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Our Greatest Failing

Alan Lightman begins his article, “Nothing but the Truth; Science’s and Greatest Weakness Is Also Its Greatest Strength”  (Popular Science, May 2015) with an anecdote about Richard Feynman. “40 years ago, the legendary physicist Richard Feynman gave the commencement address at my graduation from the California Institute of technology… Feynman told us that before we went public with new scientific results, we should consider every conceivable way we might be wrong. It was a tall order.”1

  1. Alan Lightman, “Nothing but the Truth,” Popular Science, May 2015 []
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On Saying No to the Adventures Life Presents You

Joseph Campbell on refusing the call that life presents you (a.k.a saying no to life, emphasis mine):

“When this refusal of the call happens, there is a kind of drying up, a sense of life lost. Everything you knows that a required adventure has been refused. Anxieties build up. What you have refused to experience in a positive way, you will experience a negative way.1

If you are having a negative experience of something, ask yourself, “where am I saying no when yes may be the better answer?”

  1. “A Joseph Campbell Companion”, p. 78, Selected and Edited by Diane K. Osbon []
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When you see a good move…

“When you see a good move, look for a better one.” —Emanual Lasker

This chess strategy is also good advice in so many other areas: programming, business strategy, relationships, politics, and on and on.

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Resistance to New Ideas

“The resistance to any new idea is proportional to the square of its importance.” —Bertrand Russell