Category Archives: philosophy

Studying history is an epistemic antiseptic.

An antiseptic prevents the growth of disease-causing microorganisms. An antiseptic aids in promoting the health of the greater organism. An “epistemic antiseptic” prevents the growth of deleterious ideas, beliefs, and stereotypes that are detrimental to the greater human organism. An

Studying history is an epistemic antiseptic.

An antiseptic prevents the growth of disease-causing microorganisms. An antiseptic aids in promoting the health of the greater organism. An “epistemic antiseptic” prevents the growth of deleterious ideas, beliefs, and stereotypes that are detrimental to the greater human organism. An

News is not information.

News does contain information, but there’s a reason we have two different words. News emerges out of journalism, and journalism is about narrative, and narrative exists to satiate humanity’s penchant for a dramatic story that makes sense. Why do you

News is not information.

News does contain information, but there’s a reason we have two different words. News emerges out of journalism, and journalism is about narrative, and narrative exists to satiate humanity’s penchant for a dramatic story that makes sense. Why do you

The question is the answer.

Seeking certainty, absolutism, and clarity requires the question to be the answer. How do you know when you’ve sold your soul to the power structures of politics, finance, or religion (or all three)? You don’t. But as soon as you

The question is the answer.

Seeking certainty, absolutism, and clarity requires the question to be the answer. How do you know when you’ve sold your soul to the power structures of politics, finance, or religion (or all three)? You don’t. But as soon as you

To perform philosophy is to liberate one’s self from one’s philosophy.

It is those who do not consider deeply the philosophies by which one lives who are most bound by them. One cannot see the world clearly without seeing clearly the way one sees. To simply state what is without stating

To perform philosophy is to liberate one’s self from one’s philosophy.

It is those who do not consider deeply the philosophies by which one lives who are most bound by them. One cannot see the world clearly without seeing clearly the way one sees. To simply state what is without stating

Our brains are not able to keep up with our minds.

The speed at which our technological and philosophical innovations are transforming our selves and our environments is happening faster than the speed at which our biology can augment and adjust itself to the new environments. In other words, our brains

Our brains are not able to keep up with our minds.

The speed at which our technological and philosophical innovations are transforming our selves and our environments is happening faster than the speed at which our biology can augment and adjust itself to the new environments. In other words, our brains

Nullius in verba.

“Take no one’s word for it,” or “On the word of no one.” The Royal Society’s motto ‘Nullius in verba’ is taken to mean ‘take nobody’s word for it’. It is an expression of the determination of Fellows to withstand

Nullius in verba.

“Take no one’s word for it,” or “On the word of no one.” The Royal Society’s motto ‘Nullius in verba’ is taken to mean ‘take nobody’s word for it’. It is an expression of the determination of Fellows to withstand

Blame is an abdication of responsibility.

We must first distinguish between “blame” and a rational analysis of causality. Once you’ve done that, if you hear someone use blame as the rational analysis, you’re listening to someone who has given up power; the power to change, make a difference, or

Blame is an abdication of responsibility.

We must first distinguish between “blame” and a rational analysis of causality. Once you’ve done that, if you hear someone use blame as the rational analysis, you’re listening to someone who has given up power; the power to change, make a difference, or

The best questions emerge, not from ignorance, but from deep understanding.

There is, of course, merit in asking questions to gain knowledge, a first step. But the more you understand, the more profound, complex, and challenging your questions become. Life is perplexing, confusing, complicated, and full of paradoxes. Questions about those

The best questions emerge, not from ignorance, but from deep understanding.

There is, of course, merit in asking questions to gain knowledge, a first step. But the more you understand, the more profound, complex, and challenging your questions become. Life is perplexing, confusing, complicated, and full of paradoxes. Questions about those

The opposite of stupid is not smart but study.

Most people think that “stupid” and “smart” are intrinsic characteristics, perhaps immutable, “just the way” some people are. This is false. We all know plenty of “stupid” people who are keen in very smart ways, and plenty of “smart” people

The opposite of stupid is not smart but study.

Most people think that “stupid” and “smart” are intrinsic characteristics, perhaps immutable, “just the way” some people are. This is false. We all know plenty of “stupid” people who are keen in very smart ways, and plenty of “smart” people

Rationality is a moral duty.

Inspired by hearing Charlie Munger describe his paternal grandfather’s attitude in life, that you have a moral responsibility to make yourself as unignorant and as unstupid as you possibly can. Besides family, it may be your most important moral obligation.

Rationality is a moral duty.

Inspired by hearing Charlie Munger describe his paternal grandfather’s attitude in life, that you have a moral responsibility to make yourself as unignorant and as unstupid as you possibly can. Besides family, it may be your most important moral obligation.

“The whole trick in life is to get so that your own brain doesn’t mislead you.”

Quote by Charlie Munger. If I could reword it, “The whole trick in life is to not be misled by your own brain.”

