S3 E40 — How Stealing Your Sign Led Me to a Nobel Prize

Greetings from the land of sun (drought) sand (except in Newport Beach) outdoor adventures (leave your trash in Lake Tahoe) and a recall.  

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “Speak your mind. This may be the very thing the other person is thinking but hasn’t said. Or it may be that you’ve synthesized ideas that the others haven’t quite put together yet. Either way, the world needs your voice.” Leo

Hi and welcome to Thursday’s Episode 40 in Season 3 of  My Paradoxically Normal Year” on this 6th day of May in the spring of 2021 — which is a three-year examination of how bits of wisdom changed during the “normal” pre-pandemic year and then in the pandemic year, and now months after.

The Tau of Steves: What You Don’t Know Could Fill a Book

Table of Contents

Previously from Season Three, the Paradoxically Normal Year

S3 E39Ready for Your Big Leap Forward?; S3 E38Sliding on a Super Slippery Slope to 2nd or 3rd Cousins; S3 E37Tell Me More Lies I Can Believe In

Related from Season Two, The Pandemic Year

S2 E40The Profound Impact of the Pandemic on Nouns; S2 E39The Best Tau for the Pandemic Year, Don’t You Agree?; S2 E38What Should You Do If You Stumble Across Loaded Information?; S2 E37How Deep is the Chasm? What Do We Do?

Related from Season One, The Normal Year

S1 E40Nothing to See Here, Keep Moving On; S1 E39What’s Up with Facebook?; S1 E38Day 38 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E37Day 37 of My 1-Year Experiment

Context

Greetings from the land of sun (drought) sand (except in Newport Beach) outdoor adventures (leave your trash in Lake Tahoe) and a recall.  

At least the governor’s name isn’t Steve.  

I dare you.  

Try as hard as you might you can’t come up with anyone bad or evil named Steve, right?  You can’t.  

    • Oops seconds after typing “You can’t” two popped into my brain, so I’ll have to recall the challenge.  
    • I completely forgot about Bannon and Miller but, only those two. I rest my case.  The exceptions that prove the rules.
    • Oh, wait is that guy with the bear in recall ads a Steve? 

No? Phew!  It wouldn’t matter anyway because he’d lose to the former Olympic gold metal champion and ex- Kardashian in a runoff.

Moving on.  

I’ve got a Kindle addiction.  

Or, more precisely let’s call it what it is.  

I’m a cheap ass who scans my library for free available-to-borrow Kindle books.  I picked up Daniel Kahneman’s, “Thinking Fast and Slow” metaphorically and began highlighting passages like a mad man.  

Why?  

Count it as background research as I try to make sense out of my 1-year natural experiment and draw conclusions. So far in the “Conclusions” section of the 1-Year Natural Experiment Report I’ve covered: 

    • Horoscopes, 
    • Biases, 
    • Intuition,
    • Synchronicity, 
    • Meaningful Coincidences, 
    • Pattern Recognition, 
    • Serendipity, 
    • Luck, 
    • Rituals, 
    • Super Simplification and 
    • True Believers.  

Nobel Memorial Prize

One of the headlines I considered for an article is “How stealing your sign led me to a Nobel Prize” — but only in a meaningful coincidental way. Kahneman and Vernon L. Smith shared the 2002 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences.  

Choosing books based solely on their availability probably qualifies as selection bias in the same way that I figured I try out another headline, “Why I Stole Your Sign and Will Do It Again” because it was available and mine sucked.

All serious enough aside, I sketched out two more sections for inclusion in the “Conclusion” — Filters, Associative and Lateral Thinking for which Kahneman sheds some light on. 

Kahneman describes two different ways the brain forms thoughts, which I’ll probably include: 

    • “System 1” which is meant as a fictional shorthand — not as a brain system or structure: Fast, automatic, frequent, emotional, stereotypic, unconscious.
    • “System 2”: Slow, effortful, infrequent, logical, calculating, conscious.

Evidence

Meanwhile, Stephen Colbert was interviewed by Terry Gross on her Fresh Air podcast about what he learned from broadcasting his late night show during the pandemic. I not only like him because he and I spell our first names identically, but Emma the Baroness and I look forward to his more intimate Zoom one-on-one conversations with his guests.

Steve McQueen’s house is for sale in Malibu beach. Now you and I both know it’s not really his house anymore.  Just like his Holiday Tau isn’t really his anymore since he passed away four decades ago.  But, anything celebrities touch turns to gold.  At one time he and Ali McGraw shacked up in Carbon Beach.  To find out more and to buy it, check it out here.

