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IF YOU ARE WONDERING WHY WE HAVEN’T REACHED A POINT OF AUTOCATALYSIS SUFFICIENT TO MAKE UP FOR ALL THE ENTRENCHED STUPIDITY, HERE’S SOME ACADEMIC DISCIPLINES TRYING TO FIND THE ANSWER

A long-time friend and colleague valued for many reasons, not the least of which is the expansive range of his scholarly interests, writes:
“I often get lost in the soup of new economic titles that try to capture the behavioral side of economics, an area that has languished until recently. Books on neuroeconomics, behavioral economics, economic [...]

JUST WHEN I WAS READY TO DISCUSS WHAT WE COULD DO TO ENCOURAGE NEW THINKING SKILLS IN A SEMINAR AT HER EMPLOYER, I GET THIS QUESTION ABOUT BELIEVING IN GOD

I am accustomed to being questioned by prospective business clients on all kinds of issues. What I’m not accustomed to is having them ask me, unexpectedly and point-blank, as happened over dinner not long ago, “Do you believe in God?”
But it happened, and I replied immediately, “I don’t believe in your God.”
I think that’s the [...]

I OFTEN SAY, “ARGUE FOR YOUR LIMITS AND YOU GET TO KEEP THEM.” OTHERWISE, SIMPLY ASSUME THAT YOU ARE GOING TO CHANGE PERHAPS MORE OFTEN THAN YOU REALIZE

Sometimes I’m bemused at the question, sometimes a little exasperated: Can people really change?
I suspect the reason that anyone would ask the question has to more to do with the nature of consciousness than anything else. Consciousness appears to be the paragon of immediacy. “We” may have trouble staying in the here and now, but [...]

MORE AND MORE ATTENTION IS BEING PAID TO THE BRAIN’S POWERS OF THIN SLICING

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. In fact, it’s such a doggone-good way [...]

YUP, YUP, YUP, YUP & YUP! HE’S GOT THIS RIGHT!

Quote of the day from James Scott’s new book, Information Warfare: The Meme is the Embryo of the Narrative Illusion:
“The meme is the embryo of the narrative. Therefore, controlling the meme renders control of the ideas; control the ideas and you control the belief system; control the belief system and you control the narrative; control [...]

BTC’S ‘EVERGREEN’ IS ABOUT HANDLING THE ODDS OF ‘THROWNNESS’

In today’s high-speed-change world, surprise is a permanent growth industry. The authors (the writer of this blog and long-time Colorado businessman David Neenan) of Evergreen: Playing a Continuous Comeback Business Game call it “thrownness”—as in “being tossed in the middle of, without warning or preparation.”
With all the thrownness, probably everyone realizes they need to [...]

ONE OF THE MOST SKILLED DOLPHIN THINKERS WE’VE COME ACROSS DIED THE OTHER DAY. FIREFIGHTERS AREN’T THE ONLY ONES WHO’LL BE LEARNING FROM CHIEF ALAN BRUNACINI FOR A LONG TIME TO COME.

You can find details on Chief Brunacini’s life, career and now his funeral arrangements in Phoenix, Arizona, from Fire Engineering’s website.
Nearly two years ago, I wrote about my personal encounters with Chief Brunacini and what I’d learned from his management style and pure love of his job, the people he managed and the citizens he [...]

TO ALL WHO HAVE ASKED . . . WE FARED EXTREMELY WELL IN IRMA. NO STRUCTURAL DAMAGE. NO LOSS OF TREES. OUR POWER IS ON. THINGS ARE MORE OR LESS NORMAL UNTIL WE WALK OUT OUR FRONT DOOR AND LOOK AROUND.

Thanks greatly for your emails and texts!
You did a fine, fine job of wrapping us in your thoughts and prayers. The headquarters of Brain Technologies Corporation and the personal living quarters of its owners came through Irma unscathed. Our neighborhood, our city and our state did not. Gainesville is cleaning up today from numerous [...]

WHAT DONALD TRUMP CAN LEARN FROM QUANAH PARKER, GREAT CHIEF OF THE COMANCHES

It’s clear that Donald Trump has come up against his Quanah Parker moment. Whether Mr. Trump can lead the world’s most powerful nation as adeptly and imaginatively as the great Indian chief led his people, first in war and then in captivity, is still to be seen. For all our sakes, The Donald is advised [...]

BTC’S THINKING SKILLS TOOLS ARE BEING PUT TO Ever MORE IMAGINATIVE NEW USES than ever, WITH MORE TO COME.

NO TIME BEING LOST BY OUR MONTREAL ASSOCIATES. (Although with All
the Travel, There is a Risk of Their Losing their Luggage!)
Our “high-concept, high-touch” friends at Groupe Metafor International are involved in an all-dolphins-on-deck promotional push that straddles the Atlantic Ocean. Here are activities that Michèle Carrier and Charles Boulos are offering for Canada, France and [...]