Blindspot – Awareness is Enough

What you’re aware of is comforting. And what you’re not aware of is often scary, at first. Say for example you realize that the way you’re managing a team of people isn’t working out. You have a tendency to want to control every minor detail. You might become aware of this problem at some point in time. And you’ll be…

What will students benefit from?

Too many teachers teach everything one can know, or they try to teach everything they think one can know. In technical subjects this turns into voluminous works that are hard to get through. And most of the information is forgotten as fast as it’s consumed. My criteria, something I battle with, is picking what people will benefit from knowing. And…

It’s not more efficient

99% of the time when someone asks you what the most efficient way to do something is, you respond with the way you’re used to doing things. We all do this. For example, if you ask me what the most efficient way to type an email is, I’m likely to tell you gmail. That’s because I use gmail every day.…

Beliefs Before Reasons

As much as we’d all like to believe that our beliefs are rooted in reason, that’s simply not the case. Most of our beliefs come first, and then we seek facts to back them up. Beliefs come before reasons. It is very rare to use facts alone to change our beliefs. Don’t believe me? Go to facebook and look at…

Blind Spot Examples

Follow the instructions for the first image. Note: because your display might render these smaller/larger than mine, you will need to adjust how far your head is from the monitor. What I do is move my laptop/phone closer/further until the blindspot effect kicks in. Now, try the following as well and elephant should disappear at some distance, depending on which…

Eradicating Emotional Blindspots (PEAR)

Emotions are par for the course until you educate yourself and develop awareness. Take a simple example: when you’re tired you’re much more likely to get angry and yell at someone. But when is the last time you took this into consideration when you were in the middle of biting someone’s head off for a minor infraction? I’ve developed a…

Remove the irrationality

If you find yourself repeatedly incensed, take note and try to avoid similar situations in the future. This is sage advice and yet every day, on Facebook especially, people take turns berating each other. On Facebook, consider: – Avoid looking at your newsfeed if it’s filled with pointless controversy. – Hide people that have nothing of substance to say, the…