Archive for May, 2007

What is Reason? – May 25, 2007

May 25, 2007

What you and I call logic exists in a black and white world – We reason from what is known – We use what is known to discover the heretofore unknown.  That is logic.  That is mathematics.  In math we use a sequence that goes from definitions to postulates to theorems and corollaries and when we’re stuck, we repeat at the next level.

Unfortunately, that’s not the way to find truth. 

It’s certainly not wrong to reason that way – it’s sometimes necessary.  We have to make simplifying assumptions.  We have to make postulates and go from there.  We have to operate from them and then go from there – as if they were true.

What we do wrong is that we forget the as if part and that can be dangerous – We stop testing or throw out the very minor things that don’t fit in.  We try to fit the world into an artificially constructed system of explanations. 

On a very simplistic level very few mathematicians are familiar or adept with Riemannian Geometry (which is not Euclidean Geometry.)  We deviate in the very first year and learn a geometry of planes and parallel lines,  These work locally, but this is not the geometry of the world and we forget.

We have to start with the world and from there use our systems of logic.  Unfortunately, we don’t do that – maybe don’t even know how to do that

It would work if we already knew everything – except a few things –  But because our systems are based on arificial constructs, we don’t know what really matters, what, if anything is causal, what is significant.

There are things that are black and white.  I think you are either pregnant or not – no almosts here.  There are incontrovertible facts about history – but they are, at best, indicative of trends, of probabilities.

We need to start with an assumption of physical reality and use our systems to go from there – if we can.  Look – we still don’t know fundamental things – like when life starts and ends.  We’re beginning to develop a knowledge of the truth of the world that has little to do with our previous pictures.  We know that the universe we can see is a micro dot of what there is.  We’ve been very smart – very – to even get to quantum mechanics.  It just doesn’t fit with that definition ->postulate->theorem pretty picture.  Nothing in our current system allows things to be in two places at the same time.  Nothing is based on the Law of Attraction.

Isn’t it time we start again?  I think Alpha Lo at the Institute of Noetic Science is beginning to develop a physics that includes consciousness as integral.  At Last.

Useful Quotes

Should be doesn’t matter to is.
Michael Lipp

Seek the wisdom of the ages, but look at the world thorugh the eyes of a child.
Ron Wild

Life is the only game in which the object of the game is to learn the rules.
Ashleigh Brilliant

A human being is part of the whole, called by us “universe,” a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separate from the rest – a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal delusions and to the attention of a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.
Albert Einstein

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Moving Forward

May 21, 2007

A man constantly complained about his job – it was dirty; it was smelly and it was hard.  “What do you do?” I asked.  “I walk behind the elephants in the circus and I clean up after them.”  So I asked him why he didn’t quit and he answered me with pride and indignation, “What?  And give up show business?”

In some ways, it’s the same for most of us (well – maybe not show biz).  We have to clean up one thing before we can get the next thing done.  There are different phases to almost any job – certainly, to any business.  Inevitably we love the show business, but there are always parts that are dirty and smelly.  Or simply something we don’t like to do. 

Invariably, this explains the dreadful statistics on failure – 95% of new businesses fail within a year and 95% of the remaining ones don’t make it past 5 years… because we hate cleaning up after ourselves or some phase of the game that we don’t like. 

One thing we can do is spend one hour every week working on our business, instead of just working.  If we spend one hour on cleaning up one week, we could figure out how to make it less onerous.  If you lay out all the different jobs you have in your business and spend one hour a week on one of them – then in 10-12 weeks you will have covered all of them – and then you start over.

Oh?  Was I talking about business?  Maybe I’m talking about life.  Your life has dirty, smelly, uncomfortable parts, too.  If you could spend an hour a week on each of those parts, your life will change dramatically.

Useful Quotes

 When I let go of what I am, I become what I can be.
Lao Tzu

We do not grow absolutely, chronologically. We grow sometimes in one dimension, and not in another; unevenly. We grow partially. We are relative. We are mature in one realm, childish in another. The past, present, and future mingle and pull us backward, forward, or fix us in the present. We are made up of layers, cells, constellations.
Anais Nin

Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.

Brian Tracy

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Looking at Tomorrow

May 14, 2007

Whiee we can predict tomorrow, there’s little certainty in that prediction.  Yes, the sun will ‘come up’ and we’ll see it unless it’s cloudy or rainy (and that’s usually a pretty accurate guess – because it will be a sunny, 65 WNBC degrees – the weather is usually brought to you by the media – I always used to think it was God’s job, but has now been delegated to the media.)

But the truth is that the future is not predictable – not the stock market, not the ball games, not the hit movies and not anything we really care about, nothing that we want or that we pray for.  And however we go to sleep at night has little to do with how we wake up in the morning.

We live in a world of (at best) statistical probabilities.  But I say we have to stand up and shout, “I am not a statistical probability!”  Statistics – forecasts – apply to groups, never to individuals.  You cannot be x% likely to have a disease, y% to be caught in a landslide, z% to be on the losing side of an election or buy a sub-prime mortgaged home and be evicted.  You are not a statistic until after the fact. 

That’s what coaching is all about – to empower an individual in the face of a statistic,  To have you live a life above average (like all residents of Lake Woebegone – all of whose children are above average.)

My job is tomorrow.  That’s where I live.  That’s what I live for – to guide you to a New Future.

                                                     Useful Quotes

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.  The important thind is never to stop questioning”
Albert Einstein

What we are today comes from our thoughts of yesterday, and our present thoughts build our life of tomorrow: Our life is the creation of our mind.



Figuring it Out

May 4, 2007

Now that my new site is finally up ( I can see that I’ve given myself so much to write that I have no time to write-  My site has two sides – On one, I write New Futures; on the other Writing for the Reading.  And I have this BLOG.  I’m committed to writing articles  and there’s other stuff I want to write.  It’s all about scheduling and organizing – I coach on these things, probably because they are constant issues in my life that I’ve always resisted.  So I often have to reexamine how I do things…and as soon as I do, more and different things come along and everything is reshuffled.

I call this Contribution Coaching (one side of my website) and I’m still figuring out what to write – because I do produce New Futures newsletters – So my question is, what do I want to say here that’s distinct?  Do I intend this as a marketing tool? – of course I do – but I consider that everything I do is, in some sense, marketing.  The coaching I would give and I think I’ll take it to myself, is – just write and see what you wrote.

I mean that in a very precise way – When I do that I get my head out of the way.  As far as I can tell, judging from extensive experience, that applies to everything.  We think there’s something we do called thinking.  This we equate with the speaking or seeing or hearing that happens inside our head.  But that’s not thinking; that’s stuff we have going on inside our head – Say it this way: we have ‘thoughts’ and they’re not thinking.

Meditation is the constant practice of attempting to minimize, even ignore those things.  Somehow that empowers thinking.  I don’t know if that makes sense, but it works for me.  I let my fingers do the talking.

What do you think thinking is?

                                                          Useful(?) Quotes

Work joyfully and peacefully, knowing that right thoughts and right efforts will inevitably bring about right results.
James Allen

You have powers you never dreamed of. You can do things you never thought you could do. There are no limitations in what you can do except the limitations of your own mind.
Darwin P. Kingsley

Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!
Dr. Seuss

Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is the probable reason so few engage in it.
Henry Ford