The first rule of the game

“All players must agree to not cheat.” It’s simply too difficult to enumerate all the rules necessary to engage with people who don’t have goodwill about the process. If you want to cheat, you’ll figure out how to cheat. When all the...

What does it mean to be smart?

Termites and squirrels are successful. They’ve persisted through millennia, and they do things to survive that we could never figure out. They have good instincts. But they’re not smart, not smart in the sense that we hope a leader or a colleague will be....

Walking away from the idée fixe

“It’s going to be exactly like THIS. It has to be, and I don’t want to hear otherwise. Don’t you believe in me?” The wedding with the perfect dress, the perfect cake, the perfect groom. It doesn’t matter that the family, the...

The arc and the arch

They sound similar, but they’re not. An arc, like an arch, is bent. The strength comes from that bend. But the arc doesn’t have to be supported at both ends, and the arc is more flexible. The arc can take us to parts unknown, yet it has a trajectory. An...

“Well, that’s a dumb idea”

As dumb as selling shoes, an item that comes in 100s of sizes, over the internet. As dumb as expecting people to find a date or a spouse online. As dumb as building an encyclopedia that anyone can edit. You get the idea. Electric cars with 100-mile range, vegan...