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June 14, 2007

the tip of the iceberg

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composite photo of an iceberg

The world weighs on my shoulders
But what am I to do?

You sometimes drive me crazy
But I worry about you

I know it makes no difference
To what you’re going through

But I see the tip of the iceberg
And I worry about you

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George Box

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Most models are wrong, but some are useful.

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March 28, 2007

Seeking solutions in the culture domain

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Culture is what we do, and the stories we tell about why we do it.

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March 16, 2007

Denying people the right to their own experiences

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I’m pretty sure my own personal experience seems real and legitimate to me. And I’m not saying that you have to experience it exactly the same way, too. I’m just trying to share a description of something I see.

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Your thoughts?

February 13, 2007

Two worth reading

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Have you read either of these excellent books?

Changing Planes, by Ursula K. LeGuin

The Cave, by Jose Saramago

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December 18, 2006

Culture as conspiracy theory

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The vast conspiracy is really just culture.

November 30, 2006

to be wise is to see

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An excerpt from the essay, “to be wise is to see”

It seems to me that our culture often tries to tell us there’s only one thing that can be seen. Ever. If we see something else, well, we’d better keep it to ourselves. Our culture tells us, “This is a picture of a vase. It’s only a vase. If you think you see something else in this picture, well, you’re wrong! Because it’s a vase.

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November 1, 2006

I don’t do book reviews

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As much as I enjoy books, and as much I want others to appreciate the good ones, I greatly dislike writing book reviews. They remind me too much of book reports and school homework assignments.

Reading a book is fun. Writing about it takes time away from reading the next one….

These are my Swiss Army, Leatherman, toolbox-in-paperback, recommended books:

I know I should say more, of course. But I’d rather be reading.

August 5, 2006

Ten significant books (a blog meme)

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July 29, 2006

Information, knowledge, wisdom

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How do these three puzzle pieces fit together?

  • Information
  • Knowledge
  • Wisdom

How do we tell them apart? How do we acquire them? How do we apply them?