[T]here are known knowns; there are things we know that we know.
There are known unknowns; that is to say there are things that, we now know we don’t know.
But there are also unknown unknowns – there are things we do not know we don’t know.
—Donald Rumsfeld, Former United States Secretary of Defence
The office that Angela Wright . . . → Read More: Angie’s Telephone
This is a philosophical post about something very dear to me: metaphors. Specifically, it’s about the metaphors for success that float around society.
I read a very interesting book some time ago called Metaphors We Live By. Its thesis is that metaphors aren’t just a nice literary flourish; metaphors are how humans understand the world. According to . . . → Read More: Metaphors We Die By
I used to have a lucrative job at a successful company that was a pioneer in its field. It was a multi-million dollar company run by staff with impressive titles like “Chief Technology Officer” and “Repurposing Specialist.” I went to meetings where visionaries scribbled would-be revolutionary ideas on digital whiteboards. The local newspaper featured articles about . . . → Read More: Two Futures
It wasn’t always this way.
I would know. As an investment manager for some of the largest banks in the country for over fifty years, I was paid handsomely to know exactly what was going on with the economy. I fussed over GDP, scrutinized unemployment stats, tracked market trends. I rode out the housing crash in 2008, . . . → Read More: The Zombie Economy
Who are you? Far from being the trivial question it may seem to be, the answer holds the key to a more peaceful world.
This question probes, of course, that slippery concept of identity – a single word used to describe what is in fact many different things. Look up identity on the Internet and your browser . . . → Read More: The psychology of identity and conflict
“Are you looking forward to going to Entheos?” my wife asks me a few days before I’m set to leave on my five-day trip. “Totally,” I reply, then immediately realize the half-truth of my answer. “But I’m also a bit anxious about it. It’s going to be stretch.”
A stretch indeed. I am, for the most part, . . . → Read More: Growth, change, and death at Entheos Gathering 2012
I’m sitting in a coffee shop on a sunny afternoon, looking out the window. Birds are cheeping, people hurriedly go about their business. I don’t see any of that, though; all I can see is a train careening out of control. My stomach knots.
You know how in a stressful situation everything moves in slow motion? A . . . → Read More: Over an Americano and muffin
I strive always to predict and control
to plan, organize, and optimize
Yet I make bets against God’s roulette wheel
build houses on sinking swamps
and create the future from ephemera
I search always to understand
to formulate, debate, reject and refine
to systematize, clarify, and theorize
I hope to win the battle cerebral
to have reality cede its secrets
With what words, my friend, can . . . → Read More: Futility
There’s a seemingly innocuous question bubbling to the top of people’s minds these days. You can find this question popping up in discussions at coffee shops over lattes and carrot cake, at work next to the photocopier, and even occasionally in the media. It often surfaces accompanied by an unnerving sense of malaise, or sometimes even . . . → Read More: Dumping our dream
A few years ago, after a lifetime of eating meat, Renee LaBoucan had an epiphany: by eating animals she was complicit in the cruel treatment of animals. After this realization she rearranged her life to become an animal rights activist. This is the story of her transformation.
Matthew Larmour: You were a carnivore, like most in our . . . → Read More: Carnivore to vegetarian: an interview with animal-rights activist Renee LaBoucan