Adventure of ideas

August 9, 2016 (Kampala): I've started reading Conjectures and Refutations: The Growth of Scientific Knowledge by Karl Popper. I'm having a hard time blending it with Kuhn and integrating it into my own worldview...but it's really good... Here are some of my favorite excerpts: "The simple truth is that truth is often hard to come …

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Perfect children

March 20, 2016 (Kampala): My 'troubled relationship' is with my daughters. Perhaps I have idolized them as the 'perfect children', in the sense that I try to control them to make sure they're perfect. It manifests in two ways. First, I want them to be perfect (by my narrow definitions), and when they are not, …

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Bill of Rights

In Aziz Gazipura's book Not Nice: Stop People Pleasing, Staying Silent, & Feeling Guilty...and Start Speaking Up, Saying No, Asking Boldly, and Unapologetically Being Yourself, one of the exercises he recommends is writing one's own personal bill of rights. It's an empowering thing to do, especially for someone (like me) who was conditioned and trained …

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Wolf

It's true. I can't deny it: I am a wolf in sheep's clothing. Sheep everywhere, beware! This is how it happened: I was born a wolf-pup but into a world of sheep, sheepdogs, and shepherds. My natural wolflish ways were too dangerous, too misunderstood, so I was trained to become a sheep. When I tried …

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