(Flow. Bend, don’t break)

“These aren’t the droids you’re looking for”

Non-violent Communication Marshall Rosenberg

Dr Rosenberg talks about Teilhard de Chardin's theories of human evolution which sought to return to a more natural way - one where no-one advances at the expense of another. He speaks of his own experiences working with Nonviolent Communication (NVC) and how enriching the lives of others is the most rewarding work mankind can engage in.

In this classic scene from Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi calmly persuades a Stormtrooper to let he and his party pass. “It’s an over-simplified and theatrical example, but the calm with with he delivers the suggestions is, perhaps, just as important a factor in it’s effectiveness as are his Jedi powers.

In this clip, Dr. Lack addresses the biases that so often inform religious (and non-religious) worldviews and explains the role  ‘Psychological ‘Reactance’ plays in how a person defends their beliefs.

Belief & Bias (Psychological Reactance)

This animated video describes the six universal Principles of Persuasion that have been scientifically proven to make you most effective based on the research in Dr. Cialdini’s groundbreaking book, Influence.

The Science of Persuasion

Psychological Reactance

Astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson schools Richard Dawkins on the ineffectiveness of his methods in his charge as professor of the public understanding of science.

Persuasion 101     Neil DeGrasse Tyson

A host of studies and popular reports tout the cognitive benefits of being bilingual. Is that because being bilingual has mental benefits, or because the science is biased?

Studies critical of bilingual benefits exposes a flaw in how scientific research reaches the mainstream.

Data has emerged as such a critical part of modern life that it has entered into the realm of art, where data-driven visual experiences challenge viewers to find personal meaning from a sea of information, a task that is increasingly present in every aspect of our information-infused lives.

A new report by the Pew Research Center found that 79 percent of the 2,000 adults surveyed think science has “made life easier for most people.” Seventy-one percent think that investment in science ultimately pays off. But on certain hot-button scientific topics of our day, Pew found wide gaps between what the public believes, and what scientists believe.

The Art of Data Visualization

"Style and aesthetics cannot rescue failed content. If the words aren't truthful, the finest of the letterspace typography won't turn lies into truths. "

-Professor Edward Tufte

The Power of Suggestion

But some surprising research by Dr. Doug Opel, a pediatrician at Seattle Children's Hospital and a researcher at the University of Washington, suggests Ball might want to try a less collaborative approach.

FEB 07, 2015 5:34 AM ET

If you care about the people around you, you will likely help change many people throughout your lifetime.  But just as important as seeing the people they will become tomorrow is accepting them for who they are today

The problem with “I’m entitled to my opinion” is that, all too often, it’s used to shelter beliefs that should have been abandoned. It becomes shorthand for “I can say or think whatever I like” – and by extension, continuing to argue is somehow disrespectful.               

Showing students how to construct arguments with whatever truths are available.

The ABC’s popular Q And A show revolves around opinion. But not all opinions are of equal value.


When was the last time you updated your beliefs?

It sounds like a strange question: after all, you believe what you believe because what you believe is true!  But is it?

Essay By Colin Wright

Question Wording

The choice of words and phrases in a question is critical in expressing the meaning and intent of the question to the respondent and ensuring that all respondents interpret the question the same way. Even small wording differences can substantially affect the answers people provide.

It’s very detachment, what you might call the cold-bloodedness of science, that makes science the killer app. It’s the way science tells us the truth rather than what we’d like the truth to be. Scientists can be as dogmatic as anyone else — but their dogma is always wilting in the hot glare of new research. In science it’s not a sin to change your mind when the evidence demands it. For some people, the tribe is more important than the truth; for the best scientists, the truth is more important than the tribe.

By Jennifer Ouellette

“When there’s no immediate threat to our understanding of the world, we change our beliefs. It’s when that change contradicts something we’ve long held as important that problems occur.”

March 2, 2015, 10:20 AM EST

The Boiling Frog Metaphor

is a widespread anecdote describing a frog slowly being boiled alive. The premise is that if a frog is placed in boiling water, it will jump out, but if it is placed in cold water that is slowly heated, it will not perceive the danger and will be cooked to death. The story is often used as a metaphor  for the inability or unwillingness of people to react to significant changes that occur gradually

According to contemporary biologists the premise of the story is not literally true; a frog submerged and gradually heated will jump out. However, some 19th-century experiments suggested that the underlying premise is true, provided the heating is sufficiently gradual....(more)

This clever add is proof of the inability or unwillingness of people to react to significant changes that occur gradually.

Contrary to what Oklahoma Sen. James Inhofe says, the ability to roll up a snowball months after the hottest year on record ended doesn't either. 

The reverse is true. 

Reports from organizations such as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) continue to point to one conclusion: Climate change and extreme weather events are linked.

A backyard filled with snow doesn't disprove climate change.

Jon Stewart slammed Senator James Inhofe over a snowball stunt he pulled on the Senate floor last week. Inhofe, who is Chairman of the Senate’s Environment and Public Works committee, brought a snowball onto the Senate floor to make the case that climate change is not real.





The Thinking Atheist Podcast

July 21, 2015 An excerpt from a panel that discusses how Creationism's champions either distort or misuse science--climate change in particular.

Selective Science



The polar methods exhibited among the science contemporaries in the above exchange mirrors the polar stylistic approaches of early scientists in attempting to change the minds of their colleagues and

‘Mastery’ Chapter IV: SEE PEOPLE AS THEY ARE: SOCIAL INTELLIGENCE details the unsuccessful and successful attempts of scientists Ignaz Semmelweis and William Harvey (respectively) in attempting to convince their colleagues of a fault in their current methods.

Read the chapter summary excerpt here:

The Critical Role of Social Intelligence in Science

Overcoming Belief Perseverance

move them beyond the belief perseverance of their current methods and ultimately to move science and humanity forward.

  1. Ignaz Semmelweis’ unsuccessful attempts to convince his colleagues of the necessity of washing their hands between autopsies of dead patients and examinations of pregnant patients

  1. William Harvey’s attempts to convince his colleagues that the blood was c8irculated throughout the body by the heart rather than the prevailing belief that blood in the body was consumed by the body’s organs

Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other’s eyes for an instant?        -Henry David Thoreau

ADAPT      FLOW              EVOLVE

“dow • osso • fee”

Equip yourself against the trappings

of the ego and align with the way.



familiarization with methods and techniques of mind-sway as a means of subverting willful external coercion and converting