Irrationality is the crux of N in mind of N
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Irrationality is the crux of N in mind of N

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In our family, social, education or occupation circle, we are always advised to be “rational”. In our quest to be so, we forget our unique ability to have our own “irrationality” at the center of our life.

Crocodile taunting isn’t a normal job for a regular joe. But it’s not the sign of a diseased mind. (Reuters stringer/2015 Wenling, China zoo)



The product, mind of N, is designed to formulate a metric for a “perfect” team comprising of individuals with differing irrationalities. Our solution assumes irrationalities (implicit biases) as a given and arrives at a most useful combination of such irrationalities among individuals for better team dynamics.

We always work with people and everyone has their own “irrationality” – it is only when a suitable combination of such irrationalities work together a great team is formed. Here, at mind of N, we assume irrationalities to be normal as advised by “



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We’re all WEIRDOS – say Yale Neuroscientists (Source:

Yale neuroscientists debunked the idea that anyone is “normal”Don’t you wish everyone would just act more normal, like you? I know I do.

But normal is a relative state that depends on time, place, and circumstance. There’s no one right way to be a human, and that applies to mental as well as physical states. That’s why neuroscientists are advocating for more recognition of the bizarre normalcy of all complex humans in psychiatry—an argument that can help all of us take a bigger-picture view.

A new study published in Trends in Cognitive Science on Feb. 20 debunks the myth of normalcy in people and animals. “The Myth of Optimality in Clinical Neuroscience” (paywall), by Avram Holmes and Lauren Patrick of the Yale University psychology department, uses evolution to show that uniformity in our brains is totally abnormal. What’s much more common in life, during its 3.5 billion years of evolving existence on Earth, is range and change, variety in and among creatures and habitats.

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Study: The Myth of Optimality in Clinical Neuroscience: Avram J. Holmes, Lauren M. Patrick

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mplicit in modern dimensional theories of psychiatric illness is the assumption that population variability and illness vulnerability are interchangeable constructs.

Mounting evidence suggests that healthy variation is ubiquitous in natural populations, and must be interpreted in terms of cost–benefit tradeoffs.

Psychiatric illnesses arise through a web of interactions linking brain function, behavior, and a lifetime of experiences. Research on illness etiology will only progress through the collection of comprehensive phenomic-level datasets.

Large-scale collaborative efforts have begun to generate broad phenotypic batteries that encompass environmental and contextual factors, brain structure and function, as well as multiple domains of cognition, behavior, and genetics. These datasets hold great potential for clinical researchers seeking to map links across diverse neural and cognitive states.

Clear evidence supports a dimensional view of psychiatric illness. Within this framework the expression of disorder-relevant phenotypes is often interpreted as a breakdown or departure from normal brain function. Conversely, health is reified, conceptualized as possessing a single ideal state. We challenge this concept here, arguing that there is no universally optimal profile of brain functioning. The evolutionary forces that shape our species select for a staggering diversity of human behaviors. To support our position we highlight pervasive population-level variability within large-scale functional networks and discrete circuits. We propose that, instead of examining behaviors in isolation, psychiatric illnesses can be best understood through the study of domains of functioning and associated multivariate patterns of variation across distributed brain systems.

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Tarun Abhichandani
More than a decade of experience in managing businesses and processes. Undertaken large number of syndicated and bespoke research studies centered on understanding consumer behavior.

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  1. archaeologist - 14th May 2018 at 3:56 am

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