Pickpocketing

Officials suspect the owners of the wallets were victims of pickpockets.
2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgOur thinking is hindered by an overly narrow focus on the problem at hand. The result? We miss information that could help us make better decisions.
2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgLost in distraction, we exist on autopilot and habit. Paying attention creates an opportunity for change.
2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgLost in distraction, we exist on autopilot and habit. Paying attention creates an opportunity for change.
2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgAnd in our experience of a lazy brain, somehow it all seems as though it's 'happening' to us, rather than an inner state we've (subconsciously) created. Time to train our brains, by educating the guards at the gates.
2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgExternal forces whittle down our choices in unconscious ways; tricking us into thinking we have more free will than we really do
apollo robbinsWhat can a pickpocket teach us about the art of getting people's attention? A lot - if you can keep up with him. Watch expert thief Apollo Robbins in action and see if you can figure out how he does it.