Sunday, October 4, 2020

How racial bias works ...

In the last couple of years, I've realized how serious the issue of racial bias is and how little I knew on the subject. This has led me to be more aware and conscious.

A talk on this subject by Jennifer L. Eberhardt led me to reflect on my unconscious biases. Some of the ideas given can be used by us.

How racial bias works - and how to disrupt it
Jennifer L. Eberhardt

Our brains create categories to make sense of the world, recognize patterns and make quick decisions. But this ability to categorize also exacts a heavy toll in the form of unconscious bias. In this powerful talk, psychologist Jennifer L. Eberhardt explores how our biases unfairly target Black people at all levels of society -- from schools and social media to policing and criminal justice -- and discusses how creating points of friction can help us actively interrupt and address this troubling problem.


Sunday, September 27, 2020


I'm convinced. If I get an opportunity, I'd love to use Hamdi Ulukaya's playbook.

The anti-CEO playbook
Hamdi Ulukaya

Profit, money, shareholders: these are the priorities of most companies today. But at what cost? In an appeal to corporate leaders worldwide, Chobani founder Hamdi Ulukaya calls for an end to the business playbook of the past -- and shares his vision for a new, "anti-CEO playbook" that prioritizes people over profits. "This is the difference between profit and true wealth," he says.

Sunday, September 20, 2020

How will humans evolve. In 100 years.

While the world changes quickly around us, we wonder whether the human will also evolve. And how.

In small ways, we have been evolving. We have pacemakers and prosthetics and hearing aids, and ... What's likely to be different is "need" v/s "Wants". Most of the current evolution is to become closer to normal. We already have non-medical necessity enhancements, like botox, beauty plastic surgery, ...

And we're close to this becoming a lifestyle choice for those who can afford it.

Futurist Juan Enriques discusses this ethical quandary.

What will humans look like in 100 years?
Juan Enriquez

We can evolve bacteria, plants and animals -- futurist Juan Enriquez asks: Is it ethical to evolve the human body? In a visionary talk that ranges from medieval prosthetics to present day neuroengineering and genetics, Enriquez sorts out the ethics associated with evolving humans and imagines the ways we'll have to transform our own bodies if we hope to explore and live in places other than Earth.

Sunday, September 13, 2020

Winning an argument

I've always thought that I was good at logic and am able to make powerful arguments based on logic. However in the last few years, I've found that on many if not most occasions, inspire of the argument being solid and valid, it doesn't seem to move the needle on the other side.

And while I don't think this talk on winning arguments is likely to change my recent poor record, it does give an interesting insight and hope.

"... And I've realized the question is not how to win every argument. It's how to get back up when you do lose. Because in the long run, good arguments will win out."

How to win an argument (at the US Supreme Court, or anywhere)
Neal Katyal

The secret to winning an argument isn't grand rhetoric or elegant style, says US Supreme Court litigator Neal Katyal -- it takes more than that. With stories of some of the most impactful cases he's argued before the Court, Katyal shows why the key to crafting a persuasive and successful argument lies in human connection, empathy and faith in the power of your ideas. "The question is not how to win every argument," he says. "It's how to get back up when you do lose."

Sunday, September 6, 2020

Classical music

My wife thinks I'm tone deaf. And its one of the things that I don't disagree with her.

Until today. When I heard this line

"So I'm going to go on until every single person in this room, downstairs and in Aspen, and everybody else looking, will come to love and understand classical music. So that's what we're going to do."

And I had hope.

The transformative power of classical music
Benjamin Zander


Sunday, August 30, 2020

Perceptions about Science

It seems strange to talk about science and perceptions in the same sentence. I've always believed that science is based on the latest knowledge and there cannot be difference of opinions on the subject. The experts discuss and come u with what is widely accepted as scientific fact.

And yet, today there's multiple views on what seems to me to be indisputable science. And yet even something like Climate Change which is undisputed in the scientific world has almost half of non scientists disagree. And this is where perceptions about science.

This talk by Dr. J. Marshall Shepherd shows why this happens. And listening will give an appreciation not only of why this happens but also give an insight that may lead to changing some of the perception we hold, albeit unknowingly.

3 kinds of bias that shape your worldview
Dr. J. Marshall Shepherd

What shapes our perceptions (and misperceptions) about science? In an eye-opening talk, meteorologist J. Marshall Shepherd explains how confirmation bias, the Dunning-Kruger effect and cognitive dissonance impact what we think we know -- and shares ideas for how we can replace them with something much more powerful: knowledge.  

Sunday, August 23, 2020

Finding free time

Lately, coming to think of it, always, I never seem to find time to do what I consider important things. And yet seem to find time to do thing I like. Such as watching TV.

I've been trying to find ways to find time. And then I came across this talk. Where "Laura Vanderkam shatters the myth that there just isn’t enough time in the week for working professionals to live happy, balanced and productive lives."

And this line from the talk stood out as so true, "We don't build the lives we want by saving time. We build the lives we want, and then time saves itself."

How to gain control of your free time
Laura Vanderkam

There are 168 hours in each week. How do we find time for what matters most? Time management expert Laura Vanderkam studies how busy people spend their lives, and she's discovered that many of us drastically overestimate our commitments each week, while underestimating the time we have to ourselves. She offers a few practical strategies to help find more time for what matters to us, so we can "build the lives we want in the time we've got."