Month: January 2018

Life

A Nation of Passengers

Ready or not, here they come. Self-driving cars are on the way and it seems inevitable that they will eventually take over the roads. We will no longer be drivers; we’ll be a nation of passengers. Journalists have asked a lot of interesting questions about the driverless future, but no […]

Psychology

As If

I heard about something called laughter yoga on a podcast the other day. Here’s how Wikipedia describes the practice: Laughter yoga (Hasyayoga) is a practice involving prolonged voluntary laughter. Laughter yoga is based on the belief that voluntary laughter provides the same physiological and psychological benefits as spontaneous laughter. Laughter yoga […]

History

The Facebook Effect in the 19th Century

The American Civil War has its share of unkillable myths. Abner Doubleday did not invent baseball. The Emancipation Proclamation did not end slavery in the United States. Civil War surgeons did not regularly hack off limbs without administering anesthesia. Of course, people didn’t just invent these stories out of thin […]

Life

Change Management

People resist change. That’s the common wisdom among management types. I wonder if the guy who just won $451 million dollars is resisting that change? Maybe people don’t resist change. Maybe they resist stuff that won’t benefit them or that they don’t understand.