Thursday, May 1, 2014

Questions for Daniel Pink

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  1. What would happen to society if it changed to meet the standards you state in your book?

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  2. Why do you think that the future will need/want more right brained thinkers?

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  3. Instead of the cover saying, "Why right brainers will rule the future", what would you prefer it said?

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  4. What inspired you to research about the human brain? Including right brained thinking and human motivation?

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  5. What was you drive to write this book, and why do you think it is important that we learn about the functions of our brains in everyday life?

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  6. What were the influences in your life (i.e. mentors, family members, experiences, etc.) that led to the beliefs you value and discuss in your book?

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  7. You wrote this book over 10 years ago. Is society where you hoped they would be at? Why or why not?

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  8. Do you think it is important to keep the left hemisphere just as strong as the right hemisphere?

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  9. I understand from your book that right-brained people will be the most successful. But what do you think will happen to people who are only left-brained? How successful or unsuccessful will they be?

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  10. What inspired you to write this book? How long did it take you to write this book with all of the research you had to do?

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  11. In todays day and age, doctors and lawyers may make double even triple the amounts of money that right-brain thinkers make. When do you think that right-brain thinkers will become even with the prestigious left-brain thinkers of today?

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  12. If you were to add a seventh sense to your list of senses what would it be? Why?

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  13. Why do you think our society put so much pressure on left brained thinking, when even in the technological age it was right brained thinking that originally invented the basis of the technological revolution?

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  14. Since you have written this book, do you think that society has changed to accept the right-brained more? If so, in what ways have you observed this change?

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  15. While you didn't put the subtitle "Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future", do you agree that your book supports it? Do you believe that someone who only uses one side of their brain can be successful or does it take a mixture of left and right brained qualities?

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  16. In the chapter on story, you brought up the tale of the hero, and how it is the underlying concept of every story, even A Whole New Mind. In writing this book, did you go through a "hero-like" transformation, coming from someone who was not quite sure about the brain, and came out knowing much more about our intrinsic motivation and being able to use those motivations to form successful futures?

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  17. The subtitle "Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future" was put on by the publishers, but do you agree with this? Do you believe that our society is becoming reliant on the right-brain as opposed to the left?

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  18. How has the information you discovered while writing this book effected your personal life?

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  19. Why are you so interested in this topic? Do you think it would be important for a person building their career to know about the topics you wrote about in A Whole New Mind and Drive?

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  21. Out of all the topics or chapters in your book, which one was the most challenging to write and why?

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  22. How has writing this book changed the way you yourself saw the world?

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  23. What inspired you to choose this topic? How did it inspire you?

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  24. Which quality of the right brain fo you think is hardest to develop? Which one do you belive is most important to develop?

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  25. How do you suggest that us, as high school students, develop the right side of our brains and what we can do to improve our own creativity?

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  26. How did you find all of the sources you use in this book?

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  27. Who's research was the inspiration for pursuing the brain and social sciences?

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  28. Do you think a lot of businesses use your strategies discussed in A Whole New Mind?

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  29. As far as education, how do you recommend we revolutionize the learning experience at schools.

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  30. Why did you choose to write your book about being right-brained in a left-brained way? Do you think that this helped your readers understand what you were writing about?

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  31. Have you seen any of your ideas that you discuss in the book but proven not true? For example, have you seen a left brained person be just as successful as a right brained person?

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  32. What do you think should be the biggest take away from your book?

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  33. Do you think that Americans will still hold a large amount of left-brain jobs in our nation in the future, or are they all out sourcable?

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  34. Did you decide to write this book and then begin to research for it, or did your ideas develop over time and were just translated into text? If you had to research for it how long did it take you and what resources did you have to access to obtain the information you needed?

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  35. If you could rewrite A Whole New Mind today, what would you change and why?

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  36. Of the six senses, which one is the most important for our world as it is now?

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  37. When you talk about the tendencies for each side of the brain, do you think that every single person fits these tendencies to some extent or do you think that there are some people who don't necessarily mold into what you think each side of the brain does? -Samantha

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  38. On the cover it says Right brain thinkers will rule the world? Do you agree at all with that statement? Why?

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  39. How can the concepts in your book be applied to education?

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  40. In the Play section, you said that some video games are really important and helpful but also said that some are completely useless and a waste of time. How do we differentiate between a helpful and non helpful game? What types of games are good or bad to play?

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  41. What would be a way to increase and implement empathy into school systems to prepare students and give them an edge in the job world?

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  42. What would be the best advice you could give for someone who wants a successful future?

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  43. When writing A Whole New Mind, did you find you had to think more right or left brained? Or was it a mixture of both?

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  44. Do you consider yourself more right brained or left brained? Why?

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  45. What inspired you to write this book?

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