This one is dedicated to my dad for father’s day.
This being Father’s Day and me being well into my 40’s, the time is right to develop a conjecture about some of the influences my father has had on me. I’ve put this in conjectural terms because there is no way to tease out with any certainty the various causes of one’s current state: genetics (too oft underestimated), parents, siblings, the media, society, teachers, role models, friends, and ultimately our own selves. Furthermore, our own state is largely also conjectural — a “self-concept”.
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While differing widely in the little bits we know, or rather guess, in our infinite ignorance we are all equal. (Karl Popper).
Tom Monahan (Chairman and CEO at CEB) published an interesting article on LinkedIn yesterday: “If I Were 22: Embrace Your Ignorance”. He admitted that he graduated from Harvard feeling that he was “master of not only my own nascent trade, but pretty much anything else under the sun”. I.e., overconfident about his knowledge and abilities. Looking back, he would embrace his own ignorance, be a curator of good questions, and ask questions of more people. Good advice!
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To extend our own effectiveness, it is, of course, not sufficient to study. We often need to turn to experts. Often, they are consultants. Success here is partly a matter of finding the right person. It equally is a matter of being an excellent client.
Continue reading Working with a Great Graphic Designer: A Case Study of Extended Cognitive Productivity
Sheryl Guloy and I will be giving a presentation on the cognitive shuffle and cognitive productivity on Friday May 9 at the SFU Learning Together 2014 Conference. That’s an annual conference put on by the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University.
The title of our presentation is:
Decreasing sleep-onset latency for better cognitive performance in faculty and students: Super-somnolent mentation and the new “cognitive shuffle” technique compared with monotonous imagery training.
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I’ve released a substantial update to Cognitive Productivity today. The changes are summarized on the release notes page.
The main change here is that I have renamed and completely rewritten Chapter 15, Meta-effectiveness framework and clinical psychology.
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I’m delighted to announce that CogSci Apps Corp. has just released mySleepButton on the Apple App Store. It’s the first sleep app based on cognitive science.
It uses a radically different approach to sleep from all the other apps on the market.
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I’m very happy to announce that CogZest has given birth to a new venture, CogSci Apps Corp..
In a nutshell
The short of it is that On Feb 27, 2014, I closed a deal in which I transferred CogZest’s software/ intellectual property portfolio to CogSci Apps Corp.™ in exchange for shares in the new privately held company.
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Ever since I published the first revision of Cognitive Productivity in June 2013, I have been making private notes of changes I make to this book. Now that the book is complete, I’ve concluded I really should publish release notes on my website for as many revisions of the book as possible. It’s not that I anticipate many revisions. At this point, I’m just handling errata and making minor changes in preparation for Amazon and iBookstore versions of the book (which incidentally might get a different title).
Why release notes for a Leanpub book?
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I received an invitation from my friend and former Abatis/Redback Networks colleague, Alison Berg to attend the 4th Annual “Give Her Wings Gala” of the Soroptimist International of the TriCities. Alison will be presenting awards at the event, which will be held on Saturday, April 12 6:30PM in the Inlet Theater of Port Moody, the city where CogZest was founded.
Soroptimist International of the TriCities [Metro-Vancouver, BC, Canada] is part of Soroptimist International – an organization for business and professional women who work to improve the lives of women and girls, in local communities and throughout the world. Almost 95,000 Soroptimists in about 120 countries and territories contribute time and financial support to community–based and international projects that benefit women and girls.
CogZest is making two donations to the “Give Her Wings” silent auction:
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