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CelebrityTypes -- Feeling as a Rational Function
'Within the field of Jungian typology, Feeling is a rational function alongside Thinking, indeed it is just as rational as Thinking. Thinking and Feeling, be they extroverted or introverted, are rational functions because they judge and review information and come to a decision on how to make sense of the information. -- However, the way Thinking and Feeling make decisions based upon the information is different. Thinking tends to make decisions or render judgment based on the impersonal, factual, and logical aspects of the information. Feeling tends to make decisions and render judgment based upon the personal, agreeable, and ideal aspects of the information, as well as the needs of the people who are involved in the situation. -- Both functions are rational in the sense that they prioritize the information picked up by the Sensation and Intuitive functions and they structure that information into a judgment. While today we are very much accustomed to breaking things down into arguments and counterarguments, a substantial part of our cognition as human beings is nevertheless susceptible to appeals that come via our sympathies, or that come from someone who cuts an agreeable figure in our eyes. An appeal that engages our emotional side allows us not merely to identify the speaker’s point of view and weigh it according to his arguments, but to identify with the speaker’s point of view and to become him for a minute or two. -- In this state we will feel what the other party feels. Once we are sympathetic to the other party, we are no longer dealing with the abstractions of logic where we might as well break one egg as we may break another. The internal world of the other party is now palpable and present. The values, beliefs, and understandings of the other, once we have felt them as our own, will allow us to judge and review that information, just like we could with Thinking. But by judging it with Feeling, we will evaluate the message differently than if we had merely seen his situation in terms of arguments and counterarguments. And by judging it with Feeling we will be prompted to make a different decision than we would if we had reviewed the same information with Thinking. -- In this way, Jung follows in the footsteps of Aristotle. To Aristotle, both Thinking and Feeling appeals have reasoning behind them, but one type of appeal will often have a greater effect on an individual than the other. Jung essentially followed Aristotle in his exploration of the difference between Thinking and Feeling. Jung also arrived at the conclusion that both sides have valid underpinnings to their conclusions, just different considerations, and that people are naturally disposed to consider one side to carry more weight than the other.' -- Part of the crew, part of the ship.
psychology  personality  rhetoric 
10 hours ago
CelebrityTypes -- Adler’s Contributions to Psychology
'The only idea commonly associated with Adler’s name today is that of the superiority complex, and most people, including professional psychologists, even misunderstand that. They tend to think that the superiority complex has to do with wanting to be some sort of Nietzschean or Ayn Randian Superman, and this misinterpretation in turn has led many people to regard Adler as some kind of NTJ type. Yet in Adler’s psychology, the superiority complex is actually a psychological defense against deep-seated feelings of inferiority. According to Adler, the Randian Supermen are only being uptight and haughty because they secretly fear that they are unlovable and that they do not belong in the world. According to Adler, these people need a kiss and a hug and to be empathically seen for what they really are. Only then will they be able to relax and to be what they truly are in this life. Then they can sit on the rose bush of life and bloom according to their true nature, rather than compulsively needing to be the biggest bloom on the bush. This is the true meaning behind Adler’s idea of the superiority complex and it accurately foreshadows the findings of modern psychology when it comes to the notion of the narcissistic personality. -- Below is a list of psychological contributions that originated with Adler, but which are rarely acknowledged as Adler’s ideas. Many of these ideas are commonly thought to have originated with Jung: #Patient and therapist should face each other (rather than face away from each other, as dictated by Freud) #The idea that the personality yearns towards integration and wholeness #The idea that the personality strives towards individuation in balance with society (rather than at the cost of society as with the Nietzschean superman)'
history  psychotherapy  psychology  shame  narcissism  solipsism  unwarrantedselfimportance 
11 hours ago
CelebrityTypes -- The Qualities of Sensing and Intuition
'...where the Sensers are the masters of action, the Intuitives tend to be at home in the domain of abstract thinking. This divide has led to a kind of thinly veiled elitism amongst the Intuitives who perceive themselves as more profound than the Sensing types as well as completely unfettered and without any real constraints to their ideas. When Intuitives are out there selling instruments like the MBTI to a Sensing audience, the Intuitives tell the Sensers that they are much more in touch with their five senses, but when the Intuitives converse in a all-Intuitive setting, they perceive Sensers as limited beings, wholly unable to reason in the abstract domain. -- IF the Intuitives could actually manage to implement ideas from their abstract thoughts into their daily lives, then their elitism might actually be justified. But this is where the weakness of Intuitives becomes apparent. -- Because he gets caught up in his abstract ideas and internal world of reflection, the Intuitive forgets about what is real. Theoretical analysis is engaged in not because it is necessary, but because it is entertaining. Introspective psychological insights of an uncomfortable nature (those that are the prerequisite for real growth and maturation) may come quicker to Intuitive types than they do to the Sensing types, but being endowed with their over-active capacity for reflection, Intuitives will quickly and painlessly spin out new alternative theories on the matter that effectively drown out the inconvenient truth. -- Another thing about Intuition: Intuitive types are abstract in their reasoning, but a capacity for abstract thinking is by no means the same as a capacity for logical thinking.'
psychology  personality  archetypes 
12 hours ago
CelebrityTypes -- On the Bias against Sensation
'What appears to have happened was that: (1) “Intuition” was a misnomer from the start – it should more properly have been called “introspection,” “reflection,” “association,” or some-such. Because of this misnomer, it has been very easy for people to think that anything having to do with creative imagination and so on pertains to the domain of intuition. As Jung’s associate, Jolande Jacobi, has reported, Jung explicitly rejected the notion that fantasy and creativity was limited to the intuitive types. Likewise, “sensation” is also a crude misnomer, reducing the mental activity of the S types to the mindless and automatic functioning of the five senses. -- ...what happens on this site is that we attempt to avoid these biases against S types and go back to the original definitions of S and N, respectively. To give an example, if a person is a unitary personality, patiently dwelling on the facts, perfecting and paying attention to every logical outgrowth that follows directly from the facts, then that person is quite likely to be characterized by introverted sensation, and conversely, if a person has a ‘wild’ intellect that refuses to stay in harness, going ’round and ’round in pursuit of inspiration, and often contradicting himself along the way, then he is more likely to be characterized by introverted intuition. A comparison of Freud (ISTJ) with Nietzsche (INTJ) seems obvious here.'
psychology  personality  archetypes 
12 hours ago
CelebrityTypes -- The quick and dirty guide to determining function axes
'If a person has an Fe/Ti axis, then, all other things being equal, he will tend to see all men as being essentially “cut from the same cloth” (Fe), while all observations pertaining to Thinking will unconsciously be seen as universally accessible, regardless of who made them (Ti). -- To give an example of what we mean, take the following characterization of the philosopher Immanuel Kant: "Kant … was much bothered by the common opinion that philosophy is only for the few … because of this opinion’s moral implications." -- By contrast, if a person has a Te/Fi axis, that person will be more inclined to view each person as unique, different and very much his own person (Fi). And with this differentiation – all men being decidedly NOT cut from the same cloth – a hierarchization of people is implied (Te). Ironically, I-FPs will often vehemently deny that they subscribe to any such worldview featuring a hierarchy of people and may even denounce such views as unethical. But they are really no different from the other Te/Fi types: It is merely their own inferior Te which they are denouncing. -- You don’t believe there’s a difference between people? Really? Then how come you’re the one up on the stage with 40,000 people down there adulating you? -- “But couldn’t this also be said of Fe/Ti artists? Are they not also up on the stage?” Yes, but the point is that as a rule, the Fe/Ti artists will not pretend that everyone is equal on the emergent level. Everyone was cut from the same cloth in the beginning and then people have differentiated themselves from there.'
