Choosing Your Future #3

January 25, 2012

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Wbat if you get stuck in a contract you can’t keep? What we’ve been proposing is throwing an anchor into the future, an anchor heavy enoughenabling to pull yourself forward against the tide. But what if the anchor is so heavy you find  yourself sinking… going under? It can happen! So you need to build […]

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Choosing your future #2

January 24, 2012

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As outlined in the last post you can lock yourself into a life change by contracting to pay a very painful price if you fail to follow the plan. You can pay with money or a treasured possession. Or, you can contract to pay a high psychological price,  by parading outside your place of work or […]

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Choosing your future #1

January 20, 2012

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Science says you can choose at least part of your future. Case: Writer’s block. An author is having trouble completing a manuscript – he promises to meet deadlines but keeps failing to do so until … on New Years Eve  he signs a contract with a friend. He agrees to e-mail him at least ten […]

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Who decides your future… you or them?

January 18, 2012

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Science has some answers, but not all the answers. Science says that several things shape your future, including your genes, your early childhood experiences (how the twig is bent so grows the tree), the place and culture  and time you happen live in (for instance the USA, Canada or North Korea or Iran in 2012), and […]

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Dinner time at Shady Acres…

January 16, 2012

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Four of us at the table. Sadie sat holding her side  side. Every few minutes she cried out … I’ve never had pain like it. Concerned, Dorothy leaned over taking Sadie”s hand: “Maybe it’s gas? Have you had a bowl movement lately.” Frank: ” Did anyone see the Hockey game last night? The Ranger’s hammered […]

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The young, the old and the stupid…

January 3, 2012

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It just dawned on me what the young, the old and the stupid have in common – they are blind to context. Notice the vital role played by context in determining the meaning of any statement or event. For instance the meaning of a word or phrase is determined by the context in which it […]

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What Hitchens taught us….

January 2, 2012

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What can we learn from Christopher Hitchens? What legacy has he left us about managing the increasing uncertainty and complexity of modern life, handicapped as we are by our bounded rationality? First, he demonstrates the functional but fallible power of emotionally anchored beliefs, models, or biases in creating and sustaining certainty in the face of […]

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