In an earlier blog I spoke of a tongue-in-cheek desire to assemble a catalog of perceptual patterns humans are likely to get wrong. The example discussed was a visual perception issue—the trajectory of a bouncing ball. I was imagining the catalog as a humorous compendium of cognitive pattern recognition human shortcomings—a handy fallibility reference. However, […]
Following up on my earlier ‘Choose your Friends’ blog there were a few comments which speculated that the study’s conclusion might be explained by some sort of self-selection process. I think that one of the interesting points of the study is that Christakis and Fowler explained it as better understood as a network phenomenon. Fowler […]
Tomorrow’s inauguration of Barack Obama is indisputably an incredibly momentous occasion. His election indicates that the habitual patterns of our social interaction have been seriously disrupted. Whether the disruption to the past patterns of behavior is lasting is an open question. And whether or not the Obama presidency will ultimately be seen as a paradigm […]
A recently published study by Nick Christakis and James Fowler, described in BMJ, a British Medical Journal claims that our own personal happiness is directly related to having happy friends. In this study of some 4700 people over two decades it appears that happiness spreads like a cold virus through a social network with up […]
I was reminded of a large study we concluded in the fall of 2008 on employee attitudes about their quality of work life. The study came to mind because just this past week we were wrestling with how to best access the perspectives of a large continuing education student body. At least here in the […]
The following is in response to several comments I received about communities of practice (CoP) mentioned in an earlier blog. My perspective on CoP is no more positive than those reflected in the comments I received. I certainly agree that formal CoP have been less than successful, but failure of the method to achieve an […]
Greetings from snowy Truckee, California (just north of Lake Tahoe high in the Sierra Nevada). In the spirit of providing a little context about who I am, I was pondering the strange journey that has led me to serving as a Cognitive-Edge guest blogger. My wife and I first encountered Dave and the Cynefin framework […]
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