Fascinating TED talk on our “addiction to experts”

The thesis is that we are “addicted to experts” and when listening to experts, some research shows we basically stop thinking. Instead, we should continue to think for ourselves and must be willing to dissent from and to confront experts (who can be wrong more often than many may admit).

Prof. Noreena Hertz taught and conducted research at University College London at the time this talk was presented in 2010. She has expounded on this thesis in a later book (which I have not yet read)

Unfortunately, I have been burned by “experts” on numerous occasions so I rarely accept an expert’s statement without doing critical analysis of my own. Sorry to say.

“Study: Social media users shy away from opinions”

Study: Social media users shy away from opinions | Technology | KATU.com – Portland News, Sports, Traffic Weather and Breaking News – Portland, Oregon.

Study suggests people post what they expect their followers to agree with – in other words, Facebook becomes an echo chamber that stifles discussion and debate. Few people will challenge their “friends” when there are different interpretations or even when the facts are completely wrong.

A side effect is that people become dumber over time as they learn things that are not actually true but which go unquestioned. Propagandists know the first message delivered often sticks, in spite of later contradictory information. As a consequence, social media has become a frictionless conduit for the unimpeded flow of propaganda messaging.

A related issue is that as elections approach (and for some people this seems to be a 12 month long event, held annually), much political propaganda is posted online. And much political propagandizing falls into the category of online bullying: anyone who does not agree is obviously wrong or stupid.

Why on-the-job training has mostly vanished

Is On-the-Job Training Still Worth It for Companies? – Businessweek.

The relationship between employers and employees is such that jobs are rarely long lasting anymore. As a result, employers do not wish to invest in worker training for fear they will not see a return on investment. Another fear, not mentioned in the article, is that training workers with new skills often implies they should earn more money – which employers prefer not to pay. And when the employer does not pay for those additional skills, the employee leaves for elsewhere.

An issue in my field is employers seeking applicants with a long list of degrees and certifications, paid for by the employee. But employers are not paying much more for the employee’s own investment – the result is employers are expecting more but paying less for that value. Which is another way of saying that pay is going down, even if the $ value looks greater.

Another Android – Nexus 5 battery drain problem and how to fix it

This link describes the problem: Chrome: sandboxed processes are killing my b… | Nexus 5 | XDA Forum.

 

Periodically, Chrome launches something that shows up in Settings | Battery as “com.android.chrome:sand…“. This task consumes significant amounts of power, all by itself, even when the phone is not in use. In fact, the phone is quite warm to the touch.

 

Some think this is related to having multiple tabbed windows open in Chrome and/or one or more of the web pages using Flash content that seems to never be shut off. Who knows?

 

The solution is to stop using Chrome on Android and install one of the many free browsers

Dolphin Browser
Dolphin Browser (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

available in the Google Play market. I installed the Dolphin browser, restarted my phone and charged up the battery – and the result is good battery life and the phone is no longer running hot.

 

There have been many battery power consumption problems with recent releases of Android, depending on your phone model and perhaps other features such as which apps are running.