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Jeremy Rifkin on "the empathic civilization"

Jeremy Rifkin on "the empathic civilization"

The Empathic Civilization | Jeremy Rifkin Six Steps to Meditation This meditation lasts 15 to 20 minutes. It is a meditation of SIX steps. Each step will take roughly two and half to about three minutes. I will first explain to you all the steps and then you can start. The FIRST is the step of rhythmic breathing. The SECOND is the step of detached observation. Then we come to the THIRD step. Then we come to the FOURTH step. The FIFTH is meditation on your immortality. And now we come to the FINAL, the last, the SIXTH step. And now if you are ready, we shall begin with the meditation. The FIRST step, the step of rhythmic breathing. Now we come to the SECOND step; it is the step of detached observation. We move to the THIRD step. We now come to the FOURTH step: It is the step of realizing the oneness with all that is; all human beings, all creatures, all birds, all animals, fish and foul, insects, even mosquitoes, all trees and shrubs and plants. And now we come to the FIFTH step. By GOD’S grace, our period of silence is over.

Pop-up Book by Benjamin Lacombe Une belle vidéo promotionnelle pour le prochain livre en « pop-up », de l’illustrateur Benjamin Lacombe. Une histoire sous la forme de 8 contes classiques évoqués par une double-page, dans un livre associant technique et artistique. A découvrir en vidéo dans la suite. Dans le même esprit : Popup by Marion Bataille The Empathic Civilization: The Race to Global Consciousness in a World in Crisis by Jeremy Rifkin | Book review Whoever hacked into the emails at the University of East Anglia fired the opening salvo in a new kind of dirty war. The Copenhagen conference met on the basis that dealing with global warming was in everyone's interest. The idea that nearly 200 countries could reach meaningful decisions was always unreal, but the meeting's collapse reflected a more fundamental reality. Environmentalists have always assumed that the threat of disaster will bring about an era of global cooperation. "Climategate" was an exercise in postmodern cyber-warfare – a move in a larger conflict that environmentalists show little sign of understanding. The catch-22 is that, as civilisation has extended the reach of empathy beyond the family and the tribe until it covers all of humankind, the expanding infrastructure of industry and transport has needed ever larger inputs of energy, increasing entropy and wrecking the planet. How can this deadly collision be averted? It is hardly a new story.

Read These Seven Books, and You’ll be a Better Writer Donald Miller I used to play golf but I wasn’t very good. I rented a DVD, though, that taught me a better way to swing, and after watching it a few times and spending an hour or so practicing, I knocked ten strokes off my game. • The War of Art by Steven Pressfield: This book is aimed at writers, but it’s also applicable to anybody who does creative work. Pressfield leaves out all the mushy romantic talk about the writing life, talk I don’t find helpful. • On Writing Well by William Zinsser: Zinsser may be the best practical writing coach out there. • Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott: Before becoming a literary superstar, Anne Lamott taught writing, and Bird by Bird is the best of her advice, broken up into chapters. Save the Cat by Blake Snyder: Snyder’s book is specifically for screenwriters, and yet I recommend the book for writers of any kind, and teachers and preachers as well. Plot and Structure by James Scott Bell: On Writing, by Stephen King: Zen in the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury:

Daniel Åberg » Eh. Vart tog Storytel vägen då? Något säger mig att de är rätt upprörda på Storytel i dag. DN toppar sin kulturdel i papperstidningen i dag med att nu ska det minsann startas en ljudbokssajt på nätet, vars målgrupp är de unga, som är vana med Spotify. Bonniersatsningen, kallad Laudio, utmålas som något nytt i Sverige, i en kort passus nämns visserligen att “ljudbokssajter finns redan, men Laudios ambition är att så småningom ha alla inlästa svenska titlar i katalogen”. Nu vid lanseringen består katalogen av 900 titlar. Modellen de valt torde vara inspirerad av amerikanska Audible, mot en fast avgift får man som medlem ladda ner en eller två ljudböcker per månad, samt köpa utöver det till lite rabatterat pris. Gott så. Men. Hur DN kan publicera en artikel om en sådan här satsning, och endast i förbigående skriva att det finns andra sajter som gör något liknande, övergår mitt förstånd. Skärpning DN.

