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Ideas, wrapped in behaviors

Expressing ideas, the act of communicating, is behavior. Some people seem to understand this well. Others … not so much. What do you see?

Beginnings justify means

Ends are never really ends, are they? So it’s beginnings that must justify our means. Given that, how should we live, if beginnings must justify our means?

finger traps, life traps

The secret to escape a finger trap is to understand it first. Insight into the mechanisms that trap us leads to solutions that actually work. What we believe about the mechanisms of our world make a huge difference in our ability to live freely—or to feel pinched tightly in a giant finger trap. Read the […]

simple arithmetic, symptomatic behavior

I like to use conversations about simple arithmetic to illustrate some interesting behaviors. Math as metaphor: does it make sense to you? (Read all the conversations. Or open them in a new window or tab.) 2+2=3? Or 2+2=5? Which untruth do you prefer? Is 3+1 somehow better than 1+3?  Don’t they both add up to […]

the circle of observers

A summary, an observersation: From outside the circle, we can see inside the circle. We can observe the observers. We can see their blind spot. Read the rest of this story (or open it in a new window or tab)

Warning sign

Is it wise to ignore warning signs? I think not. What do you think?

How do you put out a fire?

I recommend water. Many folks seem to prefer to even more fire, though.

Two questions

What are the effects of our own behavior? How should we behave if we care about the answer? Read this piece in its original context (or open it in a new window or tab)

Three key pieces

Moral Politics: How Liberals and Conservatives Think, by George Lakoff The Fifth Discipline, by Peter Senge Ishmael, by Daniel Quinn And a frame that contains these pieces: Most models are wrong, but some are useful.

memorable fiction I’ve enjoyed

Good stuff by well-known names such as Kurt Vonnegut and less-known but deserving writers such as Ray Vukcevich. See the whole list (in a new window or tab)