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Finally Fooled by Taleb’s Randomness?

Indicating my need to improve my reading speed, I have finally finished Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s excellent Fooled by Randomness. The string of posts on the impact that Fooled by Randomness has had on me as I have read it is linked here.

I leave the book definitely impacted, and – as I should be – with questions.

I need to percolate on thoughts over the next few days. I’m reading Guy Claxton’s Hare Brain Tortoise Mind to try and act as counterpoint to the thing that I think left me most concerned on leaving the book:

1. That emotions are hard-wired and cannot be changed: ‘the epiphany I had in my career in randomness came when I understood that I was not intelligent enough, nor strong enough, to even try to fight my emotions’

– I need to dwell on whether my problem with this is that I consider NLP to be something which can at least ‘re-direct’ my emotions (if I identify emotions with ‘state’)

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Strange Bedfellows: The Relationship between Mood and Time Management

Cumulus 4 by Marcin Rybarczyk

Cumulus 4 by Marcin Rybarczyk

Again, it must be where my mind is at the moment. The challenges of time management and personal effectiveness all seem to be appearing in the shadows and the greyness conscious, rational, systematic approaches to the problem.

I think I need to start to believe the statement made in  Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s excellent Fooled by Randomness

‘We will see that we are not genetically fit to be rational and act rationally’ – there is a divorce between those who have ideas and those who carry then out in practice

(Here is the link to the string of posts on the impact that Fooled by Randomness has had on me)

I make this observation as I monitor myself into a next phase of effectiveness. I am getting a lot more focused on My3Things for each of my areas of accountability/ personal vision and goals (I have extended out my own use of the term My3Things from its use within Madgex for 360 degree feedback – just a useful way of managing a ‘dashboard’ of top 3 priority actions over seven areas of accountability/ vision & goals)

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The Power of Social Recommendation II

Following from yesterday’s post on the power of social recommendation, I’ve been doing some more reading and thinking.

A concern that has been discussed for a while surrounds the impact of new media on the breadth of users’ knowledge. If the ‘pick and mix’ nature of information flow inputs are so controlled by the individual, then how are their currently held views being challenged (holds the argument)

The idea that RSS feeds, bespoke home pages and numerous other ways of tailoring information inputs is any different than not reading certain papers or magazines; to not watching certain TV programmes or buying certain DVDs is a challenging one….

Following yesterday’s post, I thought about this when I read in Taleb’s Fooled By Randomness about his views that the information age is homogenising our taste (with regard to people patronising what other people like to do) and that the winners of customers are now winning big as people follow other people

It got me thinking about the difference between our private and public personas, how they are managed (see Scott OBrien’s post on branding yourself to see the depth of this subject, and whether there are any patterns.

Do we strive to individuality in the shorter-term/ on the surface whilst having a deep anchor in social following and acceptance in the longer-term? Studies have been done which evidence increased levels of happiness in people who live with others rather than alone. Does the very nature of social recommendation mean that people start in a similar place (shared passion) and broaden their experiences by exploring the other online flagged interests of the other parties.

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