Brazil lost it’s star player in the game against Colombia. Some say they may have lost the world cup as well. But does Brazil still have a upper hand over Germany today? Can playing at home give them the much needed edge? We believe it does. What constitutes this home advantage? Is it just the extra adrenalin flow when you the hear the roar of thousands supporting you? Or is there something sinister about it? Do referees who are suppose to be impartial tend to contribute to t
Yesterday my colleague and I were debating which iPhone version he should buy since he has finally decided to give up his old blackberry. With the launch of the 2 new models, his choice set included the earlier model iPhone 4S, the step-down model iPhone 5C and the most high end version iPhone 5S. While we were comparing the three models, the iPhone 5c quickly went out of favor and the debate centered around the other 2 models. This anecdotal experience, however, seems to be
In a a tragic accident between a bus and train in Ottawa, Canada, 6 people died, 8 were critically injured and 30 were hospitalized. The crash happened in the morning rush hour when the bus ran through the guard rail and collided with a train. Passengers in the bus reported screaming at the bus driver while on course but even that did not prevent the accident. Investigations by the Transportation Safety board to determine the cause of the accident have begun but an obvious qu
If you are from Mumbai or pride that you know Mumbai well enough, you might be wondering where Upper Worli is. If you did, you are like most other people I know, many of them having lived in this city all their life! It was only a few months back that Mumbaikars heard of this place for the first time – when a series of high end luxury residences were launched in this hitherto unheard-of locality. Visits to websites of these builders, Google Maps, and eureka happens – Upper Wo
Obama has spoken again. This time, its about new legislation to outline retirement initiatives. Meanwhile, what comes across as more alarming is the current state of savings in America. “The fact is, even before this recession hit, the savings rate was essentially zero, while borrowing had risen and credit card debt had increased,”
“Half of America’s work force doesn’t have access to a retirement plan at work. And fewer than 10 percent of those without workplace retirement p
This video has been getting a lot of plays in the last couple of weeks. If you haven’t seen it yet, take a look. It’s an engaging three minutes of dancing and gathering. While of course, the element of entertainment exists, there lies another reason for the naturally developing dance party, social influence, or as Jonah Lehrer calls it, social conformity. Watching this video, there’s little doubt that other people’s behaviours are a powerful source of social influence. We loo
We wrote in The Wall Street Journal’s Mint about how it is not bad financial decisions that lead to an economic crisis, but actually biological origins of human behaviour, including deviant economic behaviour that leads to financial crises. You can read the article on LiveMint here. For those who would like to save a click, here is the entire article.
———————— Will another financial crisis, worse than the present one, hit the world economy? As governments around the world gr
So, Slumdog Millionaire swept the Oscars yesterday. Well done, Boyle and Co. In a tip of the hat, I not only compliment him on his deft film making skills, but also his acumen in influencing a very unique code that caused it to reign favourite at the Academy Awards last night. Let’s take a step back and see what might have been one big reason for the Slumdog sweep. As you might know, just recently, Pantone selected Mimosa as the colour of the year. The reasons couldn’t have b
continued from here For a start, fifteen weeks after it’s release, the movie is still holding strong at #5 on the box office lists. It was still topping the UK charts start of February. With a rags to riches storyline, Slumdog Millionaire worked brilliantly to to invoke a strong sense of contrast with current reality. Lets take a quick look at the climate Slumdog Millionaire was released in 2008. The stock market crashed in September.
Sept. 15: The first ripples are felt as