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Where Bill Anderson (a.k.a. band) stands on systems thinking and everyday practice.

William Deresiewicz’ impassioned essay in The New Republic in support of public education ends with this paragraph.

"High-quality public education, financed with public money, for the benefit of all: the exact commitment that drove the growth of public higher education in the postwar years. Everybody gets an equal chance to go as far as their hard work and talent will take themyou know, the American dream. Everyone who wants it gets to have the kind of mind-expanding, soul-enriching experience that a liberal arts education provides. We recognize that free, quality K–12 education is a right of citizenship. We also need to recognizeas we once did and as many countries still dothat the same is true of higher education. We have tried aristocracy. We have tried meritocracy. Now it’s time to try democracy.”

Posted at 9:18am and tagged with: one column,.

Seth Godin on why he wrote V is for Vulnerability, a charming children’s book for grownups with a serious message about the creative life. (via explore-blog)

On another note. RuPaul’s Twitter byline is “You’re born naked & the rest is drag.” The real work is to be my own person.

Posted at 10:35pm.

Something magical happens when we read a book to a kid, when we’re read a book.

So I wanted to steal that feeling — that’s why the format looks like a kids’ book, so that I could get to that part of your head that’s pre-cynical, the part of your head that isn’t yet afraid of what other people are going to think of you, the part of your head that has the bravery to do this work that matters. If I can steal that and get in, that’s my goal.

The following excerpt is a concise summary of ‘Friedlander, Amy, “In God We Trust” All Others Pay Cash: Banking as an American Infrastructure 1800-1935, Corporation for National Research Initiatives, Reston, VA, 1996. pp. 97-98’. Perhaps it has some utility in current conversations about business, relationships, and trust.

"[B]anking meets the first criterion of an infrastructure: it is ubiquitous. … Banks do not have physical analogs to rails or transmission lines. Rather, banking is the sum of a series of informational transactions, based on shared concepts, procedures, and relationships that enables commodities and funds to flow within and among regions. Banking is, therefore, an infrastructure of and about information — information in the form of discounts, interest, and prices, and information (or misinformation) that allowed consumers (including other bankers and investors) to maker decisions about spending and saving. The value of money was determined by market transactions; the integrity of the system, however, was built on relationships among bankers and between bankers and the public, governed and mediated by information."


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Posted at 3:04pm and tagged with: informatics, one column,.

Matthew Battles has an engaging and informative blog post in the New York Times titled How Writers Interact With the World.

The post helped me think about writing, but one of the comments (reproduced below) on this post made me laugh and think about the specific activity and results of writing.

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You don’t do ‘data entry’on a manual Underwood. You just type on old-fashioned paper. And when you’re done, it doesn’t matter how many keys you push, it won’t tell you a thing. It just sits there like a cat and stares at you.

Posted at 10:05pm and tagged with: writing, one column,.

This was posted on Twitter today: “OH: You know what’s the difference between Sarah Palin and Paul Ryan? Lipstick.”

Snark can be fun, and maybe even provides a neuro-chemical hit, but it can not lead to better discourse. I need ways to talk with those with whom I have disagreements. And an ad hominem zinger is not going to lead to rational dialog. It just promotes more us versus them thinking. And in my experience that way of thinking is a dead end. I need to find a viewpoint and (rhetorical?) stance that acknowledges our interdependence. We really are in this life together.

Posted at 9:07pm and tagged with: Dialog, Practice, one column,.

The fans go wild …

The fans are whirling

Like dervishes overhead.

But there’s no applause.

Posted at 2:18pm and tagged with: poetry, haiku,.

The fans go wild &#8230;
The fans are whirling
Like dervishes overhead.
But there&#8217;s no applause.

One of the best new poems I have read.

Night Music  by Charles Simic

Little brook, running past my house,
I like the tune you hum to yourself
When night comes,
And only the two of us are awake.
You keep me company
So I don’t fear
The darkness round my bed
And the thoughts in my head
Flying crookedly like bats
Between the old church and the graveyard.

This poem appeared in the September 13, 2012 issue of The New Republic magazine.

Posted at 9:39am and tagged with: poetry, one column,.

We are, each of us, alone and, at the same time, interdependent and of one Nature. Now there’s a brain buster to think about.

This article references both Freud and Spinoza. A phrase attributed to Freud is “We are lived.” So philosophy does help me understand my life. If I think about it.

Posted at 3:30pm and tagged with: Freud, Spinoza, zeitgeist,.

"Nobody believes in evolution. You either understand evolution or you
don’t. There is nothing to believe. It’s something to perceive …”

- Baba Brinkman

(The Rap Guide to Evolution:

2012-08-09 update: this was first posted on another blog on June 20, 2011. I thought the observation akin to saying “Nobody believes in arithmetic. You either understand arithmetic or you don’t.” And I still think that. But when I bought the new edition of this album a few months ago I found that this particular lyric missing. Clearly “belief” is a complex topic.

Posted at 2:18pm and tagged with: belief, evolution, science, one column,.

The one legacy of Freud, Jung, and the many other psychoanalysts that keeps popping up for me is  the practice of listening to what comes to mind first. These first thoughts are often unexpected  associations that lead me to new connections among ideas I thought I understood.

At one conference a couple of years ago I restricted my note taking during presentations to  writing haiku structured summaries of what struck me as the main point. It helped me listen with  both sides of my brain. I’m thinking that free associating gives me access to more of my mind.

We’ll find out ….

Posted at 12:55pm and tagged with: one column,.