~ WMPLICP-B-ALPOTATI-D-U-C-TESIPAROE ~ When Many People Live In Close Proximity – But – A Large Portion Of Them Are Trapped In – Deprived – Unhealthy – Conditions – The Entire Society Is Put At Risk Of Extinction

~ MFB-WEOPCEPTCEI-‘SL’-GFNBGALSOC ~ Many Famines Begin – When Economic Or Political Circumstances Encourage People To Convert Environments Into – “Specialized Landscapes” – Good For Nothing But Growing A Limited Set Of Crops

~ IYHNM-YHNVITM ~ If You Have No Money – You Have No Voice In The Market

~ ESAF ~ Every Surface A Farm

~ TAGTGW ~ Things Are Going To Get Weird

~ ALAWKE-HIGTS ~ As Long As We Keep Exploring – Humanity Is Going To Survive


~ WTNCFTC-IRS-IWNAC ~ When The Nazis Came For The Communists – I Remained Silent – I Was Not A Communist

~ WTLUTSD-IRS-IWNASD ~ When They Locked Up The Social Democrats – I Remained Silent – I Was Not A Social Democrat

~ WTCFTTU-IDNSO-IWNATU ~ When They Came For The Trade Unionists – I Did Not Speak Out – I Was Not A Trade Unionist

~ WTCFTJ-IRS-IWNAJ ~ When They Came For The Jews – I Remained Silent – I Was Not A Jew

~ WTCFM-TWNOLTSO ~ When They Came For Me – There Was No One Left To Speak Out


~ CBVEWTSIMASOGC-ATEATTFATRITW ~ Children Become Very Excited When They Succeed In Meeting A Series Of Graduated Challenges – And This Excitement Allows Them To Focus And Take Risks In Their Work

~ PCSTTITCWEIASOITABWTRG ~ People Cling Stubbornly To The Idea That Children Will Excel In A Subject Only If They Are Blessed With The Right Genes

~ AGBOEITSOCNSTTVMOCABWTATLAATTBIPUMLIL ~ A Growing Body Of Evidence In The Study Of Cognition Now Shows That The Vast Majority Of Children Are Born With The Ability To Learn Anything And That The Brain Is Plastic Until Much Later In Life

~ AAWOPTNEWHASOC ~ As Adults We Often Project The Negative Experiences We Had At School Onto Children

~ FSA-P-C-C-D-L-A-AF(EITS)-AAIATSASOOM ~ Factors Such As Passion – Confidence – Creativity – Diligence – Luck – And – Artistic Flair (Even In The Sciences) – Are As Important As The Speed And Sharpness Of One’s Mind

~ TLAFISIUL ~ The Least Acknowledged Factor In Success Is Undoubtedly Luck

~ TSESTCABWREP-ATWBOTILAMO-N-N-N ~ The Scientific Evidence Suggests That Children Are Born With Roughly Equal Potential – And That What Becomes Of Them Is Largely A Matter Of – Nurture – Not – Nature

~ BCLOCASOSWLDWTL-TCECADATBSOSASAOAI ~ Because Children’s Level Of Confidence And Sense Of Self Will Largely Determine What They Learn – Teachers Can Easily Create Artificial Differences Among Them By Singling Out Some As Superior And Others As Inferior

~ CMELTDWF-ATMLTSPTAEAOETS ~ Children Must Eventually Learn To Deal With Failure – And They Must Learn That Some Problems Take An Enormous Amount Of Effort To Solve

~ HAITMIJBOVLK-AWSTOJ ~ Humans Are Inclined To Make Instant Judgements Based On Very Little Knowledge – And We Stick To Our Judgements

~ IHTSEHASTECATTPWL-ICITWBLGAFR-B-ICAITTWBM ~ It’s Hard To Say Exactly How A Society That Educated Children According To Their Potential Would Look – I Can Imagine There Would Be Less Government And Fewer Regulations – But – I Can Also Imagine That There Would Be More

~ CNTDSQITATRTFPAMOS-TQ-WWCENICIWCT-A-ASOW-ASOR-ASOE-A-ASOH ~ Children Need To Develop Several Qualities If They Are To Realize Their Full Potential As Members Of Society – These Qualities – Which We Could Easily Nurture In Children If We Chose To – Are – A Sense Of Wonder – A Sense Of Risk – A Sense Of Empathy – And – A Sense Of Hope

