The white bird and the spies — I mean, birdwatchers

“You were right. It was an egret.” Mercedes greeted me this way when we met on the abandoned railroad track. Lest you think we are spies — exchanging passphrases as we rendezvous to hand over the microfilm — I’ll quickly let you know that those days are far behind me. But, seriously … Mercedes andContinue reading “The white bird and the spies — I mean, birdwatchers”

3 rewards in social media debates

How often do social media debates change someone’s mind? It’s nearly as rare as lightning striking a purple carrot during a solar eclipse. If we aim to convince someone else of our point of view, we don’t get very far, very often. That’s not necessarily an assessment of our argument skills; it’s just the wayContinue reading “3 rewards in social media debates”

What my YouTube recommendations tell me

I just went to YouTube, and it is recommending these videos to me: Snowstorm & Crackling Fireplace Sounds Milan, Italy, Walking Tour Dueling Professors — John Lennox & Peter Atkins Right up my alley! Of course, YouTube knows this because I watch this sort of thing all the time. During the lockdown, a cozy cabinContinue reading “What my YouTube recommendations tell me”

5 ways to sharpen your thinking skills

We’ve all done it. We’ve inspired a facepalm with a thinking malfunction. But there are ways to minimize facepalms (and worse). Follow these tips to keep your brain out of autopilot, and you’ll see improvement in every area of life. Because thinking is kinda important. THINKING TIP 1 Make the effort. Arguably, the number oneContinue reading “5 ways to sharpen your thinking skills”

What is The Thinkery?

What the world needs now … people who freely exchange ideas in an atmosphere of truth and respect people who value substance over trifles people who remember history’s evils and build on its virtues people who know what’s going on in the world today and understand what it means for tomorrow people who consider othersContinue reading “What is The Thinkery?”

This time I know the Maldives

At my office, I have a desk calendar based on the book 1,000 Places to See Before You Die. Each day, it gives a brief profile of an amazing place in the world. Recently, there was one about the Maldives. Did you know that it is the world’s lowest country? I learned that along withContinue reading “This time I know the Maldives”