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The Fishermen’s Dilemma – A Parable (Actually More About Tax Cuts and Responsibilities)

There was a town, of no small size, that was located by the sea. There were merchants, craftsmen, tradesmen, and, as you can imagine, a number of townsfolk who made their living by fishing, as had their ancestors. Recently the … Continue reading

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Individual Behavior Curves (Illustrated)

“This idea that there is generality in the specific is of far-reaching importance.” – Douglas R. Hofstadter In the back of my mind there has always been a quiet nagging question: Why can’t the Behavior Curve enable us to reproducibly pinpoint … Continue reading

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Perfect Storms – 1

“Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it” – George Santayana I would really like to add, “and fail to learn from it”, but I strongly suspect that was Santayana’s point. Which would explain why his … Continue reading

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The $100 Question

“A crisis is a terrible thing to waste” – Paul Romer, 2004 It’s taken a while to get to this point, but I trust you will find that it is worth it. Where we are now is the result of … Continue reading

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Excuse Me, Do You Speak English?

They were an odd introduction to cultural differences, our early experiences. The first was, more or less, an unexpected one – our move from Southern California (born and raised) to Texas for graduate school, and a whole different world. I … Continue reading

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Unfamiliar Words and 35mm Slides

“Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything” ― George Bernard Shaw In my last post I gave some extreme examples of unusual personal ‘baggage’ that can develop in life. There are also many lesser, more common forms that … Continue reading

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If History is Useful for Anything – 3 ‘Networks’

“You can pick your friends, but you can’t pick your family,” Anonymous Having attempted to give some definition to the four various types of Networks for this inquiry, we can now see if Toynbee’s arguments are applicable to people groups … Continue reading

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