Monthly Archives: November 2013

The age of the unthinkable – Why the new world disorder constantly surprises us and what we can do about it?

The age of the unthinkable – Why the new world disorder constantly surprises us and what we can do about it? ~ Joshua Cooper Ramo Complex-systems scientists, when asked, “What’s a complex system?” usually just reply: “”Look out the window!” Clouds, mountains, rivers, the whole jumbled and surprising landscape of our world, are expressions of […]

Myth and Mythology

Myth and Mythology ~ From the book, “The Pagan Christ by Tom Harper” A myth is a religion in which no one any longer believes.~ James Feibleman Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting: The Soul that rises with us, our life’s Star, Hath had elsewhere its setting, And cometh from afar: Not […]

Battle fatigue

Battle Fatigue Americans have yet to engage in a serious or sustained public discussion of the Persian Gulf War of 1991, which was an unprecedented event in world history, a “deceptive war,” as the French sociologist Jean Baudrillard put it, in which “the enemy only appeared as a computerized target,” never face to face. Depicted […]

The Culture of Fear ~ Barry Glassner

The Culture of Fear ~ Barry Glassner   We had better learn to doubt our inflated fears before they destroy us. Valid fears have their place; they cue us to danger. False and over-drawn fears only cause hardships.   Panic driven public spending generates over the long term a pathology akin to one found in […]

Resilience

A first rate madness (Uncovering the link between leadership and mental illness) by Nassir Ghaemi Resilience isn’t something one is born with; it grows out of an interaction between factors that promote it ( like hyperthymic personality) and harmful life events – producing a good outcome in the end. In psychology research, two lines of […]

Depressive activism

A first rate madness (Uncovering the link between leadership and mental illness) by Nassir Ghaemi   Gandhi and Martin Luther King are bookends of depressive activism, the innovators of a new politics of radical empathy that didn’t exist before Gandhi and hasn’t persisted after King. Though their countries and the world remain deeply influenced by […]

The Culture of Fear

The Culture of Fear ~ Barry Glassner (Excerpt from the book) People react to fear, not love. They don’t teach that in Sunday school, but it’s true ~ Richard Nixon. “There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it,” said the ultimate master of terror, Alfred Hitchcock. Fear mongers regularly put […]