Shutter open - image for article by Greg Alder

Shutter open

I am a camera with its shutter open, quite passive, recording, not thinking. This is a line from Christopher Isherwood’s 1939 novel Goodbye To Berlin. The line inspired…

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No two architects - image for article by Greg Alder

No two architects

The macadamia farmer is a lawyer. The bicycle maker is a chemist. The artist is an accountant. People used to have a single career. Often a single job….

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Seeds of certainty - image for article by Greg Alder

Seeds of certainty

Remember when? Chances are that you think you do. But you don’t. Chances are that some details in your memory of past events are false. They seem real…

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Unschool your brain - image for article by Greg Alder

Unschool your brain

The things we learn in life. The truths, the lies, the tips, the warnings, the feelings and procedures and techniques and theories and formulae that confront us daily….

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Shame of failure

Lots of things prevent us from reaching our full potential. One of these is our aversion to failure. It isn’t something we were born with. Babies feel no…

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The curious child - image for article by Greg Alder

The curious child

Kids wonder. Kids imagine. Kids ask questions. Lots of questions. Questions we adults can’t imagine asking. “What happens if you throw a tomato at the sun?” “Why can’t…

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Love comes first - image for article by Greg Alder

Love comes first

In the kitchen of a restaurant on an island off the East coast of Australia, the cook lifts another Moreton Bay bug onto his chopping board. With practiced…

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Intuitive intelligence - image for article by Greg Alder

Intuitive Intelligence

About twenty years ago, on the morning after a company Christmas party, I did an online Mensa IQ test. I had been seriously overserved the preceding night. I…

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Your life as a sieve - image for article by Greg Alder

Your life as a sieve

You have approximately 70,000 thoughts every day. If that seems like a lot, it might be because you’re not conscious of 63,000 of them. They occur subliminally. If…

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Ignornance and Bliss - image for article by Greg Alder

Ignorance and Bliss

If ignorance is bliss, what is knowledge? Is knowledge the antithesis of ignorance? Is knowledge hell? Or is it something altogether different? Can ignorance and knowledge coexist? I…

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