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Integrative Behaviors

I told my wife the other night that she was more “integrated” than I was as a person. She asked what I meant, so I explained. Every one of us has different aspects to our personality: who we are at … Continue reading

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It Doesn’t Get Better, You Have to Make it Better

Commiserating with a friend about jobs a few years back, it turned out that while we both expressed dissatisfaction with our then current situations, we were also pessimistic about finding attractive alternatives. [Ironic aside: Neither one of us is at … Continue reading

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Good Enough Is Good Enough, OK?

I heard someone today say, “Nowadays, good enough just isn’t good enough.” I disagree. Good enough, by definition, is good enough. If it weren’t good enough, then it wouldn’t be. But behind the statement is a more general cultural consensus … Continue reading

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No Reason to Stop

Standing on the corner of College Avenue and Dryden Friday night at 1:30ish, watching undergraduates stagger around aimlessly and shout at/to each other, I turned to my friend saying, “I’m gonna call it a night, even though, frankly, there’s really … Continue reading

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Three Worlds

We live in three worlds. The first world is the world of our direct experience. I consider this the “really real” world; it’s literally where we live. That being said, I consider our dreams an integral part of this world. … Continue reading

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Let’s Talk

I’ve never been a big fan of the “reality is an illusion” perspective, though I certainly understand it. If we equate reality with our perception of reality, for example, then we are naturally deluded, for that perception is a product … Continue reading

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Publish and Perish

There are many reasons why my academic career didn’t pan out, but among them is undoubtedly the fact that I didn’t publish very much. For example, I never turned my dissertation on the Baader-Meinhof Gang into a book (though part … Continue reading

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Thought Ronin

I’ve been a “thought ronin” for going on a year now. In the same way that the lone gunslinger is a staple of the Western, ronin (“masterless samurai”) have been staple figures, and frequently protagonists, in samurai films from the … Continue reading

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It’s Not About Money

Better a debtor than pay with a coin that does not bear our image! – Friedrich Nietzsche I’ve never been motivated by money. Well, that’s not entirely true. I have been motivated by money to the extent that having money, … Continue reading

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Content and its Discontents

The other day I posted, “5 Rules for Creating Content that RULES!“, which I wrote with PJA’s Mike O’Toole. We were walking a fine line because we wanted to talk about ways to effectively conduct content-driven marketing but, at the … Continue reading

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