Friday, February 27, 2015

0 Psychic Tourist

Psychic Tourist

Astrology is one of those slightly batty but essentially harmless activities which members of CSICOP (now CSI-not jumping on the bandwagon, honestly mate) tend to get too het up about, or so the conventional wisdom goes. Freelance journalist William Little will tell you that's not the case at all. As a birthday gift he gave his sister birth charts for herself and her young daughter, and as a result of hints in these about the dangers of water, she has become phobic about going anywhere near streaches of water, it is beginning to seriously constrict her life.

This sets Little off on a quest to see if there is anything in claims to be able to foresee the future, and for psychic claims in general. He visits mediums and celebrity psychics, researchers and sceptics (even the notorious Richard Dawkins), witches and astrologers. Like many who have gone before him he finds that the truth in this field very hard to pin down, and that often dramatic-seeming claims tend to evaporate on close critical analysis. There is the 'psychic detective' who was the subject of a glowing report in the Journal of the Society for Psychical Research, promoted by the late Montague Keen. Sceptic Tony Youens came to very different conclusions, and nicely sums up Keen as "someone who would believe anything as long as it was paranormal". We squirm as he read of this 'psychic detective' leading some poor grieving mother the most un-merry dance imaginable.

There can be disagreement among the sceptics of course, Derren Brown believes that psychics operate by understanding psychology and watching out for subtle clues, but Richard Wiseman thinks that this gives them too much credit, many 'psychics' are not very empathic, have poor people skills, and work by a process of non-stop chatter and rather bullying people into agreeing with them.

The more scientific believers such as Brian Josephson and Dean Radin invoke quantum entanglement as explanations for their mysterious effects, but other physicists are more than rather sceptical, arguing that quantum entanglement requires very special laboratory conditions, such as complete isolation from the environment, not likely to be found in the 'hot and wet' human. These critics are not al the classical establishment yes-men, they include Ronald Mallett who is trying to build a time machine in his lab, and David Deutsch who believes there are vast numbers of parallel universes.

Though believers may have a point if they argue that just as some bereaved people might be strongly motivated to believe in the paranormal, Little's own predicament might mean he is strongly motivated not to, they face one big problem. Precognition is a testable hypothesis, and it has failed the test time and again. Of course after the event there are always people who claim that they or someone they knew predicted this, that or the other, but there were no unambiguous before the event predictions of such dramatic events as the election of the Polish Pope, the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of communism in Europe, 9/11, the Asian tsunami, the election of President Obama, the current financial crisis and so on and so on. The psychic literature on the other hand simply groans under the weight of wrong predictions

This is a light-hearted book, rather than a scientific one, but it is one with a serious message: your future is in your own hands rather than in the stars or the messages of a psychic. Read it before you consult one, or better still instead. -- "Peter Rogerson"

Thursday, February 26, 2015

0 Bringing Innovation To Hr Strategy Highlights Of The 2013 Shrm Strategy Conference

Bringing Innovation To Hr Strategy Highlights Of The 2013 Shrm Strategy Conference
We're living in a VUCA world, said Dr. Tom Hogan at the 2013 SHRM Strategy conference. And, indeed, that was the talk of the conference.

VUCA stands for volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous. Each of the speakers I heard shared thoughts, models, tools, and stories about how companies can succeed in a VUCA world.


"Thinking has become a daring act," keynote speaker Lisa Bodell (@LisaBodell) proclaimed. After all, she explained, what happens when we walk into an office to see someone staring out the window? We wonder why they're not working. The act of thinking is seen as something frivolous, time-wasting, and counter-productive. After all, thinking gets in the way of getting things done!

And yet, we're at a time in history when we need to think more than ever. We face complex, vexing problems with deep implications for communities, our companies, and our ecosystems. We need leaders who can help us explore solutions and push the boundaries.

