Watch Out!

These posts address topics that represent a danger to our well-ordered state of mind. Here we cover things that make us mad or give rise to passions. This can lead to bad decisions and suboptimal outcomes
May
17
Going Nowhere Fast

Going Nowhere Fast

Hey airlines, newsflash: we only fly when we have absolutely no alternative. You make the U.S. Postal Service look well run.
3 min read
May
13
Whom Would You Vote To Banish? (Newsletter 046)

Whom Would You Vote To Banish? (Newsletter 046)

If you want to preserve harmony in society, while still maintaining democratic values, what better way than periodically reminding people that their behavior has consequences?
5 min read
Apr
13
To the Citizens of the 2100s (from the 2020s)

To the Citizens of the 2100s (from the 2020s)

You know the history, but do you know what we were thinking when the world lost its collective mind at the end of the 2020s? As someone who lived through it, I want to tell you.
4 min read
Apr
08
The Scariest Monsters Are Well-Intentioned (Newsletter 041)

The Scariest Monsters Are Well-Intentioned (Newsletter 041)

Today I will offer two current day figures who have the potential to have massive impacts on humanity going forward, one negative and one positive.
7 min read
Feb
01
How to Learn by Listening (by Amy Tibbetts Dutton)

How to Learn by Listening (by Amy Tibbetts Dutton)

To learn anything, we must listen to others – really listen and hear them. And then believe them.
3 min read
Dec
31
Who Can Freely Speak Their Mind? (Newsletter 027)

Who Can Freely Speak Their Mind? (Newsletter 027)

Every senior manager and CEO I know is (typically rightly) paranoid that they are getting bad information from their subordinates. One reason you see CEOs asking multiple people the same question is that they are trying to triangulate the truth through a thicket of self-interested answers.
7 min read
Dec
10
I Want It Now! (Newsletter 024)

I Want It Now! (Newsletter 024)

It seems like many politicians view themselves as entertainers first, and legislators or representatives a distant second. After all, you must be popular to be elected, the thinking goes
6 min read
Dec
07
If You Ask The Wrong Questions...

If You Ask The Wrong Questions...

Because we do not like feeling uncomfortable, our natural tendency is to seek out information that conforms to our existing beliefs and to ignore conflicting information.
6 min read
Nov
16
Aspirin Recommendations Make My Head Hurt

Aspirin Recommendations Make My Head Hurt

How could so many experts have been so wrong about something that everyone believed for decades?
5 min read
Nov
05
Are You Spreading Propaganda Knowingly Or Unknowingly? (Newsletter 019)

Are You Spreading Propaganda Knowingly Or Unknowingly? (Newsletter 019)

The problem of being influenced by what your fellow citizens think was just as prominent in the Stoics' time.
5 min read