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Mark Neyer
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This essay is in memory of my Uncle Joe Neyer. Everyone knows that if you want to get better at something, you need to practice it. Less widely understood is the fact that you can’t just repeat something over and over – you need to be deliberate about…

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I am writing this paragraph, but I do not believe that I am writing it.  Believing would get in the way of writing. Thus, I’m writing, and not believing.  I try to do one thing a time. I also try to minimize the time and energy I spend doing various…

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Do not pray for success. Pray for the wisdom to see the ways you can best serve the world.  You will begin to cultivate the image of a better world in your heart. Work, in service of the world according to that image. You will be more successful than you…

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I believe physics closely describes objective reality.  Not entirely, not perfectly – but there is absolutely a large amount of truth in physics. We can use physics to predict the motions of planets, galaxies, stars, and atoms with a high degree of…

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A frame is pushed upon the stack. An electron, stable in its orbital, is hit by an incoming photon. Its energy level increases. A  boy, stable in his youth, experiences something unexplained. His life becomes complex. A pebble is dropped into a lake, and…

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It is not the enforcement of laws that prevents crime – it is the widespread belief that laws will be enforced which prevents crime. The difference is important. If the law is always enforced, but people believe it never is, then they will still commit…

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i am not a process, but the pattern. i am not a system, but the shape. i am not a rapid, but the river. i am not the ocean, but a wake. i am not the etching, but an image. i am not the constant, but a rate. i am not the message, but a relay. i am not […]

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Here's What It's Like to Find Eye Contact Uncomfortable

Like many people on the autism spectrum, I don’t like making eye contact with people unless I know them and I trust them. Eye contact feels very intimate to me.  A handshake is one thing, but when I look in someone eyes, it’s a very information-dense…

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How To End the Culture of Constant Outrage

There are a lot of things to be outraged about. As the saying goes, “If you aren’t outraged, you aren’t paying attention.”   And yet, we all do have limited attention, and most of us need to spend most of that attention to focus on our work and ourselves,…
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