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Kermit the Frog Gives a TED Talk About Creativity & the Power of “Ridiculous Optimism”

In 2015, 3.8 billion years after “creativity emerged” out of “sheerest emptiness,” Kermit the Frog was tapped to give a talk on creativity at TEDxJackson. How did a local, one-day event manage to snag such a global icon? Roots. The famed frog’s creator, Jim Henson, spent his first decade in Mississippi (though Kermit was born of a ping pong ball and Henson’s mother’s old coat after the family relocated to Maryland.) The conference took place 15 years after Henson’s untimely death, ...
Tags: Facebook, Television, Mississippi, Maryland, College, Creativity, Peter Pan, Sam, TED Talks, Tinker Bell, Kermit, Blondie, Ken Robinson, Alfred North Whitehead, Jim Henson, Henson


Alfred North Whitehead’s Awe-Inspiring Focus

Alfred North Whitehead was an early 20th-century mathematician and philosopher. He’s known, among many contributions, for his magisterial three-volume treatise, Principia Mathematica, which was written with Bertrand Russell and attempted to reduce all of mathematics to implications of a master set of logical axioms (Kurt Gödel, of course, had other ideas about this particular endeavor). Whitehead later turned his attention from mathematics toward the philosophy of science, and then on to...
Tags: College, Uncategorized, Davies, Alfred North Whitehead, Whitehead, Grantchester, Bertrand Russell, Kurt Gödel, Crompton Davies


Wry Rules for Navigating a Flawed Universe

When we think about the principles which govern the universe, we typically think of laws which concern the realms of science and mathematics. Yet we also intuitively feel that there are equally universal laws unrelated to physics or calculus that explain the dynamics of social interactions, work, and the ordinary vicissitudes of daily life. Writer Paul Dickson has been compiling such principles for forty years. Inspired by Murphy’s Law (“If anything can go wrong, it will”), Dickson decided ...
Tags: Life, America, Warren Buffett, Rochester, Mike Nichols, Carl Sagan, Kurt Vonnegut, Murphy, Bennett, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Jefferson, Bertolt Brecht, Alfred North Whitehead, Rickey, Machiavelli, U S Department of Labor


Two New Saints Give New Hope for Philosophy

The canonization of Cardinal Newman on October 13, 2019 and the approval of the beatification of Bishop Sheen within the same calendar year offers new and needed hope for philosophy.*  These two luminaries, are like proximate stars reinforcing each other’s light.  Among their many gifts is a philosophical outlook that includes realism, clarity of thought, and a grasp of the paradoxical nature of truth. Philosophy in the modern world is in disarray.  Alfred North Whitehead has observed that t...
Tags: Featured, Religion, Truth, Sheen, Newman, Peoria Illinois, Alfred North Whitehead, Peoria, John Henry Newman, Fulton Sheen, Bishop Sheen, Joseph Pieper, St Mary of the Immaculate Conception, Danial Jenky


Gratitude Filled Holiday

Photo by: Chad Barr – My amazing grandkids The British mathematician and philosopher Alfred North Whitehead wrote; “No one who achieves success does so without the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude.” As Thanksgiving approaches, I am keenly aware of the blessings of which I am surrounded both personally and professionally. I am grateful for the friendship, help, advice and insight that my team, colleagues, clients and family so graciously provide me t...
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Counting the Minutes

“I just have a few things.” Portuguese Proverb: “Visits always give pleasure—if not the arrival, the departure.” “Hospitality is making your guests feel at home, even if you wish they were.” —Author Unknown. But not unknown in its universal meaning. More and more people seem to be eschewing the nearby motels for the pleasure of your company. “Please, don’t go to any trouble, anything you want.” “No problem.” Which means olives, special imported cheeses, Serrano ham, plus the special Columbian ro...
Tags: Travel, New York City, Conversations, Alfred North Whitehead, George S Kaufman, Sheridan Whiteside, Serrano, Moss Hart, Alexander Woollcott, Ernest W Stanley


100 Awesome Quotes on What It Really Takes To Innovate

1. "I want to put a ding in the universe." - Steve Jobs 2. "Ideas won't keep. Something must be done about them." - Alfred North Whitehead 3. "Intuition will tell the thinking mind where to look next." - Jonas Salk 4. "If you have always done it that way, it is probably wrong." - Charles Kettering 5. "Security is mostly a superstition. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing." - Helen Keller 6. "If you can dream it, you can do it." - Walt Disney
Tags: Quotes, Innovation, Helen Keller, Alfred North Whitehead, Jonas Salk, Charles Kettering