INTP  philosophy  psychology  personality  narcissism  hierarchy  unwarrantedselfimportance  solipsism 
14 hours ago
Forbes -- From Tinder Bots To 'Cuban Twitter', Welcome To 'Cognitive Hacking'
'“Cognitive hacking is different from social engineering, where it’s just one person trying to deceive another person,” says Tim Hwang who recently organized a conference at Stanford on Cognitive Security and Artificial Intelligence. “This is spheres beyond that, trying to influence all their friends so they believe it too and often involves the use of artificial intelligence and social networks to widen the scope of what can be accomplished.” -- Monroy-Hernández thinks these information manipulation campaigns will eventually move offline. Using Task Rabbit for example — a start-up where people will do tasks that you ask of them — you could ask 300 people to show up in front of City Hall with signs. “There’s the possible use or misuse of these tools for creating a false sense of support for an issue,” he says. “How are these things going to evolve?”'
internet  herd  groupthink  goodthink  consensusreality  realityprogramming  puppetry  dumbmobs  standalonecomplex 
2 days ago
The Onion -- FBI Uncovers Al-Qaeda Plot To Just Sit Back And Enjoy Collapse Of United States
'“We have intercepted electronic communication indicating that al-Qaeda members are actively plotting to stay out of the way while America as we know it gradually crumbles under the weight of its own self-inflicted debt and disrepair,” FBI Deputy Director Mark F. Giuliano told the assembled press corps. “If this plan succeeds, it will leave behind a nation with a completely dysfunctional economy, collapsing infrastructure, and a catastrophic health crisis afflicting millions across the nation. We want to emphasize that this danger is very real.”'
TheOnion  america  terrorism!  collapse  satire 
5 days ago
Leavey School of Business -- Real Estate and Recession A Peak in Land Values Can Predict the Next Downturn
'A variety of factors drive the overall real estate boom, including low interest rates, a limited supply of land, and the “humongous” public subsidy in the form of taxpayer-supported infrastructure and tax breaks for homeowners, Foldvary argues. -- Through all this, however, it is the price of land that’s going up, not the buildings, and the continued increase in prices can be maintained only if there is a belief that it will continue. -- Of course, Foldvary writes, it always runs into a reality check. “Mortgages are paid from wages and profits, so eventually real estate prices stop rising.” When that happens, sales volume drops, new construction is dampened, the demand for furniture, appliances and office equipment goes down, unemployment and interest rates rise, and a recession is around the corner. -- In the current situation it’s apt to be a nasty one, he predicts, because the growth in secondary loan markets made the boom bigger than usual, so the downturn is apt to be correspondingly more severe. -- While he expects the recession to play itself out in the absence of bad policy decisions, Foldvary doesn’t expect policymakers to learn much from it. “One thing I can predict with absolute confidence,” he writes, “is that government chiefs and even most economists will not learn the right lessons from the collapse, and history will repeat itself as it always has.” -- What are the right lessons? Foldvary says many are contained in the work of the 19th century author Henry George, who wrote a book, Progress and Poverty, that called for a single tax on land. While that may be too simple, Foldvary says a higher tax on land would have the benefit of dampening fluctuations in the real estate cycle and creating less of a boom-and-bust situation. -- But given the lobbying power of the real estate industry and the voting power of mortgage-deducting homeowners, is there any chance of that happening? -- “No,” Foldvary says. “Zero.”'
economics  geoism  land  rentseeking  landcycle  businesscycle  FredFoldvary 
5 days ago
The Progress Report -- Political Origin of Banking Crises and Scarce Credit
'Ed. Notes: Economists shy away from politics because the powerful, who get their riches from ownership, can make life difficult for anyone who wants to study who does the work and who gets the rewards in a rigorous, scientific way. The whole raison d’etre of government throughout history has been to funnel wealth from workers to owners. Indeed, up until relatively recently, landowners were the government, and still are indirectly (more direct in England where they still have a House of [Land]Lords). The few researchers who did study ownership and receivership of rents objectively had no trouble at all predicting the last recession. Our own Fred Foldvary gave a reliable forecast in these pages http://www.progress.org/tpr/foldvary-economic-forecast-2004-2010/ and even before that he did an academic journal http://www.scu.edu/business/mindwork/archives/spring08/foldvary.cfm. England’s Harrison and Australia’s Anderson also went out on a limb and were far more accurate than ones who get all the press. If only the Financial Times would write about them!'
economics  geoism  land  rentseeking  landcycle  businesscycle 
5 days ago
YouTube -- [Michael Rivero]: All Wars Are Bankers' Wars
"This so-called 'clash of civilizations' you are being told about by corporate media is really a war between banking systems." -- "War is the bankers' richest harvest." -- Good analysis (debt by divine right) but advocates "public" (government gun-backed) bank notes as the solution.
history  statism  mercantilism  oligarchicalcollectivism  BIS  centralbanking  reservecurrency  debt  dollar  petrodollar  war 
7 days ago
Global Research -- Russia’s Petro-Ruble Challenges US Dollar Hegemony. China Seeks Development of Eurasian Trade.
'Russia has just dropped another bombshell, announcing not only the de-coupling of its trade from the dollar, but also that its hydrocarbon trade will in the future be carried out in rubles and local currencies of its trading partners – no longer in dollars... -- Russia’s trade in hydrocarbons amounts to about a trillion dollars per year. Other countries, especially the BRICS and BRCIS-associates (BRICSA) may soon follow suit and join forces with Russia, abandoning the ‘petro-dollar’ as trading unit for oil and gas. This could amount to tens of trillions in loss for demand of petro-dollars per year (US GDP about 17 trillion dollars – December 2013) – leaving an important dent in the US economy would be an understatement. -- Added to this is the declaration today by Russia’s Press TV – China will re-open the old Silk Road as a new trading route linking Germany, Russia and China, allowing to connect and develop new markets along the road, especially in Central Asia, where this new project will bring economic and political stability, and in Western China provinces, where “New Areas” of development will be created. -- Germany, the economic driver of Europe – the world’s fourth largest economy (US$ 3.6 trillion GDP) – on the western end of the new trading axis, will be like a giant magnet, attracting other European trading partners of Germany’s to the New Silk Road. What looks like a future gain for Russia and China, also bringing about security and stability, would be a lethal loss for Washington. -- Curiously, western media have so far been oblivious to both events. It seems like a desire to extending the falsehood of our western illusion and arrogance – as long as the silence will bear. -- As the new trading road and monetary system will take hold, other countries and nations, so far in the claws of US dependence, will flock to the ‘new system’, gradually isolating Washington’s military industrial economy (sic) and its NATO killing machine. -- This Economic Sea Change may bring the empire to its knees, without spilling a drop of blood. An area of new hope for justice and more equality, a rebirth of sovereign states, may dawn and turn the spiral of darkness into a spiral of light.'
history  america  russia  china  reservecurrency  petrodollar  dollar  empire  collapse 
7 days ago
YouTube -- RussiaToday: Bedroom Tax Blues: UK slum landlords exploit tenants as home ownership at 25-yr low
"A third of MPs are themselves buy-to-let landlords." -- And the House of Landlords?
uk  land  rentseeking 
7 days ago
The Progress Report -- A London Group Now Onboard for Sharing "Rents"
'Ed. Notes: Sharing our surplus is key. The revenue to be made from land and resources is a surplus because our spending for these gifts of nature does not reward anybody’s efforts since none of us made the ground or stuck oil and ores in it. We must pay for the useful parts of nature as a civilized way to allocate them. But pay to whom? While none of us made Earth all of us need her and all of us, via our needs and demands, generate the value of her. -- Not only is such sharing needed and fair, it also makes possible a total reform of public revenue. With land dues, we could get rid of noxious taxes on our efforts, on our wages and purchases and buildings. With these “rent” shares, we could get rid of subsidies which mainly benefit insiders (corporate welfare). -- Sharing Earth’s worth does not have to be justified by that fact that it’d help the poor, or spare the environment, or make life much more pleasant for all, because it’s already the moral thing to do.'
geoism  land  rent 
8 days ago
Observations on Credit and Surveillance -- Uber's Algorithmic Monopoly...
