Entrepreneurship, prison, big pharma and meth

The sticky connection between smoking pot and being a super successful entrepreneur | Fast Company Entrepreneurs were more likely to engage in what the authors dubbed “illicit activities” in the days of their wild youth, with teenage pastimes like shoplifting, playing hooky, assault, drug dealing, and smoking marijuana. “The combination of ‘smarts’ and ‘aggressive/illicit/risk-taking’ tendencies […]

‘Our instincts for privacy evolved in tribal societies where walls didn’t exist’

An interesting read over at Aeon about our innate sense of privacy and how it affects what we do online. Too much information: Our instincts for privacy evolved in tribal societies where walls didn’t exist. No wonder we are hopeless oversharers Over time, we will probably get smarter about online sharing. But right now, we’re […]

A few notes on innovation

I enjoyed reading The Medici Effect after picking it up on impulse. Frans Johansson’s 2006 book looks at how innovation is enhanced when people from different disciplines come together to tackle problems. He calls it the intersection. “When you step into an intersection of fields, disciplines or cultures, you can combine existing concepts into a […]

Gibbets, dismemberment and Dickens’ account of an execution

Interesting to read Michel Foucault’s ‘Discipline & Punish: The Birth of Prison’ which traces punishment through several centuries as it moved from being focused on the body to being more focused on the soul. This passage stayed with me for a while: Even as late as the eighteenth century as 1772, one finds sentences like the […]