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Convergent and Divergent Problems

One of the most interesting sections in A Guide for the Perplexed is about convergent and divergent problems and how they relate to our perplexing human state. Convergent problems have solutions that are verifiable, repeatable, and stable. The example Mr. Schumacher used in the book was bicycles: after many attempts at a two-wheeled vehicle, a [...]

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Question Authority

A Guide for the Perplexed starts out talking about maps. The first thing to know about maps is that they are, by their nature, incomplete; that is, it is impossible for a map to contain all the information about the territory they are describing. For this reason, it is very important to select good maps [...]

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“It is what it is”: This Is Not Deep Thinking!

I have a lot of language pet peeves. Using “impact” for “effect” is one. Another is the verbing of unreceptive nouns: architecting, dialoguing, workshopping. Between you and I drives me crazy too (and please don’t make me explain why). But today, I am going to focus on a phrase which has become rampantly commonplace and [...]

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Don’t Throw the Baby Out With the Bathwater

We baby boomers have to be on guard against the belief that we’re the only ones who ever got it right. The truth is that were just another group of nutcases.–Ken Wilber Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater. In other words, don’t reject something in its entirety just because you’ve had a bad [...]

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If They Aren’t Consistent, They Aren’t Values

I may not agree with what you say, but I will fight to the death for your right to say it.–Voltaire Wikipedia defines values as “broad preferences concerning appropriate courses of action or outcomes.” This can apply to both individuals and cultures. It defines individual (personal) values as “an internal reference for what is good, [...]

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The Importance of Reading Books

You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.–Ray Bradbury When I was thirteen, I got to spend a month on a horse farm with a couple of other girls working for a woman in exchange for riding lessons and the chance to soak up as much [...]

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Take What You Like and Leave the Rest

“Take what you like and leave the rest” is a cliche heard often in Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. At first glance, this seems ironic, because AA literature is adamant that a person must commit to the whole program if he wants to get and remain sober. For example, the book “Alcoholics Anonymous” has phrases like “half [...]

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Still, We Must Make an Effort to Help…

The only way to truly help another person is to become a Whole person yourself.–Lama Everest Having said all that, I want to be clear that I don’t mean we should throw up our hands and give up on people or on making the world a better place. The fact that change is a choice [...]

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Change Is a Choice

Personal change can only come from within, from the desire of an individual. I say this because there seems to be some confusion about it. There are a lot of people who think you can decree rules or laws from “above” that will result in individual change. These do-gooders might mean well, but they are [...]

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Is the Internet Making Us Stupider?

The more things change, the more they stay the same. — French proverb Anytime we think the problem is out there, that thought is the problem. — Stephen Covey Recently, I got into a discussion with a friend about technology in general and social networking in particular. His beliefs are that technology had made us [...]

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