Sam Harris on “free will”

From Sam Harris is the author of the New York Times best­sellers, The Moral Land­scape, The End of Faith and Letter to a Chris­tian Nation. His new book is short (96 pages), to the point, and will change the way we all view free will, as Oliver Sacks wrote: “Bril­liant and witty—and never less than incisive—Free Will shows that Sam Harris can say more in 13,000 words than most people do in 100,000.” UCSD neuro­sci­en­tist V.S. Ramachan­dran notes: “In this elegant and provoca­tive book, Sam Harris demonstrates—with great intel­lec­tual ferocity and panache—that free will is an inher­ently flawed and inco­herent concept, even in subjec­tive terms. If he is right, the book will radi­cally change the way we view ourselves as human beings.” · Go to Sam Harris on “free will” →

Beauty, a short video by Rino Stefano Tagliafierro

From Fast Company: Animator and film­maker Rino Stefano Tagli­afierro has always found the inten­sity of the emotions he encoun­ters through clas­sical paint­ings unmatched by other artforms. And when he sat down to craft his latest short film, Beauty, he sought to convey the emotional impact of that artwork on him to an audi­ence who might not be other­wise moved. · Go to Beauty, a short video by Rino Stefano Tagli­afierro →

  • What is your positivity ratio?

What is your positivity ratio?

In a 2005 article in American Psychologist, Barbara Fredrickson and Marcial Losada suggest that ratios of positive to negative emotions above about 3-to-1 and below about 11-to-1 are what humans need to flourish. In separate research studies — Fredrickson on positive emotions and Losada on characteristics of high-performing business teams — each found a 3.0 tipping-point.

Kickstarter campaign for Frank Chimero’s The Shape of Design

The Shape of Design isn’t going to be a text book. The project will be focused on Why instead of How. We have enough How; it’s time for a thoughtful analysis of our prac­tice and its char­ac­ter­is­tics so we can better prac­tice our craft. After reading the book, I want you to look at what you do in a whole new light. Design is more than working for clients. · Go to Kick­starter campaign for Frank Chimero’s The Shape of Design →

Daniel Kahneman in conversation with Richard Layard

From London School of Economics: Two systems drive the way we think and make choices: System One is fast, intuitive, and emotional; System Two is slower, more deliberative, and more logical. Over many years, Daniel Kahneman has conducted groundbreaking research into this – in his own words – "machinery of the mind". Fast thinking has extraordinary capabilities, but also faults and biases. Intuitive impressions have a pervasive influence on our thoughts and our choices. Only by understanding how the two systems work together, Kahneman shows, can we learn the truth about the role of optimism in opening up a new business, and the importance of luck in a successful corporate strategy, or the difficulties of predicting what will make us happy in the future, and the psychological pitfalls of playing the stock market. Kahneman shows where we can trust our intuitions and how we can tap into the benefits of slow thinking. He offers practical and enlightening insights into how choice are made in both our business and personal lives – and how we can guard against the mental glitches that often get us into trouble. This public conversation between Professor Kahneman and Professor Lord Layard celebrates the publication of Kahneman's new book Thinking, Fast and Slow.

Work smart: Overcoming the addiction to “insecurity work”

From Scott Belsky at Fast­Com­pany: To create what will be, you must remove your­self from the constant concern for what already is. Not long after the launch of a new site, I caught myself endlessly refreshing Twitter, checking sign-up stats and conver­sions to see how things were progressing. It quickly ate up my entire day. That’s the down­side of all the real-time data that we have at our finger­tips now–and it’s created what I call “inse­cu­rity work.” While this kind of check-in makes you feel momen­tarily satis­fied (multiple times per day), it doesn’t move a project forward or further any of your big goals. Over­coming the addic­tion of inse­cu­rity work requires a combi­na­tion of aware­ness, self-disci­pline, and dele­ga­tion. · Go to Work smart: Over­coming the addic­tion to “inse­cu­rity work” →

Off book: typography

From PBS Arts: Type is everywhere. Every print publication, website, movie, advertisement and public message involves the creation or selection of a fitting typeface. Online, a rich and artistic typographical culture exists, where typefaces are created and graphic design seeps in to every image.

Tal Ben-Shahar: Current research on happiness

Tal Ben-Shahar discusses current research on the science of happi­ness and intro­duces ideas and tools that can actu­ally make a differ­ence in one’s life. The study of happi­ness or of enhancing the quality of our lives, has been domi­nated by pop-psychology (much charisma, but rela­tively little substance) and acad­emia (much substance, but isolated from most people’s everyday lives). Posi­tive Psychology, the scien­tific study of optimal human func­tioning, creates a bridge between the Ivory Tower and Main Street, making rigorous acad­emic ideas acces­sible to all. Tal Ben-Shahar, instructor of the most popular course at Harvard Univer­sity, discusses the find­ings of current research on the science of happi­ness and intro­duces ideas and tools that can actu­ally make a differ­ence in one’s life. · Go to Tal Ben-Shahar: Posi­tive psychology →