~ OGLARUOCAE-OTRSOE-AHQSECA ~ Our Generation Lacks Any Real Understanding Of Cause And Effect – Of The Relative Size Of Effects – And How Quickly Small Effects Can Accumulate

~ TGAOCITPWPFTTHV-TGDITTWAPFTTAW ~ The Great Advantage Of Capitalism Is That People Will Pay For Things That Have Value – The Great Disadvantage Is That They Will Also Pay For Things That Are Worthless

~ CCWIPDHTNLOCAOUOTNWTCTRCOVOTGTPOTRIIPTG ~ Capitalism Can’t Work If People Don’t Have The Necessary Logical Or Conceptual Abilities Or Understanding Of The Natural World To Calculate The Real Cost Or Value Of The Goods They Produce Or The Risks Involved In Producing Those Goods

~ TITTFMWEAFORPFTTTFAWTBAS-ROHSOSTPWABASHTB-ICN ~ The Idea That The Free Market Will Establish A Fair Or Rational Price For The Things That Free Agents Wish To Buy And Sell – Regardless Of How Selfish Or Stupid The People Who Are Buying And Selling Happen To Be – Is Clearly Nonsense

~ CDHTCTPTOTF-ITCSAPISU-FMYTWB-ISOETTC-TTACODWTSTMTATIIWTSAAA-BTWNKTF ~ Children Do Have The Capacity To Pick Themselves Off The Floor – If They Can See A Point In Standing Up – For Many Years They Will Believe – In Spite Of Evidence To The Contrary – That They Are Capable Of Doing Whatever They Set Their Minds To And That It Is Worth Trying Something Again And Again – But They Will Not Keep Trying Forever

~ CWNFTEPUWRHIFTHSMPO ~ Children Will Never Fulfil Their Extraordinary Potential Until We Remember How It Felt To Have So Much Potential Ourselves


~ AI-INA-ST-IIMLA-S ~ An Idea – Is Not A – Single Thing – It Is More Like A – Swarm

~ ISHATTGTT-‘EOC’ ~ Innovative Systems Have A Tendency To Gravitate Toward The – “Edge Of Chaos”

~ TAP-ATWIWTPCRI ~ The Adjacent Possible – All The Ways In Which The Present Can Reinvent Itself

~ GIANCOOTA-TABOOACOEP ~ Good Ideas Are Not Conjured Out Of Thin Air – They Are Built Out Of A Collection Of Existing Parts

~ TMPTFGGIR-ACOH-AAT-TS ~ The Most Productive Tool For Generating Good Ideas Remains – A Circle Of Humans – At A Table – Talking Shop

~ ASLNOTIITAOSCBATCLE ~ A Shockingly Large Number Of Transformative Ideas In The Annals Of Science Can Be Attributed To Contaminated Laboratory Environments

~ WWW-WHTCOA-ANS-WBOIODUNDITAP-B-IDFUTLFT ~ When We’re Wrong – We Have To Challenge Our Assumptions – Adopt New Strategies – Being Wrong On Its Own Doesn’t Unlock New Doors In The Adjacent Possible – But – It Does Force Us To Look For Them

~ IE-TO-UM-A-SWTDO-QC-OT ~ Innovative Environments – Thrive On – Useful Mistakes – And – Suffer When The Demands Of – Quality Control – Overwhelm Them

~ E-AODATOFASU-BT-TTGHFACDF ~ Exaptation – An Organism Develops A Trait Optimized For A Specific Use – But Then – The Trait Gets Hijacked For A Completely Different Function

~ MOHGIMTBACDCEWTOPWR ~ Many Of History’s Great Innovators Managed To Build A Cross-Disciplinary Coffeehouse Environment Within Their Own Private Work Routines

~ ‘ST’-OPTCSFASOHOD-YTOPLITMOCT ~ “Serial Tasking” – One Project Takes Center Stage For A Series Of Hours Or Days – Yet The Other Projects Linger In The Margins Of Consciousness Throughout

