Snippets from A Gentleman in Moscow

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From A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles Tiptoeing down the stairs of reason “Whatever the endeavour, if the setting is glorious and the tenor grandiose, it will have its adherents. In fact, as the locations for duels became more picturesque and the pistols more finely manufactured, the best-bred men proved willing to defend their honour over lesser offenses. So … Read More

Snippets from The Science of Story

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The cure for the horror is story We know how this ends. You’re going to die and so will everyone you love. And then there will be heat. All the change in the universe will cease, the stars will die. And there will be nothing left of anything but infinite dead freezing void. Human life, in all its noise and … Read More

Being “nobody-but-yourself”

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In the face of “a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else” and to make you a “consumer”, it feels very easy to follow the crowd and feel like you are “losing yourself”

Jaron Lanier, BUMMERs and Being Human

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I’ve just finished reading Jaron Lanier’s 10 arguments for deleting your social media accounts. Some are more persuasive than others, but they’ve made me decide to delete my Facebook account for 2020. The arguments are all linked and as follows: You are losing your free will thanks to the addictive nature of much of it and the behaviourist focus of … Read More

Trust and Whole Selves

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This video is worth a watch, I think. John Mackey, founder of Whole Foods, makes some great points about people in organisations. At its simplest, viewing people as ”Human Resources” gets it wrong because it limits. It ignores the idea that people come to the workplace wanting to bring their whole selves. It ties in well, I think, with Matthew … Read More