Stephen E. Morgan

Posts by Stephen E. Morgan


Recently I was attempting to help my six-year old assemble a puzzle. I suggested that he start with pieces that have smooth edges and work from the outside, in. As usual, he ignored me and promptly began force-fitting pieces into places where they were not going to fit without the help of a sharp instrument.

Our society takes a similar approach when it tackles complicated problems like the energy puzzle facing the nation. We start with our minds made up as to what the completed picture should look like and we coax and argue the pieces of the puzzle into place–usually with the same outcome as my son who, after repeated failed attempts to get a meaningful picture, gives up in frustration with a partially solved puzzle. Keep reading →