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Misdirection

The Sneaky Trap That's Hurting Your Decision-Making

Francesca Gino | Posted 02.20.2014 | TED Weekends
Francesca Gino

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgOur thinking is hindered by an overly narrow focus on the problem at hand. The result? We miss information that could help us make better decisions.

Paying Attention In Digital Times

Daniel Herwitz | Posted 02.20.2014 | TED Weekends
Daniel Herwitz

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgLost in distraction, we exist on autopilot and habit. Paying attention creates an opportunity for change.

If You Could Control Someone's Attention, What Would You Do With It?

Mark Bertin, M.D. | Posted 02.19.2014 | TED Weekends
Mark Bertin, M.D.

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgLost in distraction, we exist on autopilot and habit. Paying attention creates an opportunity for change.

Yoga And The Brain: How To Be Attentive Through Spirituality

Elena Brower | Posted 02.19.2014 | TED Weekends
Elena Brower

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgAnd in our experience of a lazy brain, somehow it all seems as though it's 'happening' to us, rather than an inner state we've (subconsciously) created. Time to train our brains, by educating the guards at the gates.

Is Free Will A Magic Trick?

Melissa Burkley, Ph.D. | Posted 02.19.2014 | TED Weekends
Melissa Burkley, Ph.D.

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgExternal forces whittle down our choices in unconscious ways; tricking us into thinking we have more free will than we really do

WATCH: Keep A Close Eye On What This Master Thief Does Next

TEDTalks | Posted 02.19.2014 | TED Weekends
TEDTalks

apollo robbinsWhat can a pickpocket teach us about the art of getting people's attention? A lot - if you can keep up with him. Watch expert thief Apollo Robbins in action and see if you can figure out how he does it.

A Pound of Quarters vs. a Pound of Dimes: Which Is Heavier, and Which Is Worth More?

Colm Mulcahy | Posted 03.04.2013 | Science
Colm Mulcahy

The first question seems unambiguous and straightforward, right? Bear in mind, however, the difficulty one experiences in real life when trying to purchase exactly one pound of bananas or peaches. Presumably the second can be settled if we can get our hands on the relevant figures.

It's Not Impossible to Conceive

Dylan Brody | Posted 10.27.2012 | Politics
Dylan Brody

Mr. Akin with his one "wrong word" has given traction to the idea that in a traumatic sexual assault, pregnancy cannot be induced. That idea need only find a fertile environment to have a devastating effect on women's rights.

Friday Talking Points [99] -- Misdirection

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The real head-scratcher for serious media-watchers right now is what the "war" between the White House and Fox News was meant to distract us from this week. The "war" itself is laughable, for a number of reasons.