Sunday, April 27, 2008

#32 Language Series 04: Meta-Model - Deletions

This is the third and last podcast on the Meta-Model in this language series, to be followed by Sleight of Mouth patterns, and the Milton Model patterns, each a small series in itself.

In this last Meta-Model talk, we cover the following deletions:

  • Ambiguous nouns
  • Ambiguous verbs
  • Ambiguous adjectives and adverbs
  • Unspecified referential index
  • Implicit comparisons
  • Judgements

As usual, we chose our examples from 3 different areas:

  • Politics
  • Relationship
  • Business operations

And we run each pattern through three examples from each of those areas.

[techtags: NLP, Language, Meta-Model, Deletions]

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Stumbling On Happiness

Dan Gilberts’ talk at TED on Happiness.

[techtags: dan gilbert, happiness, stumbling on happiness, Radical NLP, brain]

Monday, April 21, 2008

Feynman - The Pleasure of Finding Things Out

Richard Feynman is one of this groups’ favorite poeple, a true genius of our times. Here is an opportunity to watch this man in action and decide for yourself

The Corporation Is Available as a Free Download -

The award winning
Canadian documentary ‘The Corporation’ has been released on
BitTorrent for free. Filmmaker Mark Achbar just released an updated
“official” torrent of it. Everyone is free to download,
watch, discuss, and share it.

corporation free downloadThe Corporation
received more than 20 awards, including an audience award at the the
prestigious Sundance Film Festival. The Film gives insight into the
inner workings of large and powerful corporations, and how these affect
our society.

The new torrent download includes a high-quality
rip of the master DVD and a 40 minute interview with Joel Bakan, the
author of the book and writer of the film. Mark Achbar actually
dedicated a computer in his garage to do nothing but seed.

the torrent download is free, the filmmakers encourage people to donate
a small fee if they like what they see. We asked Mark Achbar how the
first round of donations went. He said, “since my initial torrent launch
of The Corporation at the end of August, there have been $635.00 in
contributions. They ranged from $2 to three very generous gifts of $100
each. All are very much appreciated.”

[techtags: the corporation, radical change group, leadership, sun dance]

Can the Brain Be Rebooted to Stop Drug Addiction?

If you are a regular on our podcasts/blog, then this is an article that would perhaps be of interest to you
Can the Brain Be Rebooted to Stop Drug Addiction?: Scientific American

Scientists for the first time have identified long-term changes in mice brains that may shed light on why addicts get hooked on drugs—in this case methamphetamines—and have such a tough time kicking the habit. The findings, reported in the journal Neuron, could set the stage for new ways to block cravings—and help addicts dry out.

Researchers, using fluorescent tracer dye, discovered that mice given methamphetamines for 10 days (roughly equivalent to a human using it for two years) had suppressed activity in a certain area of their brains. Much to their surprise, normal function did not return even when the drug was stopped, but did when they administered a single dose of it again after the mice had been in withdrawal.

Study co-author Nigel Bamford, a pediatric neurologist at the University of Washington School of Medicine, says that if similar changes occur in humans, it will indicate that an effective way to fight addiction may be to design therapies that target the affected area—the striatum, a forebrain region that controls movement but also has been linked to habit-forming behavior.

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Happiness Is An Inside Job

If happiness is an inner state, influenced by external conditions but
not dependent on them, how can we achieve it? Ricard will examine the
inner and outer factors that increase or diminish our sense of
well-being, dissect the underlying mechanisms of happiness, and lead us
to a way of looking at the mind itself based on his book, Happiness: A
Guide to Life’s Most Important Skill and from the research in
neuroscience on the effect of mind-training on the brain.
Speaker Bio: Matthieu Ricard, a gifted scientist turned Buddhist monk,
is a best selling author, translator, and photographer. He has lived
and studied in the Himalayas for the last 35 years where he currently
works on humanitarian projects. He is an active participant in the
current scientific research on meditation and the brain.

[techtags: happiness, neuroscience, meditation, NLP, radical change group]

Sunday, April 20, 2008

#31 Language Series 03: Meta-Model - Distortions

This is the second in the series of talks on the Meta-Model, where we cover five patterns of distortions:

  • Nominalizations
  • Modal operators of possibility
  • Modal operators of necessity
  • Presuppositions
  • Mind Reading

As before, we chose our examples from 3 different areas:

  • Politics
  • Relationship
  • Business operations

And we run each pattern through three examples from each of those areas.

[techtags: NLP, Language, Meta-Model, Distortions]

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Frank Herbert interview. Political prophecy.

Frank Herbert interview. Political prophecy.
Prophetic interview with Frank Herbert, the creator of the Dune saga.
“Leaders mistakes are amplified by those who follow them without
question.” His books were metaphors for oil dependency, pollution,
corruption, and govt. control.

