It has been a while since my last post… and in this case, the connection to watches doesn’t extend beyond anything I have said before. The topic of thinking itself, is something I haven’t previously addressed explicitly, though I have probably talked around it in several ways. So here’s a first attempt!
About a month ago, Erik Hoel wrote a post about how the decline in great minds has been caused by ‘aristocratic tutoring’ being replaced by ordinary education. This post tries to connect this idea with ‘geniuses’ in watchmaking, and what that means for the future of watchmaking innovation.
Saturday 26 March 2022 will, without a doubt, be a day to remember in the world of watch collecting. Seeing the queues forming outside Swatch stores all over the world makes you wish Sacha Baron Cohen or Michael Moore (@tamer_lens lol!) would produce a comedy about it someday. Anyway, this post is a discussion around the psychology behind the MoonSwatch release madness.
How does one connect Ukraine, watches, herd-mentality and even Palestine? Well, that’s essentially what I’ve done here. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, this is a topic that has overwhelmed every screen on earth for the last month, so I thought we could look into it a little more. The TLDR is this: When most people around you have a certain position, or believe one thing, then the cost of believing something else is extremely high.
One of life’s greatest ironies is how often we treat friends, co-workers and even strangers … better than we treat our own family. We often preserve the best of ourselves for those who mean the least… Surely, it ought to be the other way around?
I recently watched a TED Talk by Professor Jamil Zaki, a Stanford neuroscientist. Worth watching the talk, but I wanted to explore a few of the concepts he discussed. In particular he talked about the learnings from a study of two Brazilian fishing villages which I found particularly fascinating, and which I wanted to connect with watch collecting.