday, February 24th 2011

A great conundrum facing nearly everybody at some point in their lives is: do you completely change what you're doing - even if it means a drop in the measurements you gauge success by?

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