Art of Thinking, Better


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
  1. Solitude: A Return to the Self by Anthony Storr
  2. The Geography of Thought: How Asians and Westerners Think Differently…and Why by Richard Nisbett
  3. Intelligence and How to Get It: Why Schools and Cultures Count by Richard Nisbett
  4. The Art of Thinking by Ernest Dimnet
  5. Disrupting Dark Networks (Structural Analysis in the Social Sciences)
  6. The Art of Doing Science and Engineering: Learning to Learn by Richard Hamming


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