Innovation comes ultimately from a diversity of perspectives. So when you combine ideas from different industries or different cultures, that’s when you have the best sense of developing groundbreaking ideas.
There’s no failure. Everything is an experiment.
There is no material with which human beings work which has so much potential energy as words.
–Earnest Elmo Calkins
If that sounds like a case of ‘information overload,’ it’s actually not. What we’re really swamped with is raw data. For that data to rise to the level of information – for it to be informative – it must be organized, simplified, clarified, or, in a word, designed. […] We’re behaving like it’s an endless party — but we’re passing the check to our children.
We may conclude that a mathematical approach to the design of alphabets does not eliminate the artists who make them.
Once we add recognition points to zigzags, we have writing.
–Gunnlaugur SE Briem
Questions are places in your mind where answers fit. If you haven’t asked the question, the answer has nowhere to go. […] It’s actually really important that you succeed at what you're succeeding at, but that isn't going to be the measure of your life.
Transforming ourselves and transforming the world — that’s really a false duality. Insofar as we’re able to let go of ourselves and let something else flow through us, I think we inevitably become more engaged with the world.
To be less self-preoccupied is to realize our non-duality with the world — we’re not in the world, we are one manifestation of the world. We are what the world is doing right here and now. The other thing Buddhism has to offer here is the emphasis on emptiness — particularly the implication of ‘goallessness.’
If we’re working towards social transformation, inevitably we’re working towards particular goals. But realizing the emptiness of our activities leads to a focus on process rather than conclusion.
You cannot not communicate.
The next decade […] will produce a revolution in the use of archived, simulation, and near real-time data to guide future decisions and research directions.