background preloader


Facebook Twitter

Scientists say your “mind" isn’t confined to your brain, or even your body — Quartz. You might wonder, at some point today, what’s going on in another person’s mind.

Scientists say your “mind" isn’t confined to your brain, or even your body — Quartz

You may compliment someone’s great mind, or say they are out of their mind. You may even try to expand or free your own mind. But what is a mind? Defining the concept is a surprisingly slippery task. Commons e. The Science of “Enlivenment” and the Commons. One of the more provocative talks at the Economics and the Commons Conference last week was Andreas Weber’s critique of the “bio-economics” narrative that blends social Darwinism and free market economics.

The Science of “Enlivenment” and the Commons

Bioeconomics is the default worldview for contemporary economic thought, public policy and politics. The only problem is that, by the lights of the latest biological sciences, this narrative is wrong, seriously wrong. Worse, it is impeding the emergence of a more accurate account of natural systems and life itself. It is thwarting our ability to develop a new, more respectful relationship with nature. The Biology of Wonder. Quantum mechanics 101: Demystifying tough physics in 4 easy lessons. Ready to level up your working knowledge of quantum mechanics?

Quantum mechanics 101: Demystifying tough physics in 4 easy lessons

Check out these four TED-Ed Lessons written by Chad Orzel, Associate Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Union College and author of How to Teach Quantum Physics to Your Dog. 1. Particles and waves: The central mystery of quantum mechanics One of the most amazing facts in physics is that everything in the universe, from light to electrons to atoms, behaves like both a particle and a wave at the same time. But how did physicists arrive at this mind-boggling conclusion?

2. Small Arcs. System Innovation for Sustainability: Using Systems Thinking and Design Thinking. I recently attended a webinar on using systems thinking and design thinking conjointly to address sustainability challenges.

System Innovation for Sustainability: Using Systems Thinking and Design Thinking

The webinar was presented by Peter Coughlan of IDEO and Colleen Ponto of Seattle University. It was great to hear from these forefront thinkers/doers thoughts similar to mine on the potential of using systems thinking and design thinking conjointly. I also derived a lot of learning on how to communicate these ideas using simple language and examples. I am looking forward to seeing this thinking spread to a wider audience and used by policy makers (top-down actors) and innovators (bottom-up) alike, preferably in collaborative projects.

Inspired by this webinar, I explain my thoughts on conjoint use of systems thinking and design thinking that I’ve been mulling over for a while. 1. Sustainability is a system property. Figure 1. 2. Figure 2. The Most Intolerant Wins: The Dictatorship of the Small Minority. 4 Practical Philosophies That Will Empower You. Philosophy is a fascinating branch of wisdom.

4 Practical Philosophies That Will Empower You

However these esoteric ideas are sometimes difficult to translate into practical application. What are all of those thoughts, suppositions and theories actually good for? How can an understanding of philosophy ultimately help you lead a better life? Today I want to examine with you four philosophical ideas that have influenced my life in a very positive way. With the right twists I’ll be able to show you that they are indeed empowering. From relativity to quantum theory – our physical world explored through coffee. Why Americans Are the Weirdest People in the World. In the Summer of 1995, a young graduate student in anthropology at UCLA named Joe Henrich traveled to Peru to carry out some fieldwork among the Machiguenga, an indigenous people who live north of Machu Picchu in the Amazon basin.

Why Americans Are the Weirdest People in the World

The Machiguenga had traditionally been horticulturalists who lived in single-family, thatch-roofed houses in small hamlets composed of clusters of extended families. For sustenance, they relied on local game and produce from small-scale farming. They shared with their kin but rarely traded with outside groups. While the setting was fairly typical for an anthropologist, Henrich’s research was not. Rhetorics and Hermeneutics: Wilhelm Wuellner and His Influence. NOT KNOWING – How to explore the power of “holding” a question? – DIAMOND LEADERSHIP. I would like you to share my experience about the difference between knowing and answering a question, and not-knowing and holding a question.

NOT KNOWING – How to explore the power of “holding” a question? – DIAMOND LEADERSHIP

The difference between this two is very important, powerful and ads value in the creation processes. People In their personal lives and especially people that manage and lead other people often have difficulty with not knowing the answer to something. My life shows me that there are 2 main obstacles we face when we deal with the unknown. First is the powerful believe present in our western culture that if we don’t know or solve the question/issue, we are stupid, inadequate, not good enough etc. What Is Character? Debunking the Myth of Fixed Personality. We’ve previously explored what it means to be human and what defines a “person.”

