So what do you know?
If you are a fan of my “how to think like a dolphin” approach, you know carps, you know sharks and you know NoQuiffs (Not Quite Flying Fish). In a world that technological revolutions have sent reeling, this knowledge is going to be increasingly needed, if not always welcomed.
The world’s main [...]
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So what do you know?
THE EVER-ASCERBIC DR. DAVID BRIN SAYS
ALL THE WORLD (AND ALL HISTORY) HAS A DOG IN AMERICA’S DYSFUNCTIONAL POLITICAL HUNT
One of the sharpest (and most cantankerous!) minds commenting on “the state of the world” at any given time is that of science fiction writer David Brin, best-known for his six “Uplift” novels.
Trying to have a conversation with “Doctor Brin” (his Ph.D. is in space science from the University of California San Diego) is genuinely [...]
A LURCH IS NOT THE SAME AS A LEAP!—AND THIS U.S. PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN HAS BEEN ALMOST OVERWHELMINGLY ABOUT LURCHING, NOT LEAP! ING
When used as a verb, “lurch” is usually defined something like this: “1. To stagger. 2. To roll or pitch suddenly or erratically.” When the word refers to an act, it refers to something that is observably opportunistic. That is to say, something that is, at minimum, seeking an edge, an advantage, an opening, a [...]
WHEN THESE KINDS OF “TESTIMONIALS” SPONTANEOUSLY SHOW UP IN OUR E-MAIL BOX, THEY MAKE OUR DAY AT BRAIN TECHNOLOGIES
The e-mail message we received the other day read:
When I was a pastor about 20 miles south of Charlotte, NC, I received a mail-out from you when you were in Colorado. I ordered (and still have) your original plastic-ring, self-published version of your work, Strategy of the Dolphin, and soon thereafter, I was moved [...]
Patrick Artus, professor of economics at University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and a leading French corporate economist, thinks the governments and institutions of the eurozone need to make several significant institutional leaps if they are going to get the continent out of its negative economic spiral. His thoughts are titled—drum roll, please—”Making the leap” and [...]
My all-time favorite description of what time is comes not from a scientist but from a writer of pulp science fiction, the late Ray Cumming. In 1922, he observed that time is “what keeps everything from happening at once.”
This is more than a not-half-way-bad way of describing time. It’s such a doggone-good way that even [...]
I took a look the past couple of days to see if I could find any evidence of a breakthrough in the area of breakthrough thinking, and I didn’t find one.
This isn’t to say that there aren’t some interesting things going on.
For example, the guys and gals at Idea Champions are still touting the benefits [...]
Maybe I’m Being Irrational. But This Terrible Oil Spill Has Ruined My Appetite at the Moment for Matt Ridley’s “Rational Optimism” Book
Let me share a few quick reasons why I’m not really a beach person.
Most visits to the beach quickly turn hot and sweaty. I’m more the 72-degree thermostat variety. Moreover, it is infernally difficult to leave the beach behind once you’ve been there; it adheres to your flesh and picnic utensils, invades your sandals, sticks [...]
On Black Swan Wings: My Copy of Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s Book Got Me a Free Upgrade on a Flight from Tampa to Chicago
I’ve probably shared this universal “rule of thumb” with my readers more than once: The world is divided into people who divide the world into twos and those who don’t.
And now there’s this one: The world is divided into people who know what a “black swan event” is and those who are clueless. Judged by [...]
The Indefatigable “Strategy of the Dolphin™” Just Keeps on Giving. Its Forte: Helping the Whole Exceed the Parts
The healthy human brain is no dummy. By the time it reaches adulthood, it knows a lot about what works and what doesn’t work. Where it gets in trouble is when things that it thought worked no longer do so, at least not well enough.
When that brain was much younger and in the body of [...]