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Re: [bookclub-792] Be lucky--it's an easy skill to learn

From: Candace H.
Sent on: Wednesday, October 14, 2009 7:53 AM
I spoke with the owner of Marvin Gardens Real Estate across form Cafe Roma and he confirmed that we can meet at the conference room in the office for our next meetup.? Let me know if this works for everyone.? Candace

On Tue, Oct 13, 2009 at 9:09 PM, Richard <[address removed]> wrote:
Curious. I was just hunting up some YouTube videos I remembered and wanted to share with Scott because of a discussion we'd had on Saturday.

Take a look at the Colour Card Changing Trick, then notice who it's by: Richard Wiseman, who also wrote the "Be Lucky" article. This seems to be conflating two very different concepts ? luck, and the ability to perceive changes that our brains typically are wired not to notice.

Checking the books he's written, he certainly does seem to be making this connection. He has a self-help book entitled "Did You Spot the Gorilla? : How to Recognise the Hidden Opportunities in Your Life", which refers of course to one of the other astonishing cognitive illusion demonstrations.

(If you haven't see it, the best version of the "gorilla" test I could find is here on YouTube. The original doesn't have instructions, but makes the 'gorilla' reference clearer. The researcher behind it is Dan Simons of Harvard. He's interviewed here on the topic of "change blindness" in part of a BBC show on the brain.)


On Tue, Oct 13, 2009 at 4:16 PM, Ruchira <[address removed]> wrote:

This article sheds an interesting light on the discussion of focus at the last meetup.


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