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Five monkeys, a ladder, a banana and a water spray

There’s an apocryphal story of an experiment that highlights how group norms form and stick around – with monkeys! Despite it likely being made up, I still love it. I think of it whenever I hear “that’s the way we’ve […]

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What the pandemic has taught us about science

I enjoyed this essay from Matt Ridley in the WSJ. “The scientific method remains the best way to solve many problems, but bias, overconfidence and politics can sometimes lead scientists astray.” | learn more

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Theory of change

The author explains this popular concept from the political & nonprofit communities. “A theory of change is the opposite of a theory of action — it works backwards from the goal, in concrete steps, to figure out what you can […]

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The baloney detection kit

I appreciate how quickly this gets to the heart of the issue. “Carl Sagan’s rules for bullshit-busting and critical thinking.” | learn more

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The second mountain & secular formation

I never grasped what “community” really meant nor its importance until recently. Maybe I still underestimate it. “[T]hree core elements that make an organization “church-y,” even if it doesn’t look like a traditional religious institution: contemplation, community, and contribution.” | learn more

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Hiring: the Lake Wobegon strategy

In 2006, a Google researcher modeled the effects of their hiring strategy. In the 14 years since, we’ve seen its outcomes. “You know the Google story: small start-up of highly-skilled programmers in a garage grows into a large international company. […]

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Dancing with belief

From Seth Godin: “All of us believe things that might be inconsistent, not based on how the real world actually works or not shared by others. That’s what makes us human.” | learn more