Cognitive psychology has shown that the mind best understands facts when they are woven into a conceptual fabric, such as a narrative, mental map, or intuitive theory. Disconnected facts in the mind are like unlinked pages on the Web: They might as well not exist. - Steven Pinker I have spent the last five days … Continue reading We Don’t Know What We Know Until We Realize
"The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge" - Stephen Hawking I was quite shaken by the death of Stephen Hawking which has surprised me. I knew of the man (you would have to be living under a rock not to know who he was) but I didn't know … Continue reading The Sun Doesn’t Cut It
"In a word I was a pioneer, and therefore had to blaze my own trail" - Major Taylor There's a light fog out there today, maybe better described as a mist but enough that you know the horizon is there but you can't quite make it out. That same fogginess has been clouding my mind … Continue reading Is Being a Pioneer Worth It?
"Self respect is the fruit of discipline; the sense of dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself" - Abraham Joshua Heschel One of the demons I have been battling of late is the issue of dignity versus pride. I have been told that sometimes I let my pride get in my way … Continue reading Does Pride Trump Dignity?