Milan Trolley Problem

The Trolley Problem

The Trolley Problem is an exercise in ethics, evolution, and neuroscience. In this presentation, I explain the trolley problem. You can find the script below.   For email subscribers, the video can be found by linking here. The Script: Let's talk about rationality. If I offered you folks a $5.00 bill in return for a $1 bill, would any of you make that trade with me? Would you give me $1 for five? <Everyone in audience nods heads> Okay, good! That's math, it's good, it's a good utilitarian trade so we got that one knocked-off. Let's make that trade a little more difficult. Now, this is called the trolley problem. There's a trolley going down a track and if it continues uninterrupted there are five people tied to the track who will die if the trolley proceeds. Yet, there's a hero, a possible hero who can save those people. It's one of you. You are sitting at a switch and if you push that switch you can make the trolley move to a side track. Unfortunately for another individual, somebody you don't know you, don't know any of these people, you don't know if they're good, you don't know if they're bad you don't if they’re the next savior of the world,...

The Power of Relativity

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Executive Coaching Keeps Your Brain Honest

Executive Coaching Keeps Your Brain Honest Why do business leaders need an executive coach? Executive coaching keeps your brain honest. Got that? Your brain is constantly lying to you. Now I'm not just picking on you either because my brain lies to me too. Why just the other day it told me what a great looking guy I was, but that's another story. Modern neuroscience proves that we make decisions with a part of our brain we share with reptiles...

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Decision Making

Here's scary information about decision making. We make logical decisions illogically. In decision making we don't weight either side of an argument equally. There is some hidden force that puts its finger on the scale and tips it in one direction. Decision makers will run from risk, faster and harder than they will run towards gain. Proof? You don’t believe me? You think you're a logical decision maker? I say you're risk averse? According to Michael Lewis's new book, lung cancer patients confronted with the choice of radiation therapy or surgery with a 90% survival rate, the overwhelming choice is surgery.  Yet just by framing the question differently, when presented with surgery with a 10% mortality rate, patients overwhelming choose radiation therapy. You do understand that 90% survival is the same as 10% mortality...