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Are you steering or in steerage? Part 2: Author interview

This post continues our exploration of Upgrade, both the book and the ideas behind it.  Part 2 is our recent interview between author Rana Florida and Praxis interviewers Kelly Okamura and Donald Officer. KO/DO  What were your main reasons for writing Upgrade? Why now?  RF I’ve interviewed an amazing cast of successful creatives for Your

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Are you steering or in steerage?

Upgrade: Taking your Work and Life from Ordinary to Extraordinary by Rana Florida McGraw-Hill 2013 review and author interview by Donald Officer and Kelly Okamura Part 1: The Review Although Upgrade is written in a readable, conversational style, author Rana Florida is pretty hard headed in what she prescribes for any individual seeking an upgraded

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Moral dissention

Published on August 7, 2013 by in Caught Thinking

Every generation somebody discovers a scientific framework to explain everything as far as one particular field or another is concerned. In The Moral Landscape we see neuroscientist Sam Harris devising a moral construct based on brain science. Reviewer William Sheridan suggests this might be a new ideology or belief system every bit as dogmatic as the

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I DON’T THINK SO!

In this era of relativity, quantum mechanics, climate change, genome mapping, neuroscience, cognitive studies, systems analysis and complexity theory etc. etc. any notions about an absolute basis for figuring out the world seem presumptuous. So when my colleague, William Sheridan, sent me this review I was amused, but provoked in a good way by the

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Is it good to be content?

Published on April 11, 2013 by in Caught Thinking

We do live in extraordinarily interesting times to over exaggerate the Chinese curse. On a day to day level life has never been more secure even in some of the most desperate parts of the earth. Longevity is increasing everywhere daily. Some of the worst banes of human history are fading into its dimmer annals.

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No such thing as an open mind?

Imposed change is almost reflexively viewed with suspicion, frequently alarm . Yet curiously even desirable change is difficult and often therefore unpleasant also, although stagnation has a bad air about itself as well. So we settle for a middle ground, what has been delicately described as “the collusion of mediocrity,” change lite. Let’s not be

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Privacy lost – transparency regained?

Published on July 22, 2010 by in Caught Thinking

Authority and authorship obviously derive from the same root.  Therefore, since the written word is no longer mainly something impressed on paper and very far indeed from being carved in stone, questions about authoring are in hazard. Nothing furnishes better proof of the tectonic shift in documentation credibility than the growth of Wikipedia. Not only

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Earth Day at the Ottawa Writers Festival

Published on April 25, 2010 by in Caught Thinking

The Ottawa Writers Festival (OIWF) demonstrates an enviable knack in the ability to weave together disparate threads into intertwined themes. On day one of the 2010 Spring edition we heard three very different presentations on the contentious if inescapable question of sustainability. Latest releases by all three readers are coming and we’ll post reviews to

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Regarding the Categories and How to Access Them

Narrative is how we recall so it takes awhile to get past the impulse to tell everything in the sequence we believe it occurred regardless of circumstance. This habit has its advantages. Ask an insurance adjuster, the police or the emergency department. The first on scene or key witness may not remember which details most

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