Safeguard Your Small Business, Meet the New Gmail, How To Network Effectively and Other Things Entrepreneurs Need to Know

17 Things Entrepreneurs Need to Know By Rieva Lesonsky   1—Are You Confident? Confidence is a key ingredient in entrepreneurial success. And although Julie Andrews said “I Have Confidence” is her least favorite song from The Sound of Music, it’s important you show the world how confident you are. If you need some pointers, check out the infographic below from PoundPlace.     2—The Sacrifices Small Business Owners Make To succeed as small business owners we know we have to work harder—and o...
Tags: Lyft, Business, New York, Microsoft, America, Eu, Paypal, Marriott, Salesforce, Caribbean, Forrester, Fiverr, Right Now, Cmc, Julie Andrews, Alfred North Whitehead


25 Awesome Quotes on Creativity

"The things we fear most in organizations -- fluctuations, disturbances, imbalances -- are the primary sources of creativity." - Alfred North Whitehead "The chief enemy of creativity is 'good sense.'" - Pablo Picasso "Everyone who's ever taken a shower has had an idea. It's the person who gets out of the shower, dries off and does something about it who makes a difference." - Nolan Bushnell "I can't understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I'm frightened of the old ones." - John C...
Tags: Quotes, Innovation, Nolan Bushnell, Alfred North Whitehead


Why Psychology Needs A Theory Of Unconsciousness

Studies of waking and sleeping unconscious processes suggest that deception is not, and has never been, the second self’s true forte. As the mathematician and philosopher Alfred North Whitehead sagely observed in the early days of psychoanalysis, the unconscious is essentially an enabler, quietly rolling up its sleeves to expand ‘the number of important operations […]
Tags: Art, Ideas, Alfred North Whitehead, 04.20.17


Alan Turing’s lost notebook

Alan Turing’s personal mathematical notebook went on display a few days ago at Bletchley Park near London, the European headquarters of the Allied codebreaking operation in World War II. Until now, the notebook has been seen by few — not even scholars specializing in Turing’s work. It is on loan from its current owner, who acquired it in 2015 at a New York auction for over one million dollars. The yellowing notebook — from Metcalfe and Son, just along the street from Turing’s rooms at King’s Col...
Tags: Books, New York, London, Cambridge, Alan Turing, Bletchley Park, Turing, Alan, Delilah, King s College, Alfred North Whitehead, Metcalfe, Gandy, Whitehead, Hanslope Park, Robin Gandy


Daily Deals 02/15/17

US Daily Deals Today on Amazon’s Gold Box, get up to 40% Off on select PC Networking, Storage and Drives accessories, 64% Off on P90X2 by Beachbody and 52% Off on an EPIKGO SPORT Hoverboard – 8.5” Racing Wheels with a UL certified battery, “off-road” tires and headlights! The Audible Audiobook of the Day is The Hike ($12.99 Kindle, $2.95 Audible) by Drew Magary, narrated by Christopher Lane. With hikers in the family, I’m not sure I want to listen to this one; it’s bad enough, worrying if they ...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Audiobooks, Books, England, Romance, Cowboys, Fantasy, US, Kindle Books, Pbs, Time Travel, Einstein, Daily Deals, Corfu, Historical Fiction


Did Plato’s Republic Predict the Rise of Donald Trump?: A Chilling Animated Video Narrated by Andrew Sullivan

We stand, perhaps, at the threshold of the singularity, that great event when machine intelligence overtakes our own. The writhing of late capitalism may in fact be the death throes of Western modernity and, for both good and ill, much of its Enlightenment legacy. Institutions like the press and the polling industry have stumbled badly. No amount of denialism will stop the climate crisis. Something entirely new seems poised for its emergence into the world, though what it might be no...
Tags: Google, Politics, College, Bbc, Philosophy, Donald Trump, Facebook Twitter, Plato, Sullivan, Socrates, Alfred North Whitehead, Josh Jones, Andrew Sullivan, Massimo Pigliucci, Durham NC Follow, Socrates Plato


100 Awesome Quotes on What It Really Takes To Innovate

1. "I want to put a ding in the universe." - Steve Jobs 2. "Ideas won't keep. Something must be done about them." - Alfred North Whitehead 3. "Intuition will tell the thinking mind where to look next." - Jonas Salk 4. "If you have always done it that way, it is probably wrong." - Charles Kettering 5. "Security is mostly a superstition. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing." - Helen Kelle
Tags: Quotes, Innovation, Alfred North Whitehead, Jonas Salk, Charles Kettering


Is the mind just an accident of the universe?

