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Deflection and Projection

In this article, “Wyrd Smythe” explains some key aspects of how we achieve our points of view. I admire his ability to simplify these concepts, and present them in an entertaining fashion.

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inet highwayIn his 1982 book, Megatrends, John Naisbitt famously wrote, “We are drowning in information, but we are starved for knowledge.” What was true 30 years ago is true today at a level that is both jaw-dropping and mind-numbing. The interweb highway speeds past at a breath-taking pace; yesterday vanishes rapidly behind while tomorrow constantly barrels down on us. The sheer volume of traffic (meaning both ‘lots of’ and ‘very loud’) can be overwhelming.

I’d like to take the topics from last Thursday and Friday to a new level and talk about how we find knowledge and truth amid all that information. In a world filled with opinion and conflicting assertions, how do we tell fair from foul? When facts and expertise compete with ideology and status quo, how do we pick among them?

This is about ways to separate the wheat from the chaff.

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Get Used To It

There’s more than one way to learn acceptance and understanding, but the fastest way I know is to make friends with people who are different than you are. Continue reading

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You’re Only Jung Once

The memes are at it again.  By answering 72 questions, you can be with Allah in the company of 72 virgins.  No, wait.  It’s Instant Psychology 101!  You can do it too, if you must. Continue reading

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The Best Instrument (Part Three)

The Physiology of Singing

This big crooner has it made.  Like us, he uses air to produce music through voluntary vocal manipulation, but he’s got an advantage.  Sound travels a lot easier through water than it does through air. Continue reading

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