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Dec. 5, 2016 5:25 am
So, here’s the problem. I want to know if my patients are responding to treatment. Those that are? These are my responders. All well and good. Those that aren’t? These are my non-responders. Maybe I ought to change their treatment? I'm interested in what separates the responders and the non-responders. I divide my patients into responders and non-responders. I then carry out a ton of...  Read More
Dec. 4, 2016 5:14 pm
My Gift to Publier - The town in France forced to take down its Virgin Mary statue, because it is secular and in a public place Here . Christians believe that, whilst surrounded by men who were fertile to some degree, St Mary had a virgin conception of Jesus of Nazareth by way of a supernatural deity. Members of the scientific establishment believe Charles Darwin and Alfred Wallace each...  Read More
Dec. 3, 2016 11:22 pm
Upon leaving Australia for the first time in 1987, with the aim of travelling the globe as more than a tourist, I was clear as to my overriding wish – to help others if I could – but little inclined to stay long in any one place. I basked in the freedom to follow through on the worthwhile opportunities that came my way and also to wring change when it felt right. Within weeks of first embracing...  Read More
Dec. 2, 2016 2:37 pm
There is a lot of discussion going on these days especially given the divisiveness of our most recent election on whether the Electoral College has outlived its useful life span. I will admit to having mixed feelings. Our Founding Fathers displayed a certain amount of wisdom with a number of the things they built in the Constitution and many of our legislative frameworks, not the least of which...  Read More
Dec. 1, 2016 11:38 am
A recent conference on Platform Cooperativism spurred some thoughts on how FairPay offers a path toward a new convergence of traditional ideas about market capitalism and alternative ideas about a "Fairness Economy." (This conference drew added attention from a Wired article about the idea that Twitter should become a co-op, " Let's Build the Next Twitter Like the Green Bay Packers .") In...  Read More
Dec. 1, 2016 3:00 am
Google Scholar's Citation Index H-index score was mentioned with reverence at a recent meeting in a British University. The speaker was explaining how universities ranked the relevant importance of academics and the impact of their work. I was intrigued to hear the presenter refer to this measure as an important determinant. The reason I was surprised is because he used one of my friends as an...  Read More
Nov. 30, 2016 2:08 pm
Your Employment Brand- Why It’s Critical! A few years ago a client of mine shared a conversation he had with another CEO of a high technology firm who was lamenting that a particular large Midwestern city had a significant shortage of qualified engineering talent. He asked his friend how he had come to that conclusion and his colleague indicated they had been recruiting for talent for almost...  Read More
Nov. 28, 2016 5:16 pm
I had a chance over the holiday weekend to read a book a client shared with me, Barbarians to Bureaucrats, originally published in 1989. The book describes leadership styles and business life cycles and as I read it I was reminded of other great books that have tried to express the same message over the past three decades. One of the great quotes from this particular book is “ the decline in...  Read More
Nov. 28, 2016 10:40 am
'Strangers In Their Own Land: Anger And Mourning On The American Right' By Ralph Benko Berkeley Professor Emerita Arlie Russell Hochschild ’s newly published Strangers In Their Own Land: Anger And Mourning On The American Right is an important book and a delight. It’s a sociological – almost anthropological – foray into the minds, hearts, and lives of the Tea Party — my own Tribe. Prof....  Read More
Nov. 26, 2016 8:05 pm
Just say yes Yes to opera, all manner of art music, concrete, architecture, animal. vegetable, human need, aether, just say yes. Yes in spite of Trump and Clinton, Farage, farrago and comedy politics. Be an everlasting Columbine to my irritably bowelled Pierrot and be as complex and as simple as you are  Read More
Nov. 26, 2016 8:00 pm
I was retching as you fed cats and checked up on the endless social media feed. It's long established that I'll be unwell at least part-time, like my work love, however is a full-time non-gig job. We're making memories as we watch the Scottish play in a dingy room above an old boozer and are transported to a blasted heath with a delusional megalomaniac providing the entertainment ...  Read More
Nov. 25, 2016 7:19 pm
In part 66 of the TLS Continuum Series I discussed that the missing ingredient in process improvement was the buy in to the process by management. There is another critical element that we did not discussed in the earlier segment. In reviewing the evaluations from a recent seminar presentation one individual stated that the least valuable part of the program was the final project in which they...  Read More
