Join me for a Discussion on Modern Devil’s Advocacy

I’ll be discussing modern Devil’s Advocacy on Thursday, November 12th at 1:30 PM (ET) with Adrian Reed, author, speaker, consultant, and principal of Blackmetric Business Solutions.

This casual and open exchange of ideas will be informative and useful to anyone responsible for decision-making, such as business analysts and project managers, including both experienced practitioners in senior roles and those who are early in their careers.

Please share this free event with those in your network and register today to reserve your seat at https://bit.ly/2GZjUdV

Bias, Group-think, and the US Supreme Court. Time to Change the Selection Process?

Note: this is neither a political piece nor an opinion for or against any nominee to the Supreme Court. Rather this is a discussion about human bias and group-think, framed within the process of how Justices are selected and the need for diversity and dissent within the Court.

The recent nomination of a new Supreme Court Justice got me thinking about the process of such appointments. This relatively infrequent occurrence offers an opportunity to consider how claims about impartiality – including those made by various stakeholders during the nomination process, don’t square with what behavior research has established.

Bias is part our human nature, we have little awareness of our biases, and our Justices are not exempt from human bias, therefore Justices’ decisions are biased. Further, the current process of nominating and seating Justices clearly introduces biases of the Executive and Legislative branches of the government in the selection of Justices – but does it have to be this way?

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An Informative and Entertaining Online Exploration of Maps

Map by Nicolas de Fer (public domain)

Scientist/philosopher Alfred Korzybski observed: “A map is not the territory it represents, but, if correct, it has a similar structure to the territory, which accounts for its usefulness.”

Korzybski’s comment is insightful because simplified representations of the world can (intentionally or naively) offer misleading narratives about reality.

Bending Lines: Maps and Data from Distortion to Deception is a wonderful online exhibition of maps, their construction and interpretation – provided by the Leventhal Map & Education Center.