Monthly Archives: June 2011

Do I know everything now?

The world is incomprehensibly complex. To deal with this overwhelming amount of information, we carve out a few little paths that allow us to go about our lives. Our brain does this subconsciously, and we don’t even realize that we are only seeing part of the world. The result of this is that we always feel like we know everything there is to know. Sure, we are aware that we don’t know anything about how Cheetos are made, but those questions usually seem small compared to what we see and experience right in front of us. This starts young. When my son was 3, my wife taught him some small thing about the world. My son then paused for a moment and said, “Okay, do I know everything now?”

This one is for the robot

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Don’t forget about me!

I love how my 12-month-old daughter laughs not because she gets the jokes, but because she wants to be part of the group.

Oldest memories first

Contrary to how it would seem, when you arrive at a familiar place that you haven’t been to in a long time, the memories that flood your mind are of when you first arrived at that place, not when you last left.

Can you teach me?

When interviewing people for a position, I want to find out if they can teach me something they know. Can they explain their expertise in a way that allows me to acquire a new understanding? It is even better if I can ask a question about something I’ve always wondered about related to their expertise, and they can really answer it in a way that I can understand. If they can do that, then I know that I can communicate with them once the real work begins.

One of many

Each of my children was only one of the millions of possible children on the night of conception. I wish I could know them all.

Looking at your brain

When you are falling asleep, it feels like you can tie into the subconscious, random chaotic firings and patterns in your brain. You can almost hear phrases from the day and see the kinds of information your brain is trying to process and assimilate. But it’s like seeing a distant star, you can’t look directly at it—you become too conscious—you have to look just next to it.