You can’t play 20 questions with nature and win « Mind Hacks

“That the same human subject can adopt many (radically different) methods for the same basic task, depending on goal, background knowledge, and minor details of payoff structure and task texture implies that the “normal” means of science may not suffice.”

Another perspective on the failure of normal science.

(Sorry, climate change deniers, antivaxxers, intelligent designers [now there’s an aurochsy-moron] and your ilk, that doesn’t mean I agree with you that science is wrong; all that’s being said here is that the current approach to some huge problems isn’t working.)

“…In Allen Newell‘s 1973 paper, a classic in cognitive science … he confesses that although he sees many excellent psychology experiments, all making undeniable scientific contributions, he can’t imagine them cohering into progress for the field as a whole”, writes Tom Stafford.

My immediate thought was to jump to a comparison with management theory and its interventions: improve performance, improve engagement, better customer service, data gathering: the twenty questions of management consultancy.

Variance or deviance?

“Packaged goods, leadership or governance–when you expect (or demand) that people don’t deviate, you’re robbing them of their dignity and setting yourself up to be disappointed.”

And if you are a local council, or any sort of community imitative, we can go further and celebrate and learn from “positive deviance”

“The concept first appeared in nutrition research in the 1970s. Researchers observed that despite the poverty in a community, some poor families had well nourished children. Some suggested using information gathered from these outliers to plan nutrition programs.”

Are you listening? ….We don’t care enough to give you constructive feedback

Local government (hello Denbighshire) isn’t listening.

So we aren’t bothering.

And Mr Godin explains why that might be…

Listen to him.

It’s all the rage

An intelligent discussion of the first movie that is tempting me into a cinema in ages. The film, like this article,  opens shockingly with the bombing of a church by white supremacists. Let’s call them terrorists, it’s all the rage.

I’m not sure when I first heard the track ‘Alabama’ by John Coltrane, it was either in the Upper Sixth or at university. I knew that it was an elegy for those children. Somehow it seeped into my consciousness of a world full of privilege and bullying.

Southern Man.

They call Alabama the Crimson Tide…

Robert Reich: Why Work Is Turning Into a Nightmare | Alternet

” This is the logical culmination of a process that began thirty years ago when corporations began turning over full-time jobs to temporary workers, independent contractors, free-lancers, and consultants.

“It was a way to shift risks and uncertainties onto the workers – work that might entail more hours than planned for, or was more stressful than expected.”