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Operating at the edge

I am fascinated by this concept of an edge of chaos, the chaord  – the space between order and chaos. The depth, breadth, width, height of this taunts me, teases me, lures me – ever whispering “explore me ….” I think I have read...

Benefit from history / patterns

Seth Godin’s blog post about benefiting from history is just up my alley. Here are some key points: Marketers are good at looking ahead. We predict/create the future, working to build an idea or a product into something that will matter more tomorrow than it...

Leverage points in complex systems

In science, chaotic systems are a higher level of order than the brain can comprehend. They are complex, which is different from complicated. Sometimes we mix these two adjectives up. For a certainty, they are not the same. Complex systems are, well, complex. (Sorry...

Change Panic

Humans in general seem to resist change; so when change is forced upon us, panic often results. “We cling to our presumed choices, our dreams, our distant plans and hopes, as if they were lifelines keeping us from careening off into space [my comment: chaos] ,...

Inborn pattern recognition – aka intuition

Ever had a hunch, a “gut feeling” about something? Often this intuition process proves to be much more accurate than a normal linear thinking process. Why? I suggest that this is the result of a pattern recognition capacity inherent within our mind. It seems that our...

What is an expert?

In 1976, a fascinating event referred to as the “Judgment of Paris” took place. An English-owned wineshop in Paris organized a blind tasting in which nine French wine experts rated French and California wines—ten whites and ten reds. The results shocked the wine...

The 10 commandments of Teaching

By Bertrand Russel. The Ten Commandments that, as a teacher, I should wish to promulgate, might be set forth as follows: Do not feel absolutely certain of anything. Do not think it worth while to proceed by concealing evidence, for the evidence is sure to come to...

Process vs Content – Should I care?

I read Seth Godin’s blog everyday. His post What are you good at? was an aha moment for me. In the post he explains the difference between process and content. Why should you care? If you consider yourself an entrepeneur, its a key success factor.  Here’s...

Lessons in Collaboration

Wikipedia is amazing, but it seems that ants have been at collaboration long before Jimmy Wales came up with the idea. But then again, observations recorded in Steven Johnson’s book Emergence, humans often unconsciously behave in similar ways. Wikipedia is...

Knowing the questions

An interesting thing happened 2 days ago: My daughter was playing a DVD memory game on the TV. The game required that you observe a freeze-frame image taken from the DVD movie for 10-15 seconds. Then you are given 3 questions to assess your powers of observation. The...

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A lot of interesting things happen at the intersection of chaos and order.

A personal blog by Rob Volkwyn

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