A whole new mind

I came across Daniel Pink’s orange business book several months ago and added it to my wish list, but nobody bought it for me so I haven’t read it yet. I also subscribed to his blog, and visited it today for the first time in a while. Some interesting tidbits:

According to College Board data, there was a 44 percent increase from
1996 to 2005 in the number of high school seniors who say that they
plan to major in visual and performing arts,” says Inside Higher Ed.”

Friday roundup :
One out of three parents plays video games.
— Brain fitness — mark my words: this is going to be a huge business — depends in part on “brain reserve,” according to this interesting Australian study.

Rebooting on the right side of the brain: Last year marked the first time in four years that Silicon Valley showed a net increase in jobs… But the types created offered an intriguing look into the future…. the data “suggest ‘a new face of Silicon Valley,’ one that is moving
away from an engineering-oriented economy to an idea-oriented one that
demands highly creative people to produce technology that conveys an
‘experience,’ such as Apple Computer Inc.’s iPod digital music player.”

Davos man gets a whole new mind?
In its preview of the upcoming World Economic Forum in Davos, Business Week says, “The global management paradigm is clearly shifting from left to right brain thinking.”

And my favourite,
Truthy, not facty
The American Dialect Society has selected its 2005 Word of the Year. It’s truthiness, “the quality of preferring concepts or facts one wishes to be true, rather than concepts or facts known to be true.” Congratulations to (Northwestern grad) Stephen Colbert. Read more here.

Would that be the Stephen Colbert of the Today Show?

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