Order Out Of Chaos by Ilya Prigogine

Order Out Of Chaos
Order Out Of Chaos

I found this book in our hallway. One of the neighbors had done a book purge so I dug in and took a few books for myself. This one was from the mid-80s, but I decided to read it anyway because Ilya Prigogine is a physics Nobel prize winner. Scientific books don’t become obsolete as fast. This wasn’t an easy read and it took me a while to finish it. I didn’t understand half of it, but the half that I understood was amazing.

I met a fellow from Georgia

A fellow from Georgia ask me for direction to get to Stanley Park. He looked like a polite and nice looking George Bush. I really liked his accent. Incredibly nice guy and he told me all about Georgia and New Orleans. I told him all about Vancouver. That’s not the impression I had from that area in states. I hope I left a positive impression on him about Vancouver and Canada. Part of me wishes we haven’t had this much hatred and divisive politics in the world. I wish someday I get to visit Georgia and New Orleans and meet a stranger who’d show me directions and feel just a bit better knowing me. I wish this fellow a happy stay in Vancouver.

Why are introverts the quiet ones in social gatherings?

Finch Cafe, Vancouver

One big difference I’ve noticed between introverted and extroverted people is that extroverted people tend to share their experiences while introverts would rather discuss a topic or a concept. That makes sense; when someone doesn’t get out much to have experiences and invests a lot in activities that include reading, writing, and creating, then they don’t have many experiences to share and end up being quiet all the time in social gatherings. What do you think?

Let’s put Entrepreneurship at the heart of every school curriculum

We need to put Entrepreneurship at the heart of every school curriculum. Entrepreneurship can be learned and taught. It’s true that not everybody is cut to be an entrepreneur, but think about it: if a few people in a class end up launching companies and hire the remaining graduates, the unemployment problem is solved. We will also have more people with domain expertise in the business leadership positions.

Social media has amplified alternative facts

A problem that social media has caused is that a “wellness expert” with no scientific foundation has a much larger megaphone than actual scientists and experts. As humans we are impressionable and prone to our confirmation bias. We are attracted to what’s popular, shiny, and easy to understand. We don’t like to face facts that are complex or make us feel uncomfortable. Instead, we would rather build our realities around our pre-established ideas.

As someone who has been nurturing and developing an open source social networking technology, I am concerned and curious that how this situation can be improved by design. I don’t have the answers yet, but I have a hunch that it has something to do with mega large social media networks. Perhaps if we had distributed network of smaller social media pods, alternative facts wouldn’t propagate as fast and the network could moderate itself.

Like I said, I don’t have the answers yet, but that’s one of the topics that keeps me thinking these days