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, […]

Free and Independent

“It is often believed that people with different training have difficulty communicating because they have learned different specialist languages. But we have found a bigger problem – that they are actually trying to achieve different things. Different disciplines often have different core values, and have grown together as social groups precisely because of the shared […]

Diving In…

This is my son with his new roller blades. His first time at a skate park, dropping in. Notice the careful preparation, the commitment, then the exhilaration! Every time we learn something, there is that moment of choice, where we decide that despite the risks and uncomfortable feelings, the potential outcome is worth it all and […]