Wednesday Wrap-Up: Author Rob Goodman on the Life of Claude Shannon

  “[Claude Shannon is] someone who is absolutely essential in everything we take for granted in 20th century to 21st century tech – from the internet to mobile computing to artificial intelligence, he was there from the beginning. None of that would have been possible without Claude Elwood Shannon.” Every week at Praxis, participants and…

Dropouts and Opt-Outs: Richard Branson

“Looking back, I believe that the qualities that make for a great entrepreneur – such as boundless energy, a curious nature and, sometimes, an obstinate streak – are not often attributes demonstrated by top students in the classroom.” – Richard Branson, Entrepreneur Article When Richard Branson was four years old, his mother dropped him off in the…

The Limits of Self-Help, The Power of Systems, & Why We Need Rules to Succeed

One of the commonly cited problems with a great deal of self-help philosophy is the overemphasis on positive thinking, affirmations, visualization techniques, and other motivational tools that produce short-term inspiration but that often fail to help people create lasting changes. On a recent episode of the Accidental Creative podcast, Todd Henry addresses this issue in…

What Machines and Software Can’t Do

At one time, everyone farmed.  Few could imagine a world where a great majority of people didn’t spend their energy planting and harvesting food.  The Industrial Revolution changed everything dramatically. Eventually, almost no one farmed.  Machines did.  Most people then worked with machines, building them in factories, maintaining them, keeping the production process going with…