'There are three big issues with Uber’s model. One, Uber controls all of the information in this so-called ‘market’. One of the premises of a market is relatively balanced information on the part of both the buyer and the seller. But Uber is neither a buyer or seller, it’s a broker. And as a broker, it shows the buyer and seller only what it wants to. Its algorithm is not regulated nor is it transparent, so neither the buyer or the seller has any credible information. This isn’t a market, it’s a monopoly. It’s a special type of monopoly, an algorithmic monopoly. -- ...Uber is quietly gaining enormous power, almost feudal power, over its drivers. Remember, Uber wanted to ‘reward’ drivers with a great paycheck. This works both ways. Are you an Uber driver who is complaining too much about Uber stealing your tips? Well, gosh, it seems like the magic algorithm keeps giving you bad customers. Or no customers. Or think a few years down the road, when there is nothing but Uber in certain localities. Then Uber can raise prices on consumers, who may have other options and can squeal. But it can also lower prices paid to drivers, and these drivers are dependent on Uber for their livelihood. In fact, Uber is even starting a financing program for its drivers, so they can get loans for cars.' -- Moving location, location, location
economics  businessmodels  malgorithms  chokepoints  rentseeking 
9 days ago
The Progress Report -- The Meaning of Nature by Fred Foldvary
'The concept of “nature” is logically distinct from that which is not nature. The definition of “nature” that makes the most meaningful distinction is that nature is everything that is apart from human action. Human action and anything altered by human action are no longer in pure nature. -- “Natural” means “of nature,” so it has the same meaning. The physical universe – space, galaxies, atoms – and the laws of physics and chemistry are of nature. Biology is also natural, as are the natural laws of life such as of genetics and natural selection. The behavior of non-human animals which have not been affected by human action is also of nature. The unaltered human body is also natural. -- Only human action is non-natural. Human action consists of purposeful choices. A person has various ends or goals, and chooses which ends to pursue at some moment, and chooses the means towards the goals. Everything people choose to do is non-natural. -- Resources are natural prior to being altered by human action. Oil and minerals in the ground are natural resources. After they are extracted, they are no longer natural, and become capital goods. Space, however, always remains natural, so spatial land is always a natural resource, regardless of the materials in that space.
economics  land  humanaction  property  FredFoldvary 
10 days ago
The Daily Bell -- Is the US or the World Coming to an End? by Paul Craig Roberts
'Russia and China have had enough. As I have reported and as Peter Koenig reports <here> Russia and China are disconnecting their international trade from the dollar. Henceforth, Russia will conduct its trade, including the sale of oil and natural gas to Europe, in rubles and in the currencies of its BRICS partners. -- ...The US Agency for International Development has been caught trying to use social media to overthrow the government of Cuba. -- This audacious recklessness comes on top of Washington's overthrow of the Ukrainian government, the NSA spying scandal, Seymour Hersh's investigative report that the Sarin gas attack in Syria was a false flag event arranged by NATO member Turkey in order to justify a US military attack on Syria, Washington's forcing down Bolivian President Evo Morales' presidential plane to be searched, Saddam Hussein's "weapons of mass destruction," the misuse of the Libyan no-fly resolution for military attack, and on and on. Essentially, Washington has so badly damaged other countries' confidence in the judgment and integrity of the US government that the world has lost its belief in US leadership. Washington is reduced to threats and bribes and increasingly presents as a bully. -- The self-inflicted hammer blows to Washington's credibility have taken a toll. The most serious blow of all is the dawning realization everywhere that Washington's crackpot conspiracy theory of 9/11 is false. Large numbers of independent experts as well as more than one hundred first responders have contradicted every aspect of Washington's absurd conspiracy theory. No aware person believes that a few Saudi Arabians, who could not fly airplanes, operating without help from any intelligence agency, outwitted the entire National Security State, not only all 16 US intelligence agencies but also all intelligence agencies of NATO and Israel as well. -- Nothing worked on 9/11. Airport security failed four times in one hour, more failures in one hour than have occurred during the other 116,232 hours of the 21st century combined. For the first time in history the US Air Force could not get interceptor fighters off the ground and into the sky. For the first time in history Air Traffic Control lost airliners for up to one hour and did not report it. For the first time in history low temperature, short-lived, fires on a few floors caused massive steel structures to weaken and collapse. For the first time in history 3 skyscrapers fell at essentially free fall acceleration without the benefit of controlled demolition removing resistance from below. -- Two-thirds of Americans fell for this crackpot story. The left-wing fell for it, because they saw the story as the oppressed striking back at America's evil empire. The right-wing fell for the story, because they saw it as the demonized Muslims striking out at American goodness. President George W. Bush expressed the right-wing view very well: "They hate us for our freedom and democracy." -- But no one else believed it, least of all the Italians... -- The conclusion is increasingly difficult to avoid that elements of the US government blew up three New York skyscrapers in order to destroy Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Iran, and Hezbollah and to launch the US on the neoconservatives agenda of US world hegemony. -- China and Russia protested but accepted Libya's destruction even though it was to their own detriment. But Iran became a red line. Washington was blocked, so Washington decided to cause major problems for Russia in Ukraine in order to distract Russia from Washington's agenda elsewhere. -- China has been uncertain about the trade-offs between its trade surpluses with the US and Washington's growing encirclement of China with naval and air bases. China has come to the conclusion that China has the same enemy as Russia has – Washington. -- One of two things is likely: Either the US dollar will be abandoned and collapse in value, thus ending Washington's superpower status and Washington's threat to world peace, or Washington will lead its puppets into military conflict with Russia and China. The outcome of such a war would be far more devastating than the collapse of the US dollar.'
history  america  empire  perpetualwar  collapse 
10 days ago
MaidSafe -- Owning The Network
'MaidSafe is a network that has no central authority. It is completely anonymous, secure and repels human intervention of any kind. This is a network that has decentralisation at its core, it is inherent in the design that it cannot be controlled or ‘owned’. It’s free and the property of the people forever. Furthermore, MaidSafe are Open Source with all our code available under GPL3. This means that we don’t own it, it is there for everyone to use (and always will be) and can be forked independently from MaidSafe. -- We leave you with a quote from author Bryant McGill who captures our sentiments nicely: “There can never be any real freedom on earth as long as people try to exert ownership over the resources of the world.”'
internet  immunesystem  commons 
11 days ago
MaidSafe - The New Decentralized Internet
'MaidSafe is a fully decentralized platform on which application developers can build decentralized applications. The network is made up by individual users who contribute storage, computing power and bandwidth to form a world-wide autonomous system.' -- 'Why the name MaidSafe? It's an acronym; "Massive Array of Internet Disks, Secure Access For Everyone".'
internet  darknet  encryption  privacy  #storage  kipple 
11 days ago
Chronic Neuroimmune Diseases -- UCLA Study On Friendship Among Women (2002)
'A landmark UCLA study suggests friendships between women are special. They shape who we are and who we are yet to be. They soothe our tumultuous inner world, fill the emotional gaps in our marriage, and help us remember who we really are. By the way, they may do even more. -- Scientists now suspect that hanging out with our friends can actually counteract the kind of stomach-quivering stress most of us experience on a daily basis. A landmark UCLA study suggests that women respond to stress with a cascade of brain chemicals that cause us to make and maintain friendships with other women. It's a stunning find that has turned five decades of stress research – most of it on men – upside down. Until this study was published, scientists generally believed that when people experience stress, they trigger a hormonal cascade that revs the body to either stand and fight or flee as fast as possible, explains Laura Cousin Klein, Ph.D., now an Assistant Professor of Biobehavioral Health at Penn State University and one of the study's authors. It's an ancient survival mechanism left over from the time we were chased across the planet by saber-toothed tigers. -- Now the researchers suspect that women have a larger behavioral repertoire than just fight or flight; In fact, says Dr. Klein, it seems that when the hormone oxytocin is release as part of the stress responses in a woman, it buffers the fight or flight response and encourages her to tend children and gather with other women instead. When she actually engages in this tending or befriending, studies suggest that more oxytocin is released, which further counters stress and produces a calming effect. This calming response does not occur in men, says Dr. Klein, because testosterone – which men produce in high levels when they're under stress – seems to reduce the effects of oxytocin. Estrogen, she adds, seems to enhance it. -- The discovery that women respond to stress differently than men was made in a classic "aha" moment shared by two women scientists who were talking one day in a lab at UCLA. There was this joke that when the women who worked in the lab were stressed, they came in, cleaned the lab, had coffee, and bonded, says Dr. Klein. When the men were stressed, they holed up somewhere on their own. I commented one day to fellow researcher Shelley Taylor that nearly 90% of the stress research is on males. I showed her the data from my lab, and the two of us knew instantly that we were onto something.' -- Biobehavioral responses to stress in females: tend-and-befriend, not fight-or-flight. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10941275?dopt=Abstract
evolutionarypsychology  psychology  men  women  stress  oxytocin  affectregulation 
13 days ago
Psychology Today -- The Gut-Brain Connection, Mental Illness, and Disease
'The gut and brain have a steady ability to communicate via the nervous system, hormones, and the immune system. Some of the microbiome can release neurotransmitters, just like our own neurons do, speaking to the brain in its own language via the vagus nerve. -- ...Our bodies aren’t particularly sophisticated when it comes to facing off against stress. Our stress response doesn’t readily distinguish between mental and physical distress; your heart pounds and you tremble with anxiety when you are in an uncomfortable meeting with your boss, when such a reaction is not helpful in that situation, though it might have helped with the lion. And not only to we respond to the tough day on the job with a hormonal response, but also an immunological one. When our body is under stress, it releases what are called inflammatory cytokines, little chemical messengers that brings a certain part of our immune system into high alert. In a sense, our body reacts to all stress as if it were an infection, and to chronic stress as if it were a chronic infection.* Now the immune system works wonders and inflammation saves your life nearly every day from all the pathogens out there like the flu and strep, but chronic levels of inflammatory response also lead to all sorts of chronic disease, for example depressive disorders, high blood pressure, atherosclerosis, autoimmune diseases such as ulcerative colitis and multiple sclerosis. Immune system activation can also determine whether or not we develop cancer. Where does the gut get involved? Well, it turns out the gut microbiome plays a key role in regulating our immune response. Thus the make-up of our gut microbiome could make the difference as to whether we are sick or well, both mentally and physically.'
