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Which Typeface Engenders the Most Trust?

Have you ever seen a résumé written in comic sans? Regardless of the content, the applicant has probably hurt him/herself. Little details in writing, such as the typeface, can subtly persuade or dissuade a reader. Errol Morris of the New York Times writes: But is there a font that promotes, engenders a belief that a sentence is true? [...]

The Late Movies: First Person

Errol Morris, Oscar-winning director of The Fog of War, The Thin Blue Line, and Fast, Cheap and Out of Control is one of our best documentary filmmakers. A few years ago he had a television program called First Person. Each episode consisted mainly of a length interview with one fascinating person, conducted via something Morris [...]

Required Viewing: IBM’s “They Were There”

It’s hard to believe that IBM is 100 years old (well, nearly — it turns 100 on June 16, 2011). Yet, watching this newly released 30-minute documentary, the point is driven home: IBMers were indeed there at many crucial points in American technological history. They invented so many devices and systems we take for granted [...]

The Curious Case of Rick Rosner

Is there such a thing as “too smart” or perhaps too smart for your own good? Bruce G. Charlton states a common observation that “high IQ types are lacking in ‘common sense’ – and especially when it comes to dealing with other human beings.” This is a statement that could easily be exemplified by Rick Rosner. [...]