“Seeing What Others Don’t – The Remarkable Ways We Gain Insights” by Gary Klein

“When people contradict the prevailing wisdom, even professional prominence won’t protect them.” (p. 71).

“Seeing What Others Don’t –  The Remarkable Ways We Gain Insights” by Gary Klein ventures where no other insight book has ventured before (according to the author) by displaying all of the various lightbulb moments that can lead to a paradigm shift in ones thinking.

The read is nonetheless very repetitive which makes it feel dumbed down. In comparison to “The Lives & The Times of The Great Composers” by Michael Steen it feels remarkably low in information content.

I assumed that the purpose of this book was to convince people that anyone can have a penchant for creative breakthrough thinking and found it interesting that only scientists and certified geniuses or high achievers were initially mentioned…

“Seeing What Others Don’t” by Gary Klein – My Reaction to a bit of Chapter 2 up until Chapter 6 – Audio Entry

“Seeing What Others Don’t” by Gary Klein – My reaction to Chapter One & a bit of Chapter Two.

However on page 129 the author explains that diversity is real:

“The playful versus concrete reasoning style is a relatively fixed personality trait.”

What stands out in the book over and over again is that arrogance and lack of mental flexibility clouds and eclipses solutions to both complex and simple everyday problems.

It is the curious and persistent mind that delivers breakthroughs.

Those who refuse to question or let go of outdated methods in their profession can never aspire to greater things. They’ll be stuck within the standards and beliefs that are already cannon.

What was especially illuminating to me were the sections describing big companies and their inability to innovate themselves. A fear of failure quickly creates a stagnant culture where not even bankruptcy can be avoided despite countless warning signs.

An example of this mentality was illustrated in a story concerning the FBI.

Special Agent Kenneth Williams found it odd that several Arab men were learning how to fly but not how to land or takeoff. His concern was not followed up on and after 9/11 FBI director Robert Mueller proclaimed that nobody had suspected anything…

The role of a manager is to “bring workers back into compliance,” and avoid any deviance that can potentially cost the company money. This type of culture does not reward creativity or insights.

“You don’t know how to encourage insights other than hanging inspirational posters on the walls.” (p.155)

“The greatest obstacle to knowledge is not ignorance; it is the illusion of knowledge.” (p.53)

“He asserted that most scientists spend their careers doing “normal science,” basically puzzle solving within the popular research paradigms of the day.” (p.169)

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Who Inspires The Influencers?

A funny detail that some forget is that whenever you see a public person there are usually other people who are part of the package as well.

A professional artist or musician doesn’t just materialise out of thin air without inspiration or guidance.

Likewise an online influencer who is pushing some sort of product is probably doing so due to brand deals, endorsement deals or could be creating positive, un-paid for propaganda content in the hopes of landing a sponsorship deal.

There is always more than what meets the eye.

My reason for writing this tonight is that I’m currently compiling a couple of new blog books. The entries have been published on the internet anyway so I see no wrong in transforming them into books and putting them up for sale. In fact that will probably look way more orderly, especially with explanatory introductions, etc;

I have already one blog book under my belt with entries written in 2015 & 2016, and there is way more to come.

By simply looking at my fist year of keeping a blog there are four categories that present themselves:

  1. Super fun entries about what I do professionally together with my mom/manager covering: award shows, travelling, lesson learnt as a musician and career highlights.
  2. The everyday toil of being a creative, independent musician with all its ups and downs
  3. Well written (or ok written) opinion pieces, thought experiments and book reviews. Inspired by current events, history, life, and topics discussed within the home.
  4. Filler content or what would become outtakes when compiling a book.

It is a good idea to get some sort of an overview as a blogger. In total I’ve written over 624 WordPress entries, a great deal of them with a 10k + word count, some have been deleted since I thought of them as silly or pointless. In addition to that I write by hand all of the time + that I’m a songwriter and constantly find myself in a creative process.

I’m currently playing with the idea of shutting down my blog next year or at least radically change it, since I have other things that I would like to prioritize time wise. This has been my hobby ever since 2015 and I’m not quite sure which label would be the most accurate one: habit or “online addiction.”

My first brush with opinion pieces was back when I was 17 years old and had to have a guitar break. My most productive blog year was 2017 when I was ill and down for the count. So I always turn to writing if I’m not doing well health wise + that it is a very accessible medium since no recording studio or art supplies are needed.

I’ve run a bit out of steam this year when it comes to “The Daily Walk” which I also did at the age of 18 when I was co-running a political zine. At a certain point I just flagged out and didn’t follow the news for 7-8 years.

Being a creative artist is a bit more fulfilling and interesting to me than commenting on destructive people starting wars and ruining the planet.

I will organise everything that I’ve written here on WordPress so far and then I’ll see where I’ll go from there. Whenever I start a chapter I also enjoy concluding it.