immunesystem  bacteria  stress 
14 days ago
YouTube -- Big Think Interview With Helen Fisher
'A conversation with the biological anthropologist and Rutgers University professor.' -- Three brain systems for love (1) sexual lust; (2) romance/obsession; (3) deep attachment. -- "Rather than being stages, these three brain systems can operate in any kind of combination."
psychology  psychobiology  relationships  sexuality  attachment  love  brain  dopamine  oxytocin 
14 days ago
YouTube -- Gender Differences in the Brain by Helen Fisher, Ph.D.
'Why can't a man be more like a woman? Why can't a woman be more like a man?' -- "...Women tend to be more mentally flexible, in fact they live in a world of 'it depends'....They're into process, whereas men are much more goal-oriented, and I think that is in large part because of this web thinking. And last because women are very imaginative, and what is imagination but simply the ability to reach into the depths of your stored knowledge, assemble these reams of data in new ways, examine these myriad combinations, and then suppose how those combinations would play out – they're all, I think, aspects of this web thinking. There are other traits that have been studied many times, and are based in biology that are grounded in brain physiology and anatomy, and evolved millions of years ago. One is how men and women view power: Women tend to view power as a group of connections; men tend to view power as rank. It starts in small childhood: Little girls will play in ... 'flat packs' – there's no leader, there's no hierarchy when you're playing dolls or jump rope; these are leaderless groups in which everybody is sensitive to one another's needs; girls take turns, they offer suggestions, they try to appeal to reason, they try to persuade, and if there's some sort of problem and girl starts crying – they stop the game – somebody's feelings are at stake; girls want harmony, girls aren't any nicer than boys but they live in a world of cliques, of 'in' and 'out' instead of 'up' and 'down', they want to be liked, they live in a world of win-win; men tend to live in a world of win or lose. As boys they short themselves into large hierarchical packs, they interrupt, they give orders, they take orders – men are much better at giving orders than women, and much better than women at taking orders, women don't take orders very well. They tease, they barter status, and the point is to win. Boys focus on the score, their games have clear winners and losers – they would never stop the game because one boy was crying – they go when it's over. And you see this gender difference of men interested in rank and women interested in connections in a great many cultures around the world. It comes from what anthropologists call 'the male-male dominance hierarchy'. You see throughout mammals, males are much busier jockeying for position than women are."
men  women  brain  psychology  personality  status  power  consensus  collaboration  competition  apexuality 
15 days ago
Keirsey's PersonalityZone -- [Women]
'#How Guardian women want to be shown love: Guardians generally work very hard to keep the family going. Recognize that by spoiling them with bubble baths, time alone, back rubs, small gifts, and the like; Comment positively on new hairstyles, new clothing, weight lost/gained, effects of working out, and the like; Praise for good household and money management; Run interference for them with people or situations they find especially stressful; They want to be seen as physically desirable -- #How Artisan women want to be shown love: Physical pampering including back rubs, brushing hair, putting lotion on, and sometimes more active games, such as can't catch me or wrestling; Comment positively on their elegance of motion and physical conditioning, along with hair and clothes; Praise for positive thinking and playful spirit; Provide structure in areas where they are weak without making a jail; They want to be seen as physically irresistible -- #How Rational women want to be shown love: Listen to their ideas and offer suggestions which say that their ideas are worth pursuing; Allow them to handle things without interference or second-guessing; Praise for incisive and radical thinking; Take care of things in the sensing world for them, such as housework, car maintenance, and repairs; They want to be seen as having an irresistibly beautiful mind -- #How Idealist women want to be shown love: Listen to them without trying to solve problems. Periodically summarize, synthesize, and restate so it is clear you are listening intelligently; Express your belief that they can come up with good answers to problems but be prepared to provide shelter when the fallout gets unbearable; Praise for their insights into people and their ability to help people; Protect them from emotional devastation; They want to be seen as having an irresistibly beautiful soul'
men  women  psychology  archetypes  personality  relationships  appreciation 
15 days ago
Keirsey's PersonalityZone -- [Men]
#Guardian men hope to be respected for: Providing for their families on a financial level as well as fixing things and arranging for maintenance to keep things working; Prudent planning for housing, career, investments, and retirement; Being a valued member of a religious group, club, or social organization; Remembering important days; Keeping things organized and running smoothly; Protecting their partners and children from evil company and influences -- #Artisan men need to be respected for: Providing romantic gestures, fancy gifts, and dinners together; Their bodies - how they've made well-toned physical machines of themselves; Their prowess in sports, strength, and, most importantly, the bedroom; Courage and bravery with the long shot that paid off; Their ability and willingness to adapt to almost any need or circumstance; Protecting their families in the face of evil people and circumstances -- #Rational men want to be respected for: Providing freedom and treating their mates as rational adults; Their expertise in their field(s) of interest; Their ability to see long-term implications others can't and to respond to avoid negative consequences; Their ability to deal with things in a logical, rational manner without being swayed by inappropriate emotion; Their deep thinking and ability to analyze things from all angles; Protecting their families from evil systems of thought -- #Idealist men value being respected for: Providing a safe emotional environment for their families; Their passion and compassion; Their insights into others' behavior and thinking; Spending time with their families to maintain everyone's positive attachment to everyone else; Having a clear view of who they are, their purpose in life, and their progress towards fulfilling that purpose; Protecting their families from evil spiritual influences'
men  women  psychology  archetypes  personality  relationships  appreciation 
15 days ago
YouTube -- The Onion Talks: Maximize Your Brainpower By Firing Every Neuron At Once
'What could you do with more brainpower? Inventor and neurologist Gene Curlew introduces a revolutionary device that unlocks the full power of the human brain.'
TheOnion  science  scientism  technoutopianism  satire 
16 days ago
Center for a Stateless Society -- Why Human Action in a Freed Market Means We Must Continue the Fight
'While as a left-wing market anarchist, I too think that a freed market will reward those who cooperate well with others, however, it does not seem obvious to me that a market freed from just “the government” is one that will be free. From what I know from reading Human Action, the market is just the conglomeration of multiple individual’s value judgments, and if some prefer unequal power over equal power, there will most likely be businesses or groups catering to those needs. -- Second, a market freed from government but not freed from privilege is still a market which is distorted, not so much by inflation but by assurance of keeping oppressed groups trapped in a world which seems caged. Such instances include the raised difficulty of getting a loan or the refusal of service or work to transgender people. One could argue that this is a flawed way of thinking; that surely if the under-privileged group provided a better product that provides service to everyone rather than a bigoted business, the bigoted business would go under because it could not compete. In theory, this is exactly the case, but given all of the laws, crimes, ostracism, etc., that oppressed groups get targeted with, the reality is that it seems that there is still value in barring some people from participating in anything at all. While getting the government out of the way would free up the market in certain ways, the oppressors of privileged classes still has power to exert over marginalized groups in a free society, making life free for some and a burden for others.' -- "Privileged" assignment is a privilege.
