I’ve already written today about the dangers of certainty in the retail trade: http://bit.ly/1cS1cdm Yet the problematic nature of certainty extends far beyond checkout follies. Especially in today’s polarized, 140 character world, people default to an aggressive certainty. Boldness elicits reactions and draws pageviews. But like the hapless Toys R Us clerk who gave me … Continue reading Why So Certain?
I consider the loss of certainty a sign of wisdom. I was full of certainty when I was 17; 20 years later, I’m full of doubt. And I’m pretty sure I know more now than I did back then. It seems like people can follow two paths as they age. One path is to develop … Continue reading Loss of Certainty = Wisdom
We all like to think that we do the right thing. But it’s very easy to get lazy and reverse the causality–to believe that something is right because we do it. White House Chief of Staff Rahm “Rahmbo” Emanuel famously said of the Great Recession, “Never allow a crisis to go to waste.” Yet pushing … Continue reading Your Way Or The Right Way?
For years now, I have been promising to write about religion. While I have touched on the subject before, especially in the context of positive psychology, I have never dealt with it directly. Until now. The Economist’s recent special report on religion does a fantastic job of taking a balanced, reasoned look at the role … Continue reading The Problem With Religion