Unfortunately, says Bodell, we're not grooming people to become these leaders. Instead, we're creating professional cynics: people who, when you share your latest idea, can quickly analyze the situation, point out the reasons it won't work, and successfully protect the company from risk. The problem, of course, is that, to solve our knotty problems, we need to take risks.

How do we move towards greater innovation and breakthrough problem solving? Keynote speaker Peter Sheahan (@PeterGSheahan) shared two stories I loved about breakthrough problem solving.


Zara, the Spanish clothing manufacturer, has become the largest apparel manufacturer on the planet. They've been incredibly successful by finding a solution to a ubiquitous problem in fashion: By the time runway fashions make it to the stores thirty months after their initial viewing, they're often pass'e. Some of the lucky styles are swept up by eager consumers excited by the new trend which lasts, on average, only six weeks. In other words, most companies spend thirty months working for a six week sales period-if they're lucky.

Sheahan explained that Zara radically rethought the entire process. The company sends photographers to the fashion shows. Their photos immediately land on the factory floor where teams of designers, market specialists, procurers, and production planners figure out how to get the product shipped within fourteen days. Zara bypasses the time-consuming back-and-forth negotiations between areas to quickly and efficiently get products to market. The company broke the barriers by creating cross-functional teams, giving them an impossible goal (reducing a thirty month cycle to fourteen days), and challenging them to achieve it.


Best Buy, years ago, learned an unsurprising fact that was, nevertheless, news to company leaders: women comprise 50% of their customer base. In response, Best Buy leaders decided to make their stores more welcoming to women. So, Sheahan explained, they hired a male management consultant to make recommendations. His suggestion: hire more cute, brawny workers to attract female customers. The lone female executive, according to Sheahan, was enraged.

Julie Gilbert tried a different approach. She asked female Best Buy employees what would make a better shopping experience. Their ideas were practical and helpful. Widen the aisles so they're less crowded. Mute the harsh florescent lighting. Lower the fixtures since most women can't reach high shelves. Put up clear, common language signs to help us find our way around the store. Clean the bathrooms.

Best Buy took the suggestions and saw an 11% increase in sales revenue, a 40% increase in female General Managers and GMs in training, and female Geek Squad members increased by 400%. Best Buy broke down the barriers by asking, and then really listening, to their employees' ideas-and then implementing them.

These are just two examples breaking down barriers. The conference was full of them. And, as an advocate for business ecosystem thinking, I couldn't be more delighted. In my session on "The Forest and the Trees: Understanding Business Ecosystems", we learned how to understand and find opportunity in business ecosystems, the volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous world in which we operate. Stay tuned for the next blog post on business ecosystem thinking for more on how to bring this thinking to your company.


It's natural for HR to advocate for soliciting feedback form staffers and engaging people in radically rethinking process, but many HR shops never do. They get caught in the transactional details of everyday life like coordinating benefits, handling employee relations issues, and rolling out performance management systems. Yet HR could be so much more.

Here, then, is your challenge, HR leaders:



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Sunday, February 15, 2015

0 Tech Blogger Dobs In Trolls To Their Mums

A young tech-blogger from Australia has managed to think outside the square to hit back at internet trolls who were threatening her with sexual violence; she dobbed the in to their mummies.

Some of these internet trolls threatened rape towards twenty-one year old Alana Pearce of Brisbane. She took this action against the trolls after realising that they were not grown men, but teenage boys, threatening her from the safety of being hidden behind their computer.

According to the Guardian, the gaming journalist said she had received one reply from a mother who called her son a "little s**t".

'She responded in almost exactly the way I wanted her to,' Ms Pearce said, according to 'The fact she called him a little s**t I found funny as well because I thought that but I wasn't going to say anything.'

Miss Pearce is a gaming reviewer for radio stations Triple J and 4ZZZ. She told of how determined she was to show these boys that there were consequences for leaving violent or "disgusting" messages online, despite the apparent lack of repercussion.

