I’ve been thinking a lot lately about sociology. Specifically, the extent to which society and culture impacts who we are. I’ve been wondering about it in the context of “where do I begin and where does society end?” What I mean by this is where do I—I, Nathan Safran the individual with definite ideas of [...]
A recent 60 Minutes episode profiled people who have extraordinary memories. The individuals memory was so detailed that they were able to recall exactly where they were and the details of what they did on any given day, even decades earlier.
In the episode, the anchor, Leslie Stahl, interviewed a group of several [...]
On a recent flight I watched the movie Superman, Man of Steel. As those who are familiar with the movie series are aware, Superman came to earth as a baby when his home planet imploded. He possesses super powers that include the ability to fly, x-ray vision, super strength etc. He lives amongst humans hidden [...]
There is a phenomenon in human relationships and interactions I have observed over the years that I want to draw attention to.
My unscientific study shows that the phenomenon seems to occur more frequently from females to males, but it also seems to cross the gender barrier.
The observation is that when faced with an [...]
Conventional wisdom dictates that a core focus of the workplace manager should be to maximize the productivity of the people that work for him/her. This is a concept that seems to have gained particular legitimacy in the hustle and bustle, resource constrained modern day tech company/startup. There’s even a name for it: human [...]
Conventional wisdom when thinking about developing self-control dictates that gaining strength when facing a personal temptation is the path to success. That is, say I am a person attempting to gain control over my anger. Conventional wisdom says if I gain strength and ‘become the stronger one’ in an instance I am wrestling [...]
Conventional wisdom when it comes to a teaching-learning process in raising children states: I (parent) talk/transmit knowledge/information/wisdom and you (child) listen/receive said knowledge/information/wisdom. The child rearing process is thought of as a one-way transmission-receive valve.
In reality, while knowledge is surely gained in this manner, far greater knowledge—both in terms of quantity and depth –is [...]
I’ve written a few times about my experiences with Bikram Yoga. Recently I noticed a phenomenon in the class amongst those who are new to the practice or those who are still struggling to get acclimated to 90 minutes in a 105 degree 40% humidity room. The class structure is set up so [...]
Not long ago I was eating a meal at the table of a friend together with his newly married son and wife. Partway thru the meal I realized there was something different about the interaction at the table but couldn’t quite put my finger on what it was.
Later, in thinking it over, I realized [...]
It is an interesting mental exercise to consider what you might do if you were stranded in a vast desert. Depending on the kind of person one is, I think there are three general responses:
Make an effort to find your way out but give up fairly early in the process with a “this is [...]
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- About the Author
Nathan Safran is a former Analyst at Forrester Research where he covered the Digital Home. While at Forrester, Nathan authored research studies on trends, attitudes and behaviors of consumers toward technology adoption and use.
Nathan has been quoted as a subject matter expert in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Fortune magazine. Currently, Nathan heads the Research Department at Conductor, Inc an SEO Technology Platform firm.
Nathan writes at exceljockey.com about the intersection of Business, Technology and Psychology. See the About page for more info. Follow Nathan on Twitter: @Nathan_Safran