agencyvspatiency  victimhood  unwarrantedselfimportance 
16 days ago
YouTube -- [TyphonBlue]: Feminist Rape Culture Statuatory Edition
'The problem with asserting that men and boys can only talk about their issues in a feminist context should be starkly obvious by now. -- Feminists are incapable of recognizing the victimization of men and boys in an honest way. Feminists are more invested in explaining away that victimization then they are in bringing awareness to it and funding services to address it. -- And when I say feminists are incapable of recognizing the victimization of men and boys in an honest way, I mean men and boys full stop. The problems of men and boys full stop. -- A woman saying that sexually abused boys in cages can give legitimate consent to their attackers is more welcome in feminism than a woman saying they are abuse victims. And that’s the fucking problem. -- Feminism fails to produce an immune response to people like Adele Mercier. I guarantee she will experience no fallout, no censure and no disciplinary action for assertion that boys can give legitimate consent to the adult females in detention centres who have complete control over every aspect of their lives. -- Can you imagine what would happen if Adele was Adam Mercier, professor of philosophy at Queens University. And Professor Adam Mercier publicly said that underage girls can give meaningful [consent] to their adult male teachers. -- Feminists want to control the discussion on issues faced by men and boys simply so they can strangle it to death in it’s crib.' http://www.genderratic.com/p/4240/feminist-rape-culture-statutory-edition/
feminism  predation  dehumanization 
16 days ago
The Progress Report -- Foreigners Buy Land But Leave it Where Locals Can Tax It
'This 2014 excerpt of Macrobusiness, Mar 11, is by Catherine Cashmore. -- Rising property prices – the product of the plot of land that sits underneath the structure – are unashamedly promoted in most modern economies as the key driver to boost the privatised wealth of its nation, with the hope the payoff effect will feed other areas of consumption. -- Premium localities in the cities of New York and London are openly marketed as ‘safe havens’ for the internationally wealthy. Isolated from the local economy, as local workers are forced out, and rumors of homes laying vacant for much of year provoke neighbourhood outrage. It’s now reported, for every minute you spend on the three Underground stops between Earls Court and Sloane Square, property prices rise by £96,647. -- The geographical location of land is fixed and limited in supply. Therefore we can’t all benefit from economic advantage gained from ownership of the best seats in town, without effective taxation of the resource that is. -- A correctly administered broad-based land value tax (as explained here – reducing taxes on productivity) would not only encourage the ‘good’ utilisation of land, but if handled efficiently, gains could be fed back into the community to assist increased investment into infrastructure and social services. -- This alone, would go a long way to reducing the wealth inequality currently experienced in our big cities.'
economics  geoism  land  rent 
19 days ago
The Progress Report -- Where Big Money comes from Big Gov't
'Ed. Notes: Recall the saying in economics: to get really rich you capture values from society and impose your costs upon society. You flip real estate, where the value of locations is generated by the presence of the populace (society). You sell oil which is hugely polluting. Even the new fortunes in tech come in part from society, from the cheap, way under-market fees for copyrights and patents. -- The problem is not a matter of envy. The problem is a matter of taking (however legal) vs. making, of taking a bigger share of the pie vs. creating a bigger pie. When some get more than they deserve, others must get less. Those getting more then lobby for ever newer and better privileges. For example, when Y2K was a real scare, tech won extra limited liability from a compliant Congress. And those getting less must then work extra or choose work that shouldn’t be done, such as an IRS enforcer. -- The solution is elegant, both moral and practical. Eliminate most privileges, such as subsidies (corporate welfare), sweetheart contracts (military procurers), lenient enforcement of safety standards (agri-biz and other polluters), liability limited by a state (chemical or drug makers), money monopoly (bankers), license-based cartels (doctors, taxi-owners), etc. And, charge full market (annual rental) value as fees for granting little pieces of paper such as patent/copyright, utility franchises, EM spectrum licenses, resource leases, and land titles. Do all that and you’ll still have big fortunes in big economies but not as big as now and it won’t matter because every fortune will be earned.'
economics  geoism  landlordism  statism  mercantilism  "capitalism" 
20 days ago
Share The Rents -- How The Economist screws with our minds
'The Economist’s ideological prejudice is revealed by this statement: “In a world of perfect competition, rent would not exist”. So, it wants to drive out the cheating that is the basis of the power of the oligarchs, on terms that would see rent eliminated! Here’s the problem: #In the real world, rent cannot be eliminated. If the cheating described by The Economist was somehow outlawed, what would happen? Rents claimed by land owners would rise by an equivalent sum… and that would do nothing to moderate problems like housing unaffordability. #For the sake of both economic efficiency, and social justice, we need rent to exist. When competitive markets equalise the returns to labour and capital, spatial differences arise. These reveal differences in productivity, which become the rents of location. Those rents would exist, no matter how close the economy moved to the economists’ theoretical notion of “perfect competition”. -- The philosophical problem for The Economist is this. Today, rent is privatised. That privatisation is the general mechanism for redistributing income from those who create that value, to those who own (or who can control the revenue flowing to) land. Middle-class home-owners are “rent-seekers”. That is why (in the Anglo-Saxon world, at any rate) there is a collective psychosis known as “getting on the property ladder”. This is disturbing to The Economist’s editorial writers, who are reluctant to acknowledge that all forms of rents, when privatised, distort economic activity and social justice. That is why they rely on the tortured definition of rent-seeking. It confines that activity to a relatively few billionaires. -- The closest we can get to “perfect” competition in the real world would be under the following terms: #abolition of taxes on value-adding activities; and #collection of rents from all sources to defray public expenditures on the principle that people should “pay for the benefits they receive”.'
obsfucation  economics  geoism  land  rentseeking  landlordism  "capitalism"  FredHarrison 
20 days ago
YouTube -- Keiser Report: No Planet for Young People (E581)
'In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert discuss no country, no planet for young people as they are forced to flee their own austerity or ["housing" land] bubble hit countries for more affordable places abroad.' -- Capital seeking rent to capitalize into capital seeking rent to...
economics  geoism  land  rentseeking  malspeculation  "capitalism"  intergenerationalwarfare 
21 days ago
YouTube -- RussiaToday: Dark Side Candidate: Darth Vader announces bid for Ukrainian presidency
'Sith Lord Darth Vader has decided to join the Ukrainian presidential campaign. His program involves re-forging the republic of Ukraine into an empire and restoring its former glory.'
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22 days ago
The Daily Bell -- Pushing Toward The Final War by Paul Craig Roberts
'The position of the government in Washington and its puppet states (Eastern and Western Europe, Great Britain, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Georgia, Japan) and other allies purchased with bagsful of money is that Washington's violation of international law by torturing people, by invading sovereign countries on totally false pretenses, by routinely overthrowing democratically elected governments that do not toe the Washington line is nothing but the "indispensable and exceptional country" bringing "freedom and democracy to the world." But Russia's acceptance of the self-determination of Crimean people to return to their home country is "a violation of international law." Just what international law has Washington and its puppets not violated? -- Obama, whose government in the past few years has bullied Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, Lebanon, Iran, Honduras, Ecuador, Bolivia and Venezuela and is now trying to bully Russia, actually declared that "bigger nations can not simply bully smaller ones." What does Obama and his speech writers think Washington has been doing for the entirety of the 21st century? -- Who can possibly believe that Obama, whose government is responsible for the deaths of people every day in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Yemen, Libya and Syria, cares a whit about democracy in Ukraine. Obama overthrew the Ukrainian government in order to be able to stuff the country into NATO, throw Russia out of its Black Sea naval base and put US missile bases in Ukraine on Russia's border. Obama is angry that his plan didn't pan out as intended, and he is taking his anger and frustration out on Russia. -- As the delusion takes hold in Washington that the US represents idealism standing firmly against Russian aggression, delusion enabled by the presstitute media, the UN General Assembly vote and Washington's string of puppet states, self-righteousness rises in Washington's breast. -- With rising self-righteousness will come more demands for punishing Russia, more demonization of Russia and Putin, more lies echoed by the presstitutes and puppets. Ukrainian violence against Russian residents is likely to intensify with the anti-Russian propaganda. Putin could be forced to send in Russian troops to defend Russians. -- Why are people so blind that they do not see Obama driving the world to its final war?'