Dictionary Evangelist Rödgröna vill riva upp FRA-lagen När Socialdemokraterna, Vänsterpartiet och Miljöpartiet presenterade sitt gemensamma valanifest upprepades återigen kravet på att FRA-lagen ska rivas upp. ”Gör om, gör rätt”, har varit oppositionens budskap ända sedan lagen röstades igenom 2008. På pappret har partierna alltså drivit samma linje, men meningarna har tidigare gått isär om när lagen ska rivas upp. I april sa flera S-ledamöter till TT att det inte går att riva upp lagen utan att den först ersätts med en ny. Därmed skulle signalspaningen i kabel kunna fortsätta i flera år i väntan på utredning och beslut i riksdagen. Samtidigt krävde V och MP ett omedelbart upphävande av lagen vid en valseger. Men inför valet har nu S backat. – Vi är helt överens. I sitt valmanifest skriver de rödgröna att de vill stärka den personliga integriteten. Trots det finns det fortfarande en rad integritetsfrågor som splittrar de rödgröna. Men lika kategorisk som Bodström är, lika kategoriska är MP och V i sitt motstånd.

Phonics The goal of phonics is to enable beginning readers to decode new written words by sounding them out, or in phonics terms, blending the sound-spelling patterns. Since it focuses on the spoken and written units within words, phonics is a sublexical approach and, as a result, is often contrasted with whole language, a word-level-up philosophy for teaching reading (see History and controversy below). Another sublexical approach is "pronunciation guide"—printing a word's phonetic transcription (or respelling) directly above that word, as a pronunciation guide to help the student pronounce the word. Reading education for languages with complex orthography such as Chinese uses the pronunciation-guide approach (see Pinyin), and an implementation for English reading education is now available called Phonetically Intuitive English. Since the turn of the 20th century phonics has been widely used in primary education and in teaching literacy throughout the English-speaking world. Lexical reading

100k e-readers sold in the Netherlands in the last 12 months September 15th, 2010 by Nate Hoffelder · 1 Comment · ebookstore news are about to celebrate the 1st anniversary of their ebookstore, and they are surprised at how fast it has grown. Ebooks now make up 5% of their total book sales. “We estimate in the last 12 months 100,000 ereaders were sold in the Netherlands. Lewiswire via Tags: 100k·12·ereaders·months·netherlands·sold

Learning English pronunciation | © Tomasz P. Szynalski, Why should you study English pronunciation? Test your English pronunciation: Can you pronounce basic English words correctly? How to learn English pronunciation Learn to recognize all the sounds of English. Learn more What is good English pronunciation? Blio to Revolutionize Digital Reading Experience, Launches September 28 WELLSELEY HILLS, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--K-NFB Reading Technology, creator and developer of Blio, today announced that the world’s most advanced, flexible and engaging e-reader application, will be available for download beginning September 28 at Blio, which is free to download, will be available immediately for all Windows-based devices, with applications for iOS and Android operating systems following soon after. In the coming months, Blio will be rolled out worldwide through device manufacturers, retailers, mobile carriers and educational institutions, and supported by fully-customized digital media storefronts. The first of these partnerships will be announced in the next few weeks. “We are bringing exciting new digital content to market and translating entire categories of content into full-color, interactive reading experiences” Blio promises to revolutionize the digital reading experience with full-color, interactive and immersive content. Baker & Taylor, Inc.

Controlling a PC, Straight from an iPad Splashtop Remote is an iPad app that pairs with a free Windows application to display your PC screen on your iPad If you’ve got an iPad kicking around your home or office, and you own a Windows laptop or desktop machine, you’ve probably already experienced the frustration of not being able to do something on the iPad that’s easy on the PC. Watching a non-YouTube video, playing a game that’s not on the iPad, editing Microsoft Office documents – wouldn’t it be great if you could run your PC from your iPad whenever you hit an Apple roadblock? You can, for $6.99. Splashtop Remote is an iPad app that pairs with a free Windows application to display your PC screen on your iPad, provided both are on the same wireless network. All you need to do is buy the Splashtop Remote app from Apple’s iTunes Store, and download the small 10-megabyte Splashtop Remote application for your PC. I’ve been using Splashtop Remote to play my PC’s iTunes music and video collection.