How Pattern Recognition Gives You an Edge

November 12, 2014 2:44 PM

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Apollo, favorite son of Zeus, was the Greek god of light and music. In Hellenistic times, Apollo became identified with Helios, god of the sun, who pulled the sun across the sky each day with his golden chariot. We can also credit Apollo with the philosophical concept of the golden mean, the call for moderation in all things. His golden light brightened the lives of all it touched.

Such mythical figures represent archetypes or universal patterns of human nature. Like humans, Greek gods and goddesses often had a balance of virtues and vices -- and in many cases, a double dose of talent was a double-edged sword. For example, Icarus, son of the master craftsman Daedalus, ignored ...

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