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Haha, when I first read this I felt our Patron Saint’s Holiday Tau would lead to a spiritual place on the other side.  But, no.

“3”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): You’re already thinking about what’s on the other side of today’s task, and the thought of moving on will motivate you to do what it takes to get a job done efficiently and completely.” Aries

If I really, really exercised System 1 thinking, I could make this work somehow.  But, sorry Steve, Stevie and Stephen your Holiday Tau just isn’t working for me today.

“3”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “You’ll have a sense of it today: ‘You are loved. There’s an invisible world all around you. A kingdom of spirits commissioned to guard you, do you not see it?’ from ‘Jane Eyre,’ by your signmate Charlotte Bronte.  Taurus

Haha, Howey.  Busted. How transparent is it?  I can confirm that the plot in your Holiday Tau is correct.  Now, if only I could get my System 1 to cooperate with my System 2 I’d be in better shape.  Any ideas?

“5”  Steve Howey, 42:The plot will highlight your expertise. Your wins are partly due to good planning and partly due to good instinct and you’ll seamlessly swing between these modes.” Cancer

This from three Steves in a row.  Thanks for your TauBit of Wisdom, it feels so uplifting today.

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “Speak your mind. This may be the very thing the other person is thinking but hasn’t said. Or it may be that you’ve synthesized ideas that the others haven’t quite put together yet. Either way, the world needs your voice.” Leo

I had misgivings about today.  Why did I select so many Holiday Taus — 7 of the possible 12?  To make up for Zahnny missing in action?  Or just what?  But, yours G&G is wise and it isn’t the first time I heard it.  The other time one of my mentors told me the same thing,  “Quit researching and write.”  

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:At some point, you have to stop learning and planning because action will teach you the rest. You’re almost there. Give yourself the deadline and start the countdown.” Virgo

So this is the real answer to my question posed to G&G.  I don’t suffer fools and people who are bored and complain as well.  Maybe seven Steves provide access to kindred souls during the end of this pandemic year?

“4”  Steve Kerr, 54: “Avoid those bored people who have nothing better to do than work up one another’s emotions over petty things. You benefit from sticking with the kindred souls with varied interests and wide horizons.” Libra

Hey Harv.  On the surface your TauBit of Wisdom describes maturity.  It so reminds me of a poem in one of Carlos Castenada’s books, “A Path With a Heart” which summarizes becoming “a man of knowledge, if only for a brief moment, ‘… that moment of clarity, power and knowledge is enough.’”

“5”  Steve Harvey, 62: “Once upon a time, you launched yourself into the unknown for adventure’s sake. Now, you’re much more purposeful. You want answers! New friends! Resources! Adventure is just a byproduct of the quest.  Capricorn

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

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Foresight

Quality-of-Life  

Long-Form

    • “Future Shock” by Alvin Toffler, a classic I feel which still holds up. As the pace of change quickens we experience self-doubt, anxiety and fear.  We become tense and tire easily, until we are overwhelmed, face-to-face with a crisis situation. Without a clear grasp of relevant reality or beginning with clearly defined values and priorities, we feel a deepening sense of confusion and uncertainty. Our intellectual bewilderment leads to disorientation at the level of personal values. Decision stress results from acceleration, novelty and diversity conflicts. Acceleration pressures us to make quick decisions. Novelty increases the difficulty and length of time while diversity intensifies the anxiety with an increase in the number of options and the amount of information needed to process.  The result is a slower reaction time.
    • Daniel Kahneman’s, “Thinking Fast and Slow”describes two different ways the brain forms thoughts: “System 1” which is meant as a fictional shorthand — not as a brain system or structure: Fast, automatic, frequent, emotional, stereotypic, unconscious. “System 2”: Slow, effortful, infrequent, logical, calculating, conscious. I’m learning a lot about my energy levels first described from within an introversion frame now, from within differences between System 1 and the harder working, energy depletion System 2.  Self-control, for instance is hard and takes a lot of energy to accomplish.  When I write the concentration requires effort until I can find the “flow.” Implications for True Belief — it’s easy to stay in System 1 vs. critical thinking — System 2.  Set some marketing and working on the business goals — System 2 and then ignore them by following the lateral thinking and associative thinking  which Leo da V invites me to do — System 1.

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Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

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