history  statism  america  empire  war 
22 days ago
YouTube -- RussiaToday: Standby NATO: Turkey plots justification to Syria strike
'The Turkish government is red-faced after a leak on YouTube revealed a daring plot to justify invading neighboring Syria. An anonymous source posted audio of a secret meeting between top Turkish officials - discussing a false flag operation that would appear as a Syrian attack. It's not the first time Ankara has tried to rally NATO against Syria. RT's Marina Portnaya has a collection of Turkish attempts to spark a full-blown war with its neighbor, with the backing of the Alliance.'
statism  falseflag  war 
22 days ago
typhonblue comments
'Men need to be extremely discriminating about the women they let into their life. Simply because they will be blamed for everything that woman does to them, blamed for it happening and blamed for letting it happen. Ironically the same people who will blame a man for whatever a woman does to him will also blame a man if he has high standards.' -- Butch Shields
men  women  agencyvspatiency 
23 days ago
YouTube -- Debut! Honey Badger Hangout ["Rape Culture"]
01:41:50 – GWW/Karen: "One of the things that I find most interesting is that, if you look at the canon of western literature, if you look at the body of classical literature, which is men – male writers, defining masculinity according to a male standard – what you find is, the easiest way to identify the bad guy is if he mistreats women. And if he does that, when he gets his throat cut, or gets disemboweled, or gets run over by a tram, or gets stabbed in the heart, or whatever, you're supposed to feel like he got what was coming to him. This is the ideal of masculinity according to men, which is: protecting and providing for women, controlling and putting down the bad guys, dealing with evil, protecting the community – all of these things, that's all traditional masculinity as defined by men. Then you have this entire genre of fiction, the very first genre of fiction that become dominated by women writers, and written to a female audience, a female readership – and what is it? 'Fifty Shades of Grey', all those 1980s romance novels were the hero raped the heroine, and by the end he had convinced her that he was really a good guy after all, and then they fall in love and get married. I really think women's politicized idea of masculinity – feminist's politicized idea of masculinity – is projection. It's projection. Men don't write rapey romances. They just don't. Even when you look at porn, there has to be some kind of aspect of she wants what's happening to her: she wants to be doing this, she's eager for it, she's enthusiastic, she's opening his pants and she's happy and surprised by what she finds there. There's an aspect of that that's completely non-rapey, and yet so much of female porn, female targeted porn, is totally rapey." TB/Alison: "It's interesting because it's a situation where male-targeted porn is really about a woman desiring a man sexually to the point of losing all control but not... well, I guess there's some rape fantasy there too – and I'm not taking about raping women – I'm talking about [the man himself] being raped." Hanna: "What it means is that both sexes, in their erotica, prefer a scenario where the preferred sex desires them so much that they lose all control. It's just that when women write it, they conceive of it as rape; and when men write it, they don't. And what that says more about women is that lack of agency: that women have that imperative to not be a willing participant, because if you're a willing participant then you're doing something bad. And it's that lack of responsibility that leads to that." TB/Alison: "Human beings seem to have that desire of being forced....It seems common to both men and women that they both have ravishment fantasies. The difference is that women play more mind games..." GWW/Karen: "I think the difference is that women project their ravishment fantasies onto men, in general, and fear being ravished by men in general – like, any man, not just the man of their choosing and their fantasy but any man. And men understand that it's a fantasy, and they don't project it onto women, and they have no assumption or expectation that the average, everyday woman no matter what she looks like...she's not going to jump his bones and ravish him. It's unrealistic expectations that are imputed onto the target. Men don't do it because it's unrealistic. Men don't impute those onto the target. Women tend to impute those unrealistic expectations onto a target and they unrealistically expect that men are going to rape them." TB/Alison: "It's a desirability power fantasy with women...Men don't assume that universal desirability, and they seem to have the ability to separate between what they might like, what they fantasize about, and what women might actually be like. Whereas women, in many cases, seem unable to do that which is one of the reasons romance novels leads to less relationship [satisfaction]. And I always found it ironic that feminists go after porn for that when it really isn't porn but romance novels that leads to it." GWW/Karen: "It's solipsistic. It's assuming that what I feel is the way the world is, how the world affects me is how the world is. Or how I feel about the world is how the world is." TB/Alison: "They're more willing to project this onto every man, whereas men are much more reasonable in their expectations of their desirability..." -- SMV
men  women  sexuality  unwarrantedselfimportance  solipsism 
23 days ago
TIME -- Rape: Almost Half of Young Men Say They’ve Had ‘Unwanted’ Sex
'A new study challenges some widely held assumptions about coercion, sexual assault and gender. According to a paper published in the American Psychological Association journal, Psychology of Men and Masculinity, 43% of high school and college-aged men say they’ve had “unwanted sexual contact,” and 95% of those say a female acquaintance was the aggressor. -- Researchers surveyed 284 young men and found that 18% reported sexual coercion by force, 31% said they were verbally coerced sex, and 26% said they’d experienced “unwanted seduction by sexual behaviors.” Half of those surveyed said they ended up having sex against their will, 10% said sex was attempted, and 40% said the coercion resulted in fondling or kissing.' -- Sugar and spice...
men  women  violence 
24 days ago
Truthout -- Paul Craig Roberts on Crimea, US Foreign Policy and the Transformation of Mainstream Media
'...I think it would be a mistake to represent the events in Crimea as a power standoff between Russia and the United States. What has happened in Ukraine is the United States organized and financed a coup. And the coup occurred in Kiev, the capital. Either from intention or carelessness, the coup elements include ultra-right-wing nationalists whose roots go back to organizations that fought for Hitler in the Second World War against the Soviet Union. These elements destroyed Russian war memorials celebrating the liberation of the Ukraine from the Nazis by the Red Army and also celebrating Gen. Kutuzov's defeat of Napoleon's Grande Armée. So this spread a great deal of alarm in southern and eastern Ukraine, which are traditionally Russian provinces. Crimea was added to the Ukraine in 1954 by Khrushchev, the general secretary of the Communist Party. Both of these Russian areas have been part of Russia for longer than the United States has existed. This may have been done to water down the pro-Nazi elements in western Ukraine, because it added a substantial Russian population to Ukraine that tended to balance out the ultra-nationalists in the west. Also, Khrushchev himself was a Ukrainian. It didn't make a difference at the time because it was all part of the Soviet Union. When the Soviet Union collapsed as a political entity and the weak authorities there – under [US] pressure – agreed to its breakup, the Ukraine became independent, but it retained the previously Russian provinces. The population in Crimea is predominantly Russian, and so is eastern Ukraine. These people said, "We don't want anything to do with this government in Kiev, which is banning our language and destroying our war monuments and threatening us in many ways." They followed the same legal steps; the same UN procedures, the same international court procedures. So everything that has occurred is strictly legal. And when John Kerry and Obama say the opposite, they're lying through their teeth. It's just blatant, shameful, bald-faced lies. This is not debatable or a question of opinion. It's a matter of law. -- So the Parliament in Crimea followed these procedures and has now declared Crimea to be independent. The vote that [was] given to the people on [March 16] . ... So there has been no Russian invasion. That's easily provable. The Russian troops in the Ukraine have been there since the 1990s. It has to do with the lease arrangements it has on its Black Sea naval base [Sevastopol], because when Ukraine was granted independence, Russia certainly wasn't giving up its warm-water port. The terms of the separation state that Russia has a lease there until 2042. Sixteen thousand troops were there, and under the agreement with the Ukraine they can have up to 25,000 along with a certain number of planes, tanks and artillery. All this is specified and well-known, but it is subject to lies from Washington – and they are repeated endlessly in the so-called American media. -- The remaining problem is in eastern Ukraine, because there the people are also in the streets demanding their local governments separate from Kiev. Having realized its incompetence in Crimea, Washington has rushed in and appointed Ukrainian multi-billionaire oligarchs [Igor Kolomoisky and Serhiy Taruta] as governors of these Russian regions [Donetsk and Dnepropetrovs]. Where the issue will be drawn is in eastern Ukraine because Putin has said he will make no military intervention unless violence is used against the Russian population in eastern Ukraine. There isn't much Kerry and Obama can do about this. But if the result is that eastern Ukraine returns to Russia, western Ukraine will be captured, subject to an IMF [International Monetary Fund] austerity plan, looted by the Western banks and stuck in NATO while US anti-ballistic missile bases will be put in western Ukraine. This is intensifying the strategic threat to Russia that Washington has been pursuing since the George H.W. Bush regime when he violated the agreements that Reagan had given not to take NATO into eastern Europe. These same agreements were violated when Washington withdrew from the ABMT [Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty] in 2002 so it could construct an anti-ballistic missile defense. These are extreme provocations, and they are reckless. It's the same kind of behavior that gave us the First World War. -- The Russians cannot accept strategic threats of this sort; it's just too high. I think what Putin is relying on, if you read his March 4 press conference, is the Europeans. Since they don't have an ulterior agenda, they don't want to pay the cost of enabling the United States to start a war, because it will affect them. The Russians know the United States has changed its war doctrine to include nuclear weapons, which shifted in 2010 to permit pre-emptive first strikes. Well the Russians know this is not directed against Afghanistan or Iraq, but against them. When you keep telling a powerful country you are going to set it up in such a way that it must be attacked, that is purely reckless behavior.'
