Friday’s Finds for Enlightened Animal Trainers

Here are some of the observations and insights that were shared via social media this past fortnight.

@SeriousPony: “Again, while enlightened animal trainers are recognizing the danger of a purely behavioral / Skinner approach, VC’s [venture capitalists] are funding it for humans.

Gamification addresses the symptoms of a broken system, but does nothing to fix it. via @ericzigus

When people care about and are invested in their work, when they draw a sense of purpose and identity from their work, when they understand themselves as part of a greater whole, gamification is not needed. Rather than trying to change people’s behaviour when they are reluctant to engage in tasks, the point of which is lost on them, organisations should ensure that people draw a genuine sense of identity from their work. People are truly engaged when work is meaningful to them, when they can see the purpose of what they do in contributing to the overall purpose of the organisation.

Axel Springer SE: Google doesn’t need us. But we need Google. via @TimKastelle

A large proportion of high quality journalistic media receives its traffic primarily via Google. In other areas, especially of a non-journalistic nature, customers find their way to suppliers almost exclusively though Google. This means, in plain language, that we – and many others – are dependent on Google. At the moment Google has a 91.2 percent search-engine market share in Germany. In this case, the statement “if you don’t like Google, you can remove yourself from their listings and go elsewhere” is about as realistic as recommending to an opponent of nuclear power that he just stop using electricity.

@EskoKilpi: Complexity #PerpetualBeta

The future of a complex system is growing through perpetual creation. What emerges is something that is partially known and partially unknown because of the almost indefinite number of variables influencing what is going on. Complexity is a paradoxical movement in time that is both knowable and unknowable. Stability and instability cannot be separated here. It is a dynamic that is called stable instability or unstable stability. Uncertainty is a basic feature of all complex systems. Uncertainty means that you can’t predict. Although the specific paths are unpredictable, there is a qualitative pattern. The pattern is never exactly the same, but there is always some similarity to what has already happened. The patterns very similar to each other can sometimes be used to prepare appropriate behavior.

If you can’t write clearly, you probably don’t think nearly as well as you think you do.” – KURT VONNEGUT. via @AdviceToWriters

@AmyBurvall: I dig @hjarche “Seek Sense Share” #alliterationrules

Seek > Sense > Share, by Amy Burvall

Seek > Sense > Share, by Amy Burvall

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