S3 E12 — You Can’t Cure Stupid, but There’s a Cure for Ignorance

Trying to make sense about what is going on becomes a fuller time job than ever before and comes at a time when the pandemic may affect our brain’s ability to make simple decisions.  I track the chaos and volatility we face at my Know Laboratories: Thriving in an Age of Accelerating Uncertainty website. 

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

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Not only will you see what others overlook but you’ll also turn these details and aspects around in your mind until you start to see how they might fit together in a more useful, interesting or lucrative way.” Aries

Hi and welcome to Thursday’s Episode 12 in Season 3 of  My Paradoxically Normal Year” on this 18th day of March 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.

Previously in Season Three, The Paradoxically Normal Year

S3 E11Looking for a New Predictive Belief System?S3 E10Feeding the Beast for Sheila in Fantasyland; S3 E9Melancholy and Undercover Brooklyn Moms Know Best

Related from Season Two, The Pandemic Year

S2 E12Too Anxious to Meet and Eat; S2 E11Waiting for the 3rd Shoe to Drop; S2 E10Cats, Ladders and Shaking Salt …; S2 E9Blame It On Your D4DR Gene, Not Me! 

Related from Season One, The Normal Year

S1 E12Day 12 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E11Day 11 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E10Day 10 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E9Day 9 of My 1-Year Experiment


One of my more recent posts curated five of the most recent advances in the study of the brain. In the upcoming queue another disturbing article describes how cognitive fatigue changes functional connections in our brain’s fatigue network, and to be honest I didn’t know I had one.

However, what’s got my mind in a frenzied, muddled state is just now reading what’s in my upcoming “Disruption” queue,  the declassified version from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) about the 2016 and 2020 election interference, the role of Russia, Putin and a key spy who gained access to and influenced Trump administration officials. Putin’s experts spread lies, misinformation and influenced the divisions already present in our country across social media platforms.

And, this nugget just adds to my brain’s fatigue network. 

Isn’t doing this an act of treason?  By Steve Benen today, ”[T]he fact is that [Russian operatives] were so comfortable using people like Devin Nunes that Andriy Derkach — a known Russian asset — sent information to Devin Nunes at the Intelligence Committee. We literally had the package receipt.”

Anyway, as an idea packager I’ve been working on my original research into a model of our whole lives played out against the backdrop of the key wildcard trends and disruptions swirling around us (politics and the pandemic have dominated, for example).

Which, of course, requires pattern recognition and anticipation for making better decisions, choosing options and unfolding opportunities. At least that’s the benefit.  And the fun for me.


Skipping Zahn’s Holiday Tau because it just didn’t make any sense for today, I turned to the three remaining Steves instead.

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Now this TauBit of Wisdom for Jobs fits my idealized image of him, but gets to the heart of pursuing opportunities.  They’re hidden in plain sight.

“5”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): “Most of the opportunities blend into the background with the stylish camouflage of people wearing suits made out of the wallpaper they are standing in front of. If you scan the scene, you’ll miss it. You have to really look.” Pisces

So closer inspection of the scene is one thing , but quite another when you are lied to and have your “force field filter” activated.  Was it one of my favorite Steves, Colbert last night or a passage in “Mycroft and Sherlock” by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on my Kindle, I don’t know, but the phrase stuck, something to the effect that you can’t cure stupid, but there’s a cure for ignorance. So whether everyone else overlooks opportunities, you can find them, play with them and find patterns that fit them together in more lucrative ways.

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Not only will you see what others overlook but you’ll also turn these details and aspects around in your mind until you start to see how they might fit together in a more useful, interesting or lucrative way.” Aries

But, surely I jest. Yup, and here’s coach Kerr to share his TauBit explaining why!

“5”  Steve Kerr, 54: You need humor. It’s not an option; it’s a requirement. Laughter releases the tension, elevates your point of view, lifts your mood and aligns you with the people who get you on a soul level.” Libra

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

    • @KnowLabs suite of 36 digital magazines jumps from  7397 to 7455 this week organically grown followers




    • “Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History” by Kurt Andersen Both of us, Emma the Baroness and I, have been processing the acquittal of our ex-President — not really being surprised by the “Big Lie” promoting followers in the Senate, but more disappointed after seeing new video documentation of the insurrection and detailed evidence time lines.  I return to Kurt Andersen’s book “Fantasyland” to help me through the process of filtering the unfolding events.

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Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate


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