Most of you know Occam’s Razor:

The principle of parsimony or law of parsimony or the problem-solving principle that “entities should not be multiplied beyond necessity”,or “the simplest explanation is usually the best one.”. William of Ockham, a scholastic philosopher and theologian who used a preference for simplicity to defend the idea of divine miracles. This philosophical razor advocates that when presented with competing hypotheses about the same prediction, one should select the solution with the fewest assumptions, and that this is not meant to be a way of choosing between hypotheses that make different predictions.

Every single startup pitch…


I love science fiction — it’s amazing how prescient some authors actually are — I just completed reading a short story written in 1970 about a future society where the physical presence of other people is so despised that if any two people ever met each other face to face, they would physically assault each other, so they can only meet through “screens” — Zoom like. Sound familiar?

Individuals in this future are so emotionally jaded that for them to show any energy in their work, they hire people to verbally assault them through the “screens” until they can get…


Today we’re talking about mimetic theory. It’s an interesting philosophy that I only just came across. When I first heard the name, it had to do with memes because memes are powerful ways of communication nowadays. If you ask me so much, communication happens through memes that I almost think are more effective than real reporting when sharing the truth.

Girard’s Mimetic theory tells us that most people’s desires are driven by mimicry: we really have no free will, but we mimic everything around us. Makes some sense, no?

As tiny children, human beings learn by mimicry. The moment we…


Recently, the mask ban has been lifted in California for vaccinated people — yet still wherever you go and whoever you see — there is still a sizeable population still wearing masks. In addition, I still see a lot of people wearing masks where they don’t need to (inside stores and restaurants), walking out alone, and driving alone in their cars.

Now, no matter your stance on COVID and the vaccine, if you follow the guidance, you would mask up when the state told you to mask up and take off the mask when you are told that you no…


Recently, I had Jake Jorgovan of Lead Cookie and Content Allies on my show to discuss his business building framework. Jake is a serial entrepreneur who has built several businesses over time. I asked him on my show after sending a note to his newsletter subscribers, which piqued my curiosity.

As an innovation guy, I always think that new businesses and startups should pursue brand-new innovative products and services. Something unique and different that no one has seen before expands the set of things humans can do for each other. Decidedly not a copy of something already out there. …


Have you ever noticed that almost everything in our world ends up in two camps? Democrat or Republican, Liberal or Conservative, Jeep or Bronco, Black or White, Male or female?

For some reason, we tend to simplify things down to a binary choice — maybe it’s easier for our brains to process — instead of a plethora of choices, many of which may be closer to what we want, we end up with two choices, neither of which is what we want — so we settle for the lesser of two evils instead of, the greater of two goods.

Or…


Most of what you are reading on the internet, day in, day out, is a regurgitation of the past. There is “nothing new under the sun.”

Many content creators — no matter the content — will tell you that there are no “new” stories — there are no new concepts, that everything that is done has been done before. While I vehemently disagree with that — we have, in recent years — I feel — fallen back on nostalgia and mashups of nostalgia — looking to the past instead of the future for the content that we create.

Everything old…


Having a Tesla is all the rage around here — yes, I myself even put down a deposit on a Cybertruck — less for the fact that it’s electric and more for the fact that it looks great. If you ask me, most car manufacturers make extremely boring, same-old-same-old cars.

It’s the future; people make futuristic cars (and homes) already. I like the look of the Cybertruck first, but I am less happy about the motive power. What is my issue? It’s about responsibility.

With an internal combustion engine, the energy is generated right there in the car. We know…


Our world is rife with many examples of unintended consequences.

Is it really possible that most people don’t think about the far-reaching effects of their actions and only focus on the short-term benefits?

Not so surprising when you realize that very few individuals think or plan further than a few weeks or months out.

When was the last time you heard of a company actually think past the next quarter? One of the downsides of the current phase is that many folks look for the quick buck, that fast score, the innovation that can create a billion-dollar business overnight. …


There’s that famous saying again — when you are trying to start a new process, create a new product or service and are unsure of the reaction to that process, product or service, we look back at that phrase and use it to justify just barreling ahead with whatever we are planning to do — companies like Uber used this trick very effectively to power into their markets.

The rules were fuzzy on if they could operate in a market, so instead of working with cities to be approved to operate, they just went ahead and started operating. They too…

Chris Kalaboukis

the optimistic futurist™ http://hellofuture.co

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