To be receptive to his truest sense of things, the observer looks from a detached perspective, both of space and of time--waits for himself, as it were. "So in my botanizing or natural history walks, going for one thing, I get another thing."
I have been hearing about James Altucher on the periphery. Thoreau describes this type of discovery, as the "side eye" in his writer's journal. Not to go too far off on a tangent, but reading the Thoreau journals has been a summer pleasure project for me. Just when you think it a bit too erudite or precious--bam--an insight hits that defies the 1800s origin of the writing.
Head over to the LONDONREAL episode here. Or take a look at his book Choosing Yourself. There is something humbling about a writer's journey. All of the lessons learned from failure along the way but the most amazing part is how to rise up and do it again--sometimes better--but sometimes not. But always stronger.
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In a world of "evidence-based" medicine I am a bigger fan of practice-based evidence.
Question the quality of the evidence. The motivation for disseminating the evidence.
Who stands to benefit the most from its uptake?
Remember the quote by Upton Sinclair...
“It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!”