Monthly Archives: March 2007

How Our Primitive Human Desires Cause Social Problems

The cause of societal problems isn’t technology, but our inability to utilize it effectively. This is due to technology advancing exponentially while the human organism has remained virtually the same for tens of thousands of years. r

Finding Meaning in Life

I remember when Dilbert hit it big and it became clear that I would never again have to worry about money. It was a wonderful feeling, but it didn’t last. I went from happy to hollow with no warning. The first moment that I could afford any car I wanted, I lost interest in having a nice car. I simply couldn’t see the point, if there ever was one. Success is surprisingly disorienting. r

Are we REALLY making any progress?

It is generally assumed that advances in technology lead to the improvement of society. With technology we can do things earlier generations couldn’t imagine. We can travel vast distances in a short time, do incredibly complex calculations, and spread ideas around the world within seconds.

Surely these advances make us more able than our ancestors, who had a hard enough time finding food to survive. r

Writing Tips

George Orwell’s 5 Rules for Effective Writing

An overview and explanation of 5 basic rules that will make your writing effective, based on an essay by George Orwell. r

The Danger of Playing it Safe

It’s human nature to avoid risk. We don’t want to embarrass ourselves. We don’t want to diminish our credibility. So we stay near the center. We censor our words and disguise our true thoughts.

Besides, who are we to tell other people they’re wrong? How can we really be sure of ourselves?

We can’t. But we have to risk being wrong if we ever want to really be right. This quote from John Irving explains why. His example deals with writing, but it applies to any creative endeavor. r

Does Being Labeled As Gifted Undermine Personal Growth?

Stanford psychologist, Carol Dweck, has spent her career studying the mental phenomena that lead to success. The Effort Effect provides an overview of her findings. Why do some people reach their potential, while others with equal or greater talent fail? … r