Latest Observations

On My Work as Art

Topic:Personal
Posted on:Aug 20, 2015
Method:Dictation
Captured by:Flint M

All of my work needs to be approached, not as academic, not as an entrepreneur, but rather as an artist. I am creating beauty and I must find my satisfaction from the same. Anything else will leave me empty, disillusioned.

On the Role of Authority in Answering Questions

Topic:Philosophy
Posted on:Aug 19, 2015
Method:Dictation
Captured by:David J

An answer necessarily proceeds from authority. Therefore an answer is constrained by that authority. Philosophy endeavors to answer the question.

I need to draw the connections between question and answer in the role of philosophy. I must do this only after I have built a logical case for the limitations.

A question is an appeal to an authority. An answer is an expression of authority. These two propositions must be illustrated. A question about a competing authority necessarily negates the second by its appeal to the first.

On the True Nature of Consciousness

Topic:Philosophy
Posted on:Aug 18, 2015
Method:Dictation
Captured by:Paul C

It is interesting how we use the phrase “I feel”, and “I think”. While one seems to suggest the emotional and the other suggests the rational, we often use them interchangeably.

This may seem like a simple matter of semantic confusion. But is it more? It may indicate the true nature of consciousness. It seems our most meaningful states of consciousness are moments when the “thinking” and the “feeling” are identical.  

On the Difference Between Definition and Explanation

Topic:Communication
Posted on:Aug 17, 2015
Method:Dictation
Captured by:Austin M

A definition is more than an explanation. An explanation is descriptive, but a definition is essential. Definitions are the working units of explanations. Never be deceived by a definition that is merely an explanation.

On the Priority of People over Process

Topic:Leadership
Posted on:Aug 14, 2015
Method:Dictation
Captured by:Flint M

Management does not make you money — people do. I operate with three reports: the SAR (Sales Action Report), the MAR (Management Action Report) and the CAR (Content Action Report). The reports inform our process, but the process is driven by people. You can use your people to build your company, or you can use your company to build your people. The latter way is the best way for it leads to the former. The job of the CEO is not to build a company. The job of the CEO is twofold: to build people, and to create customers.

On Utilizing the Subconscious Mind to Solve Problems

Topic:Personal
Posted on:Aug 13, 2015
Method:Dictation
Captured by:Austin M

In creative thinking, the best approach is not always the direct approach. Sometimes the way you solve a problem is to put your conscious mind somewhere else, while giving your subconscious mind ample space to engage.

On the Predicate as Existence in Time

Topic:Philosophy
Posted on:Aug 12, 2015
Method:Previous Writings
Captured by:Austin M

Existence is subject-predicate. When Descartes said, "I think therefore I exist (Je pense donc je suis)", "think" was predicate. Predicate is evidence of existence. Predicate is more than evidence; it is existence in time. In the structure of a sentence, we can separate the subject from the predicate. This is an artificial separation. In reality, the subject (the "amness") is always "ising" - and so am I.

On the Strength to Make Tough Decisions

Topic:Leadership
Posted on:Aug 11, 2015
Method:Dictation
Captured by:David J

When you know what you stand for and what you do not, you can make the tough decisions. Every right action strengthens you.

On Writing and the Danger of “Mind-Candy”

Topic:Communication
Posted on:Aug 10, 2015
Method:Dictation
Captured by:Austin M

In the creative process, a writer must be careful not to allow any writing that sounds good to get in the way of any writing that is good. The writer reaches down deep, yet her work is not so much to pull out as it is to prevent. Once you open the “right channel,” the pure work will come. The danger is tainting that work with artificial, fine-sounding embellishments. Beware of the “sugar” in your writing. It tastes good at first, but then it makes you ill. The writer must avoid all “mind-candy.”

On the Difference Between Specialized Knowledge and High Intelligence

Topic:Philosophy
Posted on:Aug 7, 2015
Method:Previous Writings
Captured by:Austin M

One must be careful not to confuse specialized knowledge with high intelligence. It's easy to be impressed with a dense document, detailed with specialized language and concepts (particularly if they are mathematical). One might read this document and assume that the writer is highly intelligent but this is not always the case. There is a substantial difference between one with specialized knowledge and one with high intelligence. There is an even greater difference between one with specialized knowledge and one with creative intelligence. One must learn to detect the distinctions.