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    • I don't believe that humans are bad or good. I think everyone is capable of both and it depends which parts of us are activated.

      I believe this is at the very core of the problem we are facing. Something Dr. Peter Whybrow has called out in his book The Well Tuned Brain. I love this quote below from his book. Really speaks well to the issue at hand. Technology has evolved to "activate" this "common behavioral root". Either we begin to realize this and build around it or continue to ride the slippery slope toward hyper mass consumerism.

      Clues may be found to an understanding of how the brains internal market is distorted by
      myopic preoccupation with the short term and by an obsession with continuous growth. In our contemporary experience I conclude that the 2008 financial crisis, the obesity
      epidemic, and environmental degradation have a common behavioral root that is fed by
      the enticements of affluence degrading the brains capacity for self regulation.

    • My favorite podcast episodes of 2018 is quite a bit sillier - I'd have to say it's the How Did This Get Made episode for GEOSTORM, taped on April 12, 2018. The podcast is co-hosted by the inimitable Jason Mantzoukas, June Diane Raphael, and Paul Scheer (photo below from this review of one of their live shows). GEOSTORM is a particularly fun flick starring Gerard Butler who's trying to save the world from a rogue weather satellite - and you'll find yourself laughing along with our hosts as they analyze the film.

    • If you look for when cellphones burst on the scene, you have to look at page 27 of the New York Times in the 70s when everyone was talking about Richard Nixon. Yet that little story on page 27 probably shaped more billions of lives.

      Dave Meslin says that apathy is often the result of obstacles and barriers to our understanding.

      I think part of the problem is having people who understand the value of big ideas and who can also communicate them in a non-technical way.

      Imagine if the 1972 story on the invention of cellphones had led with this:

      Star Trek Communicators may be in our Future with invention of “Cellphones”

      Beam me up, Scotty” is what I said into the new communication device from Bell Labs. A transporter beam did not appear, and I continued to remain Earthbound, but my message was communicated without phone lines to a communications lab several miles away. With no apparent delay, my message was received by Dr. Frans Schaupper and I received his “wireless” response that the transporter room was closed for routine maintenance.