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Automatism + Automaticity – 20th Century

If you thought my previous introduction was dark, then if you use your imagination a little to color in the details of what comes next, then you may actually begin to lose your faith in humanity – but I choose … Continue reading Continue reading

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Rewarding Life May Be Counter-Productive When Rewards Undermine Habits

A new friend of mine recently asked “how do you translate ‘rewarding’ into German?” I found it was fascinating that this was difficult to answer. We had been talking (and continue to talk) about how language and culture are closely … Continue reading Continue reading

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People don’t listen, they just wait for their turn to talk

I read this line, and it was attributed to someone named Chuck Palahniuk. I could not find any information actually connecting this quote to Chuck Palahniuk — besides many other people basically doing a “copy” and “paste” of this same … Continue reading Continue reading

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Public Transportation in the United States of America

I was traveling in the USA this summer, and after I had a very negative experience due to an incompetent worker in the public transportation industry I vowed I would write a blog post about it. Actually, I sort of … Continue reading
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The Harvard Business Review Ideacast reporter Sarah Green interviews Joan C. Williams, Distinguished Professor of Law and Founding Director of the Center of WorkLife Law at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, who cites Mary Blair-Loy’s “work-devotion schema”, thereby emphasizing the central role of devotion in the meaning of life, which I wrote about several months ago

Here’s an excerpt from the interview: [T]he work devotion schema, [Mary Blair-Loy] found, communicated that work should be the central focus of your life, unencumbered by family responsibilities; that it entailed overlays of deep emotional ties with your work; that … Continue reading
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Self-Reliance 2.0

imitation is suicide Recitations are mundane — there is not one iota of life in them, there is no spark whatsoever. Truths which we hold to be self-evident need not be incessantly replayed in never-ending refrains — lest they become … Continue reading
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If I were able to keep my “work life” separate from my “personal life” (or other imaginary sub-categories of my life), would that enable me to do my work without caring about it?

… and if so: Would such a separation of work from other aspects of life be a feature or a bug? Continue reading

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Philosophical Interlude

Just jotting down a note here about something that has been on my mind for some time already, and yet it’s also where my conviction is still rather sketchy. Generally, the idea is that there still exists today two rather … Continue reading
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