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Category Archives: Perception

Imagine a world with more empathy: Why I write and teach

posted by Joshua on November 28, 2016 in Awareness, Perception

My books and courses teach empathy. I used to think of empathy as an intangible, nebulous, even weird concept I couldn’t really understand. Now I view it as a skill anyone can learn as well as they can learn to ride a bike or throw a baseball. Improving your empathy skills improves your ability to[…] Keep reading →

365 days, flying, and the definition of impossibility

posted by Joshua on November 3, 2016 in Nature, Perception

I’ve been asking people lately When was the last time 365 days passed in your life without flying? Interesting question? Most people I ask can’t remember, so it’s probably been decades. Several people have commented that it would be “impossible” to go a year without flying. That’s an odd use of the word “impossible” that[…] Keep reading →

You drink too much water, probably

posted by Joshua on October 14, 2016 in Fitness, Perception

You’ve heard to drink eight cups of water a day. I can’t count how many times I have. There is zero medical or scientific evidence supporting the advice. None. There never was and never will be. I hear people suggest it so often, feeling they’re helping people when they’re just repeating uninformed, confused misinformation, I[…] Keep reading →

Creating more life: more tomatoes! … and the sweetness of vegetables

posted by Joshua on September 16, 2016 in Fitness, Nature, Perception

In “Creating life … my first tomato!” I wrote about my first gardening experiments and how proud I was of my first tomato growing. That’s nothing compared to people who seriously garden, but I have low standards the first time and this is a first time. It turns out it’s a cherry tomato. Also, I[…] Keep reading →

Was where you are once stunningly beautiful?

posted by Joshua on August 8, 2016 in Nature, Perception

How far do you have to travel to see stunningly beautiful nature? Not necessarily Grand Canyon or Yosemite level grandeur, but at least something you can’t help but pause to take in? Now consider this: imagine where you are now before humans arrived, or even after we arrived but before roads, gas stations, and landfills.[…] Keep reading →

“I don’t know which I like more: a juicy, ripe peach in season, or the rest of the universe”

posted by Joshua on July 5, 2016 in Awareness, Fitness, Nature, Perception

After the peach I just ate, I don’t know which I like more: a juicy, ripe peach in season, or the rest of the universe. I can’t believe people eat candy and junk when fruit and vegetables exist in the world. I used to, so if I think about it I can understand it, but[…] Keep reading →

Social battles won and lost

posted by Joshua on June 25, 2016 in Perception

If I had to count winners and losers in big social and political battles, I’d write them out this way. I’m not describing my views, just how I’d call it based on the outcomes I see, maybe being melodramatic but I don’t think groundlessly. According to, a crowd-sourced database of U.S. mass shootings that[…] Keep reading →