Beyond Belief

(c) 2001-2010 Esther Derby Let me tell you a little story, a true story, about how our beliefs influence what we see in the world and affect our ability to solve problems. Two years ago my friend Julia, who was forty-four and a bit portly at the time, starting experiencing troubling physical symptoms. She was…

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Stuck in Neutral

When action grows unprofitable, gather information; when information grows unprofitable, sleep. Ursula K. Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness A few months ago, I began writing a “Technically Speaking” column for this issue and just couldn’t make myself finish it. I started over on another topic, but couldn’t work up much energy for it. I…

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