The message I got from the person I expelled

Earlier this week I received a private message from someone whom I removed from The Thinkery Clubhouse a few weeks ago because of the way he treated people. I’d like to share a couple of excerpts from his message to make some important points about The Thinkery. “This is not thinky but an echo chamberContinue reading “The message I got from the person I expelled”

The coyotes howl (and other unintended consequences)

I live on the edge of the woods. Beyond the woods are wetlands with ponds and a creek. These environs are home to deer, raccoons, opossums, coypu, Sasquatch*, rabbits, and a variety of birds. At least one pack of coyotes lives here. I’ve seen them a few times, and they leave little gifts** along theContinue reading “The coyotes howl (and other unintended consequences)”

Develop the art of memory

Do you know anyone who brags about their memory? I don’t either. There are a few people who are satisfied with their memory abilities, but honestly I can’t remember who they are. Sometimes I write about basic lifestyle habits that improve memory and other aspects of cognitive health and performance. Those habits include proper nutritionContinue reading “Develop the art of memory”

Join me on my new adventure?

The Thinkery isn’t what it used to be. In the old days, it was sort of a catch-all for my interests. I wrote blog posts about politics and poetry. I facilitated meetups about disaster preparedness and hell (and, no, these were not the same meetup, although that’s not a bad idea). A few months ago,Continue reading “Join me on my new adventure?”

This is a what?!

I took this picture yesterday. Nearly every day I take pictures in the woods and wetlands behind my house in the Pacific Northwest. I’m no John James Audubon or Bindi the Jungle Girl, but I am slowing learning to identify flora and fauna that I see on a regular basis. Of great help to meContinue reading “This is a what?!”

The labor of liberty

Like many Americans, I’ll spend this holiday relaxing, getting some sunshine, eating a veggie burger, and enjoying fireworks. The 57th annual Vancouver Fireworks Spectacular at Fort Vancouver is canceled this year. Still, this town loves fireworks, and I’ve heard them the last several nights. Because I live in The Thinkery, I also plan to spendContinue reading “The labor of liberty”

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”

Protesters are …

Protesters are … Black people are … White people are … Police officers are … Politicians are … Reporters are … Christians are … Muslims are … Jews are … Celebrities are … Men are … Women are … Americans are … If you’re about to end any of these sentences with something other thanContinue reading “Protesters are …”

Astronauts are so smart. (How smart are they?!)

Did you watch the SpaceX launch? I was mesmerized. It was the first time in nine years that American astronauts went to space from American soil. It’s the first time ever that astronauts were blasted into space in a vehicle made by a private company rather than a national government. It was amazing to seeContinue reading “Astronauts are so smart. (How smart are they?!)”