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Sunday, April 13, 2008

#30 Language Series 02: Meta-Model - Generalizations

The meta-model in neuro-linguistic programming (or meta-model of therapy) is a heuristic set of questions designed to specify information, challenge and expand the limits to a person’s model of the world. It responds to the distortions, generalizations, and deletions in the speaker’s language. The meta-model forms the basis of Neuro-linguistic programming […] (Wikipedia)

  • What is the Meta-Model?
    • Making the language more specific, understanding what words really mean
    • Tool of precision, a way to understand the maps people build in their heads
    • A way to direct the language
    • The language of precision, a tool to uncover the deep structure, the map
  • Using the Meta-Model in everyday life
    • In conflicts
    • Finding the root cause of the problem as a trainer
    • Way to gain deep understanding and direct people to the solutions
  • Description of the Meta-Model
    • Brief history
    • Meta-model violations
    • Generalizations, Distortions, Deletions
  • Our approach to the Meta-Model: examples from 3 areas
    • Politics
    • Relationships
    • Business operations
  • Generalizations – Universal quantifiers
  • Complex equivalences
  • Cause-effect

[techtags: NLP, Language, Meta-Model]

Monday, April 7, 2008

Neuromarketing is here

Well when brain science meets marketing the level of persuasion changes A LOT. knowing about it is essential in order to use it and defend against it.

frontline: the persuaders: neuromarketing | PBS

neuromarketing: is it coming to a lab near you? by Mary Carmichael

For an ad campaign that started a revolution in marketing, the Pepsi Challenge TV spots of the 1970s and ’80s were almost absurdly simple. Little more than a series of blind taste tests, these ads showed people being asked to choose between Pepsi and Coke without knowing which one they were consuming. Not surprisingly, given the sponsor, Pepsi was usually the winner.

Mary Carmichael is a FRONTLINE web associate producer.

But 30 years after the commercials debuted, neuroscientist Read Montague was still thinking about them. Something didn’t make sense. If people preferred the taste of Pepsi, the drink should have dominated the market. It didn’t. So in the summer of 2003, Montague gave himself a ‘Pepsi Challenge’ of a different sort: to figure out why people would buy a product they didn’t particularly like.

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7 Lessons From the Greatest Mind

A good read, perhaps a good excercise is to figure out what YOU consider the greatest minds to be and what their lessons for YOU are, it will be a terrific way to know/discover whats most important for you and why

7 Lessons From the World’s Greatest Minds | Jonathan Mead

1. Realizing Your Dreams

“If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.”
– Lawrence J. Peter

2. Overcoming Fear

“It was a high counsel that I once heard given to a young person, “Always do what you are afraid to do.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

3. Intention and Desire

“All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think, we become.”
– Guatama Buddha

4. Happiness

“Happiness depends more on the inward disposition of mind than on outward circumstances.”
– Benjamin Franklin

5. Self Acceptance

“If a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.” – Jesus

6. Appreciation and Gratitude

“So much has been given to me, I have not time to ponder over that which has been denied.”
– Helen Keller

7. The Art of Simplicity

“I made this letter longer than usual because I lack the time to make it short.”
– Blaise Pascal

Sunday, April 6, 2008

The Art of Complex Problem Solving

A cool and interesting ideagram as to how one can solve complex problems. Its a good model/modeling session of how to solve big problems and move towards solutions

The Art of Complex Problem Solving

Check this out

beautiful way to see 4 millions years of becoming Human as we are today

Becoming Human: Paleoanthropology, Evolution and Human Origins

#29 Language Series 01 - an Overview

  • Language and NLP
    • NLP – is Neuro-Linguistic Programming – language is a key
    • Language is the habitat we live in, and learn. NLP is learning how to learn.
    • Comparison with “wolf children” – those who don’t have a language
  • Language is enfolded in us, and the context unfolds it out of us.
    • Language shapes and creates realities.
    • Ambiguity in words
    • Linguistic relationships that wouldn’t have existed without the language
    • What we think changes what we sort for, and the language is the tool that directionalizes the mind
    • How different languages shift the perceptions of reality
  • Pioneering work in Language
    • Alfred Korzibski – connection of language and neurology, language and environment.
      • The map is not the territory (distortion)
      • The map does not represent all of the territory (deletion)
      • Every map is self-reflexive (generalization)
    • Noam Chomsky – transformational grammar. Deep structure and surface structure.
    • NLP: The Meta-Model, the Milton Model, and the Sleight of Mouth
  • The structure of the following podcasts in the language series
    (total of 11 podcasts including this one)

    • Three main models, each in three podcasts (total of 9 podcasts):
      • Meta-model
      • Sleight of Mouth patterns
      • Milton model
    • For each model, we pick 3 different contexts, and apply each pattern in each of those contexts
    • The final podcast will tie all the models together

[techtags: NLP, Language, Meta-Model, Milton Model, Sleight of Mouth]

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Five Things Happy People Do

An interesting article by a Neuroscientist – worth a quick glance

Five Things Happy People Do

Five Things Happy People Do
By Gabrielle LeBlanc

happy people Sages going back to Socrates have offered advice on how to be happy, but only now are scientists beginning to address this question with systematic, controlled research. Although many of the new studies reaffirm time-honored wisdom (“Do what you love,” “To thine own self be true”), they also add a number of fresh twists and insights. We canvassed the leading experts on what happy people have in common—and why it’s worth trying to become one of them:

  1. They find their most golden self
  2. They design their lives to bring in joy.
  3. They avoid “if only” fantasies.
  4. They put best friends first
  5. They allow themselves to be happy.


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