"It turns out that mostly they're young boys and the problem is they don't know any better, so responding to them rationally didn't resolve the situation. And it got to the point where their comments were starting to make me feel really uncomfortable," she said, according to the Guardian.

The young woman decided to track the boys down online before contacting their mothers through Facebook, to alert them as to what their sons had been up to online. She posted her conversation in which she received a reply from the mother on Twitter, were she received a huge amount of support. Alana said that by making this public, she would show many of the younger, internet using generation who considered making such threat, to re-think there actions before they went ahead and made threats towards people.

"I've had people asking me today why this boy has been sending me rape threats, and is there any context," she said. "I can only assume he's seen a video of mine that he didn't like, or that I'm a woman in games on the internet. It sounds illogical, but it happens to so many people. Every time this happens to me, I will do this. I won't necessarily post it on Twitter, but I will definitely continue doing it."

In Internet slang, a troll is a person who attempts to disturb other internet users by starting arguments or upsetting people, by posting inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in online communities such as a newsgroup, forum, chat room, or blog. The quite deliberate intent is usually just to provoke readers into an emotional response, or just generally steer the topic off course for their own amusement.

Whilst the word "troll" and its verb "trolling" are commonly used in association with internet discourse, the terms have also been used more widely. In recent years, incidents of harassment such as the one described above concerning Alan Pearce, and also more serious and disturbing accounts, have attracted media attention which has resulted in trolling being equated with online harassment. As an example, there have been times of late where media now use the words "troll" or "trolling" in reference to "a person who defaces Internet tribute sites with the aim of causing grief to families".

Friday, February 13, 2015

1 All Free Online Girls Games

All Free Online Girls Games
Many people find making new friends daunting, and find it easier to do this via the web. Over the past 20 years the face of dating has gone through some noticeable changes. Online dating is a huge business that has ushered in a whole new era of dating. Some dating websites are very thorough, and ask lots of questions before they attempt to match you to an online dating partner. You can upload a picture to your online dating service if you want, but it is not required. Although you want to find someone that attracts you and that you share things in common, don't limit yourself to what you think is your type. Some internet dating sites provide you with a list of photographers in your area who specialize in internet dating photos. Usually these are casual and high quality pictures. Using one of these will give an instant impression on how much you care about finding someone special. Most people searching online free dating services will not even bother reading your personal if you do not have an image. Remember, the image can be of anything and does not have to be your face. People also blur their own faces but you should know what you are doing for this to look acceptable. If in doubt, ask a friend to look at your profile and tell you the honest truth about what the see and feel. Dating agencies are not a new idea, they have been around a very long time. The internet has simply served as a new medium for bringing people together that agencies have used for years. The bigger free online dating services now have in excess of three million members, and literally thousands of new members joining every day. Use the search engines to find all of the dating sites that specialize in your interests or that list people from your location. Unless you want to fall in love with someone long distance, you should always search each free online dating service for people from your own city. Disregard everyone else and disregard sites that do not let you refine your search without paying for a membership. Finding people from your own city is only the first step. Next you need to decide which ones are most appealing and which make what seem on the surface, a better match to your own needs and desires. This process will take time. Give it the effort it requires. Think of the alternative of going to singles bars or otherwise trying blind dates suggested by well meaning friends and family. Communicating with the other members of free online dating services can be tricky but if you know the tricks to this, it can be done. Some sites allow communication, you do not have to stop there. Those free online dating services that charge you to communicate with others are not going to stop you from following a few little known tricks. What you say when contacting others is just as important as what you have written in your profile. Think about your communication. Do you say too much? Do you say too little? The process of weeding out those people you feel are not a good match continues with the email or telephone communication. You are still making a first impression. Use this time to build upon who you are. Do not pretend to be someone you are not but you can refrain from having a soul baring conversation on first contact. Consider a free online dating service as a do-it-yourself service. If you were considering a matchmaker or offline dating service because you think they are superior to free online dating services, you would be very surprised to find out you are wrong. Search for and join a few free online dating sites and check out some of the people using the sites. You will see that you really can make great connections there.



