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If It Goes Without Saying … Question it.

Posted in Assumptions, Business, Culture, Example, Happiness, Listen, Love, Parenting, Questions, Quiz, Religious, Unlearn Strategy, Wisdom

It is a curious phrase: It goes without saying. If it really "goes without saying," should you need to say "it goes without saying"? On a deeper level, though, I do believe it is worth exploring those things which truly "go without saying" in our relationships, in our workplace, and in our life. For example:…

Unlearning is as Simple as Tic-Tac-Toe

Posted in Black Swans, Business, Future, Games, General, Quiz, Unlearn Strategy

Take a look at the familiar tic-tac-toe grid to the right. In how many different ways could you make the journey? It is not common for people to guess 27, 81 or even 243. The answer, however, is 362,800. This is because the number of permutations is 362,800. (The actual number of winning or draw…

Wooden Wisdom

Posted in Quiz, Wisdom

Question: The seed of a tree weighs next to nothing yet the tree itself weighs quite a bit. From where does the tree get the material that makes up the wood in your desk or in your house? Nearly 85 percent of all people answer "the ground." There is one small problem with this: it's…

Hear What I Say: Unlearn

Posted in Behavior, Creativity, Culture, Games, Human Resources, Listen, Psychology, Quiz, Unlearn Strategy

Imagine the year is 1980 and this motley crew (see the picture to the right) walks into your office to sell you on some great big scheme that will make everyone a lot of money.  Would you listen to them? You might but, even if you did, you probably wouldn't really hear what they said because…

Lose Sight of the Shore

Posted in Ambiguity, Business, Creativity, General, Quiz, Quotes, Unlearn Strategy

 “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” –Marcel Proust   Question: There is a small town that has only one street. It runs in an east-west direction and is exactly one mile in length. The town council recently granted liquor licenses to two taverns with the…

Grow From Your Inexperience

Posted in Business, General, Insurance, Quiz, Unlearn Strategy

   “Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experiences of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.” Douglas Adams         Question: Which is the more likely scenario?   A)    Roger seemed happily married. He killed his wife. B) Roger seemed happily married….

A Woman Without Her Man is Nothing

Posted in Culture, Education, General, Quiz

Read the following sentence: A woman without her man is nothing.    My guess is that if you're a woman it may have pissed you off because you read it in the following way: "A woman, without her man, is nothing". If, however, you made just a small change in punctuation it could be read this…

Tread Cautiously on Thick Ice

Posted in Books, Business, General, Quiz, Unlearn Strategy

"Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”  – George Bernard Shaw   Question: You are in Las Vegas and are offered a $1 bet in which you have 99.9% chance of winning $10 and a mere 0.1% chance of losing $11,000. Would you take it?   The odds suggest that if you…

On Average, It Pays to Shoot Granny Style

Posted in Culture, Games, General, Quiz, Sports, Unlearn Strategy

    “It’s not what you don’t know that hurts you; it’s what you know that just ain’t so.”–Satchel Paige Question #86: In both 1995 and 1996, David Justice of the Atlanta Braves had a higher batting average than the New York Yankees Derek Jeter. Who had the higher two-year average over the same two-year…

Argue with Yourself (It’s Not Debatable)

Posted in Analogy, Anti-Library, Business, Education, General, Psychology, Quiz, Unlearn Strategy

“I have what I call an iron prescription that helps me keep sane when I naturally drift toward preferring one ideology over another and that is: I say that I’m not entitled to have an opinion on this subject unless I can state the argument against my position better than the people who support it….


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