Nov. 25, 2016 1:50 am
Bill Cowher succeeded Chuck Noll as the Pittsburgh Steelers head coach in 1992; Cowher – who coached until 2006 (wining Super-bowl XL in February of 2006) - initially, looked to the casual observer like a coaching genius; he immediately began winning football games (Cowher’s 1 st year the Steelers’ were 11-5, the Pittsburgh media loved him…) with the team he inherited from Noll which had...  Read More
Nov. 24, 2016 11:37 am
During the trial for murder and in the judge's remarks whilst sentencing to life imprisonment Thomas Mair, for killing British Member of Parliament Jo Cox, it was revealed he was a loner who had been consuming far right white supremacist propaganda on the Internet for the past 16 years. Last night, the BBC asked me to explain some general differences between Jihadist sites online and those...  Read More
Nov. 24, 2016 4:41 am
How would you know if someone mentions you in a newspaper, magazine or website etc but no one told you about it? Last night I luckily happenstanced upon mention of the my name and my S pinach P opeye I ron D ecimal point E rror S tory (SPIDES) ( a major mythbust first published here on Best Thinking) in New Scientist magazine, no less!. HERE Thank you Google for creating your...  Read More
Nov. 23, 2016 6:49 pm
Book Review: What 'JFK And The Reagan Revolution' Reveals About Trump by Ralph Benko Remember prosperity? Want it back? Here’s the secret formula, which has always worked and would work again: Cut marginal tax rates and restore integrity to the dollar. Donald Trump campaigned on meaningful marginal tax rate cuts and implying, with his offstage praise of the gold standard , a solid instinct...  Read More
Nov. 21, 2016 5:13 am
When President Donald Trump's election running mate Mike Pence attended the Broadway hit show Hamilton on Friday of last week he got more than he bargained for. And social media ensured the we can always and forever see the historic event. Trump responded on his Twitter account to demand an apology. Consequently, top journalists fear he will clamp down on freedom of speech in the USA. You...  Read More
Nov. 19, 2016 12:46 pm
The perfect stocking filler for Darwin miracle fans is available on Amazon Here Browse some of the book's highlights Here Listen to an interview with the author Here Read an expert peer-reviewed scholarly science journal article on some of the findings Here Follow me on Twitter: HERE :  Read More
Nov. 17, 2016 9:00 am
Charles Darwin may not have consumed Dennis Lendrem's hamster (see his excellent blog post here on that precise topic). Without published evidence for such rodential gluttony and smoking gun evidence for Darwin's ownership of a time machine we cannot know about such weirdness. Back in the land of the plausible, however, Charles Darwin did, it seems, quite possibly, eat a brown owl in the...  Read More
Nov. 17, 2016 6:50 am
It’s funny coming back to BestThinking. I’ve been away for a while but I had to share something with you. You know how, sometimes, the stuff around us becomes so familiar we don’t see it any more? This week my eyes were opened by Prof Sarah Teichmann. She showed us something that I’ve looked at a thousand times before but never seen. I've reproduced the slide below. The image we're interested...  Read More
Nov. 17, 2016 5:24 am
The recent news story about imprisoned British offenders smoking marijuana whilst portraying themsleves on social media as living the "life of Riley" is another case of confirmatory evidence for the Rifkin Imperative , which is that successful offenders are often compelled to let others know they committed the otherwise 'perfect crime'. This reminds me of Donald Trump's locker room...  Read More
Nov. 16, 2016 4:03 am
"The wise man mocks the mocker. The mocker mocks the man. " I enjoy delivering this statement to friends who josh me when we've all had a few drinks in the pub. "The wise man mocks the mocker. The mocker mocks the man." The statement is perhaps a perfect example of a sensible tautology. The definition of tautology being an argument with its conclusion being entirely its own...  Read More
Nov. 15, 2016 1:04 pm
FairPay literally changes the "game" of commerce -- from a series of independent one-time games of individual transactions, to a repeated game of relationship. Modern consumer commerce is built on seller-set pricing of transactions that is optimized for mass marketing to make sales in the short term. (Even recurring subscriptions have pre-set prices designed to get subscribers, not keep them.)...  Read More
Nov. 15, 2016 10:08 am
I was asked “How do you make leadership look so easy?” I was the volunteer coordinator for a conference and the volunteers had done a spectacular job. The secret One of the things I learned long ago is that people live up to...or down to...our expectations. Who among us wants to disappoint someone who believes in us? I know that I don’t. If someone thinks highly of me, I want them to continue...  Read More
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