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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 [...]

THE SUBJECT IS TOO sensitive FOR MOST
OP-ED EDITORS TO TOUCH, BUT NOT MINE. hERE’S A PIECE i WROTE ABOUT the Presidential candidates’ brains for the local paper

Choosing which human brain to install in the Oval Office for the next four years is a daunting and demanding task. Some would even say it is scary.
For sure, it is a serious enough task that we should take a look at what we know about how our brains consistently deal with this messy, unpredictable [...]

One of firefighting’s greatest leaders ever —Chief Alan Brunacini— gives ‘power goofers’ a good hosing.

When I first met Alan Brunacini, I had no idea that he was a prototype of what I would come to call “the dolphin thinker.” He was simply a super-nice guy, who was already being steadily promoted by his employer, the Phoenix (Ariz.) Fire Department. I was a reporter for the local newspaper. A few [...]