Pragma Synesi – interesting bits

Compendium of interesting bits I come across, with an occasional IMHO

Talent vs. Luck

If you’re so smart, why aren’t you rich? Turns out it’s just chance.

The most successful people are not the most talented, just the luckiest, a new computer model of wealth creation confirms. Taking that into account can maximize return on many kinds of investment.

Emerging Technology from the arXiv | March 1, 2018 | MIT Technology Review

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March 31, 2018 Posted by | anthropology, business, economics, sociology | , , , | Leave a comment

Wanna go to luck school?

It looks like “luck” is more of a frame of mind.  And luck school actually helped unlucky people:

How to Be Lucky

It pays to imagine your life is on a winning streak.

By Chelsea Wald | January 26, 2017 | Nautilus

“Luck is believing you’re lucky.”
—Tennessee Williams, A Streetcar Named Desire

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February 5, 2017 Posted by | behaviour, psychology | , , | Leave a comment

Why we think rituals can influence results

From Michael Shermer’s article I already learned that people see patterns even when there is none. The article below points out that this type of behaviour was also observed in pigeons!  From BBC News Magazine, 14 September 2011:

Go Figure: Why we think rituals can influence results

By Michael Blastland

We all have lucky rituals or charms but why do we see meaningful patterns or connections in random or meaningless data, asks Michael Blastland.

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September 15, 2011 Posted by | behaviour, brain, statistics | , , , | Leave a comment