Non-financial: July - September 2013 articles archive home
Vanity ...
… is a motive of immense potency. Anyone who has much to do with children knows how they are constantly performing some antic, and saying "Look at me". Look at me is one of the most fundamental desires of the human heart.
Friday, September 27, 2013 ... more
Naturally ...
…when a young fellow steps up into a big position, it breeds jealousy among those whom he's left behind and uneasiness among those to whom he's pulled himself up.
Friday, September 20, 2013 ... more
The machines …
… to which we have become enslaved represent the greatest assault on human attention ever devised: they are engines of mental and spiritual dispersal, which make us wider only by making us less deep.
Friday, September 13, 2013 ... more
Egocentric emails
According to research from NYU Stern Professor Justin Kruger, “all too often, the gulf between what an e-mail sender intends and how that message is received could not be wider”.
Friday, September 6, 2013 ... more
If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.

- George Bernard Shaw
Friday, August 30, 2013 ... more
In seventh grade ...
… this new kid joined our class. She wore these blue cat’s-eye glasses that, at the time, only old ladies wore. When nervous, which was pretty much always, she had a habit of taking a strand of hair into her mouth and chewing on it.
Friday, August 23, 2013 ... more
You'll meet ...
… a lot of first-class idiots in this world, who regard business as low and common, because their low and common old grandpas made money enough so they don't have to work. And you'll meet a lot of second-class fools who carry a line of something they call culture ...
Friday, August 16, 2013 ... more
In the dark
Suppose that a great commotion arises in the street about a lamp-post, which many influential persons desire to pull down. A grey-clad monk, who is the spirit of the Middle Ages, is approached upon the matter, and begins to say, "Let us first of all consider, my brethren, the value of Light."
Friday, August 2, 2013 ... more
Conflicting needs
It seems to me what is called for is an exquisite balance between two conflicting needs: the most sceptical scrutiny of all hypotheses that are served up to us and at the same time a great openness to new ideas.
Friday, July 26, 2013 ... more
Hot air
Of course you’re going to meet fellows who pass as good men for a while, because they say they’re good men …. And you’re going to see these men taking buzzards and coining eagles from them that will fool people so long as they can keep them in the air.
Friday, July 19, 2013 ... more
Successful leaders
… often seem to have sharper minds. But while we often assume that people become powerful because of their superior thinking skills, research shows that the relationship flows in the other direction too.
Friday, July 12, 2013 ... more
Exotic facts
99% of the brain’s activity consists of trying to scare the bejesus out of itself. The people to be most frightened of are the people who are the most frightened. Logical validity is not a guarantee of truth.
Friday, July 5, 2013 ... more
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