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Test Your Perceptiveness Skills In 13 Easy Steps

How perceptive are you? How perceptive do we really need to be?

When fighting terrorists or Ebola, it’s certainly important to understand differences between good guys and bad guys and safe fevers and deadly fevers. Does understanding the differences make it easier to perceive the differences? I have studied my fair share of stuff about the Middle East and am still far from an expert, yet the similar costumery, weaponry and tactics can make it challenging enough for me to perceive the difference between the teams…let alone the team members. I have wondered if the differences are perhapsRead More

9 Things. The Lower Ninth Ward. 9 Years Later

I was admiring the cushiness of my cool bicycle seat in the humid New Orleans sun, when our guide asked if anyone had suggested that we wear bulletproof vests along with our bike helmets.

“No,” I said. “I guess we’re brave…or stupid. We didn’t really ask anyone their opinion before the ride.”

“I was told not to go into the Lower Ninth Ward,” our Welch bike-mate, Aron, confessed.

Vacations can be curiosity quests that provide powerful insights when we ignite the right type of courage and adventure. Although curiosity quests can take us places that others deem strange or dangerous, novelty that inspires powerful insights can be foundRead More

Pray the Gay Away: Right to Choose?

In my Year of Living Curiously experiment, a recent event provided the biggest challenge to elevating curiosity ahead of criticism.

My calendar was blocked out for the Degenerate Flame-Off weekend. It’s the coolest annual event for the glass pipe industry where all the great glass artists from around the country come to compete. With my crazy marijuana-related projects chugging along, I simple had to be there. Plus, it was guaranteed to be hot, sexy and sharp.

That same weekend I was asked to attend a protest for the national conference of Restored Hope Network, a reparative/gay-conversion/deal with homosexuality/pray-the-gay-away event. I was torn, but then I thought,Read More

How Did We Get So Right?

I like to think of polarizing issues and try to pinpoint the exact moment when I knew which side of the issue was right. On big issues like abortion, gay marriage and Justin Bieber, I doubt that I will ever change my mind because I’m absolutely certain that I’m right. Still, it’s hard for me to pinpoint the exact moment that I came to my right conclusion.

I’m willing to admit that I could be wrong. Okay, no I’m not. Who do I even think that I’m fooling? I know several things about this process because science tells me so. The more entrenched I am in my opinion, the more I will look for things that prove I’m right. Now, I don’t have to look far and wide to find evidence proving I’m right, but that’s because Read More

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