“The whole trick in life is to get so that your own brain doesn’t mislead you.”

Quote by Charlie Munger. If I could reword it, “The whole trick in life is to not be misled by your own brain.”

Mike Yaconelli’s 4 Principles

Be leery of authority. Go to where the life is. Minister out of weakness. Let Jesus be your muse.

Mike Yaconelli’s 4 Principles

Be leery of authority. Go to where the life is. Minister out of weakness. Let Jesus be your muse.

Follow the trend lines, not the headlines.

Following the trend lines makes you smart. Following the headlines makes you fearful. Following the trend lines makes you forward-thinking. Following the headlines makes you only look back. Following the trend lines inspires hope. Following the headlines deflates joy.

Follow the trend lines, not the headlines.

Following the trend lines makes you smart. Following the headlines makes you fearful. Following the trend lines makes you forward-thinking. Following the headlines makes you only look back. Following the trend lines inspires hope. Following the headlines deflates joy.

To scrutinize is to sacralize.

In periods of awakening, enlightenment, and even deconstruction, that which gets our scrutiny gets our attention, and that very activity of scrutiny and attention becomes sacralized. While some feel it an attack, it is perhaps one of the most profound

To scrutinize is to sacralize.

In periods of awakening, enlightenment, and even deconstruction, that which gets our scrutiny gets our attention, and that very activity of scrutiny and attention becomes sacralized. While some feel it an attack, it is perhaps one of the most profound

Understanding the difference between “problems” and “symptoms” is the most pervasive and pernicious of human challenges, and the pathway toward finding solutions.

You’ve heard many people say, “We have a problem.” But what they are really pointing to is a “symptom.” If you continue to do that, you’ll never understand “the problem,” and you’ll deploy “solutions” that are a waste, and actually

Understanding the difference between “problems” and “symptoms” is the most pervasive and pernicious of human challenges, and the pathway toward finding solutions.

You’ve heard many people say, “We have a problem.” But what they are really pointing to is a “symptom.” If you continue to do that, you’ll never understand “the problem,” and you’ll deploy “solutions” that are a waste, and actually

Get comfortable being uncomfortable.

Never be an expert. Always be a novice. Never be certain of a solution. Always embrace the next problem. Fail frequently. Do not run from discomfort. Run to it. This is the way of success. This is the way of

Get comfortable being uncomfortable.

Never be an expert. Always be a novice. Never be certain of a solution. Always embrace the next problem. Fail frequently. Do not run from discomfort. Run to it. This is the way of success. This is the way of

Labels are a distancing phenomena. Don’t use them.

Labels can be descriptors, but never identifiers. Labels tell you what you perceive, not what is truly there. Labels don’t tell stories, and people are stories in motion. Labels halt listening, the fundamental act of humanizing our species. Let us

Labels are a distancing phenomena. Don’t use them.

Labels can be descriptors, but never identifiers. Labels tell you what you perceive, not what is truly there. Labels don’t tell stories, and people are stories in motion. Labels halt listening, the fundamental act of humanizing our species. Let us

“Abusus non tollit usum.” Misuse does not remove use.

Leadership: Just because effective leadership practices and principles are often misapplied, taken advantage of, or leveraged for one’s own selfish agenda, does not mean those leadership principles are invalid. Religion: Just because religious institutions have abused power, misappropriated theological concepts,

“Abusus non tollit usum.” Misuse does not remove use.

Leadership: Just because effective leadership practices and principles are often misapplied, taken advantage of, or leveraged for one’s own selfish agenda, does not mean those leadership principles are invalid. Religion: Just because religious institutions have abused power, misappropriated theological concepts,

Don’t be a bibliophile. Be an ideophile.

Don’t love books. Love ideas. Crave them. Soak in them. Leverage them. Manipulate them. Collect them. Smash them together like a particle accelerator and see what they’re made of. Track them down like Sherlock Holmes. Perform forensic dissections on them.

Don’t be a bibliophile. Be an ideophile.

Don’t love books. Love ideas. Crave them. Soak in them. Leverage them. Manipulate them. Collect them. Smash them together like a particle accelerator and see what they’re made of. Track them down like Sherlock Holmes. Perform forensic dissections on them.

Use the phrase, “I decided…”

There is a choice in every choice. This choice could make a radical difference in life outcomes. That choice is to view your activity as a matter of consequence or as a matter of free will. This is not about

Use the phrase, “I decided…”

There is a choice in every choice. This choice could make a radical difference in life outcomes. That choice is to view your activity as a matter of consequence or as a matter of free will. This is not about

Be ridiculously optimistic. We have a glass.

In the great debate between “half-empty” vs. “half-full,” we seem to have missed the fact that we have a glass. Checkmate, pessimists. #optimistswin

Be ridiculously optimistic. We have a glass.

In the great debate between “half-empty” vs. “half-full,” we seem to have missed the fact that we have a glass. Checkmate, pessimists. #optimistswin