Category Archives: Words to Live By

Guidelines from my 30 years of writing and teaching about positive uncertainty and the process of illumination.

GIVING ADVICE

And Accepting Advice The world is filled with people who are anxious to serve in an advisory capacity.               Charlie Brown on the baseball mound surrounded by players It is always foolish to give advice, … Continue reading

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CURIOUSITY AND CREATIVITY

The Key To Open-Mindedness  You can’t grow clinging to the status quo.  It is said that curiosity killed the cat. It could also be said that curiosity keeps humans creative. Curious is defined as a strong desire to know or … Continue reading

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GENUINE IGNORANCE

A Beginners Mind “Genuine ignorance is profitable because it leads to humility, curiosity and open-mindedness.”   John Dewey A lot is being written lately about the virtues of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Not many people are even discussing Genuine Ignorance (GI). I believe … Continue reading

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INATTENTIONAL BLINDNESS *

What You Don’t Pay Attention To Attention is our currency, and it’s precious. Florence Williams Without it we don’t see, hear, taste.  Paul Atchley We only experience what we pay attention to. Attention has two basic types:                 1) voluntary, active, … Continue reading

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WHAT IS THE MIND?

Do You Know?   Do You Care? We often hear the word mind yet rarely do we notice that it lacks a clear definition.    Daniel Siegel When you are thinking about what you are thinking or wonder what is on … Continue reading

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DECISION MAKING WITHOUT A RECIPE

 Because Rationality Is Bounded We abandoned the idea that people are perfectly rational choosers.                                                     Daniel … Continue reading

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THE OCEAN LINER METAPTHOR

  As Described by President Obama Metaphors are concepts we live by.    George Lakoff and Mark Johnson By now you know how much I like metaphor. And I admit I like Obama. These two biases are influencing this blog. … Continue reading

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