The Importance of Metacognition

Our life is full of ill-formed problems. These are problems that have no easy answer. These are problems that require judgement and the ability to discern between right and wrong, good and evil. Unlike so much of what is taught in school, education for life is really about education for judgement; the ability to discern. […]

True Love

On May 28th, 2016, Alain de Botton wrote what would become the most-read article in The New York Times in all of 2016. It was titled, Why You Will Marry the Wrong Person. I liked this part: The good news is that it doesn’t matter if we find we have married the wrong person. We mustn’t abandon […]

Optimizing for the wrong things

Maybe we are optimizing for the wrong things. Maybe efficiency isn’t as important effectiveness. According to the Wikipedia page on photosynthetic efficiency, typical plants have a radiant energy to chemical energy conversion efficiency of between 0.1% and 2%. And yet all human life depends upon the oxygen provided by these inefficient plants. Efficient? Clearly no, but very […]


This is probably incomplete, but I really like the feeling behind it. The purpose of life is to discover your gift. The work of life is to develop it. The meaning of life is to give your gift away. – David Viscott It reminds me of this primary song I learned as a boy: “Give,” […]

Last Steps

“On December 7, 1972, NASA launched Apollo 17, a lunar mission crewed by Eugene Cernan, Ronald Evans and Harrison Schmitt. It would be the last time humans traveled beyond low Earth orbit, the last time man landed on another celestial body, and the last time man went to the moon. The Last Steps uses rare, […]