On Disagreement

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Reading Time: 6 minutesA few thoughts and observations about Disagreement — what it is, what it’s not, and why it matters. The pdf version of what follows is available here. Feel free to download it and use it however you wish. NOTES 1 – The banalities and absurdities of being a modern corporate employee were hilariously brought to life on TV with The Office …

Holiday Tomatoes

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Reading Time: 2 minutesGold foil wrapper … snowflake graphics … “LIMITED EDITION” … of course you’re buying those special Christmas cherry tomatoes over the ones in the nondescript green plastic basket, right? If you think both the question and the packaging effort are ridiculous because there’s nothing particularly Christmas-y about cherry tomatoes, you’re quite right. And you’re missing the point. The logic of a …

Those 3 Little Words

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Reading Time: 2 minutesDark insecurities forever whisper in our ear. Fear of exposure to vulnerability climbs in the driver’s seat of our mind: “Shields up! Cloaking device activated!” All of a sudden, the people we need to connect with the most are presented with an image — not of us, but of the mask we hide behind. Once this process is set in …

How Sad

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Reading Time: 2 minutesAristotle taught that how we talk about things shapes how we think about them. Words matter, which is why the control of language itself was a centerpiece of Orwell’s 1984. It’s all well and good to be able to see many shades of red, but without a rich language that provides different names for them, what difference does it make? …

Shallow Hal

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Reading Time: 1 minuteToday is the release date for Terminator Genisys — which apparently is Hollywood-speak for “Yeah, it’s pretty much the same storyline as the 1984 original.” But long before “Skynet” was the cultural synonym for computer artificial intelligence run amok, a soothingly spoken apology was THE image of mankind’s fear of the rise of the Machine: While the specter of machines …