Red sky in the morning…

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We walkers (Scott, Tiger Lily and I) took note, if not warning as we made our rounds on wet Menlo streets. Scott talked about Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell’s new book that tracks the reasons for success. One of Gladwell’s maxims is that it takes 10,000 hours to become really good at anything (he notes the Beatles played 8 hour sets in dive clubs for 7 years before they became phenoms).

In an article forwarded to me by physical therapist Heidi Engel, a doctor who specializes in neural retraining of stroke victims says it takes 10,000 repetitions to relearn a task – interesting concurrence.

Warming up over coffee, we also talked about Stuart Kauffman, whose book ‘Reinventing the Sacred‘ is my current reading. Kauffman, a biologist who also studies complexity at Santa Fe Institute sees criticality (a rare state of exact balance between ordered and chaotic systems) in everything from molecules to cells to humans to the global economy. After 14 chapters of careful, densely parsed reasoning from first principals, I’m hoping we’ll be getting to the ‘sacred’ part pretty soon. Outliers may be next up for the Kindle…

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About Chris Gulker

Chris Gulker, a self-described Infuential Blogger, lived in Menlo Park, California with spouse Linda. He passed away in late October 2010.
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