Today I talked to someone about storytelling and how that helps you engage with your audience and generate empathy. The idea is that you can use storytelling to provide compelling evidence of what you’re trying to convey. The more real a story feels, the more your audience will engage with you and feel what you’re feeling. As I went through this hypothesis earlier today, I realized that I was using storytelling to convince my counterpart. And it worked. Not only was my interlocutor convinced, I too became more adept at using storytelling to generate empathy.
Agency is the ability that humans have to decide by themselves the course of their actions. You can apply agency to individuals and also to groups of people. On one end of the spectrum, you have the individualists who prefer to decide what’s best for them. On the other end of the spectrum, you have people who choose to act on behalf of a common good that benefits the community. Both approaches are founded on each individual’s beliefs of what is considered correct. What some of us consider correct might go against the accepted ethical behaviors of society. Whenever that…
“Thoughts” is a composition made between October and December 2020. It’s composed of eight pictures, each symbolizing one thought symbol. The pictures have been taken by a cell phone and have been manipulated to give more importance to what they symbolize.
The unknown is probably the most powerful force there is to convince people into doing things. Not knowing something generates anxiety and you naturally want to fight it. It’s human nature to eliminate as much uncertainty as possible.
Why do we humans crave immediacy? I believe humans crave immediacy because it provides instant gratification and a sense of being part of the experience. The desire for instant gratification is often associated with difficulty coping with uncertainty, coming from a lack of future perspectives. — in The Illusion of Immediacy, Bruno Pedro, October 2020.
What is a model, if not more than a representation of reality? A model can be seen as a way to measure and communicate a set of facts. A model is used to provide a way to express a perception of reality. In a way, it is your own version of reality. The Street-Kuhn maxim states it better by proclaiming that reality cannot make a model less or more fallible. A model cannot be wrong because it is a mere representation; hence it is accepted that it will have flaws. The only way to change a model is by supplanting it with another model.
A model is never defeated by facts, however damaging, but only by another model. — in Albert O. Hirschman, Exit, Voice, and Loyalty, p. 68, referring to Thomas S. Kuhn, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions
API User Experience or, in short, APIUX is the experience that any user interacting with your API will feel. It includes not only the developers writing code that integrates with your API but also end-users that are using your API indirectly through third-party applications. As you will see, the way you design your API has a profound impact on the way even end-users experience an application that consumes your API.
Your API’s User Experience can be broken down into developers and third-party application end users. Let’s explore how these two groups might be affected by your design decisions. Developers are…
Why do we humans crave immediacy? I believe humans crave immediacy because it provides instant gratification and a sense of being part of the experience. The desire for instant gratification is often associated with difficulty coping with uncertainty, coming from a lack of future perspectives. To understand why that happens, let’s think about basic human needs like the need to breathe, eat, or drink. We basically act on the pleasure principle, which is a mechanism that protects us from pain, suffering, and eventual death. By following the pleasure principle, we simply follow our feelings and act in what we think…