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In praise of “slow thinking”

A while ago, I wrote a post reflecting on Daniel Kahneman’s extraordinary book Thinking Fast and Slow.  And just a few days ago, my friend and teacher James Flaherty, the founder of New Ventures West, published his own comments on this book in the … Continue reading

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So Far (1) – To Take or Not to Take?

Having recently observed my 65th birthday, I’ve been rather surprised at how often of late I find myself thinking about my past.  Perhaps there’s some sort of life-review process that gets activated with the passage across this iconic birthdate, upon which one officially becomes a “senior … Continue reading

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Our Divided Minds – Part 2

My last post explored the eminent social psychologist Daniel Kahneman’s description of our minds as divided into two separate but cooperating functional units, to which he gave the simple names “System 1” and “System 2”.  Now, in this continuation post, we’ll move on to … Continue reading

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Our Divided Minds – Part 1

Two books I’ve read recently – The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt, and Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman – offer some surprising new insights into how our minds function.  Both authors are social psychologists renowned in their field (Kahneman is a Nobel … Continue reading

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A Mighty Purpose (continued)

“This is the true joy in life – that being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one.  That being a force of nature, instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that … Continue reading

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The “Hitch-22” Paradox

I just recently finished reading Hitch-22, Christopher Hitchens’s account of his forty-plus event-filled years in the public eye as a journalist, author, public speaker, and frequent television news-show guest – a multi-faceted career that was cut tragically short by his death … Continue reading

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The “Empty Nest” Paradox

“So, are you two getting ready for the empty nest?” My wife and I are hearing this question, in one form or another, quite often these days.  Our friends and family watch and wonder as the August date draws near for … Continue reading

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