history  europe  russia  america  empire  war 
24 days ago
Seth's Blog -- Your story about money
'Is a story. About money. -- Money isn't real. It's a method of exchange, a unit we exchange for something we actually need or value. It has worth because we agree it has worth, because we agree what it can be exchanged for. -- But there's something far more powerful going on here. -- We don't actually agree, because each person's valuation of money is based on the stories we tell ourselves about it. -- Our bank balance is merely a number, bits represented on a screen, but it's also a signal and symptom. We tell ourselves a story about how we got that money, what it says about us, what we're going to do with it and how other people judge us. We tell ourselves a story about how that might grow, and more vividly, how that money might disappear or shrink or be taken away. -- And those stories, those very powerful unstated stories, impact the narrative of just about everything else we do. -- So yes, there's money. But before there's money, there's a story. It turns out that once you change the story, the money changes too.'
money  usevaluevssignvalue  SethGodin 
25 days ago
The Daily Bell -- Can't Say the 'L' Word!
'...The entire analysis reads defensively – and illogically as well. Ms. Diggles presents evidence for a considerable libertarian strain among Millennials and then often in the next paragraph contradicts herself. -- For instance, she spends a good deal of time explaining how Millennials are more open to government activism than their parents, but then admits that the abysmal and increasingly authoritarian performance of the Obama administration has sharply challenged those views. As a result, Millennial perspectives have apparently shifted away from government solutions. -- Here, from her study: -- Millennial trust in the government has fallen sharply. Consider the following data (all from before the Affordable Care Act rollout): #When something is run by the government it is usually inefficient and wasteful—agreement among Millennials increased from 42% in 2009 to 51% in 2012.16 #The government is really run for the benefit of all the people—agreement among Millennials fell from 59% in 2009 to 42% in 2012.17 #Trust the government to do what's right all or most of the time—agreement among 18-29 year olds fell from 44% in 2004 to 29% in 2013.18 -- This rising skepticism of government is likely a response to real or perceived failures on everything from government surveillance to continuing gridlock and Congressional paralysis in the face of economic turmoil. Millennial faith in government could further erode from concerns about efficacy and a sluggish economy. -- Diggles, who basically works for the Democrats, does get some of it right. She points out that the Internet itself and the availability of so much information on demand has fundamentally changed the worldview of Millennials. -- Of course, we've been writing the same thing for a decade now. But Diggles still isn't able to fully absorb what's changed, in our humble view. She can't confront this conclusion any more than she can stare directly at the sun. She looks away, mumbles, then writes a temporizing statement. -- Our conclusions are starker. It may be true, as Diggles concludes, that Millennial viewpoints are evolving, as Millennials are a young group. Yet their perspectives both economically and from a social standpoint will surely grow more solid over time. They have grown up with the truth telling of the Internet available to them; is it not understandable that they would have a more rational, and freedom-oriented perspective?'
internet  cognitivesurplus  libertarianism 
25 days ago
Forbes -- The Bitcoin Taxman Cometh: Calculating How Much Crypto-Investors Owe IRS Could Be Easy
'All those people who rode the Bitcoin rollercoaster last year, who bought in at $13 and then sold (or spent) their Bitcoin when it topped $1,000, will need to use some of their profits to pay an accountant, because H&R Block’s free tax software isn’t going to do the trick. At least one entrepreneur sees opportunity here that would take advantage of the public nature of Bitcoin activity. -- “Accountants are going to want a very accurate transaction history and value of Bitcoin at the time it was purchased and used or sold,” says Jake Benson, 25. At least one Bitcoin tax service — Bitcointaxes.info — invites users to manually enter their Bitcoin trades to calculate taxes, or to import it their trading activity from their chosen wallet service, such as Coinbase, Bitstamp or (eek) Mt. Gox. Founder Colin Mackie, a Seattle-based software engineer, started the service after he realized he needed it himself. “I was trying to calculate my own taxes [this Christmas], opened up Excel, and realized that was going to be impossible,” he says via chat. “So I started writing something.” -- He says that approximately 400 people have used the site since it launched in February. That was before the guidance from the IRS came out; now he plans to update the service to incorporate the self-employment tax that Bitcoin “miners” are expected to pay, per the new guidance. Mackie says that 4,000 people visited his site the day the guidance came out, which is a “lot more” than usual.' -- Slavecoin
bitcoin  statism  extortion 
25 days ago
The Atlantic -- The Overprotected Kid
'The category of risky play on Sandseter’s list that likely makes this current generation of parents most nervous is the one involving children getting lost, or straying from adult supervision. “Children love to walk off alone and go exploring away from the eyes of adults,” she writes. They “experience a feeling of risk and danger of getting lost” when “given the opportunity to ‘cruise’ on their own exploring unknown areas; still, they have an urge to do it.” Here again Sandseter cites evidence showing that the number of separation experiences before age 9 correlates negatively with separation-anxiety symptoms at age 18, “suggesting an ‘inoculation’ effect.” -- ...Through his maps, Hart discovered broad patterns: between second and third grade, for instance, the children’s “free range”—the distance they were allowed to travel away from home without checking in first—tended to expand significantly, because they were permitted to ride bikes alone to a friend’s house or to a ball field. By fifth grade, the boys especially gained a “dramatic new freedom” and could go pretty much wherever they wanted without checking in at all. (The girls were more restricted because they often helped their mothers with chores or errands, or stayed behind to look after younger siblings.) To the children, each little addition to their free range—being allowed to cross a paved road, or go to the center of town—was a sign of growing up. The kids took special pride, Hart noted, in “knowing how to get places,” and in finding shortcuts that adults wouldn’t normally use.'
parenting  children  play  space  separationanxiety  securityvsnovelty 
25 days ago
Chicago Tribune -- Some stick with "dumbphones" as way to disconnect
'"There are some clients who send you emails clearly from their iPhones that are very succinct and very direct and clearly want an answer as soon as possible," the woman said. "So it might make you seem sort of inattentive."'
mobile  ambientimmediacy  addiction  attachment  separationanxiety 
25 days ago
Cloak - Incognito mode for real life
'Avoid exes, co-workers, that guy who likes to stop and chat—anyone you'd rather not run into. Cloak scrapes Instagram and Foursquare to let you know where all your friends, "friends," and nonfriends are at all times so you never have to run into that special someone. Think of it as the antisocial network.'
internet  socialnetworking  tethered  countermeasures  privacy  tools 
25 days ago
YouTube -- Keiser Report: UK Budget = Pig with Lipstick (E579)
'...house prices earning more in a month than one of these university educated graduates earns in a two years.' -- Land (location) prices
economics  geoism  land  rentseeking  uk 
26 days ago
The Onion -- 87% Of Man’s Memories Shame-Based
'DULUTH, MN—Stating that the man is rarely able to reflect on events from earlier in his life without visibly wincing, sources confirmed Monday that 87 percent of local medical claims processor Tyler Collins’ memories are rooted in the emotions of shame, humiliation, and guilt. According to accounts, nearly nine-tenths of all recollections Collins brings to mind, including moments from his first relationship, proposals he made at a recent work meeting, and comments uttered in sophomore-year English class, instantly flood the 37-year-old’s mind with the same feelings of regret and self-disgust that were present when he first experienced those situations days or years ago.'