I’m a bit more excited by the idea of making more picture books for children & a new illustrated lyric book for my latest album! That will mean more art & less words!

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Keeping Up With Your Bible Reading…

So what do you do once you’ve read through your Bible, had your confirmation and established a routine of going to church?

You can share a faith journey video (which I will do on my YouTube channel), you can raise money for your church, but then what?

After editing and uploading my faith journey videos it was a reminder of how awesome it is when you’ve made the decision to follow God, however, that enthusiasm can easily fade away as prayers become inconsistent and your Bible starts collecting dust. I’m happy that I received some new Bibles for my confirmation because this means that I have new translations in my possession which is a great incentive for reading The Bible once again!

What does this version say? Did I miss anything? What has been changed in this specific edition?

Establishing a habit of spiritual practise can be difficult. In February I had the brilliant idea that I was going to do a spiritual fasting. It’s probably one of the worst ideas I’ve ever had. Trying to fall asleep while hunger is gnawing at your guts is not exactly something that I would recommend. I’ve read that you should start these things slowly such as cutting out one meal during your first fast.

It was certainly not a pleasant experience, partial or non-partial, it didn’t take long before I ate properly again to put it that way.

It was a great reminder however of how terrible it must be to be starving as a result of poverty or lack of resources. If anything it will make you ever more grateful for food which is something that a lot of Westerners take for granted. The same can be said of water.

I hope that my readers have a wonderful Sunday! I personally hope that I will finally be well enough to cough my way back to church. I’ve felt really terrible about missing out on services lately! It really adds something to your week, I strongly recommend it!

 

 

 

“Seeing What Others Don’t” by Gary Klein – My reaction to Chapter One & a bit of Chapter Two.

So back to my incredibly unhealthy hobby…

I guess being illiterate when it comes to ones understanding is preferable when it comes to the horror of reading….

What I have in my possession is a book that would probably fall into the self-help or personal growth category, and if this work had crossed my path let’s say … five years ago, I would probably have loved it.

The issue is that I’ve read quite a lot of different material since then … such as….

  • A deeper understanding of genetics  paves the way for targeted medicine, beauty treatments and weaponry. On one hand there is nothing to find but praise and optimism for this on the other: total hysteria if any official findings clash with political correctness. At the end of the day it doesn’t really matter because while the Western world is busy with political limbo dancing our enemies and competitors will advance in this field.

One of the most common products that private companies are seeking placements for in the YouTube community are DNA testing kits to discover ones heritage.

Obviously if you are to make a YouTube video featuring such a product you’ll probably be expected to test it normalizing the act of sending ones genetic material to a private actor.

This DNA harvesting combined with the behavioural data-mining at the hands of online media platforms (such as this one I assume) paints private industries in an interesting futuristic light.

Targeted online advertising is all about the individual just like custom-made beauty treatments and targeted medicine.

It is the individual that the private sector are after which makes DNA-denialism absurd.

Just like it is vital to manufacture DNA-denialism whenever it is convenient it is equally crucial to feign a diversity-friendly profile while exploiting the resources of those one pretends to aid….

  • My reasons for going on about this is that I couldn’t even finish reading one chapter in “Seeing What Others Don’t,” without seeing what others don’t. The author seemingly attempts to paint a picture of humanity as consistently and generally: curious, creative and insightful with an innate pattern recognition software.

He presents the following “sample” to the reader: a Nobel Prize winning hard-scientist, an anti-fraud investigator, a police officer, the man who discovered AIDS and himself.

All of these characters are/were involved in investigative professions, even the author….

What I instantly detected was that this is a work shrouded in “noise” targeted towards people like myself and others who are pattern-observant, people who have a curious and investigative spirit and those who are inherently creative with insight deeply embedded into their behavioural patterns.

Yet the work is shrouded in “noise“ so that the author appears to be appealing to anyone something that is useful if aiming for speaking engagements and general popularity.

Everyone seeks to optimise their own performance and especially their income.

From the first chapter and the beginning of the second I sensed that the aim of this book is to seemingly unlock personality traits that are unevenly distributed within the populace to being with.

And I guess this is why I felt an underlying dissonance in the back of my mind as I read.

This feeling of dissonance was so troubling that I had to put the book down in order to write some notes and figured that I could might as well just write a blog entry.

  • It greatly surprised me and puzzled me when I started playing the guitar that so many musicians seemed to lack creativity. To me it made no sense that one could play an instrument but have no desire, drive and/or ability to create. I spent many quiet moments reflecting on this very peculiar phenomenon only to reach the conclusion that I really did not get it.

I don’t understand how you can write without having the ability to come up with characters and story lines.

Nor do I understand how it is possible to paint and draw without having the ability to create.

