Jun 202012
 

Some excellent posts on Google+ from +Eli Fennell and +Christian Schlobach are very insightful and in itself a nice showcase of a “Long conversation” on Google+. Even including the different approaches of referencing and sharing!

Funny enough, this conversation immediately reminded me of Sherry Turkle. I read her books “The Second Self” (1984) and “Life on the Screen” (1995) when they got published decades ago.
http://www.mit.edu/~sturkle/

Just discovered her newest book “Alone Together” (2011) which is about … social networks.
http://alonetogetherbook.com/

I do not see her on Google+ – yet?! I would much more like to circle her than+George Takei 😉

[Originally posted on Google+]

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Jun 132011
 

I inspire myself with this book. I especially value this book as I see it revealing the concepts, simple guidelines and (in itself) example of a language (be it Percept, Green Speak, E-in-Sich-T or other) for individuation and making it available to a large audience.

I see the style as a merging of autobiography (family background), fiction (“written as a conversation”) and knowledge. I feel comfortable with this approach having enjoyed myself with authors such as Richard Bach, James Redfield, Robert Pirsig and Neale Donald Walsch.
I hear Jake explaining
– how human society nowadays needs to grow to overcome the obstacles we created
– how this can be achieved by personal growth from a ego-centric, ethno-centric to a world-centric perspective
– and how a a specific way of using language can help us individuate on this path
By the world-centric view I connect Jake with other authors sharing a similar viewpoint (though eluding completely different knowledge) e.g. Bruce H Lipton and Gunter Dueck.
I interpret Green Psychology and Green Speak as Jake’s individuation of what John & Joyce Weir originally developed.
I read somebody writing that John Weir would have said of this work: “He’s doing himself. He’s doing the best he can with what he’s got. That’s all he can do.” And I fully agree! This is exactly how I experience and rate this book: he did the best he could – profound, honest and individuated.
I thank Jake for this book.

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Apr 202008
 

Derren Brown is known for his stage performances and television programs Derren Brown: Mind ControlTrick of the Mind and Trick or Treat. He introduced the Trick of the Mind programmes stating that it is a combination of Magic, Suggestion, Psychology, Misdirection and Showmanship”. He considers it best described as mentalism.

Some of his performances such as Russian Roulette, The Heist or a reenactment of the Milgram Experiment have caused quite a bit of controversy in Britain.

In the book he provides a glimpse into the kind of skills he uses in his show: magic tricks, memorizing, hypnosis, NLP, cold reading and so on. He spices it up with anecdotes of his life which provide good insight into his sceptical view especially about the esoteric industry and any kind of “true believers” including his personal experience with Christianity.

He references Richard Dawkins a few times and especially the first chapter leaves the impression that he is an outspoken atheist. Beyond all the showmanship his shows provide an insight how much our mind can be manipulated or misguided which may help the audience to be less manipulated by others in everyday’s life.

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Nov 122007
 

Jean Liedloff writes about her experiences while living with Yequanas, native Indians in the South American jungle. She notices the differences in parenting and upbringing to our civilized culture as well as the apparently innate socialty in all members – lack of competition, lack of fighting, happyness, no hyperactive children, etc.

She concludes that this must be the result of their upbringing which she describes in detail. Essentially the development of a child happens in a continuum. Evolution leaves its imprint on experiences or kind of experiences expected in the development. If these expected experiences are not met, deprivation occurs. For example, direct and constant contact with its parents is cruical right after birth (bonding) and for as long as the baby feels need to.

Liedloff also muses how the inadequate upbringing in our civilized cultures are linked to many “problems” – for example never fulfilled longings, drug addiction and even homosexuality. Many of these conclusions should be dealt with a critical view. To me some of them make immediate sense, some are worth to be more closely examined and some are plainly wrong – especially the one about homosexuality.

The book was first published in 1975. I read it about fifteen years ago and read it again now. It has still not lost its relevance. Parents who have adapted the continuum concept confirm this online in book reviews and experience reports.

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Aug 152007
 

What would you expect from this book’s title? A novel? Some kind of self-development guide? I was definitely misguided – and amazingly surprised.
What would you expect from this book’s title? A novel? Some kind of self-development guide? I was definitely misguided – and amazingly surprised.

Daniel Gilbert is a Harvard psychologist and writes about what conclusions we can draw about our imagination of happyness and how to find it from scientific research in psychology, cognitive science, behavioural economics and philosophy. Wrapped up in brilliant, witty writing, using laymen terms and excellently structured.

I had lots of fun to read, learned a lot – and have to read it again and more.

There is a video of Daniel Gilbert presentation “Why are we happy? Why aren’t we happy?” at the TED Conference in 2004.

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Aug 112007
 

“The Tipping Point” is about how ideas, products or viewpoints suddenly become popular and cultures can change very quickly. Malcolm Gladwell compares these processes to epidemics and discusses the relevant factors for them to spread. Among others he identifies three relevant roles that participate in the process: mavens, connectors and salesmen.

The book is an easy read and the examples very enlightening – stickyness of Sesame Street or the drop in crime rate in New York.

I expect the whole topic is most popular in marketing and sell new products. Though it is much more important to leverage this kind of insights for spreading wisdom among people. I see a lot of potentials when these concepts are applied to nowawadays communication infrastructure. For example, to identify, facilitate and leverage the three mentioned roles in social networking systems.

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