Weekly Pulse by William Meller | Week 14, 2023

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Weekly Pulse is content curation and highlights from readings, books, podcasts, insights, ramblings, and other interesting things I discovered and digested during the week.

So, let's go with some discoveries from the week!

#1 - Is This How Your Brain Works?
#2 - Leadership Is a Conversation
#3 - How to Remember What You Read
#4 - Living in the Now: How a Visit to the Louvre Changed My Perspective
#5 - 
Book Notes: 10% Happier - Dan Harris

Is This How Your Brain Works?

Source: Gates Notes
Author: Bill Gates
Year: 2021

Summary: This text is about Jeff Hawkins' book, A Thousand Brains, which examines the complexity of understanding how the cells and connections in our brains give rise to consciousness and our ability to learn. Hawkins proposes that replicating the neocortex is the key to developing true general artificial intelligence, and that machines need only a model of the world and flexibility, not instincts. He dismisses the notion that humans will lose control of machines they create, but warns of the dark side of AI. The text is a thought-provoking look at the gene-editing revolution.

3 Highlights:

"... If Hawkins is right that the only viable path to artificial general intelligence is by replicating the workings of the neocortex, that means it’s unlikely that intelligent machines will supplant or subjugate the human race—the kind of thing you see in classic sci-fi movies like The Matrix and The Terminator. That’s because the neocortex operates differently from parts of the brain that evolved much earlier and that drive our primal emotions and instincts..."

"... Computers can beat a grandmaster in chess, but they don’t know that chess is a game..."

"... Intelligent machines need to have a model of the world and the flexibility of behavior that comes from that model, but they don’t need to have human-like instincts for survival and procreation...."

Leadership Is a Conversation

Source: Harvard Business Review
Author: Boris Groysberg and Michael Slind
Year: 2012

Summary: It suggests that leaders should strive for intimacy, interactivity, inclusion, and intentionality when engaging with their employees, and outlines the five long-term business trends driving the shift from traditional corporate communication to the organizational conversation. Leaders should use organizational conversation to close the gap between them and their employees, listen to and talk with employees, empower employees to create their own content, and pursue a shared agenda that aligns with the company's strategic objectives.

3 Highlights:

"... Leaders who take the organizational conversation seriously know when to stop talking and start listening. Few behaviors enhance conversational intimacy as much as attending to what people say. True attentiveness signals respect for people of all ranks and roles, a sense of curiosity, and even a degree of humility..."

"... Intentionality differs from the other three elements of organizational conversation in one key respect. While intimacy, interactivity, and inclusion all serve to open up the flow of information and ideas within a company, intentionality brings a measure of closure to that process: It enables leaders and employees to derive strategically relevant action from the push and pull of discussion and debate..."

"... Smart leaders find ways to use conversation—to manage the flow of information in an honest, open fashion. One-way broadcast messaging is a relic, and slick marketing materials have as little effect on employees as they do on customers. But people will listen to communication that is intimate, interactive, inclusive, and intentional..."

How to Remember What You Read

Source: FS
Author: FS Editorial
Year: 2021

Summary: This article provides readers with strategies for getting more out of what they read. It emphasizes the importance of active reading, preparing before reading, taking notes, marking up the book, making mental links, and quitting books if necessary. Additionally, the article suggests that readers should apply what they've learned, make their notes searchable, and reread books in order to form lasting memories.

3 Highlights:

"... Building vivid mental pictures is one of the most effective techniques for remembering anything, not least what we read. When you come across an important passage or concept, pause and visualize it. Make the picture as salient and distinctive as possible by connecting it to other ideas already in your brain..."

"... Teaching others is a powerful way to embed information in your mind. Upon completing a book, grab the nearest (willing) person and tell them about what you have learned. You’ll have to remove or explain the jargon, describe why this information has meaning, and walk them through the author’s logic. It sounds simple. After you try it the first time, you’ll realize it’s not easy..."

"... Thanks to my reading, I have never been caught flat-footed by any situation, never at a loss for how any problem has been addressed (successfully or unsuccessfully) before. It doesn’t give me all the answers, but it lights what is often a dark path ahead..."

Living in the Now: How a Visit to the Louvre Changed My Perspective

Source: Article of the Week

Discover the power of living in the present moment and creating unforgettable memories through my latest blog post! 

Join me on a journey to the Musée du Louvre and learn how an encounter with an old woman waiting to see the Mona Lisa taught me a valuable lesson. 

Check it out now!

Book Notes: 10% Happier - Dan Harris 

Source: Book Notes of the Week

In a world where stress and anxiety seem to be the norm, Harris' book offers a refreshing perspective on how we can achieve greater happiness and inner peace through mindfulness.

In "10% Happier," Harris shares his personal journey toward meditation and how it transformed his life. As a highly successful news anchor, Harris struggled with anxiety and self-doubt that led him down a path of self-destruction. 

However, through his own exploration of mindfulness and meditation, Harris found a way to overcome his fears and achieve greater clarity and focus.

Throughout the book, Harris shares practical tips and techniques on how to incorporate meditation into your daily routine, even if you're a skeptic or a busy professional. 

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