“Knowing and doing are two different things, …”

“… especially when it comes to pleasure.” An ‘o so true’ statement by Levitt and Dubner in Superfreakonomics.

It got me thinking…

Knowing and doing are two different things, especially when it comes to [a] pleasure:

Have you ever known the pleasure of pride or ignorance, or of ‘happiness’ or an addiction, etc, to prevent some one (I, for instance) from seeing/following the ‘truth?’ Likely yes, at least on television.

Knowing and doing are two different things, especially when it comes to [a] pain:

Have you ever known the pain of future responsibility or success, or of failure or ridicule, or of losing a pleasure or a happiness, etc, to prevent some one (I, for imstance) from doing the ‘truth?’

Knowing and doing are two different things, especially when ….
[Complete the statement for you, then move—on/off—as you please.]

And you might find that knowing and doing are two different things, especially when it’s not inconvenient for them to be so.

So, if I want change, it would be helpful to make it inconvenient for knowing and doing to be different.

Our Glories

In the middle of the night
Reminiscing about the past
With gratitude and nostalgia
About the glories gone by

In the darkness before dawn
Projecting towards the sun
With gratitude and motivation
Towards the glories that come

Information, Certainty, and Behaviour

Gregory Bateson would say that information is the ‘difference that makes a difference.’ So we could say/see that judges in shows like Xfactor, Project fame, et al, receive information from the differences created by the contestants’ performances and some reference points. And there are differences between the differences so that they have information to receive and judge.

You have received something from every difference that makes a difference to you: information.

Practically, judgement is information processing information to produce information. And a lot (if not all) of the manifestations of self (behaviour) come from previous judgements. So that change is possible with the right information processed correctly.

A bit more technically, information is the reduction in uncertainty. This is easy to picture: how certain are you that what he meant to say by what he said, was what you interpreted from what you heard. The larger the reduction in uncertainty, the more information you received (as opposed to noise, or confusion), and the more correctly certain you (think you) are.

To have information is thus to have accepted certainty about a particular reality or perception.

There is a mantra that says something like, ‘get feedback to get clarity.’ Indeed, the main reason for feedback is to ensure the correctness of our eventual perception cum certainty. Fundamentally, we seek feedback for certainty. This is important because certainties are at the core of our psychology, hence, of our experience of reality, and behaviour.

To summarise: information gets transformed into our certainties, and our certainties result in our behaviour. Every movement is motivated by information, and produces information. And every action, tangible or otherwise, is a statement of certainties.

A delusion, asian tigers and busting my pawpaws.

This was like the biggest pawpaw I’d ever seen, I couldn’t imagine any bigger. Then I heard someone say that the first one harvested from the tree was bigger, and from another tree, much bigger—busting my pawpaws somewhat. He thought he was the only one, and he’d told everyone who cared to listen…. Then one day, he was told of 7000 others like him—busting his pawpaws.

Let’s leave basic manufacturing to the Asians and focus on high value products and services. But there’re 30 others, including the Asians, who’ve joined the high price-point high profit train.

You say you have a strong legacy of high value innovation. True as that may be, however, remember that some had a 3 millennia legacy before you even existed as a group, and before their pause. Now they’re back on the map of those who matter—significantly. Considering the way they’ve handled globalization, they’re no pushovers; they’re buying the world and selling to it. One of them in particular has been everywhere including space and the poles.

Let’s see what happens by 2020 if you don’t change tack.

We’ve got to change tack too.
How? What? Where?
We at least know why.
Great start.

PS: Chewing crunchy slices of pawpaw now (actually at the time of conception).

The Little Boy Lived in a Cocoon of His Own Making

The woman found out when she reached out that the little boy was neither totally not fathomable nor totally ‘abstract’. It was easy because she noticed he liked carrots and so she created a trojan horse made with carrot that he accepted and ate. Then she found a beautiful soul, though an outlier, he was human still. And he loved her for it. The little boy lived in a very unique cocoon of his own making, locked in until someone reached out.

Doesn’t everyone make their own cocoons and set their sentries at the gates.

Imagine all peoples as a network of variously coloured and intersecting cocoons. Colours reflecting temperaments and personas, while intersections reflect relationships with others to varying degrees. Colours at the intersection may show potential for influence within the relationships … . Picture a world of intersecting bubbles; an interesting and beautiful work of art if you see it so.

From Old to New

If old is that which was and no longer is, except in memory, then, new is what is, regardless of how long it has been. It is current.

If old is what is fading away; visible but no longer the fad or fashion, then, new is what seems to be becoming common, coming into fashion, or becoming the fad.

So that what is new might remain so or become old.
So that what is old might remain so or become new.

There’s a war now, evolutionary in nature, where the aspiring new seek to replace the current new, to so make it old; where the old seek to come back as new.

Marketers, advertisers, fashion houses and change seekers ask themselves these questions: How do we make the now new old? How do we make the old new again? How do we keep the new, new, and the old, old? How do we maintain our relevance, and business?

In orbit

Now when you feel like you’re falling, keeping a straight forward path, and what’s pulling you down is always the same way away. Then you’re in orbit; neither going towards nor away from the centre, but, moving, facing one way. Newton’s law of universal gravitation would hint that you pull much less weight than the object you’re orbiting does.

Inertia relates to the tendency to stay the same; to remain as one is, in motion or stationary. Newton’s first law of motion says that a body or person at rest remains so (inertia), or if moving with an unchanging velocity, similarly remains so (inertia) unless acted upon by an external net force. When such force is applied, what results is a change of motional (or perhaps, emotional) state along the direction of the force, and directly proportional to it (Newton’s second law). That is, the person/object might gain or lose momentum in a particular path.

To change or leave orbit needs a change of momentum, a new impulse, whether through a change in the mass of character or rapidity of movement. Both, enabled by wisdom—or science if you prefer.

Newton’s third law of motion says that action produces a response that is equal and opposite to it. So we may note that force experienced is a repercussion, or produces one. The effect of which may be a change of inertial state. A stationary aeroplane starts moving when its engines push back hard enough so that it moves forward. Thus, if you fire your rockets hard enough and long enough away from that pull, gravity, you will escape into free space—freedom.

Other definitions:
Space is that expanse with everything inside it. At least every thing of physics, chemistry, and biology; every physical thing.
A body at rest (a stationary entity) is a special case of a body moving, with no speed/velocity.
Velocity is speed in one direction.