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Well…

What can I say? Too many projects and this blog project had to go to the end of the queue. But things are settling, so we’ll see.

Quote of the week…

An honorable human relationship – that is, one in which two people have the right to use the word “love” – is a process, delicate, violent, often terrifying to both persons involved, a process of refining the truths they can tell each other.

It is important to do this because it breaks down human self-delusion and isolation.

It is important to do this because in doing so we do justice to our own complexity.

It is important to do this because we can count on so few people to go that hard way with us.

– Adrienne Rich

Thanks to Maria Popova and Brain Pickings for bringing this to my attention.

Happy New Year!

It’s hard to believe that the holiday season has come and gone so quickly. As the New Year approaches, I’m as remiss as anyone in keeping New Year’s resolutions. Nevertheless, I still make them with the best of intentions, albeit more as guidelines than concrete plans of action.

Still, like many people, I like looking back at the previous year and reflecting upon all that has happened. Rarely has it been exotic or dramatic, either inwardly or outwardly, but it has usually shown change of some sort. Sometimes it’s been growth as new directions have opened fresh paths. Occasionally, it’s been retrenchment when something else has died away. Pruning, if you will, with hopes of a better shape in the end. But sometimes, it has just been loss.

This coming year promises more personal time to pursue and direct projects that I find of interest and I’m looking forward to that. The last few years have been busy directing others’ business priorities, and while I’ve enjoyed it, there is so little time…and so much I want to do.

The past few months I’ve been catching up in a variety of science and technology fields as I ponder trends and growth in areas that I find significant. While the technology is always interesting in and of itself, I remain most interested in the moral and ethical questions around its use in our public and private lives. Technology is the great enabler-but what should we be enabling?

So, as the New Year approaches, I’m optimistic on many fronts, even as I remain cautious about our collective abilities to keep this whole civilization thing that we do afloat in a manner that is both sustainable and able to provide the greatest good for the greatest numbers.

Here’s wishing everyone a happy New Year with blessings and hopes for all of us…

 

Testing and setting up site

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This is a test of image and text… so maybe a couple of random flower photos are as good an object as any to test a post. If I wanted to be a bit more granular, I guess I could say that they are photos taken at Butchart Gardens on Vancouver Island near Victoria, BC.

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At the next level, I could even say what kind they are…but I’ve forgotten 🙂

My levels of wonder ranged from the beauty of the island to the gardens to these flowers. And could have gone on to petals…to cells…to atoms, and then on to quantum fluff, I suppose.

So if the eye of an observer plays a deterministic role in reality itself at certain levels, then just maybe his wonderment has its own effects across its infinite hierarchy as well…

Twitter

Have moved to the brevity of Twitter for a bit until time constraints improve. You can catch at @run810 for now.

NOTE –  Oct, 2014

All posts prior to this were imported from an earlier blog, The sandBox, which was a more narrowly focused blog around personality and the mind. As such, they form a topical subset of this broader blog, which touches on my writing and a wider range of my interests. I have consequently archived them here for future reference.

Thoughts, speculations, techniques and ideas for just possibly understanding ourselves and others a bit better.

Working well together. Playing well together. Making allowances for differences in how we each see the world. Being the best that we can individually and collectively be. That’s the gist of the sandBox.

 

Creativity is indeed kind of “Spacey”

Take six jazz musicians and put them in MRI scanners.  Add special plastic keyboards so that they can jam together (itself a feat in these confines) and see what happens.  When this experiment was performed recently some interesting things were observed.

Inhibition switches off.  Self-expression switches on.  Sensory awareness is heightened.  Specific areas of the brain controlling these functions either shut down or powered up.  It was much the same type of pattern that happens when we enter a dream state.

It certainly mirrors my subjective sense of what happens during my own creative flows.  Story-telling switches on.  Feelings intensify.  And at flow’s end there is the often surprising realization that hours have gone by.  Check it out at the link.

Links: Creativity puts the Brain in a Dream-like State, Associated Press

The Box is only sand . . .

I’ve used a term over the years – “playing in the sandbox.” It’s not original of course. But it has been useful to illustrate a couple of important concepts. The most obvious is the sandbox as metaphor for life – how well we get along with those around us at work, at home or in our communities. It’s all about social skills to use a more sterile term.

The second has to do with our views about the world. It’s the box in which we live and through which we see everything around us. Each of us has one of these “mental models” – and they’re all different. The point is that our box, for all its apparent solidity, is only made of sand. It’s changeable.

Working well together. Playing well together. Making allowances for differences in how we each see the world. Being the best that we can individually and collectively be. That’s the gist of the sandBox.