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“For certainly, at the level of social life, what is called the adjustment of man to his environment takes place through the medium of fictions.” —WALTER LIPPMAN, PUBLIC OPINION Assumption by Committee Simply the previous evening you headed off to see a…
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“I see it all perfectly; there are two possible situations—one can either do this or that. My honest opinion and my friendly advice is this: Do it or do not do it—you will regret both.” —SØREN KIERKEGAARD, BALANCE BETWEEN ESTHETIC AND ETHICAL, VOL. 2:…
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“I can resist everything except temptation.” —OSCAR WILDE, LADY WINDERMERE’S FAN This Time I Really Promise Robert is a well-regarded pharmacologist who runs a clinic for diabetes patients in Orlando, Florida. Many patients of this clinic do not want to…
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“Thunder is good, thunder is impressive; but it is lightning that does the work.” —MARK TWAIN, FROM A LETTER TO AN UNIDENTIFIED PERSON Beating the System Like a Drum I’d like to introduce you to a most unlikely master of industry. We … Continue reading →
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“Beware lest you lose the substance by grasping at the shadow.” —AESOP, AESOP’S FABLES, “THE DOG AND THE SHADOW” When the Web Was Young Idistinctly remember the day I first saw the graphical World Wide Web (WWW). It’s one of those “where were you when” ……
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“All that is gold does not glitter; not all those who wander are lost.” —J. R. R. TOLKIEN, THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING Time Traveling Homeward You are driving home one night after work, later than typical, with a lot on your mind lingering from … Continue…
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“I never think of the future—it comes soon enough.” —UNKNOWN Your supervisor calls you one morning and tells you that she is heading up a new initiative. She describes in fine detail what this initiative entails, why the company is allocating … Continue…
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“There are as many pillows of illusion as flakes in a snowstorm.” —RALPH WALDO EMERSON, CONDUCT OF LIFE Who’s Telling Me What? Let’s try a little thought experiment. First, imagine that you are walking through an airport. As you stroll, you encounter a…
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“Doubt is not an agreeable condition, but certainty is an absurd one.” —VOLTAIRE, FROM A LETTER TO FREDERICK II OF PRUSSIA Mind Full of Sharks On October 9, 1997, observers from the Point Reyes Bird Observatory witnessed a killer whale clashing with a…
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“What a peculiar privilege has this little agitation of the brain which we call ‘thought.’” —DAVID HUME, DIALOGUES CONCERNING NATURAL RELIGION “There is always an easy solution to every human problem—neat, plausible, and wrong.” —H. L.…
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