Posts Tagged ‘environment’

We have all heard the quote. “Give me a place to stand and a lever long enough and I shall move the world” — Archimedes. Depending on your math teacher and their flair for the dramatic or not you may have heard a variation of the quote perhaps using the word fulcrum or earth but nonetheless we have all heard it and I am sure it is being used in classrooms all across the world today and (that is a lot of ands isn’t it?) it’s true. 

Archimedes was a brilliant man who understood the power and beauty of science and math. This is what should go on in school and at the home everyday. I am convinced that with the proper education there is no problem that man kind cannot solve. 

When I think about using math and science to solve problems I am reminding of another Archimedes story.

Folk lore says that Archimedes used the displacement theory to prove that the king was being conned and that his crown was not made of pure gold but contained the less valuable silver in it.

Now I am not sure if the story is true however the science behind it is sound and I am still convinced that the question to solving the earths problems is not an if question it is a how question and a when question. How will we solve all the problems? when and who will do it? Will it be our generation who finds the cure for aids, world peace, the end of starvation? Well I think that depends what are we learning and how are we using that knowledge.

because with a lever long enough we can move worlds.










Ahh the choice debate. An age-old topic that I am quite certain will never come to an agreeable resolution. Some of the most interesting documents on choice come from the good dr. Willam Glasser MD. His book titled “Choice Theory” is for sure a must read for anyone working with a group of 3 or more people. In the book the doctor outlines how we create an ideal world that we wish to live in and our choices we make in the real world are all done to achieve this ideal world.

Now wether or not we believe doctor Glassers’ theory doesn’t negate the fact that we are faced with choices everyday, and it also doesn’t negate the only choices we truly have power over are our own(this is also another part of the “Choice Theory”, we can only control our own choices). We may believe through either employing or having ultimatums employed on us that we are not in control of our choices, but this belief is incorrect. ultimatums do not take away our power they merely make exercising that power a little more difficult. Ultatiums are tortuous devices which really have no place in any relationship that we consider to be special.

Maybe if we work more on our communications with people who are important to us we will not need to resort to employing these ultimatums. But if little Johnny doesn’t eat his vegetables he should definitely not get any ice cream for dessert.



Well maybe not I am baking on my little influence in the world on this one because I plan on referring to a trademarked product and I am not at all litigious but I am pretty sure that without permission you cannot use a products likeness or name, but oh well. Post It notes. created in 1974 by 3m by Art Fry, utilizing a low tack reusable adhesive as well as an over abundant (are the words over abundant misuse, maybe I should have just used abundant).

Ok let me try again. The year was 1974,  there was too much yellow paper, a glue that was more of a tack, that no one in the company had use for and a 3m employee, Art Fry, who needed a way to anchor his book marks to his hymnal pages.  The storm of incidents swirled and out of it was born the Post it notes. One of 3 ms most popular products and I mean they have a lot of products.  Why do I risk getting sued to mention this product (and I am like 90 % sure I will not be sued so you know it’s cool)? Well because Pos it notes almost didn’t happen. In 1968 Dr. Spencer Silver created the tacky adhesive at 3M. Dr. Silver promoted this glue without success for five years he told anyone and everyone in the company about and showed them his glue. No one had a use for it but in 1974 Art Fry must have had enough of losing his place in church and to keep from losing his religion (REM still rocks) he put the “worthless tack to use”.

The story demonstrates a will to create something people can use, in Dr. Silver and the will and endurance to work through (for five years) the attitudes and dogmas in many corporations that seem to want to squash new products or ideas. As will as the innovation in  Art Fry to find use for good products.  At work home or any organization we are in we may have an idea or product that we know will make a difference but cannot be heard. If we have learned anything from this story (which I am now like 98% sure will not get me sued) it is that we should not give up in year five we may find our Art Fry. The other tenet we have learned is from Art Fry and that is to keep our eyes and ears open we may find someone trying to sell worthless glue and a warehouse full of yellow paper.




William Ocam (c. 1285–1349) philosopher, writer, logician and creator of  the maxim known as Ocams Razor.  What is Ocam’s Razor? 

Ocam’s Razor is a maxim which states “other things being equal, a simpler explanation is better than a more complex one.” This maxim has been and is still being used in all types of scenarios today to include; science, philosophy, religion and law.

Another great man in history responsible for pretty much the discovery of the laws of physics Sir Issac Newton felt the same as Willam Ocam.

“Truth is ever to be found in simplicity, and not in the multiplicity and confusion of things”  – – Issac Newton

It can be easy to fill our lives with  confusion and things that shouldn’t matter. When I find myself in said situation I draw on Ocam’s razor and look through my confusion towards the most simplest explanation.

What do you do?