Something appears incomplete and off to me, yet the majority of musicians that I’ve encountered have not possessed even an ounce of creativity which baffles me to this day. :/

  • I guess this was another reason as to why Gary Klein’s book made me feel weird in addition to the inclusion of James Watson and Francis Crick.

Watson & Crick identified the structure of DNA which hasn’t helped Watson much since he has been completely and totally thrown under the bus due to his comments in regards to diversity.

As I said above: it is beneficial to non-Western actors that our culture currently is as it is.

So why even bother to comment? You don’t bring a knife to a gun fight – and the gun fights of the future are found in our very own building blocks.

This might be why private companies want to have a sample of your DNA!

To be continued…..

 

 

 

L’ Art De La Simplicité By Dominique Loreau.

As I read through the English translation of this work I often found myself wondering if I was reading a collection of social media “wisdom” posts bundled into one giant literary fortune cookie.

I don’t mean to be rude in any kind of way, but I certainly understand why serious scientists become nauseated by the “self-help-industry.”

This book is at times self-contradictory, and without any kind of bibliography, which means that you just have to believe what the author is presenting you with.

It’s interesting how these type of works are perceived and marketed as “revolutionary” and eye-opening. When the value of a bible has been dethroned we crown new-age philosophers as our saviours. Pretty funny in a way. Just makes me think of all of these wonderful “International Holidays” we have. They seem to multiply by the hour. Today it’s International Theatre Day & Muslim Womens Day in case you weren’t aware of it. Who needs Saints when the UN can create an abundance of unifying global celebrations.

L’Art De La simplicité does offer some good advice. The main issue here is if you are a critical reader and you notice discrepancies and pseudo-science.

Throughout the book Loreau repeats how poverty is deprivation of what enriches the soul, whereas materialistic richness is true destitution. It’s better to not have anything in your house that could attract a burglar as this would only add stress to your life.

According to Loreau ” An open, alert mind is more important than the quality of our comprehension.”

She also argues that ” A person who depends on others to get what he or she wants is a beggar.”

” Tell yourself you are not a creative person, and you will never become one.” She also says, which is a false claim. Creativity is a state of being, regardless of circumstances, self-doubt or age. Imagination and the ability to express it manifests itself at an early age.

“‘Successful’ people … never doubt their own ability to obtain the things they aspire to.” This is probably why performance psychology is so popular in sports among top athletes……..as everyone knows CEOs are always confident, same thing with artists.

“Impoverished when we allow ourselves to be caught up in the relentless machinery of competitiveness.” Much if not all advancement has been the result of competition, even people picking up books like these might do it to beat their peers. Life is about competition. Getting the resources, getting the best spouse, getting the dream job, etc; Nature=Competition, competition for survival.

” It also means not making them feel jealous, bitter, or envious.” The work speaks about how we are all responsible for our own thoughts and actions, so how can it then be my fault if someone “chooses” to be envious of me?

“In an ideal society, where no one seeks to accumulate wealth and riches, there are no thieves.” Such a society does not exist in the real world. Even if a society was impoverished you would see people getting killed over poultry and herbs. This sentence contradicts the very basis of human nature. It is not our inclination to share or be grateful, these attributes have to be taught to self-centred children. We have to be socially conditioned to share.

” No one can hurt us unless we allow them to. Hurt only occurs when we interpret the facts of what has occurred in our own minds.” Not true. Constantly obsessing over negative experiences will not make you happy and can easily lead to a depression. But if someone says or do something hurtful there will be an instant reaction, you’ll instantly be hurt there and then, especially if there is an association to similar situations in the past.

On page 149 it says: ” The real you is there inside, not in the image you offer to the world through your personality. Close your eyes, relax, take your time, then visualise your ideal image, life-sized. Make it exactly as you wish … This is your real you. The body you have today will gradually mould to the shape of the image you have visualised.”

On page 151: “Work on your affirmations” followed by a long list of mantras.

But on page 194 it says: ” We play the roles of people we would like to become, but these are false by definition. Don’t just recite empty life maxims and affirmations.” I’m all for the re-invention of the self but what I’ve pasted in above is self-contradictory. We project a “publishable” friendly public image of ourselves when we are up and about. This is not the entire truth but it is still you, even though it is just a part of you. Just because you want to enhance certain aspects of yourself doesn’t mean that you’ll abandon the memory or traces of how you used to be. Also, if you have an internal picture of who you really are or who you wanna be, then it can be argued that you are trying to “play a role.” Human beings usually have role-models that they try to emulate or rules that they try to live by, such as the suggestions presented in this book.

There are also some very glaring typos in this work. I’m just pointing it out since this is a book that has been published and according to the front cover is an international bestseller.

As I said above there are some good things in there, the curse is upon those who always question, refraining from blindly accepting claims from others….