Facts (and Minds) are Stubborn Things


Above the Market

When making his defense of some British soldiers during the Boston Massacre trials in December of 1770, John Adams (later the second President of the United States) offered a famous insight. “Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.”  Legal Papers of John Adams, 3:269. In a similar vein, Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan once said that “[e]veryone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts.”

I have often warned about our proclivity to and preference for stories to the exclusion of data (for example, here, here and here). Because stories are so powerful, we want the facts to be neatly packaged into a compelling narrative. Take a look at John Boswell‘s delightful send-up of this technique in the TED context below.


We crave “wonder, insight [and] ideas.” Facts?

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What Can Make You Happier, Increase Attention Span and Make You More Courageous?


TIME

Meditation.

I listed it as one of the 10 things should you do every day to improve your life. It can boost happiness.

Via Shawn Achor’s The Happiness Advantage:

Take just five minutes each day to watch your breath go in and out. While you do so, try to remain patient. If you find your mind drifting, just slowly bring it back to focus. Meditation takes practice, but it’s one of the most powerful happiness interventions. Studies show that in the minutes right after meditating, we experience feelings of calm and contentment, as well as heightened awareness and empathy. And, research even shows that regular meditation can permanently rewire the brain to raise levels of happiness, lower stress, even improve immune function.

Increase meaning in life and social support:

The authors tested this build hypothesis in a field experiment with working adults (n = 139), half of whom…

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How Office And Employee Engagement Apps Are Improving Work Life


Technopreneurph

There’s an app for that.

No really, it is not just a catch phrase anymore! There is literally an app for almost anything you do in your daily life- from getting up in the morning to grocery shopping.

And while the apps for personal use are booming with programs that clip recipes and keep track of family schedules, there has also been an unprecedented amount of growth in app technology for offices and private businesses.

And for good reason.

Beyond IPad cash registers and attachments that make credit card swiping easy, mobile apps offer businesses of all varieties ways to streamline their work while keeping organized with the added bonus of saving a few extra trees.

Apps are truly here to stay and, if you find yourself in the unfortunate position of convincing your app-resistent company to jump on the bandwagon, here are a few points to get you started.

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1 Easy Way To Control Your Mind


The Truth Warrior

The Truth Warrior

Do you ever feel that your mind is overloaded with all that you have to do, be and have?

Life as we know it, has evolved to a much faster pace than what we were use to over 50 years ago. With the advances of technology, the way we communicate, the speed of our vehicles, the time pressures of work deadlines and the many other commitments in our lives, it seems that we simply don’t have time to relax and enjoy the moment. In this 21st century, our lives are much busier now, than they ever were. At times I wonder if all these changes and advances are really moving us to where we ultimately want to be, which is to be more peaceful and happy.

We all have experienced how it feels to be stressed out and our mind is full of thoughts of what we need to do…

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What is Your Brain Actually Good At?


What kind of brain do you have and what can you do with it? Quiz Created by Rachel Addine

I know well that these types of generic trivia quizzes are very deterministic, generic and ambiguous, but some of the questions and answer options on this one are interesting. Each option may (or may not) define a type of personality and connect to a certain of the nine types of intelligence.

See also:


Theory of multiple intelligences

Nine Types of Intelligence – Howard Gardner
Documentary – How Does The Human Brain Work?

My (pretty accurate) result of the Quiz:

Logical Brain
You have a logical mind! You notice patterns and are stimulated by your curiosity. You like to get to the bottom of things, and try to base your conclusions on solid evidence. You’re an excellent problem-solver.