Saturday, August 30, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
A little over a week ago, I emailed Tim Harford regarding if a study had ever been done that asked the following question of the participants:
"How many times have you asked someone out (on a date) and have been surprised at their response (also indicate whether they responded yes or no)?"
I was asking Tim about how intuitive we (humans) are at interpreting signals and variables from other people in terms of realtionships. In business, I have witnessed questions being asked of other parties even though the questioner knows what the answer will be. Most of the time, the questioner asks in order to fulfill some sort of requirement of asking from their superior.
Tim replied to my inquiry:
Alas, I've never seen such a question. Fascinating subject, though. Sorry not to be able to help.
One can only wonder what it takes to apply for grant monies to make these studies happen. Nevertheless, you have it from me that I will do what I can to find more on the topic.
Monday, August 04, 2008
Did you ever wonder how competitive top athletes (in any sport) can be? Allow me to show you just how competitive things can get in Formula 1. Fernando Alonso (2005 & 2006 driver’s champion) was in a Thursday press conference with Heikki Kovalainen, where they had the following exchange following a question over what their activities might be during the Formula 1 summer break.
Kovalainen: In my family I make decisions where I go, I don't know what my girlfriend will do, but this is my holiday.
Alonso: You will see... wait two years!
Now, while that doesn’t strike as particularly competitive, you have to wait a few more questions again to see another exchange regarding their girlfriends.
Alonso: I will do whatever my wife wants. If it's time to join the club, I will join, if she says no, then I won't join.
Kovalainen: For me it's the opposite; if they ask me to join the club, I make my decision whether my girlfriend is happy or not. I try to keep it that way, I think it's better.
If I did not know any better, and I may not, I would actually venture to say that these two drivers were having a “you-don’t-know-what-a-relationship-is-like off” between each other during the Thursday press conference.
More importantly; I have no idea who won that. And I actually want to know. See, here’s the thing: Alonso has been described as difficult to work with and a bit of a pre-Madonna. Yet, apparently from the conference, he explains that his wife’s wishes are a super priority for him.
Kovalainen on the other hand is known as the super nice guy in the paddock, and always a pleasure to be around, yet apparently he has the relationship that most men have never heard of. I mean, seriously, two people maintaining their own individuality and goals in a relationship? Who ever heard of such a thing?
So, in order to find out how a relationship should really be, I propose that Fernando Alonso and Heikki Kovalainen have a race…using the cars their wives drive. And this race will take place…on the Nurburgring. And I mean the whole ring, not the adjacent Formula One circuit.
And that’s just part one of the event. In the second part, Alonso and Kovalainen’s wives will then drive in their husbands’ respective formula one car around the Grand Prix circuit.
No matter the result though, one thing is for sure; all drivers better bring back those cars with a full tank, or they might have a quiet ride home.
Finally then, after a proper sporting competition, we can see what type of relationship is the proper way forward. I can think of many no better scientific process in determining such an important question with human relationships.