Knocked My Socks Off.

Internet blogs, TV news, email blasts, and myriad other media—who has time? But every once in a while an idea pops out of the electronic fog, grabs you, and knocks your socks off. The people here at Cognigen find these ideas everywhere. So we started a blog to share cool ideas. Read it. Be amazed. Make comments. And send us ideas that knocked your socks off.

December 12, 2013

The value of a conceptual schema.

A worthwhile podcast highlighting the value of a conceptual schema.

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June 28, 2013

It’s like playing with a better tennis partner.

Many of the biggest disasters in this world haven’t come from individuals, they’ve come from organizations. Margaret Heffernan believes that the people inside those organizations were too afraid of conflict.

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May 23, 2013

Get over it!

Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change, says researcher Brené Brown in a 2012 TEDTalk.

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April 22, 2013

How a tax begat bebop.

The end of The Swing Era and the beginning of bebop was a consequence of a tax intended for wealthy fans of the big band sound, says Eric Felton.

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April 5, 2013

14 million invisible Americans.

The federal government spends more money each year on cash payments for disabled former workers than it spends on food stamps and welfare combined.

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March 21, 2013

Things to worry about.

The internet’s insatiable demand for words creates global deflation in the value of words, says David Gelernter. This is something we should be worried about.

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January 7, 2013

I don’t understand why you don’t agree with me.

An essay by Gary Gutting contains one of the clearest explanations of the differences between inductive and deductive reasoning I have seen.

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December 10, 2012

Don’t shoot.

What happens when police, gangs, and communities come together to address one of America’s most intractable social problems? This strategy truly knocked my socks off.

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October 1, 2012

There’s room for more than one genius.

Carole King’s songwriting genius juxtaposed with the genius of talented singers was demonstrated in a recent interview.

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September 19, 2012

Inventors and innovation.

Sometimes it is days and even months later that I am brought face to face with something that suggests the simple solution that I am looking for.

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