~ CFTCM ~ Chance Favours The Connected Mind

~ OA-OP-GI-CCFA ~ On An – Open Platform – Good Ideas – Can Come From Anywhere

~ HB-LTC-IEM-DBASI-B-MOTKTTPTIRWIOWTSC-‘CI’ ~ History Books – Like To Condense – Into Eureka Moments – Dominated By A Single Inventor – But – Most Of The Key Technologies That Powered The Industrial Revolution Were Instances Of What The Scholars Call – “Collective Invention”

~ AOTBE-FIWISI-TPI-AOTANE ~ All Other Things Being Equal – Financial Incentives Will Indeed Spur Innovation – The Problem Is – All Other Things Are Never Equal

~ FFU-TCINBDMACACS-MOTHOIAOTPCHLIALFSBTTR ~ Fortunately For Us – The Choice Is Not Between Decentralized Markets And Command-And-Control States – Much Of The History Of Intellectual Achievement Over These Past Centuries Has Lived In A Less Formal Space Between Those Two Regimes

~ TWOMLDNEEFTPCBPF-TAEF-ON ~ The Wonders Of Modern Life Did Not Emerge Exclusively From The Proprietary Clash Between Private Firms – They Also Emerged From – Open Networks

~ TMTGTOIAA-OP-IOA-CB-TBIWBFAOU-C-A-A-A-E-A ~ The More The Government Thinks Of Itself As An – Open Platform – Instead Of A – Centralized Bureaucracy – The Better It Will Be For All Of Us – Citizens – And – Activists – And – Entrepreneurs – Alike


~ PTAWTHTSWTWT ~ People Take Action When They Hear Themselves Say Why They Want To

~ PCTYADLTTWTCDS-BWTTYWTWTDI-TWTSTH ~ People Can Tell You All Day Long That They Wish They Could Do Something – But When They Tell You Why They Want To Do It – That’s When Things Start To Happen

~ GSTTYW-AAIASTF ~ Get Someone To Tell You Why – And Action Is Almost Sure To Follow

~ FOATBOMWMBTAAR-ETSHOMWMB ~ Focusing On Any Tiny Bit Of Motivation Works Much Better That Asking About Resistance – Even The Slightest Hint Of Motivation Works Much Better

~ WTTIOBTTATTTTWHITDDWWWTTO-OTOMWB ~ We Try To Influence Others By Telling Them All The Terrible Things That Will Happen If They Don’t Do What We Want Them To Do – Other Types Of Motivation Work Better

~ GF-SITFOROMPMR-WRAAFOMALTHPR-TBOD-RTTDOND ~ Gain Framing – Studies Indicate That Focusing On Resistance Only Makes People More Resistant – Whereas Reinforcing Autonomy And Focusing On Motivation Are Likely To Have Positive Results – The Benefits Of Doing – Rather Than The Downside Of Not Doing

~ WTTGHUOTH ~ We Tend To Get Hung Up On The How


~ TWAETAGE(ASUWTB) ~ The Wealthiest Americans Enrich Themselves At Government Expense (And Stick You With The Bill)

~ IAUTTIIETMGFTGTTTSOAM ~ It Is A Universal Truth That It Is Easier To Mine Gold From The Government Treasury Than The Side Of A Mountain

~ EWSM-GOCBOTF ~ Even Without Spending Money – Government Often Confers Benefits On The Few

STEGAG-WDATMG? ~ Since The Economy Grew And Grew – Where Did All The Money Go?

~ OTPTDTRAWWAWLEHBQASR ~ Over The Past Three Decades The Rules Affecting Who Wins And Who Loses Economically Have Been Quietly And Subtly Rewritten

~ FMTAQCNOGHBARTTTPFIFO-TR-TP-A-TPC ~ For More Than A Quarter Century Now Our Government Has Been Adopting Rules That Tilt The Playing Field In Favor Of – The Rich – The Powerful – And – The Politically Connected

~ TNRHTSAATSEC-TR ~ The New Rules Have Taken Special Aim At Those Supposed Economic Criminals – The Regulators

