The Most Secure Computer is No Computer at All

In the best tv show ever made, Battlestar Galactica, humanity is at war against evil robots called the Cylons. The humans have big battleships that use very antiquated technology in order to protect themselves from hacking by the technologically-advanced Cylons. Using old hardware is their best defense. The Navy appears to be thinking something along the […]

Remember the Old Ways

How many fantasy novels have Our Heroine travel a dangerous path, only to have an old wise woman give them the Sacred Amulet, the Ancient Book, or some other relic of the olden days that can save civilization’s bacon in the knick of time, right here in the present? Well, knowledge in the real world […]

What is This?

Over the years, I have been moved by stories of creative solutions to seemingly unsolvable problems — in particular, problems of poverty, disease, and disenfranchisement. These stories of small changes created enormous benefits. As I started to collect these stories, I noticed that many of them had patterns in common. From the story of Mohammed […]

Reframing Problems to Create Solutions

  One of the most important principles of problem-solving is that changing the definition of the problem can help you come up with a solution. To illustrate this, I’m going to use a children’s story I read in grade school: A hero goes to steal a valuable treasure from a king. The king is protective of […]

A Simple Mental Health Protocol Whose Time is Long Overdue

“I see you checked depression on your intake form. Because depression can be a symptom of an underlying health problem, I’m going to check your blood levels for B12, B6, and vitamin D. I’m also going to test your thyroid and iron levels. And finally, even if your B-12 levels are normal, I recommend you […]

Two Rabbis who Knew Some Stuff

I came across two wonderful quotes last night, both from rabbis. Here is the first, by Hillel: That which is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow. That is the whole Torah; the rest is the explanation; go and learn. I love that. The Golden Rule is the essence of spirituality, and the […]

Plutchik's Wheel of Emotions

Use the Right The Emotional Toolkit

One of the most difficult things about helping the suffering is the amount of emotional investment involved. There can be a sense of futility and overwhelm, as if you are trying to move a mountain with a spoon. We end up with questions like these: “This person’s poor choices led him to this situation. Why […]