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Examples could be made and the idea could--and has been--written into an article.
Nobody knows what `happiness' means, but whatever it means Aristotle's `eudaimonia' is not it - I have done my best with `wellbeing', but Kay's `flourishing' will do.
As I read the book, I thought that there was just not enough material to fill a book and that the concepts could be presented better in an article.
John Kay lays out a convincing argument against aiming too directly at what we want to accomplish.
Thinking about happiness too much makes us unhappy. Read more
The Dickinson quotation suggests -- as does the subtitle of John Kay's book -- that there are situations in which goals are best achieved indirectly. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Robert Morris
Powerful and insightful, Kay uses (sometimes repetitive) business examples, but the principle of obliquity applies in almost every aspect of personal and public life. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Orson Scott Card
We live in a world where increasingly we believe that technology will answer our problems, and even our prayers. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Steven Unwin
the book was necessary for a school assignment, it is not the best book for a causal reading or homework. WARNING: many examples and many different ways to say the same thing.Published 8 months ago by wenderland
Readers of The Black Swan and Antifragile already know that the world is bigger than our brains. Kay's book gives a diverse group of examples in short, readable chapters, showing... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Richard Crowder
After reading Nate Silver's "The Signal and the Noise" and Daniel Kahneman's "Thinking Fast and Thinking Slow," John Kay's "Obliquity" is a requisite counterbalance. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Matzbravo
I thoroughly enjoyed reading John Kay's Obliquity and I think it deserves more attention. His basic idea is that complex goals are best achieved indirectly. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Grouchy Smurf