Blogging Ideas

These are the ideas that I have been thinking about blogging about.


In his book “ Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking”, Gladwell argues that at times we have too much data.  He gives several examples of how individuals who had too much information could not see that they were wrong.  He gives the example of a museum that was considering purchasing a sculpture. They gathered all the data they could, and the data showed the sculpture was authentic. Experts, on the other hand, could tell that the sculpture was a fake simply by looking at it.

He gives another example in the bombing of Pearl Harbor. The military was clueless in WWII as to where the Japanese would attack, but virtually every newspaper at the time predicted that the Japanese would strike at Pearl Harbor.  I would tie this in with a comment made in class about how sometimes decisions are best made when we crowd source to the average person.

The Dangers of Peer Reviews

One of the recent Nobel Prize winners won the award for suggesting of that it was bacteria that caused ulcers in the stomach.

The storythat was not told was the fact that this individual had suggested this theory years earlier, but the data was rejected by his peers. They were convinced his data was incorrect, because how can bacteria live in the hostile environment of the stomach? (Photo By: Gideon Burton)



Eric Whitacre Virtual Choir

Yet another way to crowd source is Eric Whitaker’s Virtual Choir.  Basically, he filmed himself conducting one of his songs and posted it on YouTube.  He then asked other individuals to record themselves singing the various vocal parts. He then compiled a virtual choir using these recordings.

Rejecting What is Standard

It seems as if all the movements we have talked about have been rejections of what is generally accepted.  I would talk about the revolution of thinking, art, and war. And show how those evolutions are tied in together. We tend to evolve as a people, and significant aspects of our lives tend to evolve together. The Thesis Antethis, middle ground model.


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