links for 2011-02-26

26 Feb
  • I’ve been thinking a lot the past couple of weeks about being present where I am with the people I’m with. As I’ve been practicing that, it’s become grossly apparent to me how much we allow technology to get in the way of connecting with each other. I’m not suggesting that technology is the problem; in fact, I’m an avid and active proponent for social media and the interactive web. It’s not the technology, it’s how we use the technology.
    Here are 10 rules of what I call Tech-etiquette. I’m sure there are more, but here’s a start:
    1. Close your laptop.
    2. Single task during conference calls.
    3. Single task with live people.
    4. Don’t call after hours.
    5. Don’t let your email or phone rule you.
    6. Don’t wear a Bluetooth earpiece around.
    7. Don’t talk to your slides.
    8. Ban phones from meetings.
    9. Put your camera away.
    10. Don’t email/text/DM what should be spoken in person.
  • There’s a thin line between leadership and manipulation.
    Both can be defined as influencing others. Both deal with trying to get someone to do what you want them to do. Both use many of the same tools. Both try to leverage an individual’s beliefs and feelings to elicit a desired behavior. So how do you know if you’re leading or just being manipulative?
    The difference lies in your heart. Ask yourself: Why am I doing this? Your motives determine whether you’re leading or manipulating. Are you looking out for yourself or are you serving a greater good?
  • Science is about disproving hypotheses, and…torpedoing cherished ideas is a very good way to make a name for yourself in academia…
    you’ll have heard all about brain scanners being the next horizon in lie detectors. Neuroimaging lie detectors work by watching areas of the brain which are known to exhibit modest changes in blood flow when you’re shown a stimulus that has “salience”…
    In a new study, the experimenters taught their subjects how to fake that signal…
    Sometimes, when I’m in a fanciful mood, I enjoy devices like (these) because their appeal speaks to our desire for simple mechanical explanations in a complex world, and for machines to aggrandise intuition, or make it more sciencey. But I enjoy them mostly because…they show how much of security is about theatre rather than reality.
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