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January 11, 2019

Perplexed? Depressed?

Are you perplexed? Are you depressed? Do not despair! We have a cure without negative side effects! Ora and I are super excited to share with you that our two new Laughing Guides are here. They will be published next week, earlier than we thought!! The books are: The Laughing Guide to Change: Using Humor and Science to Master your Behaviors, Emotions, and Thoughts, and The Laughing Guide to a Better Life: Using Humor and Science to Improve Yourself, Your Relationships, and Your Surroundings. Both books combine a heavy dose of humor with a good measure of science.  We did the writing, now you do the reading. To make sure people know about the books, we need your help. The best way to get the word out about new books is through reviews on amazon. If you are willing to write a brief review of either book on amazon, it would be just amazing! The books can be purchased either from amazon or directly from the publisher: Rowman and Littlefield. If you do, you can use the following 20% discount code: RLEGEN19 We very much appreciate your help! Isaac and Ora You can preview them at amazon
January 7, 2019

Smart Objects, Dumb Subjects: Part I

Smart classrooms. Smart cities. Smart houses. Smart phones. Smart watches. Smart TVs. Smart cars. Dumb people. They are everywhere. All of them. This is how historians will remember the 21st century: smart things, stupid people. Smart objects make life easier and better. With help from technology we can be more productive. Organizations can be more efficient. Wouldn’t it be nice if people contributed to our well-being as much as smart technologies do? It would, I know. But we seem to be investing so much more in smart gadgets than in smart people. How about a psychologically smart workplace, or an interpersonally smart partner? How about a smart team member, or a smart boss? To be perfectly clear, I am not talking about verbal or analytical smart, I’m talking about people smart, as in getting along with others and solving problems together. I’m talking about making life easier and better for everyone, not SAT, ACT, GRE, GPA, L-SAT, M-CAT or FAQ-U smart. Imagine what life and work would be like without narcissists, hypocrites, entitled, privileged, arrogant, conceited, haughty, egotistical, insufferable and clueless people. To make it easier, let me classify these qualities into two simple categories. The first nine attributes form […]
December 29, 2018

Happy New Year! Mark your Calendars for Mueller Report and Impeachment Day

  Dates to Remember in 2019!! Dear Friends and Family, We wish you a happy and healthy new year. To do that, we recommend that you love each other without smothering one another. We suggest that you work hard but that you leave some time to spend with one another, but not so much that you get on each other’s nerves. If all the festivities of the New Year become too stressful, try Zen meditation, which is also good for dealing with all the people you invited to your party. If Zen meditation is not your thing, try becoming vegan, like us. Your new diet will make dealing with your relatives look really easy. To cope with the aftermath of all the cooking and cleaning and eating, we suggest you give your nerves and your stomach a vacation until Valentine’s Day, at which point you can have some chocolate to forget that *** TRIGGER WARNING: NOT SO SUBTLE POLITICAL MESSAGE *** Trump is still president. But do not despair, because the Mueller report will come out on, drum roll please, President’s day, February 18, 2019. If you are a Trump enabler, do not despair either. March 6th is Ash Wednesday […]
July 23, 2018

Artificial Intelligence: Pros and Cons

In this country, one third of the population is worried about losing their jobs to the likes of Siri, Alexa or Watson. Another third is hoping to find solutions to their problems in the likes of Siri, Alexa, or Watson. The remaining third is going to be indicted by Robert Mueller. I belong to the second group, the hopeful bunch. I’m counting on computers to prevent me from making any more catastrophic decisions, such as buying a house in Coral Gables, where eight municipal inspectors must approve the color of your toilet paper — four before you use it, and four after. I’m also hoping computers will persuade my wife that I’m right most of the time, especially when it comes to real estate decisions in South Florida. I imagine an app where I can compare two houses, my wife’s choice and mine. We would input the address of the two houses, divided by the price of renovations, multiplied by the number of times contractors don’t show up on time, minus the cost of bribes, I mean permits. The algorithm would then produce a profile of our mental health ten years hence. Then, accounting for the cost of psychiatric care, […]
May 3, 2018

What would the Dalai Lama do?

  The table was set for eight, but on the first night only six people showed up: the farmer and the cheerleader (husband and wife); the grandma and the alcoholic (sisters); and the group facilitator with her judgmental husband (me). The two empty chairs caused consternation among the six of us. Had the missing couple gone by our table and refused to sit with us? Had they rejected us before they even met us? We were relieved to learn that our paranoia was unfounded. As it happened, the party animal and her husband the foodie missed the first dinner because they ate at a more exclusive restaurant. They did join us for the remaining three nights of the cruise though. And every dinner they regaled us with stories of delicacies, drinking, and dancing. Despite my reclusive proclivities, I was fully prepared to socialize with six strangers for four consecutive dinners. I came ready with open ended questions, approving nods, and a curious attitude. I’m sure all six of them were very interesting people, with exotic backgrounds and unique life stories, but there was one problem: they were as communicative as the silverware. Ora, my wife, assumed the role of group […]

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