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Be wonderful to each other, people. Continue reading
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Been thinking a lot about the Big Data thing recently and a. how reminiscent it is of the CRM goldrush (follow the money, as the man said) and b. how dubious much of the thinking being trotted out - about... Continue reading
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Pic c/o Fulldorm.com Interesting post over at the Guardian about some research suggesting wine experts are not the best folk to turn to to help you choose wine. Couple of things here: 1. It's not that surprising, given the difficulties... Continue reading
Interesting piece in this week's New Scientist on the attempts by psychiatrists (particularly those with advanced neuromania) to explain suicidal behaviour through primarily biological means (in terms of brain abnormalities, genetics and epigenetics) Shame really that the conversation starts off... Continue reading
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Interesting piece here about what does and doesn't work to reduce teenage pregnancy in the UK - written from the perspective of the audience (or a recent graduate from teenage). However, one of the things these personal accounts tend to... Continue reading
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Source: NIH Very bad news today re the re-emergence of previously suppressed serious childhood diseases like measles in the UK - thanks to the middle-class mums who choose to ignore scientific evidence and listen instead to anecdote and speculation. MMR... Continue reading
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We've long collected examples of cellotaphs and ghostbikes - those popular floral tributes to the fallen that populate so many streets here in the UK and in the US. I think they're particularly interesting social and cultural phenomena because they... Continue reading
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Source: flickr Nice piece today in the Standard (prompted by the British Council "The English Effect" exhibition) elaborates on one of the questions we explored last summer in the run up to my School of Life Sermon: how English thrives... Continue reading
Really nice interview in New Scientist last week with evolutionary biologist Marlene Zuk about she calls "paleonostalgia" "You see this attitude in what can be referred to as "palaeo-nostalgia" – the notion that we were all better off before agriculture,... Continue reading
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Source: sipseystreetirregulars.blogspot.com One of the brilliant things about our super social species is our ability not just to learn from other people but to outsource the cognitive load to those around us (and those around them and out on beyond).... Continue reading
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Really beautiful photographic archive on the New Yorker site of Bruce Davidson's Bobby's Book - a history of 1950s NYC gang, the Jokers. Like the man said,...join a gang, any gang... {See also my Best Piece of Advice] Continue reading
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Nice piece in this week's NS about a plan to use a prize to create celebrities of our best physicists ...all in order to engage the public more with the subject and with science in general. Which seems eminently HERD-sensible... Continue reading
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Source: Studioportraits.eu Nice example here of an experiment which supports kinds of social diffusion of positive feelings through a population that Nick Christakis and James Fowler described in Connected All it takes are two little words: "Thank you" Continue reading
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Thanks very much to Andy Nairn who posted this kind tribute on Campaign's blog "Dunce" as in John Dun Scotus (not Pope's satirical piece see above) Continue reading
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Nice spot by that charming man, Will Humphrey - a piece by Franz de Waal in the WSJ describing how much we underestimate the cognitive powers of our animal cousins. Have a read. HERD fans will know we've long made... Continue reading
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Nice piece in this week's Economist on Britain's love affair with gambling and lotteries in particular (HT @lauradavies24) Lovely descriptions of how - in the face of systematic randomness (yes, past performance has no impact on future performance) we twist... Continue reading
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pic c/o Lukas Felzmann/Wired.com Nice piece in Wired this month (HT Gareth K) that looks at self-organising crowd behaviour. Not sure it adds anything to the stuff we've previously pointed at e.g. here, here, here, here, here, here and of... Continue reading
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Interesting piece covered in a lot of mainstream press today by Alberto Aceri of Bristol Uni and team about trends in words used in english Language novels over the last 100 years reveals about us: " Britain's literature has grown... Continue reading
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Pic c/o Rodebikeguy.com Nice piece here with Dave Brailsford, the "architect" of British Cyclng success 2 interesting thoughts emerge : 1. he uses the "chimp" metaphor (like "Monkey Brain") to denote the non-human bit of ruminating consciousness which distracts us... Continue reading
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So it is 10 years ago this week that I first formally presented what I called the HERD hypothesis in written form (see above) at the Market Research Society in Birmingham (for which incidentally I shared the Best New Thinking... Continue reading
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If you're in London Tuesday next week, here's a great event from the lovely people at Creative Social built around some really stimulating folk who "probe" the future for the rest of us...[like memories of the future] People like the... Continue reading
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Pic c/o Manhattan Infidel Here's a piece that John Willshire and I wrote for the Wharton School's Future of Advertising project. Using - as you'll see - bat-toys and the fabulous Artefact cards... Interested to see what you think Continue reading
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Pic c/o Formerwhitehat@wordpress.com Apparently, it's now official: "Perhaps the most powerful influence on human behaviour is other people" So says, David Halpern, the supersmart chief of the HM Government's Nudge Unit in a piece in the Guardian here - so... Continue reading
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Pic c/o Bitter Waller BBC have gone ape with an interesting primatology study today: when chimps and infant humans play the Ultimatum game (widely used by economists to determine real world notions of fairness and equity), both species seem to... Continue reading
I know we've talked about this a lot but here's a nice neat quote saying much the same thing... "the unit of analysis is individual, yet humans are social animals with brains that have evolved to enable their owners to... Continue reading