Archive for the ‘Empathy’ Category

If you would seek to really understand people, you must first understand the stories they tell in the exact words they use to tell them. This seems obvious — metaphors and word choice reflect the cognitive frames of a person — but this is actually a profound insight, and one that didn’t take hold until […]


Adam Smith lives in the economics department. He sleeps on a back shelf found in the offices of every professor and research assistant in the western world. He’s comfortable. Understood. Dull. A mid-afternoon nap in the sunset years of the mind. Supply and demand, invisible hand, the division of labor. Lovely. I’m over-doing it, of […]