Discernment

The Adjacent Possible

From “Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation” by Steven Johnson The Web has explored the adjacent possible of its medium far faster than any other communications technology in history. In early 1994, the Web was a text-only medium, pages of words connected by hyperlinks. But within a few years, the possibility …

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An Act of Will

From “Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation” by Parker J. Palmer Vocation, the way I was seeking it, becomes an act of will, a grim determination that one’s life will go this way or that whether it wants to or not. If the self is sin-ridden and will bow to truth …

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competition turns out to be less central to the history of good ideas

From “Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation” by Steven Johnson The pattern of “competition” is an excellent case in point. Every economics textbook will tell you that competition between rival firms leads to innovation in their products and services. But when you look at innovation from the long-zoom perspective, competition turns …

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Makes You Come Alive

From “What Makes You Come Alive: A Spiritual Walk with Howard Thurman” by Lerita Coleman Brown “Once, when I was seeking the advice of Howard Thurman and talking to him at some length about what needed to be done in the world, he interrupted me,” writes Gil Bailie in the acknowledgments of his book Violence …

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