Knocked My Socks Off.

Internet blogs, TV news, email blasts, and myriad other media—who has time? But every once in a while an idea pops out of the electronic fog, grabs you, and knocks your socks off. The people here at Cognigen find these ideas everywhere. So we started a blog to share cool ideas. Read it. Be amazed. Make comments. And send us ideas that knocked your socks off.

July 8, 2010

Life’s Too Short

“The demand that I make of my reader,” James Joyce said, “is that he should devote his whole life to reading my works.”


June 9, 2010

Sense and Sensibilities of Science

If you want to understand process formalization, read Jane Austen.


April 28, 2010

Mesmerizing Machine

As you study the blue ball machine, it is easy to see how you can be mesmerized by a process that doesn’t actually do anything.


February 19, 2010

Lean Production

“Lean” thinking changes the focus to optimizing the flow of products and services through entire value streams that flow horizontally across technologies, assets, and departments to customers.


January 13, 2010

Paul Volcker: Think More Boldly

Paul Volcker’s response to the Future of Finance Initiative is a rare instance of a wise man speaking truth to power and damning the niceties of political correctness.


December 2, 2009

David Foster Wallace

I have become addicted to David Foster Wallace’s nonfiction essays, several of which were published in A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again.


June 9, 2009

Celebrating Globalization

Whatever negative experiences we have had with economic globalization, we must not lose sight of another, more human, aspect of globalization. We should recognize that recent developments in science and technology can achieve an unprecedented level of sharing and communication around the world.


May 27, 2009

Ted on TED

I recently stumbled on a website called TED: Ideas worth spreading, and I apologize in advance for sharing this most addicting site with you. TED, which stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design, “brings together the world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives (in 18 minutes).”


May 12, 2009

The Education of Henry Adams

Adams’ autobiography is a commentary on the value, or lack thereof, of education and of the utter impossibility of understanding history as it is being made. But, it is Adams’ perspective on the future that I find so riveting.


April 29, 2009

Pandora Internet Radio

On Pandora Internet Radio, you create your own “radio station” by naming a favorite song or artist. Pandora scans thousands of pieces of music that have been analyzed by something called the Music Genome Project to identify those with similar attributes to the one you named. Voilà! New music for you to enjoy.


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