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Failure Fetish Flies Again

Failure Fetish Flies Again

 Failure fetish files again The failure fetish gets another airing in a TEDx talk, brought to my attention in a recent newsletter from a colleague. A child does poorly in a school test and doesn’t tell me, his mother, says Dr. Kathleen Ciez-Volz. ‘Gabe is embarrassed...

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Sometimes a typo is just a typo

Sometimes a typo is just a typo

 Sometimes a typo is just a typo In a recent email I typed ‘GB' when I meant to type ‘FB' as shorthand for Facebook. My correspondent was mildly mystified and asked what I meant. I explained, which would have made a good end to the matter.  But because we sometimes...

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Here comes destruction or something

Here comes destruction or something

 Here comes destruction or something The recent climate change talks were a useful reminder that humanity is probably on the cusp of destruction. We need to change our ways from exploitation to preservation. And we need to do so through changes that are attractive and...

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Learned Idiocy

Learned Idiocy

Mistakes: People keep telling me they learn from their mistakes. And I’m pretty sure they are mistaken. Yes, you learn from a mistake not to do again whatever the mistake happened to be.
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How our brilliant brains make things Easy

How our brilliant brains make things Easy

The human brain has evolved to make life easy for us. We do most of what we do effortlessly. Yes, we have sometimes unfortunate biases and heuristics that don’t always work for us. But these are exceptions to the brain’s brilliance.
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Chess – How I learned to play to play

Chess – How I learned to play to play

It’s convenient to follow rules. If we already know what to do, there’s no hard thinking required. When we deliberately improvise, we put ourselves freshly into each moment, and give ourselves the opportunity to check out how we are doing with rules and conventions.
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Don’t make this mistake about mistakes

Mistakes: People keep telling me they learn from their mistakes. And I’m pretty sure they are mistaken. Yes, you learn from a mistake not to do again whatever the mistake happened to be. But, unless there’s a process of elimination among a small, finite set, the mistake is no guide about what to do in order to succeed.
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