Some Thoughts on a New Year

Another year has arrived. Are you thrilled about it? Pessimistic? Just happy to see the previous one gone? Well, here we are at a new milestone, arbitrary as it might be in the scheme of things 1. All that potential seems magical. All those untapped days and hours ahead of us across yet another expanse of time. We look ahead with optimism and imagine what we can do this time around. Read more...

Those We Do Not See

Stop for a moment and consider that no one will ever know you. There is only knowing their perception of you. The self-concept we carry around is based on an understanding, however flawed, of our own rich, inner landscape. Our thoughts and aspirations, our personal struggles, the generous advocate and scathing critic. That is who we know ourselves to be. Others do not see that. They have their own mental model (also flawed and incomplete) of who you are based on a limited set of interactions where the only available signals are your words and actions. Read more...

Spectrums

Psychology and neuroscience are interesting topics for me. I’m by no means enmeshed in these fields, but I’ve always been fascinated by the complexity and capability of the human mind. We are Paleolithic hunter-gatherer primates that managed to create a global civilization far beyond our simple beginnings. All because of the capacity and flexibility of our minds. Of course, it’s not all white magic and high art that we play with. Read more...

Out of Phase

It starts simple enough. Maybe you lie in bed a few minutes after the 5:00 a.m. alarm goes off. Sleep last night was hard to find. Couldn’t get there, couldn’t stay there. At least you’re up. You find that you missed a step in last night’s routine that throws you off a bit this morning. Have to correct that. So you get to the gym already off your game. Workout has to be done. Read more...

Free Solo and Human Achievement

This past weekend, my son and I saw the documentary ‘Free Solo’ at a theater in Knoxville. I’ve been looking forward to this film since I saw the preview months back. The fact that it was actually showing at a theater within thirty miles of me was surprising enough to make me consider that possibility that stars aligned. If you’re not into climbing, the term free solo means to climb alone and with no protective equipment. Read more...