Creative Polis

While listening to a lecture by physicist Geoffrey West I was struck again by how important cities are to our species.1 The polis, the urban jungle, represents more than a collaborative sharing of resources–cities are the built environments that have  invigorated growth, invention and the multiplication of humanity at an exponential pace, in ways we …

Are You Dumbfounded?

Are you capable of reflective, constructive self-criticism? Here’s the test: think about a proposition you believe as true. It can be anything, for example… Apple products are superior to Microsoft. Human carbon emissions are increasing global temperature. Jesus Christ is the Son of God. The New York Yankees are the best team in baseball. Herbal …

Friends as Subscribers

When I opened my first MySpace account, I thought to myself, “This is going to turn my friends into hobbies!” It was so remarkably addictive to know what other people were thinking and doing all the time. MySpace, Facebook, Twitter — the Internet has nurtured exponential growth of this phenomenon of the digital incarnation of …