Snippets from The Science of Story

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.


One of the things I’ve been thinking about recently is a training manual for people who need to do a bit of personal knowledge (or something) management. At the risk of banging on about it, one of the things that struck me about van Riper’s fluid, networked approach to operations was the emphasis on training the nodes in the network.…

Deciding whether to go East or West

Here’s a thing: the way Westerners make decisions is very different from the the way Japanese make decisions. I’ll admit now, I don’t know as much as I’d like to know about Japanese culture, but as far as I understand it the difference is this:

Western “decision making” focuses on answer, and systematic approaches to arrive at these.…