What Is Character? Debunking the Myth of Fixed Personality

Much of our understanding of personhood hinges on what we call “character” — but what, exactly, is it? Here is an omnibus of definitions and insights from notable cross-disciplinary thinkers, from philosophy to neuroscience to literature, underpinning which is a shared sentiment that “character” is fluid and responsive to context, rather than a static and unflinching set of traits. Philip K. Dick, from The Selected Letters of Philip K. Quantum physics has just been found hiding in one of the most important mathematical models of all time. The Four Qualities of Love. The teachings on love given by the Buddha are clear, scientific, and applicable… Love, compassion, joy, and equanimity are the very nature of an enlightened person.

The Four Qualities of Love

They are the four aspects of true love within ourselves and within everyone and everything. – Thich Nhat Hahn Happiness is only possible with true love. Forget mindfulness, stop trying to find yourself and start faking it. People are often surprised to learn that Confucius, Mencius, Laozi and other classical Chinese philosophers weren’t rigid traditionalists who taught that our highest good comes from confining ourselves to social roles.

Forget mindfulness, stop trying to find yourself and start faking it

Nor were they placid wise men preaching harmonious coexistence with the natural world. Feminist Theory Workshop Keynote - Karen Barad. Interviewed: David Bollier on Patterns of Commoning. The Commons Strategies Group (Michel Bauwens, Silke Helfrich and David Bollier) Please share with Shareable. DONATE today to support our ad-free coverage of the real sharing economy David Bollier is a policy strategist, activist, and a leading voice in the commons movement.

In a new book, Bollier and commons activist Silke Helfrich, both members of the Commons Strategies Group, collaborated to underscore the fact that commons are not things, resources or goods; they are social structures, processes and patterns. The second book in a planned trilogy, Patterns of Commoning is a collection of more than 50 essays written by activists, academics, and commons project leaders from 20 countries. Reality doesn’t exist until we measure it, quantum experiment confirms. Australian scientists have recreated a famous experiment and confirmed quantum physics's bizarre predictions about the nature of reality, by proving that reality doesn't actually exist until we measure it - at least, not on the very small scale. That all sounds a little mind-meltingly complex, but the experiment poses a pretty simple question: if you have an object that can either act like a particle or a wave, at what point does that object 'decide'?

Our general logic would assume that the object is either wave-like or particle-like by its very nature, and our measurements will have nothing to do with the answer. But quantum theory predicts that the result all depends on how the object is measured at the end of its journey. And that's exactly what a team from the Australian National University has now found. The Skills and Approaches of Multisolvers: Our Research Agenda at COP-21. What is the secret ingredient behind some of the most innovative and promising approaches to climate change, approaches that protect the climate for the long term while increasing health, well-being and equity today? We think it’s a particular type of leader – one who is able to implement solutions that solve multiple problems for the same investment of time and money, and I am off to Paris and COP-21 to test and refine our thinking.

COP-21 provides a focusing point for tens of thousands of change agents from around the world. Within the official venue – as well as at hundreds of events outside of it – these thinkers and doers are gathering to share their work with one another. Among these thousands of people, we know that there are very many multisolvers: We love tracking and sharing these examples, and expect to bring many more back from Paris. We Need Both Networks and Communities. If you want to understand the difference between a network and a community, ask your Facebook friends to help paint your house. Social media certainly connects us to whoever is on the other end of the line, and so extends our social networks in amazing ways.

But this can come at the expense of deeper personal relationships. When it feels like we’re up-to-date on our friends’ lives through Facebook or Instagram, we may become less likely to call them, much less meet up. Networks connect; communities care. The Cambridge Handbook of Personal Relationships. The Social Poetics of Relationally Engaged Research. … it is the poet who plays with language, with interpretation, with imagery. Deep listening (dadirri) Deep listening explained. Enlivenment: Towards a fundamental shift in the concepts of nature, culture and politics - Commons Transition Wiki. The Para-Ethnographic Trajectories Of Professional Ethnography. By Michael G. Get Out of Your Own Light: Aldous Huxley on Who We Are, the Trap of Language, and the Necessity of Mind-Body Education. Plato’s Allegory of the Cave - Alex Gendler.

Helder Guimarães: A magical search for a coincidence. Indigenous Knowledge Systems / Alaska Native Ways of Knowing. Kanyini with Tjilpi Bob Randall (Uncle Bob) - HD Quailty.


Varieties of Scientific Experience: Carl Sagan, Who Died on This Day in 1996, on Science and God. Physics. The Politics of Ontology. Much energy has been devoted over the last decade to the so-called ontological turn in the social sciences, and in anthropology in particular.