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Of Praise Sandwiches, Propitiatory Rituals and Feedback

He that struggles with us strengthens our nerves, and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper.Edmund Burke If you don’t accept compliments graciously, especially when that praise is a propitiatory ritual for some (potentially helpful) feedback, then you are … Continue reading

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Climate adaptation as a Maginot Line

Reading this (to be reviewed soon) made me think of adaptation metaphors I’d use if writing a similar book (and I am, sort of). And the one that springs to mind, especially given climate activists’ fondness for World War 2 … Continue reading

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Making a parachute as you fall

I was at a truly terrifying conference the week before last (of which more later). And it occurred to happy-thoughts-me that our species is placing rather a lot of faith in its smarts/ability to roll with the punches. How much? … Continue reading

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A conspiracy against the public

“All professions are conspiracies against the laity.”–George Bernard Shaw. Here’s two quotes from slightly different places, that are worth thinking about in connection with each other and the broader goal of helping our institutions respond with the necessary speed and … Continue reading

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