Happy life/Meaningful life

“Humans may resemble many other creatures in their striving for happiness, but the quest for meaning is a key part of what makes us human, and uniquely so.” That’s a quote from a 2012 research paper by Roy Baumeister and other researchers. In September 2013. Professor...

What is like to write a book? Seven reflections

Five years ago, I didn’t know anybody who had written a book. Now I’m legend in my own mind and four of my friends are also published authors. Their four books are good. Two of my other friends will soon finish their first books. I celebrated my 59th birthday just...

Is your expert competent? Trusted?

Suppose you have a serious medical condition and your physician is the wisest, most insightful, most experienced doctor in the relevant specialty. If you don’t trust her, or won’t follow her lead, then you’re wasting her time and yours. If you have a top-notch...