~ OWCWFIOS-WRTWIWOBMHOC-OIUFPNOF ~ Often We Celebrate Wealth For Its Own Sake – Without Regard To Whether It Was Obtained By Means Honest Or Corrupt – Or Is Used For Purposes Noble Or Foul

~ MWRAG-BSAMVR-RBOTEAERM ~ Many Wasteful Rules Are Gone – But So Are Many Virtuous Rules – Replaced By Ones That Encourage And Even Reward Misconduct

~ UWTOMDWGTAIASEOLPEMP-EWTPDFRIFPTDNHU? ~ Under What Theory Of Morality Do We Grant Those Already In A Superior Economic Or Legal Position Ever More Power – Especially When That Power Derives From Rules In Fine Print That Defy Normal Human Understanding?

~ TCABPB-O-I-I-A-IEC-P-HABGIPODASSG ~ The Checks And Balances Provided By – Oversight – Inspection – Investigation – And – In Extreme Cases – Prosecution – Have All Been Gutted In Pursuit Of Deregulation And Supposedly Smaller Government

~ STBODCMPRATCOOL ~ Sometimes The Banner Of Deregulation Can Make People Rich At The Cost Of Other’s Lives

~ WWTCWTGWFTMFY? ~ Who Wants To Compete When The Government Will Fix The Market For You?

~ CSS ~ MPHBTBTFOSRTTR ~ Commercial Sports Subsidies – Market Principles Have Been Trounced By This Form Of Socialist Redistribution To The Richest

~ SFCSTNPANGFS-TAJAGSTOWFTMTTF ~ Subsidies For Commercial Sports Teams Never Produce A Net Gain For Society – They Are Just A Government-Sponsored Transfer Of Wealth From The Many To The Few

~ OOTMSFOTNEOIELOD ~ One Of The Most Salient Features Of The New Economic Order Is Exploding Levels Of Debt

~ TCGTLAVNTBICTTCOGAASOGWFTARETHMTL ~ That Consideration Goes To Lenders And Virtually None To Borrowers Is Central To The Creed Of Government As A Source Of Greater Wealth For Those Already Rich Enough To Have Money To Lend

~ TMTASWAWSAS-FKBBBASANCTBOS ~ The Markets That Adam Smith Wrote About Were Simple And Straightforward – Full Knowledge By Both Buyer And Seller And No Coercion To Buy Or Sell

~ HFTTHTAMPWFHTMMGILV ~ Hedge Funds Trace Their History To A Math Professor Who Figured How To Make Money Gambling In Las Vegas

~ WFHFID-LALALOD ~ What Fuels Hedge Funds Is Debt – Lots And Lots And Lots Of Debt

~ BHFANR-AMFABA-MOWTDIS ~ Because Hedge Funds Are Not Regulated – As Mutual Funds And Banks Are – Much Of What They Do Is Secret

~ HFAMAFPSR-BTANOV ~ Hedge Funds Are Making A Few People Spectacularly Rich – But They Add Nothing Of Value

~ RDNDTSOMTWS-BSIUITSDTFSFEE-AISUGWICBRTTM ~ Risk Does Not Darken The Sky Or Make The Water Smell – But Spewing It Unnecessarily Into The System Degrades The Financial System For Everyone Else – And If Something Unexpected Goes Wrong It Can Bring Ruin To The Many

~ WWFC-TITRWARUCGPTFTWF-WTHRWTBDOTM ~ World-Wide Financial Collapse – That Is The Risk We Are Running Under Current Government Policies That Favor The Wealthy Few – Who Take Huge Risks With The Bank Deposits Of The Many

~ WNHATDOEWTITMWSOP-TPRANT-ATINRTBTTAOTNH-JAFMSA ~ We Now Have Almost Three Decades Of Experience With The Idea That Markets Will Solve Our Problems – The Promised Results Are Not There – And There Is No Reason To Believe That They Are Over The Next Horizon – Just A Few More Subsidies Away

~ MHOBOTDHBDTTR-LO-S-P-A-LGS-SFF ~ Many Hundreds Of Billions Of Tax Dollars Have Been Diverted To The Rich – Leaving Our – Schools – Parks – And – Local Government Services – Starved For Funds