Thursday, February 12, 2015

1 Relationships In College Statistics

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

0 Do A Guys Friends Influence His Choice Of Girlfriend

Do A Guys Friends Influence His Choice Of Girlfriend

Can His Buddies' Opinions Make Or Break Your Relationship?

-Kristen Mark

It's always exciting when you're in a new relationship with a guy: everything is going amazingly well, and he says he wants to introduce you to his friends. Exciting - yes. Terrifying - you betcha! What will these friends think of you? And exactly how much of an influence do they have on your new man?

Read "Have Fun Being Single!"

When you're really in love with each other, you see that person through rose-tinted glasses. "This has a lot to do with the influence of a potent neurochemical called dopamine that causes you to focus wholeheartedly on the person you're in love with," explains sex therapist and founder of Good In Bed, Ian Kerner. "You tend to wear blinders when it comes to other people's thoughts and feelings." This is where the phrase "love is blind" comes from. Things about that person that may be annoying to others - or are warning signs - are usually ignored. People have often cast aside friends and family to pursue love.


Wednesday, February 4, 2015

0 The Science Of Self Esteem

The Science Of Self Esteem
Nicole Kidman announced in an interview she has finally embraced her curls. Frankly, Nicole didn't need to tell us she didn't like her natural hair - we can see the way she flat irons it so much, her hairline is receding. She has cosmetically altered her lips, her cheeks and her breasts. It is alarming to us when women, who have made millions of dollars out of their beauty, hope to look more beautiful. We assume they have infinite confidence. Self-esteem starts to look like the Yowie - everybody knows it exists but nobody has ever seen it. So how do we get self-esteem? And, more importantly, how do we lose it?

In times of doubt, people often reach for self-help books in search of encouragement and the use of self-affirmations. These books sell the idea you can raise your self-esteem by repeating a certain phrase, like a mantra. "I am loveable. I am attractive. I am healthy." According to a recent study in "Psychological Science", these statements actually have the opposite effect. People with low self-esteem feel worse after repeating them.

The problem is, if we don't believe it, our brains work twice as hard rejecting the statement. You may say, "I am loveable" but if you don't believe you are, the brain replies, "No, you're not. If you're so loveable, why are you lying in bed repeating this lame mantra. If you were loveable, you wouldn't be alone in bed!" For every positive statement we don't believe, the brain launches a counter-attack.

You can't trick the brain into believing the opposite, but you can reason with it and come to a happy compromise. When these statements of positivity are tailored to the individual and the quality is something the individual values, the phrases can be repeated to good effect. For example, if I were to compliment myself on my wonderful driving, I wouldn't feel any better about myself, because I don't care about driving well. I just want to arrive somewhere uninjured. If I compliment myself on how wonderful I am at writing, I will feel the warm fuzz of an ego boost because I care about writing well and my mind will entertain the possibility that it is true.

Another important discovery about self-esteem is that most of it is based on what the culture values. We see fluctuations in young women's self-esteem when they look at women in magazines. Overweight women's self-esteem plummets when they view photographic models of any size and underweight women's esteem increases, regardless of the models' size. A slender body type is what the culture values at the moment and so overweight women will never feel good about themselves no matter what size the woman. Thin women just walk around feeling smug, regardless of the magazines. Researchers discovered that what is culturally valued overrides our own personal values.

So the brain is judging those qualities we are actually good at and if that quality is actually valued in society, you find the sweet spot of an affirmation that will actually work. "I am loveable" just isn't going to cut it. "I am really kind to my family. I am a great communicator. I have a great sense of style." Find something you do well and pay attention to it. Appreciate that it is both true for you and objectively true. Then put that phrase on high-rotation but try to keep it on the inside.

Try it, it's science.


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