TED Weekends investigates why we judge others

Nice insights here,

I’ve always thought there are 2 angles to any human behaviour – Nature & Nurture. We saw the Nature part in this video.

When done well, the outcome is ‘Empathy’, done not so well, we have ‘Apathy’.

I wish replacing ‘A’ with ‘Em’ is as easy as it is in Microsoft word 😉

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Above and slightly behind your right ear, exists a part of your brain many scientists believe is specifically dedicated to thinking about other people’s thoughts – to predicting them, reading them, and empathizing with them. It’s called the temporoparietal junction, and this is the area cognitive neuroscientist Rebecca Saxe focuses on in her research.

[ted_talkteaser id=630]At TEDGlobal 2009, Saxe delves into our amazing capacity to identify and predict others’ emotions and actions, and how this ability is learned throughout childhood. This skill serves an important function in human relationships – we learn how to fill in the unspoken blanks between what someone is thinking and how they are presenting themselves. This is what allows us to glance at a photo of someone and be able to know what she is feeling.

Saxe’s talk is this week’s featured idea for TED Weekends on the Huffington Post. Below, find essays…

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Fully agree with this statement -’the true promise is where the numbers and patterns from this data connect and become personal — enabling us to understand and to respond to humanity and the world in ways previously unimaginable’.
Infact there are so many organisations that failed because they didnt and couldnt see what was going around them and paid little attention, take Kodak, HMV etc. overtime people in senior levels tend to not listen or analyse the views and changes around them as they tend to think they are experts. My article on ‘Couldn social networking have saved Kodak?’ explores similar aspects from a marketing, employee, social networking, listening, big data analysis perspective

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big_data_blogAt TED2011, Deb Roy shared his talk, “The birth of a word,” describing when he and his wife, Rupal Patel, brought home their baby boy for the first time. The pair sought to shoot a different kind of home video: in every room of their house, a camera recorded eight to ten hours of footage a day. [ted_talkteaser id=1092]After three years, Roy had roughly 90,000 hours of video and 140,000 hours of audio. But this wasn’t for sentimental purposes. Instead, they wished to study how a child learns language. The footage became a massive data set for Roy and his research team at MIT. Using unique data visualizations, they were able to track the many subtleties of a child’s learning process that they wouldn’t have been able to do in a lab.

His team wondered: could this kind of analysis be applied to television or, say, Twitter to…

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7 talks with big ideas for hiring

In the future HR will have a different challenge- with each employee building his/her own brand and ampliying their views in the spherenof influence, HR will find it difficult to ‘manage’ human resources, they have to start thinking about how to make the company relevant to these resourcful humans so that they embrace the company objectives and convey the messages in their spheres of influence. The tables are turning, companies that are moving away from hiearchy to wirearchy will survive in the future as they will be agile, resourceful with crowdsourced insights.

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Some employees can work 9am to 5pm, five days a week. Others are available on evenings and weekends. But in today’s talk, filmed at the TEDSalon in London, entrepreneur Wingham Rowan describes another type of worker — one who has a highly unpredictable schedule.

“Think of someone who has a recurring but unpredictable medical condition, somebody who’s caring for a dependent adult, or a parent with complex childcare needs — their availability for work can be such that it’s ‘[I can do a] few hours today’ and ‘Maybe I can work tomorrow, but I don’t if and when yet,’” says Rowan. “It’s extraordinarily difficult for these people to find the work that they so often need very badly. Which is a tragedy because there are employers who can use pools of very flexible, local people booked completely ad hoc.”

Rowan says that he is encouraged by websites like Task…

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Its not only in a career where failure can teach a lot, the same applies across various aspects in life. Few people are naturally gifted or developed the skill of self-awareness and they contantly seek views to do course correction. Others need to big set back to really think hard, pick up views, introspect and do a course correction. I strongly believe that if you ask the right questions to people one can learn from their experience, ofcourse the extent of learning varies. 2 quotes that i think are relevant to this topic, by Hyman G. Rickover

“Success teaches us nothing; only failure teaches.”

“You have to learn from the mistakes of others. You won’t live long enough to make them all yourself.”

Kodak as a company took many serious decisions to avoid failure, but then perhaps complacency set in! And one mistake trigerred a series of mistakes to just cover up the first mistake, you can see such steps from people and companies.

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At TEDxUW 2011, economics professor Larry Smith gave a memorable talk titled, “Why you will fail to have a great career.” [ted_talkteaser id=1384]The hilarious talk takes aim at people and the incredible excuses they dream up for not pursuing their passions, from “It’s too hard” to “But I value human relationships more than my work.” His talk was a call for people to get out of their own way and at least try.

At this year’s event, entrepreneur Michael Litt gave his reaction to Smith’s talk, titled, “Why you have to fail to have a great career.” His idea: that failure provides the ultimate experience needed for success — learning to get up and dust yourself off after a fall. Watch above to hear Litt’s candid telling of a time he failed professionally, big time. Since being posting on December 23, this talk has been watched…

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