Posts Categorized: Philosophy

Is It Important?

Reading Time: 2 minutesI love email. It is a great way to send quick messages to family, friends, clients, and colleagues…even at 3:00 AM. It is a non-intrusive, asynchronous form of communication. Yet, we all know that the sweetest roses have thorns. Email is so easy that in the past few years, many people now receive 100, 200, […]

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Smile More

Reading Time: 2 minutesToday’s advice might sound squishy, like something you might find in a new age or self-help book; however, I think your own experience will jive with the scientific research on the topic. Food for Thought 1.  If all other things are equal (ability, integrity, ambition) between two individuals, one who smiles and one who frowns, […]

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How to Improve Your Life in Three Steps

Reading Time: 1 minuteAn argument can be made that a good life is one that maximizes the number of meaningful moments; yet, our life span is finite. This cannot be achieved by simply adding more. Just as a glass of water has a certain capacity, the same is true with your schedule. The only way to fill a […]

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Golf and Life Management

Reading Time: 2 minutesOn Father’s Day for years, my Dad and I would play a round of golf. This year, instead, we are attending the US Open Championship at Erin Hills together. In honor of the holiday, I thought I’d look at the Seven Ways that Golf is Like Life Management. I hope you enjoy this analogy. Goal-Oriented: […]

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Of Robots and Men (apologies to Steinbeck)

Reading Time: 3 minutesAs advanced automation, AI, driverless cars, and other robots begin replacing jobs in the 21st century, it is worth reflecting on the ‘rules’ that smart non-human agents should utilize. In other words: how does one construct robot ethics? This is a useful exercise as involves an element of reflexivity: one must consider some ideas about […]

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Reverse Tithing

Reading Time: 1 minuteIn ancient Babylon, the standard tax was a simple one-tenth of one’s assets were reserved for the state. It was an easy code that anyone could understand and calculate. At a later time, this political idea of giving 10% to a worldly king was transferred to giving that same amount to God (or, more realistically, […]

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Are you Moving Forwards or Backwards?

Reading Time: 1 minute“The great thing in this world is not so much where we are, but in what direction we are moving.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes Most view success as the completion of a task, project, or goal; however, I think this is misguided as few accomplishment are instantaneous. Instead, the ending is just the fruit of […]

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Life is too Short

Reading Time: 1 minute“Life is too short to be too serious or too foolish.” – Thom Quinn We do not experience time’s arrow as a constant. Instead, it always accelerates: each day it speeds up ever-so-slightly, traveling faster and faster. Additionally, this seemingly rapid ride is also very brief. I think Crowfoot (1830-1890), the great Blackfoot Chief, warrior, […]

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What is Real? Reality 101

Reading Time: 2 minutesThe question ‘what is real’ has haunted Western Civilization since Plato wrote about his Allegory of the Cave within The Republic. Epistemology is the sub-discipline of philosophy that examines the nature of knowledge. In simpler terms, it asks the dual questions of ‘how do we know what we know?’ and ‘what is true?’ Is it […]

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The Liar Paradox

Reading Time: 2 minutesThe Liar Paradox is a very ancient puzzle that has been reviewed, revised, and discussed by ancient and modern (e.g. Russell, Quine, Kripke, Tarski, Strawson) philosophers without producing a resolution that has satisfied everyone or even the majority. In the absence of an intellectual consensus, a few bold thinkers have claimed that they had the […]

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