Some background information about me, basic assumptions, principles, beliefs….
- Socrates was right: fools try to act wise, the wise try to look foolish (ask a lot of ‘foolish’ questions, prefer exposing their ‘not knowing’ to acting like a ‘know-it-all’).
- Lao Tzu (Taoism), Hegel, many others: said something like “all wisdom consists of the integration of opposites” (as I like to express it). Also, “there’s a yin and yang of everything” e.g. consider the ‘serenity prayer’. One-sided sayings are merely glib…. correct and/or apt about 1/2 the time. For example: “a stitch in time saves 9” vs “let sleeping dogs lie”.
- “Power is the Meaning of the Outer World, Meaning is the Power of the Inner World” — coined by ‘me’, your host, in 1993
Some of my favorite Books
- Solitude: A Return to the Self by Anthony Storr
- The Geography of Thought: How Asians and Westerners Think Differently…and Why by Richard Nisbett
- Intelligence and How to Get It: Why Schools and Cultures Count by Richard Nisbett
- The Art of Thinking by Ernest Dimnet
- Disrupting Dark Networks (Structural Analysis in the Social Sciences)
- The Art of Doing Science and Engineering: Learning to Learn by Richard Hamming