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The cleverest person you know - image for article by Greg Alder

The cleverest person you know

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This week, something a little different. This week I am going to introduce someone I introduced at a business awards dinner last week. Someone inspiring, and infinitely clever. Someone you should know well. Someone you should trust to guide you…

Ex Machina - image for article by Greg Alder

Ex Machina

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I watched the film Ex Machina on a flight yesterday. If you haven’t seen the movie, it’s essentially about the manipulation of one human by another. At least, that’s what it appears to be. In the film, a programmer named…

The Me Manifesto - image for article by Greg Alder

The Me Manifesto

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Social researchers believe they have discovered an important difference about social attitudes in Asian and Western societies. According to their studies, in Asian societies individuals are more likely to make decisions that benefit society. In Western societies, individuals are more…

Kafka and the doll - image for article by Greg Alder

Kafka and the doll

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Franz Kafka is sick. Terminally ill. He is living the last year of his life before tuberculosis kills him. It’s 1923. Kafka is 40. Every afternoon, he walks in a park near his home. One afternoon, he encounters a young…

Twins under the skin - image for article by Greg Alder

Twins under the skin

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Some truths about us humans. We are motivated by basic needs, such as companionship, shelter and self-esteem. We are plagued by fears. Death, poverty, loneliness and public speaking are common ones. We’re more open to messages from those we like…

Bird set free - image for article by Greg Alder

Bird set free

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The sheriff gallops into town. He slides his horse to a stop and dismounts. He doesn’t exactly tie the horse’s lead to the hitching rail, but hastily and casually drapes it over the rail. He enters his office. The horse…

Mr Ed wins Melbourne Cup - image for article by Greg Alder

Mr Ed wins Melbourne Cup!

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It’s 1965. You’re 5 years old. You’re watching your favourite TV show, Mr Ed. You know that Mr Ed is a horse because your parents told you he is. Horses look like really intelligent animals. They talk. They read. They…

We are young - image for article by Greg Alder

We are young

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Don’t talk to me about growing old. Don’t talk to me about aches you never used to have. Don’t talk to me about noises your body now makes when you move. Don’t talk to me about the pills you’re on…