Category Archives: Words to Live By

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

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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CHAOS AND COMPASSION

Open-Mindedness and Open-Heartedness If we can see ourselves connected, yet ignorant of most of the connections,  then we have little choice but to be compassionate. Donald Michael In 1995 I published an article in the Counseling and Values Journal with the … Continue reading

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Reflect – Review – Renew

The 3 R’s of Self-Awareness The Pause That Refreshes, the 1929 Coca Cola slogan. Traveling through life in today’s rapidly moving world of the internet and big data doesn’t leave much time for pausing and refreshing. To reflect, review and … Continue reading

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