Oldie but goodie…
Rule 1: Life is not fair – get used to it!
Rule 2: The world won’t care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.
Rule 3: You will NOT make $60,000 a year right out of high school. You won’t be a vice president with a car phone until you earn both.
Rule 4: If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss.
Rule 5: Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your grandparents had a different word for burger flipping: they called it opportunity.
Rule 6: If you mess up, it’s not your parents’ fault; so don’t whine about your mistakes, learn from them.
Rule 7: Before you were born, your parents weren’t as boring as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you thought you were. So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parent’s generation, try delousing the closet in your own room.
Rule 8: Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life HAS NOT. In some schools, they have abolished failing grades and they’ll give you as MANY TIMES as you want to get the right answer. This doesn’t bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.
Rule 9: Life is not divided into semesters. You don’t get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you “FIND YOURSELF”. Do that on your own time.
Rule 10: Television and video games are NOT real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.
Rule 11: Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one.
These rules are often erroneously attributed to a speech by Bill Gates about how feel-good, politically correct teachings created a generation of kids with no concept of reality and how this concept sets them up for failure in the real world (http://www.hoax-slayer.com/bill-gates-speech.shtml).
Creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson challenges the way we’re educating our children. He champions a radical rethink of our school systems, to cultivate creativity and acknowledge multiple types of intelligence. He lays out the link between 3 troubling trends: rising drop-out rates, schools’ dwindling stake in the arts, and ADHD.
Over an eight-year period, Daryl Bem, a Cornell University psychologist, conducted experiments with more than 1,000 volunteers on precognition, the ability to perceive things before they actually happen. Despite some skepticism, his findings will shortly be published in The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, a peer-reviewed journal published by the American Psychological Association.
Bem’s experiments were varied. In one, for example, he had volunteers look at a computer screen that showed two curtains and asked them to guess which one had an erotic photo behind it. In fact, the spaces behind both curtains were blank. A computer randomly inserted a photo behind one of them — but only after the test subject had made his guess.
Fifty-three percent of the time the volunteers picked the curtain behind which the computer then happened to place the racy picture. When the pictures were less enticing, he said, the volunteers’ guesses were 50-50 — a result Bem said was significant.
“Science is a way of finding things out,” Bem said. “Nothing is off limits in terms of asking the questions.”
If you are familiar with Daniel Simons’s the Invisible Gorilla experiment, check out this new and updated version.
A love affair with technology could lead to a heart break.
Teens who text 120 times a day or more are more likely to have had sex or used alcohol and drugs than kids who don’t send as many messages, according to provocative new research.
The study’s authors aren’t suggesting that “hyper-texting” leads to sex, drinking or drugs, but say it’s startling to see an apparent link between excessive messaging and that kind of risky behavior.
The study concludes that a significant number of teens are very susceptible to peer pressure and also have permissive or absent parents, said Dr. Scott Frank, the study’s lead author.
Ladies, whether it’s a romantic getaway, fancy new boots or the dry cleaning that you’re after, your man is more likely to grant your request after 6 p.m, a new survey shows. And guys, if you’re trying to pull the whole “bros before hos” line, don’t bring it up at 3 p.m., because that’s reportedly the best time for women to win an argument. Also, according to the poll of 1,000 people, rather than popping that apple on the bosses’ desk first thing in the morning, wait until after 1 p.m. to ask for a promotion.
Professor Pluchino and colleagues at the University of Catania, Italy, have made a case that the best strategies for improving (or at least for not diminishing) the efficiency of an organization is to promote people at random or randomly alternating the promotion of the best and the worst members.
Their work is based on the “Peter” principle advanced by a Canadian psychologist Laurence J. Peter in the late 1960’s: “Every new member in a hierarchical organization climbs the hierarchy until he/she reaches his/her level of maximum incompetence.” This principle would apply to any organization where the mechanism of promotion rewards the best members and where the mechanism at their new level in the hierarchical structure does not depend on the competence they had at the previous level, usually because the tasks of the levels are very different to each other.