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 creativity  Improve 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.
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