88 Important Truths I've Learned About Life. Everyone gets drilled with certain lessons in life. Sometimes it takes repeated demonstrations of a given law of life to really get it into your skull, and other times one powerful experience drives the point home once forever. Here are 88 things I’ve discovered about life, the world, and its inhabitants by this point in my short time on earth. 1. You can’t change other people, and it’s rude to try. 2. The Universal Traveler: A Vintage Guide to Creative Problem-Solving. By Maria Popova Navigating the “tourist traps” of creativity, or how to finally reconcile ideation and evaluation.
In a recent comment on Stefan G. Bucher’s fantastic 344 Questions: The Creative Person’s Do-It-Yourself Guide to Insight, Survival, and Artistic Fulfillment, which has quickly become the most popular book on Brain Pickings this year, a reader named Terry tipped me off to The Universal Traveler: A Soft-Systems Guide to Creativity, Problem-Solving, and the Process of Reaching Goals — a curious metaphorical travel guide to creative problem-solving, originally published in 1971 by researchers Don Koberg and Jim Bagnall, offering what’s essentially a blueprint to design thinking nearly four decades before design thinking was a buzzword. Philosophy Research Base. Western Philosophy. 5 Bad Ideas Humanity Is Sticking With Out of Habit. Humans are funny when it comes to technology.
We're eager to adopt new technologies when the difference is trivial, like camping out for days to buy the new iPhone when we still haven't figured out the old one. But at the same time, we also have a way of getting attached to worthless technologies of the past, just because it's too much hassle to change. It turns out old habits die hard. And sometimes, they don't die at all. Quick -- look at the very computer you're reading this on.