~ LSUGULAFRC ~ Layered Subsidy Upon Giveaway Upon Legal Absolution For Reckless Conduct

~ YAYWATTTILMFTBTSS ~ Year After Year We Are Told That There Is Less Money For The Basics That Sustain Society

~ ASTDNEACPFIEHNSAWTJI-MIVTTCOTWCATLOL ~ A Society That Does Not Embrace A Common Purpose For Its Existence Has No Standard Against Which To Judge Itself – Making It Vulnerable To The Corruptions Of Those Who Chafe At The Limits Of Law

~ ASTTFTMTGTTFUIMBAMITEC ~ A Society That Takes From The Many To Give To The Few Undermines Its Moral Basis And Must In The End Collapse

~ HMMAYWTPEMFEOTTTCMASTR-WTESTRUAMOSPRPALC? ~ How Much More Are You Willing To Pay Each Month For Electricity On The Theory That Competitive Markets Are Superior To Regulation – When The Evidence Shows That Regulated Utilities And Municipality Owned Systems Provide Reliable Power At Lower Cost?

~ DYWAGT-ATODOBM-WIVOSBUHF-TITM-IWTGSYMKYNE? ~ Do You Want A Government That – Allows Trillions Of Dollars Of Borrowed Money – Wrapped In Veils Of Secrecy By Unregulated Hedge Funds – To Influence The Markets – In Which The Government Says You Must Keep Your Nest Egg?

~ F-AMUTASLTTTBAOTIGGATTEMTMTPOMTDTR ~ Fines – Are Meaningless Unless They Are So Large That They Take Back All Of The Ill-Gotten Gains And Then Take Even More To Make The Price Of Misconduct Too Dear To Risk

~ WNTSLETTTBCOCC ~ We Need To Strengthen Law Enforcement To Thwart Thievery By Contract Or Computerized Calculation

~ RBWY ~ Reform Begins With You


~ LFTP ~ Learn From The Past

~ DDSC-EARSCCLTBABT-ASHC-CCROPC ~ Don’t Despise Small Changes – Even A Really Small Change Can Lead To Bigger And Better Things – A Single Healthy Change – Can Create Ripples Of Positive Change

~ TBNITYD-TGNITYD ~ The Bad News Is That You’re Dissatisfied – The Good News Is That You’re Dissatisfied

~ WYD-DLY ~ When You’re Dreaming – Don’t Limit Yourself

~ EYRTNTAI ~ Expose Yourself Regularly To New Thoughts And Ideas

~ IY ~ Inspire Yourself

~ TCFTCR-MADAFIT ~ The Cure For The Common Rut – Make A Decision And Follow It Through

~ EYTBI ~ Expose Yourself To Bigger Ideas

~ LYWAVSEFAW ~ Leave Your World And Visit Someone Else’s For A While

~ VYSIADS ~ Volunteer Your Services In A Different Setting

~ YWC?-FYLWETMY-A-T-O-F-IWTDFYRCZ ~ You Want Change? – Fill Your Life With Experiences That Make You – Act – Think – Or – Feel – In Ways That Differ From Your Regular Comfort Zone

~ FYTWTKOEAMTTHTPTRYW ~ Fill Your Time With The Kind Of Encouraging And Motivating Things That Have The Potential To Rock Your World

~ TOSPYKWAADI-ATTSWYTTFHTPTHETTBSS-WATDTICIIML? ~ Think Of Six People You Know Who Are Already Doing It – Ask Them To Share With You Three To Five Habits They Practice That Have Enabled Them To Be So Successful – What Are They Doing That I Can Incorporate Into My Life?

~ YWTEATH?-SAIWSG ~ You Want To End A Troublesome Habit? – Start Associating It With Something Gross

~ TSS-DHAHEDTCAPOMADCT-YWBSAWYCABAAFMADOAEPOT ~ The Sitcom Solution – Devote Half An Hour Every Day To Completing A Project Or Making A Dream Come True – You Will Be Surprised At What You Can Accomplish By Applying A Few Minutes A Day Over An Extended Period Of Time

~ EAPDHUSAMATPWGTTEAP ~ Events And People Don’t Hold Us Back As Much As The Power We Give To Those Events And People