Category Archives: 05: People

The Route of our Discontent

“There is a considerable overlap between the intelligence of the smartest bears and the dumbest tourists” – US National Park scientist, when asked why it was so extremely difficult to design bear-proof rubbish bins. The Question In the last post … Continue reading

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The Root of Our Politics

“Life is a comedy to those who think, a tragedy to those who feel.” ― Jean Racine In the last post a General Behavior Pattern of Emotions->(Thinking, maybe)->Behavior emerged which appears to be broadly applicable. One of those applications seems pretty much to be … Continue reading

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The Affliction of Emotions

We have no problem in recognizing, or staking claim to the fact that we are highly evolved thinking beings (our conscious cognitive state) who also possess a strong free will (our conscious volitional state), both of which take significant time … Continue reading

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The Root of Our Emotions

Last time I posted (here) it was about the progression from benign conspiracy theories to fake news to hate vitriol.  As much of an unfortunate start that benign conspiracy theories are, an even worse ending is when they morph into … Continue reading

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Success or Failure?

Why do some people succeed and others don’t? … That question has plagued people for eons. And plagued for me over the last 55 years. Too often the explanation has been an Either/Or one: some people work harder, others don’t. … Continue reading

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Agents of Influence

“It’s not what you have, it’s what you do with it.” – Brazilian Samba instructor If there is any merit to the previous post proposing a connection between actual observed behaviors and the shapes that our Individual Behavior Curves or … Continue reading

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Gap Theory 4 – And Another Stupid Thing We Do

“One of the poets, whose name I cannot recall, has a passage, which I am unable at the moment to remember, in one of his works, which for the time being has slipped my mind, which hits off admirably this … Continue reading

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Ketchup Physics 101

“Shake and shake the catsup bottle. None will come, and then a lot’ll.” – Richard Armour I couldn’t resist. I needed a bit of humor today, at least to break the tension. Beyond that, how can one resist someone “applying” … Continue reading

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Culture 1 – It’s About Values [FP]

“I imagine hell like this: Italian punctuality, German humour and English wine.” ― Peter Ustinov Actually, I thought it was English cooking, at least according to the old joke about the World’s Shortest Books where everybody gets skewered. But, it’ll do. This … Continue reading

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Dirty Little Secret: Baggage

“If God meant for us to carry baggage around, he would have made our skin have little pouches like kangaroos” ― Rachel Van Dyken Ever wonder why you probably have less success in your attempts to influence others than you’d … Continue reading

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