What you can see - image for article by Greg Alder

What can you see?


Look at this blackboard. What do you see? Can you see the chalk dot? It’s not that difficult, is it? In fact, it’s blindingly obvious. Congratulations. Your sight is great. Do you also see the cigar butt? What about the…

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The tree not there


The next time you stub your toe on a chair leg or crack your shin on a coffee table, I want you to consider something. Could you have avoided the pain if you’d closed your eyes? Think I’m being ridiculous?…

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Finding your path


How many jobs have you had so far? Whilst you count them, let me tell you about my maternal grandfather and my father. I have a gold watch that was my grandfather’s. It was given to him when he retired…

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The end of time


This just might be the end of time. And space. And cause and effect. Plus a host of rules and principles to boot. It’s a big call, I know. Read on and then decide if this is as big a…

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Is this the year?


So, here’s the problem with new year resolutions. They lack resolve. Or rather, we do. Each January 1, we make a vague promise to ourselves. We know we’ve never kept any of these promises from new years past. In fact,…

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So simple a child


“My five-year-old could do that.” An acquaintance is looking at a drawing on my wall. Two figures, one big and one small, are looking up towards a star. The figures are simple, nothing but a few black lines and dots….

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Eye of the beholder


I was gazing at a bottle of whisky recently (as is my wont). It’s a favourite whisky from a favourite distiller. It sells in the USA for about US$95 a bottle. I love the whisky, but I hate the label….

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“Nick, I’m going to have to let you go.” Nick isn’t happy. “Letting me go is a mistake.” “What do you mean, a mistake? We’re just not getting the best from you. Your productivity has dropped. Your commitment and passion…