“We had allowed Raphael to lull us subtly into a lack of responsibility;  we were alert as crew members … but had become incapacitated, given up our own inner sense of captaincy, that ultimate responsibility lay elsewhere.” How a good crew doesn’t let its new captain fail.  book link >>  archive >>

“Why do we remember our past and not the future? Do we exist in time or does time exist in us? What does it really mean to say that time passes? What ties time to our nature as persons, to our subjectivity?”

– Carlo Rovelli, The Order of Time, 2018. You can get the book on Amazon.

“Pop-up philosophy is often more of an occasion for selfie-snapping than self-reflection. How to find the time to stop, sit down and think.” more >>

André Spicer, professor of organisational behaviour at the Cass Business School at City, University of London, author of The Stupidity Paradox: The Power and Pitfalls of Functional Stupidity at Work (2016). You can get the book on Amazon.

Is it normal to feel more spiritual as one ages?  Hindus mark out four stages in life: brahmacari (student), grihastha (householder), vanaprashtha (forest-dweller), sannyasi (renounced one). This structure reminds me that perhaps the elderly are drawn to spiritual questions not because they are caught up in beliefs of rewards or punishments in the afterlife or because they fear death. Rather it may be because the time finally feels right to satisfy inchoate yearnings for any kind of answer to those questions.

-Patrick Olivelle, “The Aśrama System” (2004)You can get the book at Amazon.

“Being immersed in the commercial world constrains the mind, limiting it to conventional, acceptable thought; it is hard to close a sale if we pause in the proceedings to meditate at length about a man’s relation to the cosmos.”

-Daniel Klein, “Travels with Epicurus” – on aging well and gracefully with purpose, through the ruminations of an old man dawdling through the timeless philosophy of the wise.  You can get the book on Amazon.


“Intelligence analysts should be self-conscious about their reasoning processes. They should think about how they make judgments and reach conclusions, not just about the judgments and conclusions themselves…”

– Richards J. Heuer, “Psychology of Intelligence Analysis” more >>

“The study of law can be disappointing at times, a matter of applying narrow rules and arcane procedure to an uncooperative reality.  But the law is also a memory; the law records a long-running conversation, a nation arguing with its conscience.”

-Barack Obama in Dreams from My Father.  You can get the book on Amazon.

Taylor’s Gift is a story of hope and courage in the face of tragedy.  My dearest sister, who knows I love reading, gave it to me as a holiday gift to console me over the recent losses of our brother and our beloved dog. Thirteen-year old Taylor Storch lost her life in a skiing accident and the book tells the harrowing journey her surviving parents and family went afterwards.  Taylor’s foundation now functions to preserve her legacy.  You can get the book on Amazon.

Daniel Kahneman’s book on Thinking Fast and Slow is a very readable, non-technical purview of our mind’s often systematic thinking errors and how they are mainly due to “errors in the machinery of cognition (ie. biases, heuristics) rather than to the corruption of thought by emotion.”  Terrific book on understanding your own mental systems, as well as a “must-read” at the CIA.  You can get it on Amazon.

“Reading is still the main way that I both learn new things and test my understanding. Each book opens up new avenues of knowledge to explore.”

Bill Gates’ list of books is on my virtual book shelf.  He reads up to 50 books per year.   I am often either consuming or planning to read one of the books he has read and recommends.  Mr. Gates, founder of Microsoft, the Gates Foundation has over 30 million followers on Twitter and is perennially on the Forbes list of billionaires.