Hiring managers appreciate it when you ask questions that makes them think and be able to deliver insightful answers. It shows your drive, ambitions, and willingness to invest in the company.
When you give out good interview questions you:
Research shows that it's important to "exercise" your brain. Learning a language is one of the most effective ways to do this.
Benefits of speaking or learning a second language:
Language is a literal and linguistic tool that many believe is a fundamental basis of the way we think. Some have hypothesized (like the Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis) that many languages do not have room for certain thought patterns, and are able to alter our thoughts.
The underlying logic is just because there is no word in a certain language to express something, people who speak the language will not be able to think it, and if they learn a different language, new words and phrases are learned, leading to new ways of thinking.
The local language is the preferred route to understand the culture due to 2 reasons:
Learning a new language provides access to people who have different thoughts than our own, helping us understand ourselves and the world with a new insightful mindset that didn’t exist before.
Learning a new language, therefore is not just culture, but a way into the minds of people who are not like us.
Stories are the primary way through which we make sense of our world. We explain ideas by telling stories.
Even science uses storytelling when they use data of the physical world to explain phenomena that cannot be reduced to physical facts, or when they extend incomplete data to draw general conclusions.
For example, knowing the atomic weight of carbon and oxygen cannot explain to us what life is.
Despite the verities of science, we feel compelled to tell stories that venture beyond the facts.
When we first see separate ideas, we feel obliged to find a relationship between the ideas to form a coherent picture. Once a possible relationship has been established, we feel the need to come up with an explanation.
When the brain pieces separate bits of an image together to form a coherent picture, it is known as pattern recognition. Once we recognize a pattern, it can spark a degree of pleasure, often described as that "a-ha" moment.
Science is about making up stories called hypotheses and testing them, then coming up with better stories. Once a story is complete, science goes to a lab to test it. While a story is useful, it can also be a problem if we run with an incomplete story. Our brains' reward for possible pattern-matching can overlook conflicting information as it searches for patterns, not identical inputs.
We earn a dopamine reward every time we understand something - even if the explanation is defective. This may result in misinterpreting data.
Good science = precise data - possible interpretations.
Good science is a humble recognition of the limits of what scientific data can say.
While discussing, debating or arguing, follow these guidelines:
While the premises may be true in an argument, the conclusion may or may not be correct, making the argument invalid. Example of an incorrect argument: Some New Yorkers are rude, some of them are artists, therefore some artists are rude.
A counterexample method is a powerful way to prove an argument’s conclusion to be invalid. You can use this method by: isolating the argument form and then constructing an argument with the same form that is obviously invalid.
The counterexample method is effective at exposing the invalidity of deductive arguments.
Everyone who ever had to explain their own joke knows that comedy cannot survive analysis. Once you take humour apart, it loses its effect and dies in the process.
Henri Bergson published his essay on laughter in 1900. He believed that laughter should be studied as 'a living thing' and treated with 'the respect due to life.'
Henri Bergson's general observations related to when laughter is most likely to appear and thrive:
Social life requires a delicate adjustment of the will and a constant corresponding adaptation between members of a group.
In general, we laugh at people who are either too eccentric or too inflexible to allow for society to evolve and better itself. At the source of the comical are expressions that laughter seeks to correct.
Whenever writing on a given or chosen topic, make sure that you have chosen a subject people will actually feel like reading.
Do not just start telling the story of your life, but rather present facts or ideas that could appeal to anybody.
We all like to talk smart. However, when expressing your ideas, the most important is that you make sure they reach the other person.
For that to happen, it is safer to use smaller words and less complicated phrases.
When transmitting your information, try doing this by presenting the fact as elements of a story rather than simple statistics.
Research has shown that individuals tend to remember more easily speeches than figures.
If you want to make sure that your message will be successfully received and understood, you must first know and understand your audience.
Being familiar with your audience’s preferences will lead to advantages on both sides.
Next time you write an article bear in mind that you must be as accurate as possible. Therefore, choose words that can be understood by everybody at anytime, in the same way.
And do not forget: people cannot know what you know, so why taking the risk of not being clear enough?
By 'clearing conversation' it is generally understood an exchange that has the purpose to solve any misunderstanding that can make a conversation difficult to have.
It is essential that we clarify anything that later on might lead to arguments, in order to ensure good communication.
Whenever we do not feel at ease with a situation, we tend to do everything we can in order to avoid dealing with this very situation. This can only lead to more headaches and misunderstandings. However, were we to handle the fact that there is an issue, we would be bound to find a solution and make things better. One sure way to improve any situation between individuals is by having a mature conversation or, what we call by 'clearing conversation'.
Having 'clearing conversations' is vital for the sake of our relationships, as they enable us to solve any conflict we might have with the others.
In order for this to work, we should take into account and apply ideas such as having a private discussion with the person in question, making sure that the intention behind our desire to have the conversation is mutually beneficial or taking responsibility for the future of the relationship.