Become a Better Persuader: Hypnotic Words

(Originally Published at Evermore Instructional) Neuro-Linguistic Programming. NLP. Only a handful of people have ever even heard those words, much less studied the topic. However, NLP is at the heart of all persuasion. Advertisers, Politicians, and all skilled persuaders employ NLP on a daily basis, whether they know it or not. NLP is the study of particular

How to Identify the Obvious Scams

Forbes magazine just made a major admission of incompetence recently. A few months back, they assessed entrepreneur Elizabeth Holmes' value at 4.5 billion dollars, but in the past few days they dropped that rating to zero. The reason was very simple: the amazing technology she claimed to have developed was simply not real. The scam

Magic, Infinity, and the Brain’s Simplifying Mechanism

On Monday, I looked at the concept of Infinity and noted some of the very real problems we have with the concept. But, if infinity is an irrational concept (a fact Aristotle pointed out thousands of years ago), why do we still employ it so frequently? Magic I think the problem of infinity can be expressed

Questioning the Infinite

(I had a lot on my mind this weekend, so I took a brief hiatus from Me Programming. Enjoy a speculative theory, instead.) We have a problem with the concept of infinity, as it is mathematically defined: it is not finite. It's a question that has puzzled many a philosopher, and I wish to demonstrate

Particular Brand of Lazy: What Makes Engineers Unique

I've alluded previously to a particular brand of laziness that separates a good engineer from the average person. It sounds disparaging at first, but there is an aspect to engineering laziness that is absent from almost every other kind of laziness: Engineering laziness encourages progress How can laziness encourage progress? When we think of laziness, we

Rant: Why we need fewer coders

In fifteen years we'll be teaching programming just like reading and writing ... and wondering why we didn't do it sooner. Words cannot begin to describe how angry everything about this poster makes me. First, let me get the subjective part out of the way: I deeply dislike Mark Zuckerberg. Not only does his social

Patterns: One Sentence

There is a law of problem solving which has been passed around since time immemorial. To Einstein, the law looked like this: If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough. However, this law has seen many refinements, and it came down to me in this form: If you can't explain it in one

The Evil or Stupid Theory on Conspiracies

Editor's note: This is about as close to a conspiracy theory as I care to share with most people. Take that as you will. When I say conspiracy theory, your thoughts immediately turn to 9/11 truthers, birthers, and alien enthusiasts. If you are particularly nerdy, they may turn to your favorite episode of the X-Files.