Habits Make the World Go Around
Consciousness is along for the ride
A lot of what we think of as conscious decisions are actually the consciously inaccessible pieces of behavioral code that we call habits. You can’t take charge of your life without facing that basic, unalterable fact about how the brain works.
Brains, Perception and the Dress that Ate the Internet
The Big Short
A magician’s hat can’t really turn lead into gold
The Great Recession was a product of willful ignorance. There is a lot to be learned from the few who won big by allowing themselves to see what others would not.
The Fun Physics of Aliso Canyon
The Aliso Canyon methane leak is a major disaster. It is also a showcase for some really fun physics! Including, among other things, the fun physics behind global warming.
Sometimes competence comes with a price
Impostor Syndrome is real and it’s no fun. But if you come at it properly, it can also be a starting point for a better future.
From astrophysicist to health guru!
It’s a strange world. I’ve been published in a lot of places, but I never thought that I’d show up in the California Healthy Living Magazine talking about yoga!
The Tao of Innovation
Making creativity work in the cold hard light of day
Innovation seldom leads where you think that it will, and doesn’t work to a manager’s schedule. But if you know how to listen, the world will tell you where to look for the next big idea.
The Lesson of Lost Value
A study of over 1000 companies that experienced major setbacks reveals a fundamental fact, as true for individuals as it is for corporations.
Failure doesn’t happen to us, it is something that we do to ourselves. The difference between success and failure lies in our approach to knowledge.
Welcome to Reality Straight Up!
With 2016 coming up I am launching a new website, and a new newsletter to go with it. Welcome to Reality Straight Up: Thoughts & Observations of a Free Range Astrophysicist.