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Month: September 2019

The Thinking Ladder

This is Chapter 7 in a blog series. If you’re new to the series, visit the series home page for the full table of contents.


Part 3: Thinking, in 3D

“The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves and wise people so full of doubts.” – Bertrand Russell

Chapter 7: The Thinking Ladder

Why do we believe what we believe?

We’ve talked about a lot of ideas in this series so far, but a common theme that runs through most of them is human belief. Our beliefs make up our perception of reality, they drive our behavior, and they shape our life stories. History happened the way it did because of what people believed in the past, and what we believe today will write the story of our future.


The American Brain

This is Chapter 6 in a series. If you’re new to the series, visit the series home page for the full table of contents.


Chapter 6: The American Brain

In Chapter 5 we became acquainted with some new toys: the Idea Spectrum, the Thought Pile, and the Speech Curve. Now it’s time to play with them.

We finished the chapter with a paragraph full of questions:

How do millions of citizens, holding a wide range of views, often in furious conflict with each other, actually function as a single brain in practice? How does the brain form opinions? How does it learn new things? How does it make concrete decisions, and how does it change its mind?

The big U.S. brain thinks using the same system it employs to distribute resources and elect leaders: the Value Games.


Introducing the Anatomy of Action: A UNEP x UnSchool Collaboration to Activate Sustainable Lifestyles | by Leyla Acaroglu | Disruptive Design

But now, many of us humans are seeing the feedback loops from this by way of mounds of ocean plastic waste and air pollution, which is one of the world’s biggest killers. In fact, cities around the world regularly peak above the WHO safe living index, and recent studies have shown the link between air pollution and all sorts of cognitive issues like Alzheimer’s disease. And then there is the climate crisis, a massive, scary, overwhelming concept that is freaking many people out. So, what in all of this mess and chaos is one individual to do about this, when we are presented with so many issues in need of solutions like the 17 in the Sustainable Development Goals? How do we overcome the inertia felt by the magnitude of the issues at hand, when we see there are just so many things that need to be addressed and we are just individuals trying to live a good life?


¿Cuantos Empleos se Perderán por la Robotización?

En la Revolución Industrial pasamos de tener pequeños talleres empleando a 4 personas para fabricar unos metros de tela a pasar a fábricas de 50 personas produciendo cientos de metros de tela cada día.

Los artesanos desaparecieron, y el modelo productivo cambió. Pero no sin antes pasar por grandes convulsiones sociales. Sin embargo las ganancias para la sociedad fueron enormes. No sólo a nivel de empleo, sino de valor generado en mercancías, y precios mucho más accesibles para grandes capas de la población.

La robotización va a continuar le guste o no le guste a la gente. Es una fuerza evolutiva de la propia civilización. Protestar contra las máquinas por la pérdida de empleos es como protestar contra la lluvia porque cuando cae con fuerza puede matar personas.… Read more...