NYTimes August 28, 2005

Academic research, however, is pretty much on the side of statistics. Whether diagnosing patients or evaluating job condidates, human beings vastly overestimate their ability to make judgements, research shows.

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Surfing :: 02005-08-24

Cloudy and mushy today – absolutely nothing.

After the session, I got out and listened to ska and ate an apple – that was pretty good.

Close :: Run for the Roses

I originally started thinking about run for the roses because fo the line “You got the do re, I got the mi” – which is absolutely fantastic; but, when going over the lyrics, I realized how important this song is to the concept of close.

the bigger it opens, the sooner it closes.

I am not sure if this is true. The concepts do not seem to be related in all cases – in the general case. I think that this is yet another use of the word close to point to transformation – big things start changing everything around them almost immediately. The event that opens closes because it has become something else the moment it became “big”. This may even point to expectations and the notion that our desires cause suffering.

I am not sure.

Big emotional openings seem to take a long time to close. Big work projects kick off and take years to close. What is this “it” – “all good things in all good times” seems to be pointing to the notion that expectations are likely involved – relax, take your time, if you open big you will immediately close what you are opening – if you allow it to open slowly, small, then it will stay open longer? is that good?

I am sounding very vague on this – which is not good. Likely I need to think a lot more about this song.

Run for Roses

Run,run, run for the roses, the bigger it opens, the sooner it closes.
Meddle, meddle, friend of mine, all good things in all good time.

Reach for the sun, catch hold of the moon.
That ball too heavy, but what can you do.
Reach for the stars, smack into the sky.
You don’t want to live but you’re chicken to die.
Ohhh, you’re chicken to die.

Run, run, run for the roses, the bigger it opens the sooner it closes.
Meddle, meddle, friend of mine, all good things in all good time.

Run for the money, caught short on the rent.
Big ideas, but the cash is all spent.
The trouble with love is it’s on vase.
You just want a cup, but you don’t want to race.
No, you don’t want to race.

Run,run, run for the roses, the bigger it opens, the sooner it closes.
Meddle, meddle, friend of mine, all good things in all good time.

Run for the roses, get caught on the briar.
You wanted to love, next thing there’s a fire.
You got the Do Re, I got the Mi.
I got the notion we’re all at sea.
Yes, we’re all at sea.

Run, run, run for the roses, the bigger it opens, the sooner it closes.
Meddle, meddle, friend of mine, all good things in all good time.

Rabbi Marc Gafni

I really, really belive that elegant and graceful interpretation of the cosmos create a more graceful and elegant cosmos.

James Dunlap

 A midget fortune-teller who escapes from prison is a small medium at large.

Ken Wilber

I have one major rule: everybody is right. More specifically, everybody—including me—has some important pieces of the truth, and all of those pieces need to be honored, cherished, and included in a more gracious, spacious, and compassionate embrace.