Intuition (Pt 1): Intuition vs thought - Intuition is a trained process that relies on our incredible ability to detect patterns, even where patterns don't exist.Intuition (Pt 2): Where intuition comes from - The pattern recognizing ability of the human brain is so amazing that with just five types of input - sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch - we develop immediate learned responses even, sometimes, where none exist.Intuition (Pt 3): Who wins, your guts or your brains? - "Should I bolt every time I get that feeling in my gut when I meet someone new? Well, I've been listening to my gut since I was 14 years old, and frankly speaking, I've come to the conclusion that my guts have sh** for brains." - Nick Hornby, from his novel, High Fidelity.Intuition (Pt 4): Is intuition a paranormal, psychic event? - If we stick with the scientific method, even examine how Einstein derived relativity, we probe whether supernatural explanations are necessary to understand extremely complex forms of intuition.
The speed of thought - The three timescales of thought dictate the time it takes to hit the brakes or to run from a tiger, but it takes longer to have an idea and much longer to learn how to do things quickly.Measure of emergence - from bee hives to consciousness, emergence seems like magic, but if you apply serious computing power, you can make sense of it.The measure of free will and red herrings - Philosophies, codes of ethics, and religion all assume that we act with free will. Newton replaced free will with determinism; Heisenberg brought it back—or did he? The science of Sensory Deception - in Ransom’s eco-techno-science fiction thriller, three Si Valley geeks develop VR technology based on the relationship between the senses and the mind. Decoding the brain using fMRI and YouTube- UC Berkeley neuroscientists posted a YouTube video that demonstrates rudimentary mind reading—Ransom explains what they did. Resolving to map the brain: resolution, resolution, resolution- Sure, the BRAIN initiative will cure diseases, but it will also open a Pandora’s box of philosophical issues from accurate lie detection to the existence of free will, but the technology begins with improving brain scan resolution.Measure of the mind: connectome - If the position and function of every neuron is known, then a person's thoughts and reactions can be predicted. Or not.
5 keys to unlocking your innate creativityImprove your answer resolution and unleash innovation - Answer resolution combines the intense focus needed to find nuance in the very similar with the intense defocus needed to find relationships among the very dissimilar.Reduce your prejudice to innovation - The biggest obstacle to innovation is our own internal prejudice systems and the "not invented here" mentality. Fortunately, we can get around them.Moore’s Law extends to cover human progress - Moore's Law comes from the way people work and we can derive Moore’s-like laws for almost any developing technology or human endeavor.Measuring and generating creativity -The value of creativity far outweighs any other trait. Measures of creativity are elusive but the four key ingredients.Innovating an innovative design career - (Written primarily for engineers) Businesses go to great lengths to institute a culture of innovation that can draw the most creative designers - and most human resources departments negate their efforts.Design is innovation - (Written primarily for engineers) The stereotype engineer has no right brain. We're supposed to take 2 and 2 and get 4 every time. But that's not innovation, it's not what you do either. Innovation is when you take 2 and 2 and get tie-dye.