Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner (courtesy of Freakonomics Facebook page)
Conventional wisdom can be a bitch. While there may be occasional wisdom in crowds, the truth is that fools seldom differ.
If going with the flow could land us in hot soup, how then should we solve the many problems in our world?
Life in a modern city can be hectic and stressful. Especially if you’re a working mother trying to balance multiple roles – career/business, caregiver, mother, wife, and friend.
The tremendous strain of continually juggling numerous balls may also result in the deterioration of one’s mental, spiritual and emotional health.
This man wants you to think more clearly (courtesy of Wikimedia)
You’ve heard the saying “to err is human and forgive divine”.
What you may not know, however, is that us Homo sapiens have been hardwired over the millenia to be illogical, distorted in our perception of reality, and inaccurate in our judgements.
In other words, to err repeatedly is human.
Why does pain sometimes feel like pleasure? Why do we enjoy music and art even though there aren’t any adaptive advantages? When does “one man’s meat” become “another man’s poison”?
The answers to these human behavioural puzzles (and more) can be found in How Pleasure Works. Written by Yale’s evolutionary psychologist Paul Bloom, the book uncovers the “new science of why we like what we like”. By delving into the fields of anthropology, evolution, history, biology and psychology, the book investigates why we humans are so different compared to our fellow earthlings.
Want to know why drug dealers live with their mothers?
Curious to uncover what dishonest schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common?
What is the secret to outstanding performance in any field? What makes world class musicians, athletes and scientists different from the rest of us?
In a similar vein to earlier titles like The Tipping Point and Blink, acclaimed nonfiction writer Malcolm Gladwell spins a fascinating tale on what made people remarkable in Outliers – The Story of Success.
Do we have to look like Megan Fox to succeed in life? (courtesy of cras_dub)
Looks matter more than we think, according to Beauty Bias – Discrimination and Social Power authored by sociologist Bonnie Berry, and “lookism” is probably one of the last bastion of legally uncensured discrimination. Society at large is biased in many ways towards people who are beautiful or handsome, whether we like it or not. Often associated traits to one’s looks like ethnicity, skin colour, height, weight, age, disabilities and deformities, and the condition of the teeth also go hand in hand with that partiality towards the pretty.
The ones born with the right symmetrical and often Northern European features – a slim and straight nose, big round eyes, fair skin, tall, and light haired – often fair better than others in job markets. This is especially unfair, states Berry, because one’s looks are often difficult to change, and often have very little relation to how one performs in a job. You can’t choose your parents, or opt out of an obesity gene.