As a kid, I often wondered what would happen when the spiral movement reaches that centre point when spiralling towards the narrower end. It was fun to imagine how the motion would burst out of the endpoint of the spiral as a kind of firework.
Then I learned that spiritually the spiral represents the connection with the divine – your spirit is spiralling from the outer ego towards the inner enlightenment.
Nevertheless, the vision of the enlightenment bursting out of the endpoint of (this time spiritual) spiral in my mind still looks like a firework 🙂
Valuable advice for good writing
Exploring my voice and discovering writing as a communication medium, I willingly look for best practices and advice on writing better. Here is to how varying sentence length creates music.
What do you do for fun?
One of my collaborators mentioned that some of her clients struggle with “fun-having” activities lately. Social restrictions we’ve lived through for a year made some of us forget what the “fun” is, but made us very good at managing stress and keeping life-work balance.
Breaking out of this let’s-avoid-the-burnout-circle, I spent last week travelling across coastal Italy and France. I enjoyed the Mediterranean lifestyle, food and mood and was forgetting where my phone is regularly. Hence – very few travel pictures and a deep fascination with the Italian lifestyle concept of La Bella Vita instead.
If anyone in an internal meeting announces that the meeting is a pointless waste of time, it’s over. I believe this is the best idea for meetings I have heard after the suggestion to have only stand-up meetings to ensure the time is spent wisely.
I think biases are a fascinating study topic. Confirmation bias is, by far, my favourite study subject. It means that we favour the information that supports or confirms our already existing beliefs. This principle resonates with the quote by David Cervelin I choose as a capture for the review of his book, Office of Cards:
I invite everyone to pretend for one hour that you support the exact opposite of what you are supporting and look for information with that mindset. Only this way you will be able to make an informed decision.
In his article on How philosophers think, David Perell mentions the concept of “real knowledge” vs “chauffeur knowledge”, introduced by Charlie Munger. For me, this links with the current educational problem – studying to pass exams instead of looking to learn and understand.
What I also loved about Perell’s article is the idea that the chauffeur knowledge prevails when there is pressure to have an opinion on every subject. People rush to judgement in a state of intellectual insecurity. I see how refusing to form an immediate opinion might be a sign of a careful thinking process.
Round-trip fallacy is the confusion of absence of evidence of something for evidence of absence of something.
One of the books I am currently reading, The Black Swan, brought the following elegant paradox to my attention. An acronym used in the medical literature is NED, which stands for No Evidence of Disease. Yet there is no such thing as END, Evidence of No disease. Which one would you take?
Tinder for plants?
I’ve recently enriched my urban jungle living room by XL Monstera. The company I bought the plant from added me to their mailing list and recently informed me about their upcoming app – Plant Swap. They advertise it as Tinder for plants – and I find this hilarious and engaging. Not sure I’m going to try, though, for my plants are my precious treasures 🙂