Below is a collection of Dr. McGlaughlin's most recent observations (500+). Most of these observations are made throughout the course of everyday life, captured by dictation, and added to FlintsNotes.com. You can read more about the observation capture process here. The content here changes 5 days a week, so be sure to check back often. Also, feel free to leave a comment in the comments section of each observation.

On the Difficulty of Grasping the Concept of Non-Existence

Is death a form of existence? If the opposite of existence is non-existence, then the opposite of to exist is not to exist. Even for the scientist who does not…

On the Danger of the Indispensable Leader

The better a leader appears, the more likely it is that he is underperforming. You judge a leader not by his own prowess, but by the prowess (and particularly…

On Editing with your Ears

Beware of editing with your eyes. The proofreader works with his eyes; the editor works with his ears.  

On My Work as Art

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…

On the Role of Authority in Answering Questions

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

On the True Nature of Consciousness

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…

On the Difference Between Definition and Explanation

A definition is more than an explanation. An explanation is descriptive, but a definition is essential. Definitions are the working units of explanations. Never…

On the Priority of People over Process

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…

On Utilizing the Subconscious Mind to Solve Problems

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,…

On the Predicate as Existence in Time

Existence is subject-predicate. When Descartes said, "I think therefore I exist (Je pense donc je suis)", "think" was predicate. Predicate is evidence of…

On the Strength to Make Tough Decisions

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”

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…

On the Difference Between Specialized Knowledge and High Intelligence

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…

On the Importance of Knowing What Not to Do

Sometimes it’s more important for the leader to know what he won’t do than what he will. In the decision process, one may consider multiple options. Three may be…

On Vulnerability as the Key Attribute of the Effective Teacher

The teacher is often most effective when relating to his audience through the experiences of his own life. Typically, it is not his victories that achieve the…