Pragma Synesi – interesting bits

Compendium of interesting bits I come across, with an occasional IMHO

Thought for the day

Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God? — Epicurus, philosopher (c. 341-270 BCE)

That could serve as a proof that there is no god, but then if you consider the definition of evil and realize that what is considered evil by one may not be so considered by another, there goes your proof.  I still like the saying, despite its flaws.

November 9, 2010 Posted by | philosophy | , , | Leave a comment

Shop without touching

It seems touching an object (or even imagining handling it) makes you feel more like you own it, which makes it harder for you to give it up.  Just one more way marketers can screw with your brain.  Remember that when you take a small child shopping.

From Time magazine, Apr. 03, 2009:

Want to Save Some Money? Shop Without Touching

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November 9, 2010 Posted by | behaviour | , | Leave a comment

For more productive meetings

Keeping a brainstorming session somewhat uncomfortable (by introducing an oddball or a stranger, for example) seems to enhance the creative process.  From Time magazine, Mar. 31, 2009:

Why the Office Oddball Is Good for Business

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November 9, 2010 Posted by | behaviour, business | , , | Leave a comment