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After spending 24 years in corporate America, the majority of it in the evidence based, hypothesis and scientific method biotech industry, I want to start with a disclaimer for this blog post. I have no intention of using well studied, scientifically controlled, or thoroughly vetted examination practices to make the claims and opinions in this blog. What you will find here are simply my opinions on a variety of topics. I do not proclaim that they are truth or even shared by the general public. This blog is as much an opportunity for me to document my thoughts for my own sake, as it is an open forum for you to comment on. You don't have to agree (and I would be disappointed if you did) with everything that I post. I am just an average guy, with a solid education, a good run in corporate America, that likes to compete in life. CrossFit allows me to do just that. And because many of my experiences in CrossFit mirrored the lessons I learned in the business world, I thought they were worth sharing.
Things in my professional life are very thoroughly explored before they are concluded as true or not. According to Wikipedia, the "scientific method" is essentially as follows:
Note that we make observations, formulate questions about what we observed, generate a hypothesis, test the hypothesis against our expectations, and finish by drawing conclusions. In this way we can formulate "truths" based on evidence.
Life on the other hand, doesn't always operate in this fashion. We learn through our experiences. There is no 'control arm' of a study to minimize confounding factors (variables that can be present when testing our beliefs that could 'taint' our results - our 'truths'). This is where life opens up the door for generalizations and ultimately even prejudices. Think about this for a moment. What if one morning you woke up, got dressed and walked out your front door. Suddenly a man in a bright orange beanie cap walks up to you and bonks you on the head with a hammer. "Shit that hurt!" you would think. "What an asshole. Why did he do that???" The next morning you wake up, get ready for work and walk outside your house and another man in a bright orange beanie cap walks up and bonks you on the head with a hammer. "WTF!" And the next day, same thing. And the next, and the next, so on and so on. And if every day that you walked out of your front door a man in a bright orange beanie cap walked up to you and bonked you on the head with hammer, it wouldn't take too long to realize that you either need to avoid men in bright orange beanie caps, or eventually, dislike all men with bright orange beanie caps. I would consider this conclusion reasonable and you could defend it by saying you have "learned" to dislike men in bright orange beanie caps. But is that fair? Have you considered all the other factors that are in play? Have you controlled against men in bright orange beanie caps in other countries? How about men in red beanie caps? What has happened, be it wrong or right, is you have created an opinion about men in bright orange beanie caps through your experiences that may or MAY NOT be right. And we live our lives this way.
I tell you that story to help clarify that this blog is merely a reflection of my opinions. My thoughts and comments have not been tested and may be completely different then what you, the reader, have experienced. And that's OK. As one of my old friends once told me, "that's why they make chocolate and vanilla"... so people can choose their own likes and dislikes using their own experiences and preferences. (BTW - chocolate is WAY better then vanilla).
So, I hope you enjoy some of my posts in this blog... and I hope you dislike some too. None of them will be evidence based conclusions, but I promise all of them will be genuine and authentic opinions of mine... and they will probably be presented as fact. Facts that I have 'learned'.