Michael Kearns: Insights on Facebook Data & Psychological Profiling — Hyped but Interesting

The Data That Turned the World Upside Down Psychologist Michal Kosinski developed a method to analyze people in minute detail based on their Facebook activity. Did a similar tool help propel Donald Trump to victory? Two reporters from Zurich-based Das Magazin went data-gathering.​ Phi Beta Iota: Cambridge Analytica appears to have some deep talents but …

Michael Kearns: Yonatan Zunger on Trump’s Coup

Trial Balloon for a Coup? Analyzing the news of the past 24 hours The theme of this morning’s news updates from Washington is additional clarity emerging, rather than meaningful changes in the field. But this clarity is enough to give us a sense of what we just saw happen, and why it happened the way it did. …

Michael Kearns: The Mistaken US Intelligence Community Approach to “Finding Leaders”

This IC Staff study — just as all other Great Man, leader-centric models — defines individuals as leaders only in “the top three” SES Positions. Ironically, modern leadership models contend leadership is NOT positional, it is essentially relational (socio-politicaly and intellectually critical). This is a typical study of senior managers called executives, who are incorrectly …

Michael Kearns: Jean Baudrillard on Four Realities

“Postmodernist French social theorist Jean Baudrillard argues that a simulacrum is not a copy of the real, but becomes truth in its own right: the hyperreal. Where Plato saw two types of representation—faithful and intentionally distorted (simulacrum)—Baudrillard sees four: (1) basic reflection of reality; (2) perversion of reality; (3) pretence of reality (where there is …

Michael Kearns: Leadership & Social Change

Leadership. The “School” of American Leadership Studies & Development (ALS&D) has been the largest mythological tyrant ever to spew propagandistic mythology (1); therein, inflating the lust for money, power, and control as measures of “success” in America (2). Much like Trump’s Great Man ascertations, about how “great” America can be, much like him-self – with …

Michael Kearns: Dabrowski on Positive Disintegration and Human Development

Dabrowski’s Theory of Positive Disintegration: Some implications for teachers of gifted students Sal Mendaglio, AGATE. Fall 2002 15(2) 14-22. TPD is neither a theory of giftedness nor a theory of emotional development. It is a comprehensive, complex theory with far-reaching implications for understanding human development in general.

Michael Kearns: Robert Pirsig on Quality & Complementarity

Subjects, Objects, Data and Values by Robert M Pirsig EXTRACT In the Metaphysics of Quality the world is composed of three things: mind, matter and Quality. Because something is not located in the object does not mean that it has to be located in your mind. Quality cannot be independently derived form either mind or …

Michael Kearns: Bernie Sanders & Cornell West

Bernie Sanders & Cornel West: The radical alliance that could change everything EXTRACT “I love brother Bernie,” West replied. “He tells the truth about Wall Street. He really does.” But West, who feels burned and spurned by President Obama, his team, and the Democratic Party generally, then turned immediately to the specter of Hillary Clinton. …