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John Nash on thinking normal

“I wouldn’t have had good scientific ideas if I had thought more normally.” — John Forbes Nash, Jr. Weirdness is rough at the edges. Advertisements

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I stopped thinking in tweets

because it wasn’t the game I wanted to play because I wanted to synthesize my thoughts on my blogs and share my discoveries in a comprehensive newsletter because I didn’t want to think in 140 characters because I wanted to read more books because I decided to do something more durable, i.e. write another book […]

The revolution will not be televised

The obsession with novelty is what makes things popular. Yet, what appears ‘new’ is a facade built on designs of the past. Trends are unstable because their form is temporary. Like click bait, they’re told to be known for the contagiousness of their spreadability. Innovation plays the long-game. Not surprisingly, it’s usually the stuff that […]

We. I. YOU. Us.

The moment we think we’re more important than others is a sign of our own negligibility. We are tiny nothingness in the grand scheme of things; a small piece of Earth’s plastic puzzle. Our form is temporary. I, you, me, us — we are all equally important. What separates people is how they perceive themselves. […]

To dare is to blog

A blog helps you solidify your thinking. But the practice of blogging is both a freedom and a constraint. It’s liberating to say whatever you want, even if no one reads it. How dare someone discovers you! At the same time, there’s a fear that what’s written isn’t polished enough to be published. But that’s […]

Finding a needle in a haystack 

Data and noise create a picture of chaos. It’s easier to view the world in black and white to avoid complex interpretation. But the only way to find a needle in a haystack is to look at the bits as part of the whole picture. Start from the outside in. When you look sideways at […]

Tuning out the news

In today’s age, unfollowing the news will give you a peace of mind. News entertains, it dances with sensationalism and highlights disappointing stories. ‘As it turns out, your hobby of monitoring the “state of the world” did not actually affect the world,’ blogs David Cain in his piece ‘Five Things You Notice When You Quit […]

Wearing your heart on your sleeve

The individual wears no logos. Punks wear studs and diamonds. Fashionistas signal their hipness with cashmere scarfs. We all brand ourselves in one way or another whether we sport plainness, tattoos, or Prada. We speak through our clothing. Design reveals some of our inside expressions. But most of us are more complex than that. We […]

Big picture thinking 

Photographers want to be painters or sculptors. Bloggers want to be journalists or published authors. The egoist wants to be president, of anything. We all want what we don’t have until we realize that desires are just launch pads for deeper work.

Stay woke

That which threatens freedom is condemned to goad it from the depths of dormancy. We take freedom for granted during peaceful times. We assume that it’s a fact until we forget that coercion is natural and freedom is artificial. Some people can revert back to their natural tendencies. It’s beautiful to see people awake again, […]

Within the box

Checkbox Black box Paper box Lunchbox Cable box The world revolves around a structure of boxes. A box holds the keys to accessing the world. When it comes to computers and mobile phones, we type into little boxes all day just as cartoonists draw in them. Said artist Ivan Brunetti: The nature of cartooning seems […]

Within the box

Checkbox Black box Paper box Lunchbox Cable box Mailbox The world revolves around a structure of boxes. A box holds the keys to accessing the world. When it comes to computers and mobile phones, we type into little boxes all day just as cartoonists draw in them. Said artist Ivan Brunetti: The nature of cartooning […]