The traditional view puts forward the idea that the vast majority of what there is in the universe is mindless. Panpsychism however claims that mental features are ubiquitous in the cosmos. In a recent opinion piece for “Scientific American” entitled “Is Consciousness Universal?” (2014), neuroscientist Christof Koch explains how his support of panpsychism is greeted by incredulous stares–in particular when asserting that panpsychism might be the perfect match for neurobiology (see also his piece...
Tags: Books, Featured, Neuroscience, Harvard, Universe, Consciousness, Philosophy, Mind, Nyu, William James, Munich Germany, Alfred North Whitehead, Leibniz, Chardin, Miletus, Bertrand Russell


45 Quotes on Innovation and Execution

Innovation is not just about coming up with new ideas —we have plenty of good ideas already. Execution is where innovation comes to fruition. But execution is work, so it sounds less sexy. In the spirit of inquiry, given our lifelong pursuit of good questions —mostly why questions— I've collected interesting nuggets from books and other readings that talk about execution and innovation to inspire us to lead with the questions. +++ 1. “Advocates of knowledge management as the next big thin...
Tags: Business, Steve Jobs, Marketing, Innovation, Winston Churchill, Richard Branson, Execution, Jetblue, Virginia Woolf, Aristotle, Picasso, Modena, Scott Fitzgerald, Alfred North Whitehead, Igor Stravinsky, Seneca


Charlie Munger: the Safest Way to Get what you Want is to Try and Deserve What you Want

  “From 1733 to 1758, Ben Franklin dispensed useful and timeless advice through Poor Richard's Almanack. Among the virtues extolled were thrift, duty, hard work, and simplicity. Subsequently, two centuries went by during which Ben's thoughts on these subjects were regarded as the last word. Then Charlie Munger stepped forth.” [Warren Buffett] In a Commencement Speech at USC Law in May 2007, Charlie Munger set the tone by acknowledging the importance of wisdom acquisition, in his view ...
Tags: Psychology, Business, Germany, India, Marketing, Munich, United States, Ben Franklin, Berkshire Hathaway, Warren Buffett, Wooden, Richard, Einstein, Influence, Berkshire, Mayo Clinic


25 Awesome Quotes on Creativity

"The things we fear most in organizations -- fluctuations, disturbances, imbalances -- are the primary sources of creativity." - Alfred North Whitehead "The chief enemy of creativity is 'good sense.'" - Pablo Picasso "Everyone who's ever taken a shower has had an idea. It's the person who gets out of the shower, dries off and does something about it who makes a difference." - Nolan Bushnell "I can't understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I'm frightened of the old ones." - John C...
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Aristotle

January 17, 2016 A couple of weeks back when I decided to dedicate this year’s series of blogs on “food ethics icons” to full-bore, no-one-would-raise-an-eyebrow-about-me-calling-them-philosophers philosophers, Aristotle was one of the guys I had in mind. He certainly meets the no-eyebrows-raised criterion. I think it was Alfred North Whitehead who said that all philosophy is … Continue reading Aristotle
Tags: Funny, Aristotle, Heroes And Villians, Obscure Philosophical References, Alfred North Whitehead


Inspirations

The art of progress is to preserve order amid change and to preserve change amid order. Alfred North Whitehead. Before you try to change something, increase your awareness of it. Tim Galwey For the first twenty-five years of my life, I wanted freedom. For the next twenty-five, I wanted order. For the next twenty-five years, I realized that order is freedom. Winston Churchill. The world can only be grasped by action, not by contemplation. The hand is more important than the eye… The hand is the...
Tags: Mindfulness, Albert Einstein, Sophocles, Frank Lloyd Wright, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Scott Fitzgerald, Samuel Johnson, Emerson, Peter Drucker, John Dewey, Alfred North Whitehead, Somerset Maugham, Goethe, Thomas Szasz, Will Durant, Linus Pauling