March 6, 2024




Hickam's Dictum, Attentive Presence & More

At a glance

Good Morning. Welcome to all the new readers of Faster Than Normal who have joined us since last week!

Here’s what we’ll cover today:

Mental Model: Hickam's Dictum.

Insight: Attentive Presence.

Quote: Stellar DNA.

Question: Optimal Conditions.

Poem: The Cliff.


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| Mental Model

Hickam's Dictum

The opposite of Occam’s Razor: the simplest explanation is most likely.

In complex systems, problems usually have more than one cause.

E.g., In medicine, "patients can have as many diseases as they damn well please".

—John Hickam

Remember the context.

| Insight

True listening involves more than just hearing.

Challenge: Reflect on a recent conversation and write about how you could have been a more attentive listener. Consider how that could have changed the outcome of the conversation.

Example: Avoiding interruptions, asking follow-up questions, or being more empathetic.

| Quote

Carl Sagan, an astrophysicist and cosmologist, on the vastness of the universe and our place in it:

"The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff."

| Question

Think about a time when you felt exceptionally productive. What elements were present in your environment and mindset? How can you recreate these conditions regularly?

A Poem I Enjoyed

"The Cliff" by Rumi

Leap from the cliff into the unknown,

Trust in the wings you have grown,

With faith, resilience, and grace,

You'll soar to heights yet unknown.

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Until next time,


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