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Time (II)

Time is a relative, subjective, and elastic concept. Some say we should put everything on our calendar, from the time we start work to the time to watch a movie with our significant other. Some say that, on the other hand, it is essential to set apart generous time blocks with nothing in them; that […]

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Secrets Hidden in Plain Sight

In the lastest episode of one of my favorite podcasts, “The Tim Ferriss Show,” the guest tells us – among many other things – of his childhood as an illusionist. This passage that caught my attention: (I am quoting from memory; these are not his exact words.) “I don’t want to explain on the air […]

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The Art of War (II)

“In war the rule is as follows: if our superiority is in the magnitude of ten to one, surround the enemy; if of five to one, attack them; and if it is of two to one, divide the army in two. ” Sun Tzu, “The Art of War”, Chapter III: Attacking Through Stratagems Let’s take […]

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The Art of War (I)

“Although we have heard about such a thing as stupid haste in war, intelligence has never been seen associated with long delays.” Sun Tzu, “The Art of War”, Chapter II: Conducting War This is another example of a classic work of literature that offers no easy answers, yet reminds us of a fundamental principle: balance […]

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The Fall

I hurt a person. And it wasn’t out of spite, but it wasn’t an accident either. It was mathematical, for optimisation’s sake. It was purely rational. I have a problem trusting people – I assume the worst – and that makes me try to keep a “Plan B” open in case people let me down. […]