Monthly Archives: May 2019

On Evolutionary Logic, Or How You Can Prove That The Internal Combustion Engine Was Not Intelligently Designed

Yesterday night, while I was eating dinner and dealing with an unfortunate snafu involving my waitress’ incompetence in cashing me out, I was reading a book on dinosaurs that featured the following immensely illogical howler that is typical of the … Continue reading

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On The Role Of Government In The Fostering Of Innovation And Creativity

In his book Innovators, writer Walter Isaacson makes a strong case for the importance of the role and legitimacy of government in fostering innovation and creativity through the development of public goods like the infrastructure of the internet.  In the … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Innovators

The Innovators:  How A Group Of Hackers, Geniuses, And Geeks Created The Digital Revolution, by Walter Isaacson After writing a biography of Steve Jobs, the late and enigmatic leader of Apple’s drive for aesthetic and technological superiority over competitors, it … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Innovator’s Dilemma

The Innovator’s Dilemma:  When New Technologies Cause Great Firms To Fail, by Clayton M. Christensen As someone who has read a fair amount about creativity and innovation, there is a lot about this particular book that I find deeply interesting … Continue reading

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Book Review: Where Good Ideas Come From

Where Good Ideas Come From:  The Natural History Of Innovation, by Steven Johnson The most important clue to discovering the approach and perspective in this book is the phrase “natural history.”  The fact that the author discusses innovation while conflating … Continue reading

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My Father Is Greater Than I

On the last night of Jesus’ ministry before the crucifixion, Jesus Christ told his disciples something about his obedience to God the Father as follows in John 14:28-31:  “You heard me say, ‘I am going away and I am coming … Continue reading

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Book Review: 30,000 Years Of Art

30,000 Years Of Art:  The Story Of Human Creativity Across Time & Space, by Amanda Renshaw More or less, this book accomplishes what it sets out to do.  It seeks to provide a chronological view of art that recognizes classic-level … Continue reading

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Book Review: Awakening The Planetary Mind

Awakening The Planetary Mind:  Beyond The Trauma Of The Past To A New Era Of Creativity Even the worst of books, and this book is certainly pretty close to that, can be immensely helpful.  In this case, the author provides … Continue reading

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Book Review: How Art Made The World

How Art Made The World:  A Journey To The Origins Of Human Creativity, by Nigel Spivey Sometimes books can be helpful in unintentional ways.  Such was the case with this book, which managed through a perspective that is antithetical to … Continue reading

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Sapere Aude

Dare to be wise, or Sapere Aude in Latin, is a favorite motto among philosophers and educational institutions.  It is easy to understand why this is the case.  Philosophers imagine themselves to be wise and so of course they are … Continue reading

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