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COMMENTARY: Learning From Pigeons

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During an experiment, pigeons were put in cages with one green and one red button.  In one cage, if the birds pecked the green button they would get food every time.  In the other, the green button yielded food erratically and the pigeons had to persist to get enough food.  In both cases, pecking the red button did nothing.  Both … Read More The post COMMENTARY: Learning From Pigeons appeared first on What Will Matter.

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COMMENTARY 982.4: Five Birds and Good Intentions

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Five birds are sitting on a telephone wire. Two decide to fly south. How many are left? Most people would say three. Actually, all five are left. You see, deciding to fly isn’t the same as doing it. If a bird really wants to go somewhere, it’s got to point itself in the right direction, jump off the wire, flap … Read More The post COMMENTARY 982.4: Five Birds and Good Intentions appeared first on What Will Matter.

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COMMENTARY 982.4: Five Birds and Good Intentions

COMMENTARY 975.3: Birds on a Wire: Actions are More Important Than Intentions

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Five birds are sitting on a telephone wire. Two of them decide to fly south. How many are left? Three, you say? No, it’s five. You see, deciding to fly south is not the same as doing it. If a bird really wants to go somewhere, it’s got to point itself in the right direction, jump off the wire and … Read More The post COMMENTARY 975.3: Birds on a Wire: Actions are More Important Than Intentions appeared first on What Will Matter.

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COMMENTARY 975.3: Birds on a Wire: Actions are More Important Than Intentions