Hanging with Malcolm

Brief chat and book signing with Malcolm Gladwell after his great presentation during the Executive Leadership Exchange at the SiriusDecisions Summit. #SDsummit #MalcolmGladwell #Orlando #DavidandGoliath #Blink #TippingPoint

New York City: the safest major city in America. Mystery Of New York’s Falling Crime Rate Remains Unsolved

…”In 1990, there were 2,245 murders in the city. Last year the number was 414, the lowest since police began keeping reliable records.” “In one remarkable day, Nov. 26, 2012, there was not a single murder, stabbing or shooting reported in the nation’s largest city, possibly the only time that happened since New York was a small Dutch colony.”… Mystery Of New York’s Falling Crime Rate Remains Unsolved | LiveScience: ‘via Blog this’

Slovenia and North Korea on top in 2012 Olympic Medal Count

While the US and China are vying for top honors in the 2012 Olympic Medal Count overall, I had been thinking that country-comparisons on total medal count is a bit unbalanced way to look at it since, well, they’re both very populous countries!  What if we account for this by weighting the medal count by population…or what about wealth? Huffington Post did just that here. As of the morning of August 2nd, it turns out that Slovenia comes out on top in population-weighted medal count: And North Korea comes out on top in GDP-weighted medal count: It will be interesting … Read more

“It’s just this sense that you got something to say,” and other things Bob Dylan didn’t really say

The fall of science journalist and author Jason Lehrer was precipitated by his fabrication of one or more quotes by Bob Dylan, among other things.  See this New York Times story for details. Outspoken author, intellectual, and neuroscientist Sam Harris commented on Lehrer’s career cliff-dive in this blog post.  Says Harris, “I consistently meet smart, well-intentioned, and otherwise ethical people who do not seem to realize how quickly and needlessly lying can destroy their relationships and reputations. This is why I wrote a short ebook on the subject. Since it contains more or less everything I want to say in … Read more

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