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Going Mental

Why Math Can't Bail Us Out

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about 1 year ago

I don’t think mathematical models can do much to get us out of the mess that we’re in.  There’s a limit.  The mess that we’re in currently in the United States and maybe in the world in general, I don’t think it’s really a mess brought about by mathematics or curable by mathematics.   You ...

Going Mental

Why I Live By Humanism

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about 1 year ago

The narrative I live by is the humanist narrative. If we are looking for morality, if we’re looking for vices and virtues, we can find them both in humanity—in human creations, human culture, humanity’s endeavor to develop our reason and our emotions and developing not only relationships between ...

Going Mental

Goals Are What Help You Get Satisfaction

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about 1 year ago

If you look at life satisfaction and what makes people satisfied with their lives, most of it has a lot to do with people’s goals. So when we ask people how important money is to them when they are 18 and we look at their income at age 45, we find that the people that said at age 18 that money didn ...

Going Mental

We Are Overworked and Going Mad

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about 1 year ago

I personally think that the biggest challenge we face as a society is to find ways to focus on parenting and families.  I think we are losing the technologies of social bonding.  We are losing the technologies of raising children.  We are all so busy.  We spend so much time at work. We’re ...

Going Mental

The Interpretation of Early Childhood Dreams

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about 1 year ago

Children’s dreams are a really interesting window into their developing minds.  There’s a group of researchers who have done dream research in children which is about as low-tech as it sounds.  You put the kids to sleep, and then you come in at various times in the night and you wake them up ...

Going Mental

Einstein's Double Edged Sword

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about 1 year ago
by Joi Ito

I think it’s important to have people who inspire people to think.  But it’s really, really bad to have gurus who you look for the answer from because I think the key is, you want to question authority for yourself.   So to the extent that an Einstein gets people to want to open the black box ...

Going Mental

Don't Blame Religion for All Violence

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about 1 year ago

There are some religion-bashers out there who make it sound as though religion is the source of all violence and conflict in the world.  Richard Dawkins has come close to saying something like that, so did Christopher Hitchens. And it’s just empirically false.   The greatest bloodshed in the ...

Going Mental

Anxiety = Uncertainty X Powerlessness

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about 1 year ago

Anxiety is the most prevalent emotion in most organizations in the United States today.   Anxiety has two component parts.  It’s what you don't know and what you can't control. So anxiety equals uncertainty times powerlessness.  So the way you could work this equation is the following ...

Going Mental

Why Banking Needs Quantum Physics

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about 1 year ago

The universe is quantum. Physicists have known that for decades. Yet the economy remains as Newtonian today as when Sir Isaac Newton was the Master of the Royal Mint at the beginning of the 18th century. The time has come for a new and improved quantum economics: An economic system that is ...