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2012-03-07 21:41:38

Stuck solving a problem? Seek the obscure, says Tony McCaffrey, a psychology PhD from the University of Massachusetts. “There´s a classic obstacle to innovation called ℠functional fixedness,´ which is the tendency to fixate on the common use of an object or its parts. It hinders people from solving problems.” McCaffrey has developed a systematic way of overcoming that obstacle: the “generic parts technique” (GPT), which he describes in the latest issue...

2012-02-10 14:06:36

There will always be a wild and unpredictable quality to creativity and invention, says Anthony McCaffrey, a cognitive psychology researcher at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, because an "Aha moment" is rare and reaching it means overcoming formidable mental obstacles. But after studying common roadblocks to problem-solving, he has developed a toolkit for enhancing anyone´s skills. McCaffrey believes his Obscure Features Hypothesis(OFH) has led to the first systematic,...

2010-05-19 05:59:00

WASHINGTON and WEST POINT, N.Y., May 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Four-Star General Barry R. McCaffrey (USA-Ret.), who led the Left Hook in the Gulf War, was SouthCom Commander (directing U.S.-Latin America troops), and later served as the White House National Drug Policy Director, yesterday was given the United States Military Academy 2010 Distinguished Graduate Award by the West Point Association of Graduates. The presentation followed the West Point spring Alumni March and occurred at...

2010-02-03 11:49:00

Thurs., Feb. 11, 10:00 am, National Press Club, Zenger Room, 14th and F Streets NW, 13th Floor; McCaffrey to issue written report WASHINGTON, Feb. 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Four-Star General Barry McCaffrey (USA, Ret), San Antonio Spurs Owner Peter Holt, and Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund President Jan Scruggs will report on a week-long trip of a delegation of Vietnam veterans and their families to Vietnam at a National Press Club "Newsmakers" News Conference. The event will be at 10:00...

2009-12-23 14:35:00

WASHINGTON, Dec. 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Four-Star General Barry McCaffrey (Ret), former White House Drug Czar and SouthCom (Latin America) Commander, is canceling a scheduled January 3-6 trip to Cuba to discuss U.S.-Cuban future cooperation because of recent "shallow, vitriolic" comments and actions by Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez. In a prior trip to the island, McCaffrey met with top Cuban government, political, military, and academic leaders - including a seven hour...

2009-12-08 05:00:00

See http://www.mccaffreyassociates.com/pdfs/AAR_november_2009.pdf For Full Report WASHINGTON, Dec. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Four Star-Gen. Barry McCaffrey (Ret), a former Gulf War commander, SouthCom Commander, and U.S. National Drug Policy Director, now Adjunct Professor of International Affairs at West Point, has issued a comprehensive assessment, report, and recommendations on the situation in Afghanistan following a week long-visit. During his mission, conducted for the U.S....

2009-10-21 12:14:00

WASHINGTON, Oct. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Four-Star General Barry McCaffrey, USA(Ret.), former commander in Desert Storm, now Adjunct Professor at West Point, and former Director, Office of National Drug Control Policy, will testify before the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Oversight & Investigations on Thursday, 22 October at the House Visitor's Center at 2:00pm. The hearing will focus on U.S. strategy in Afghanistan and how that affects strategy in Iraq. General McCaffrey will...


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  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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