Living Is a Vital Hard-Way Learning Process

Living Is a Vital Hard-Way Learning Process

How often have you heard that “… life is a learning process.” Life is certainly a “process” but the learning part is largely optional. And uncommon. How many people do you believe actually learn much of anything from life? My observations over a lifetime tell me that most don’t like to learn this way. Most prefer learning from a teacher. What can living itself teach us, anyway?

What Is the Council for Inclusive Capitalism?

What Is the Council for Inclusive Capitalism?

I’m sure you all know what Inclusive Capitalism is, and what the Council for it CIC) does. No? Well me neither. Didn’t even know it existed until a short time ago. Sure enough, the CIC not only exists but sports an impressive roster of big shot members and supporters. Is this good, or bad?

Mass Formation Hypnosis = Totalitarianism?

Mass Formation Hypnosis = Totalitarianism?

Mass formation psychosis leads to totalitarianism? I don’t believe it. Sometimes it may but not as a general rule. Belgian psychologist Mattias Desmet has just published a book on “The Psychology of Totalitarianism” that claims to link mass formation to mass hypnosis. Given what’s going on today, this could be hugely important. But it doesn’t pass my smell test.

Do We Have ‘Creative Destruction’, or Just Plain ‘Destruction’?

Do We Have ‘Creative Destruction’, or Just Plain ‘Destruction’?

There definitely seems to be a lot of destruction going on today – in nearly everything and everywhere. Doom and gloom pervades. Is this widely beneficial ‘creative destruction’, or just destruction done in order to acquire power and gains for just a very few? Or something else? The answer I found is far from obvious, and may surprise you.

Is Artificial Intelligence Really Becoming Self-Aware?

Is Artificial Intelligence Really Becoming Self-Aware?

According to Google engineer Blake Lemoine, an artificial intelligence (AI) chatbot application called LaMDA, short for Language Model for Dialogue Applications, has achieved sentience, or independent self-aware consciousness. Is this good or bad? And just what is “self-awareness”? Can non-humans – animals, and even LaMDA – be self-aware? Where might such questions be taking us?

What Is the “Real” Story On Inflation Today?

What Is the “Real” Story On Inflation Today?

Inflation seems to be at the top of many folks minds these days. Prices going up on almost everything essential – food, fuel, housing. Economists define “inflation” as a sustained general increase in price levels – affecting virtually everything, but they classify price increases in relatively few items as simply local market price situations, not inflation. What is the inflation that we have today?

Random Memories From A Long Life — Part 2

Random Memories From A Long Life — Part 2

Some years ago over a wonderful dinner, our hosts asked me for a few stories about life events that particularly stuck with me. The first part of these stories was posted last week. Here are the stories that didn’t fit into that long post.

Random Memories From a Long Life

Random Memories From a Long Life

Some years ago over a wonderful dinner, our hosts asked me for a few stories about life events that particularly stuck with me. After hearing these, they suggested I expand them into a book. My response was that I didn’t have enough stories for much more than a book chapter. So, no book but maybe this post will serve instead.

Making a Case for Not-Prepping

Making a Case for Not-Prepping

Big things are definitely happening today, even if they have not yet managed to reach broadly catastrophic dimensions. What we are clearly facing, almost certainly, is a set of major threats to our business and organizational survival. These threats are largely or completely unforeseeable in nature, magnitude, and timing. You can’t realistically “prep” for these: You can only tackle your survivability.

Meet the World’s New Mr. Big: Can He Regain Trust?

Meet the World’s New Mr. Big: Can He Regain Trust?

This post began as an effort to update the prospects for World War III breaking out. Turns out it already has – absent nukes, so far, at least in the view of Russia. And in the actions of NATO countries. War in fact if not in official declarations. But digging into this has revealed a much deeper and more troubling agenda.