Friday Link Love

A few random things…

Ice Art

 

Greenpeace got artist John Quigley to partially recreate da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man on a melting ice pack near the North Pole. Nicely metaphorical, dontcha think?

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Overshoot on Your Salary Request to Get the Best Offer

With any luck, I won’t be negotiating another salary from scratch any time soon. But I was intrigued by this approach:

Asking for a ridiculously high salary—even when offered as a joke—can get you a much higher salary offer than if you stay within the typical salary range for a job, the Harvard Business Review suggests.

I’m wondering whether this approach works in other areas of life!

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Choices for Change

This is an article for church leaders on how to catalyze change, but it has good thoughts for anyone needing to make a shift in his or her life: “When you want to change, you have two choices: think your way into acting or act your way into thinking.”

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If It Feels Right…

This David Brooks column has been making the rounds among my Facebook friends:

During the summer of 2008, the eminent Notre Dame sociologist Christian Smith led a research team that conducted in-depth interviews with 230 young adults from across America. The interviews were part of a larger study that Smith, Kari Christoffersen, Hilary Davidson, Patricia Snell Herzog and others have been conducting on the state of America’s youth.

Smith and company asked about the young people’s moral lives, and the results are depressing.

It’s not so much that these young Americans are living lives of sin and debauchery, at least no more than you’d expect from 18- to 23-year-olds. What’s disheartening is how bad they are at thinking and talking about moral issues.

[more at the link]

At least one commenter suggested that people of all ages are not necessarily good at talking categorically and philosophically about moral issues… but they are still good and moral people. What do you think?

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Hope it is an excellent weekend for everyone.

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2 thoughts on “Friday Link Love

  1. Keith Snyder says:

    I can’t read the word “moral” without assuming religious dogma. What is a “moral issue” in this context?

  2. Rachel Heslin says:

    I see the “morals” study as a datapoint, not a conclusive statement. Some other datapoints include how acceptance of gay marriage is statistically greater among youth than the general populace, which seems a pretty moral stance from a “treat people decently” perspective.

    I wonder if the study would have been more useful if, rather than asking kids to define a moral dilemma, it asked kids what they would do in certain hypothetical situations (eg. “You find a bag with $1,000; what do you do?” type of questions.) This might reduce the data noise resulting from confusion of terms. After all, kids might be doing The Right Thing all the time and just not consider it much of a dilemma. (Gah. Went back to look at article again and it wants me to log in to read it. :P)

    And the melting da Vinci Man is really, really creepy.

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