I keep telling everyone how the Government works just like computers, nowadays. It is either a 1 or a 0, on or off.
With no concern for deliverables and not governed by a Budget, it processes through tasks with little regard to its “state.” The machine has landed on 0 (zero); I took part in the shutdown.
What remains loosely “functioning” is Congress, commonly referred to in computing as the Blue Screen of Death (BSoD).
Now if we could guarantee the part about “shut down to prevent damage to your” Country…
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“Any emotionally significant question that alters a person’s mood will have the same effect. WYSIATI (What you see is all there is). The present state of mind looms very large when people evaluate their happiness.” – Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
During my Fellowship at Carnegie Mellon University, Baruch Fischhoff turned me onto Thinking Fast and Slow. As Head of the Decision Sciences Major at CMU he knew what he was doing! Toying with another novice pawn of life. Thinking Fast and Slow has expanded my mind and changed how I think about making decisions and what I think about how others make theirs.
I started this book quite a while ago. Just as I was started Thinking Fast and Slow, I began at a new position which significantly reduced my pleasurable reading hours. This morning I finally decided to power through the rest of this book, during a more productive than average, Sunday morning. If you are looking for a quick and easy read, this isn’t it. If you are looking to challenge everything you know, your mannerisms of thinking, and how System 1 and System 2 factor into your life, pick up Thinking Fast and Slow. You won’t regret it! I think I’ll give my brain a “one book” break, then tackle Nudge!
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