Clarity and Assumptions
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"We do not see things as they are – we see things as we are."

– Talmudic Proverbs


When I was in Grade 7, I built and launched a couple of UFOs – and quite by accident, I might add. I had been over on a Saturday to visit my friend, Lenny, who lived on a farm about three miles east across country. I had ridden my bike there and found him, as I usually did, puttering away in his father’s workshop.  Lenny was exceptionally bright and considered himself an inventor. He was forever reading magazines such as Popular Mechanics and coming up with novel ideas like the time he tried to build a perpetual motion machine in his basement.

On this particular day, he was assembling the components required to build a small hot air balloon. He showe...

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