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Smile or Die [ RSA Animate : Barbara Ehrenreich ]

Smile or Die [ RSA Animate : Barbara Ehrenreich ]

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“Positive Attitude” Bullshit: On the dangers of “radical self-love” – Posse. There is an endless supply of people who are ready and willing to inform us about what we are doing wrong, and how we can alter our behaviour so we can get ahead and inject magic and happiness into our lives. Between modern day guru Gala Darling who believes “positive thoughts generate positive realities,” and you can “manifest” your own destiny, to capitalist public thinkers such as Oprah Winfrey telling us positive thinking can help us obtain “the sweet life,” it is easy to get misled into a muddle of mistruths. A recent blog by Gala is entitled “Happiness is simple: why too many choices make us miserable and 5 ways to improve your life!” Yeah? Nah.

Willard van Orman Quine 1. Quine’s life and work 1908: born, Akron, Ohio, on June 25th. 1926–30: attended Oberlin College, Ohio; B.A, major in Mathematics with honors reading in mathematical philosophy. 1930–32: attended Harvard University; Ph.D. in Philosophy, dissertation on Whitehead and Russell’s Principia Mathematica. 1932–33: held a Sheldon Traveling Fellowship and visited (most notably) Vienna, Warsaw, and Prague (where Carnap was then teaching). 1933–36: a Junior Fellow in Harvard’s newly-formed Society of Fellows; worked chiefly on logic and set theory. 1934: published A System of Logistic, a revised version of his dissertation. 1936–78: held teaching positions at Harvard, first as Faculty Instructor, then as Associate Professor (1941) and then as Professor (1948). 1940: published Mathematical Logic. 1942–45: U.S. (Note: for the sake of brevity only Quine’s most notable publications in philosophy are listed.) 2. Quine’s Naturalism and its Implications

Homeless have no hope as city prospers A homeless person lies bundled on a park bench in the Fitzroy Gardens, East Melbourne, as a freezing fog began to lift. Photo: John Donegan Twenty-five years ago we hoped we'd end homelessness by now. Yet today we appear overwhelmed by the task, poleaxed by setbacks and enervation. Welfare services around the nation are overloaded and threadbare. Optimism It's happened to me many times; maybe it's happened to you. I'll be walking down the street, deep in thought, brow furrowed, lips pressed together as I mentally project myself into the future: How will I handle that meeting next week? What do I need to do to make sure tomorrow's dinner party goes smoothly? Will the project I'm about to turn in be received well, or should I take another crack at it?

Sketchnotes of Ezio Manzini at School of the Art Institute of Chicago This past Monday evening, on an unseasonably warm night in Chicago, sustainability expert Ezio Manzini gave a thought-provoking lecture at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Mr Manzini is a Professor of Industrial Design at Politecnico Milano, and is a renowned expert in the application of strategic design for sustainability. His perspectives on systems and service design relate nicely to his core message of sustainability, yielding a compelling framework for a vision of the future city.

Why Does Pessimism Sound So Smart? "For reasons I have never understood, people like to hear that the world is going to hell," historian Deirdre N. McCloskey told the New York Times this week. It's hard to argue. Alec Hartman — Startups, Get Organized I work with a lot of startups - and its usually my job make their technology awesome. However, lately I’ve taken on another role as well - I’ve been helping my portfolio companies get focused. All startups want to change the world - but its important for them to realize HOW they’re changing it, and WHO they’re changing it for. TechStars taught me how to approach this in an organized way and I love Nicole for this! So, for my founder friends, here is some homework (send it to me and I’ll be happy to give you some feedback!)… answer the following:

Dark side of the boom: Half of Sydney says housing is 'not at all' affordable Younger respondents were more pessimistic about the cost of housing in Sydney. Photo: Supplied Sydney's anxiety about soaring property prices has been exposed with the proportion rating the city's housing as "not at all affordable" double the national average. Fresh evidence of the city's disquiet over the cost of housing comes as the share of first home borrowers in NSW slumped to the second-lowest mark on record – just 6.5 per cent.

"With generalization of mandatory positive thinking people who raise problems will be shut-up or fired" Barbara Ehrenreich by nicoxbus Oct 19

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