TheOnion  shame  satire 
27 days ago
typhonblue comments
'Patriarchy theory is the excuse why we don't have to care about these men or any men. Because they're to blame for their own problems. That's it's sole function, to justify male expendability and provide a semi plausible explanation why traditional gender roles (men sacrificing to centre women's protection) are justified.'
men  women  feminism  ideology  sacrifice 
27 days ago
YouTube -- RussiaToday: Time to grab guns and kill damn Russians: Tymoshenko tape leak -
'Ukrainians must take up arms against Russians so that not even scorched earth will be left where Russia stands; an example of former Ukrainian PM Yulia Tymoshenko's vitriol in phone call leaked online. She confirmed the authenticity of the conversation on Twitter, while pointing out that a section where she is heard to call for the nuclear slaughter of the eight million Russians who remain on Ukrainian territory was edited (not present in this clip).' -- Banal psychopaths are banal.
psychopathy  pathocracy  statism 
27 days ago
Vimeo -- Case Studies in New York City Property Development
'Session on Land Value Taxation possibilities in New York City, given by Scott Baker at the Seminar and Conference Center for the Henry George School, on February 5, 2014. 17 students.' -- Slides: http://www.slideshare.net/ScottOnTheSpot/case-studies-in-new-york-city-property-development-28203125
economics  land  rent  geoism  rentseeking  landlordism  "capitalism" 
28 days ago
YouTube -- RussiaToday: Venice Referendum: Crimea encouraged vote to take place
'Hot on the heels of Crimea breaking away from Ukraine, the Italian city of Venice has voted for independence from Rome. An overwhelming 89 percent of Venetians voted for going it alone, in a referendum... and the city could now start withholding taxes from the Italian government. Local professor Paolo Bernardini spoke to my colleague Bill Dod, and broke down the reasoning for the historic move.' -- City States are a sin!
europe  succession  phyles 
28 days ago
YouTube -- RussiaToday: The Truthseeker: Media 'staged' Syria chem attack (E36)
'BBC 'total fabrication from beginning to end' of Syria 'atrocity'; call to revoke visas for intel agents posing as reporters in NATO targets; CIA caught infiltrating CNN, and Operation Mockingbird is back.' -- The War Channel
BBC  falseflag  realityprogramming  war  propaganda  minitrue  "revolution"  "humanitarianism"  puppetry  1984 
28 days ago
YouTube -- RussiaToday: Exporting Chaos: 'West spent $5 billion destabilizing Ukraine'
'Despite previously supporting the self-determination of some nations, the US continues to dismiss Crimea's choice to reunite with Russia. Washington is standing by its newfound allies in Kiev - after helping propel them to power. And as RT's Anastasia Churkina reports, Ukraine's not the first country to go through selective US -backed regime change.' -- Regimes changing regimes...
"revolution"  puppetry  america  empire  statism 
29 days ago
typhonblue comments
'It's a fundamental error in their thinking. They actually believe that men have authority over what they want because feminists can't conceive of a world in which men don't possess all encompassing agency. They literally cannot conceive of women having agency and the world being partly or mostly the result of women's choices taken enmasse. If you understand that they cannot connect in their their minds the concept of "woman" and the concept of "agency", their entire world view makes perfect sense.'
men  women  feminism  victimhood  agencyvspatiency 
4 weeks ago
YouTube -- TEDtalks: Richard Ledgett: The NSA responds to Edward Snowden's TED Talk
"We didn't realize that he was going to show up there, so kudos for arranging a nice surprise like that." -- One does not simply webcam without having first obtained the NSA's permission!
statism  bigbrother  surveillance  minipax  1984 
4 weeks ago
Ribbonfarm -- The Message is the Medium
'Another way to think about this is as follows: in the message producer context, the medium is the message, but in the consumer context, the message is (and has always been) the medium, because it gets transformed into a social object that mediates consumer discourses.'
socialobjects  themediumisthemessage  McLuhan 
4 weeks ago
YouTube -- PBS Digital Studios: Do We Need a Better Archive of the Internet?
'The internet is an archive, but it may not be all that great at it. Sure, it saves any media we can imagine (text, photographs, films, etc). But what about that stuff FROM the network? Status updates, tweets, image macros... they seem to disappear into the ether. Are they not worth as much to us as physical objects? We archive things so we can remember them, so is this network ephemera not worth remembering?' -- Post-neo-oral: All the memes has happened before, and all the memes will happen again
literaryculturevsoralculture  internet  media  archive  kipple 
4 weeks ago
YouTube -- Gábor Máté MD Attachment = Wholeness and Health or Disease, ADD, Addiction, Violence
"...[medical] professionals [have] a difficulty accepting this material because they haven't dealt with their own stuff." -- "The world is really very simple; we make it complicated because of our denial." -- "The child basically has two needs: the need for attachment, which is the seeking of closeness and proximity with another human being... The other need that we have is for authenticity, to be ourselves. And that again has to do with survival: if you're not in touch with yourself, out in the wild, you don't survive. So authenticity is being in touch with yourself and begin able to act on your awareness of self in relation to the environment. So if I feel something, I pay attention to that; if I don't, I'm in danger. But if a child is confronted with a dilemma that if I'm authentic, expressing my feelings, then my attachments are threatened because my parents can't handle it because they're too stressed, depressed, or traumatized themselves; then the child will automatically, but not consciously, suppress their authenticity. So the suppression of gut feelings and authenticity is a coping mechanism. That means I'm no longer in touch with my needs, I no longer pay attention to my feelings and my emotions, I will longer be aware of them, I won't express them; I won't know what I need. Which has all kinds of implications, one of them is I may compulsively serve the needs of others ignoring my own – hence disease. Or, I may then develop all kinds of false needs, which is really what addictions are all about. So it's that irresolvable tension between authenticity and attachment that many children in our society are faced with that results in their self-suppression." -- "Some [parents] are just not ready to look at themselves, so they just want their child to be medicated. As parent, how would most people rather see their kids, as being genetically-flawed and doomed to this condition all their lives; or would they rather understand that their child's brain condition is a response to early stress that the parents unwittingly passed on to their child, but which can be mitigated and new developments can still overcome it or in may ways alleviate it if you now provide the right conditions. Which would you rather hear?" -- "I find that both teachers and parents are very open to the message when they hear it, it's only that they don't hear it from too many people. In the ADD world, of all the books out there mine is the only one that goes to the model of brain development and stress." -- "Any parent who has a got child with any problems at all, already feels a tremendous sense of responsibility and self-blame. So for some people then to hear, that actually, you know what, yes it was your stresses that did play a huge role in the development of your child's problems – it's devastating. So they'd rather hear that it's genetic. The genetic theory is very comforting to people." -- "The link between chronic stress and chronic illness is absolutely straightforward. And again, you have to consider the interpersonal aspect. Because if you're stressed, and somebody who is attuned with you and you trust and has some compassion and insight, says, 'Hey, how are you feeling? Do you want to talk about it?' Your stress level goes down immediately. But if you're isolated, then you're strewing in your own stress juices for months upon months upon months – no wonder the isolated people are more likely to fall ill – which means that cancer and autoimmune diseases are not individual diseases, they are manifestations of your relationship to your psychological and social environment, mediated through stress, that is either alleviated by social contact or exacerbated by social isolation."
disease  health  psychology  relationships  attachment  childhood  parenting  stress  trauma  abuse  neglect  violence  ADHD  addiction  denial  depression  doublebinds 
4 weeks ago
The Progress Report -- Biggest Ghost City on Earth Overcharges Any Buyers
'Ed. Notes: Build it and they will come? Well, not exactly. This is a good example of what value is. Things don’t have value, even big things like cities. Rather, people value things. Value is a verb, not a noun, essentially. -- Therefore, because value comes from people, and land comes from none of us, then who should get its value? If those who get it are those who create it, and if they get it from those who own the land, then owners would be compensating those whom they exclude from a part of earth, earth being our common birth right. (Of course, each owner as a resident would likewise be compensated by “hers” neighbors.) -- How much would owners pay as land dues to their community? Depends on how much demand there is for their site, how much those excluded value the site. In a ghost town, not much if anything at all. Another nice feature of this geonomic arrangement of dues-in-dividends-out is that it could replace taxes and subsidies. Becoming a tax-free jurisdiction might change any place from being a ghost town to a booming city!'
economics  geoism  land  rent 
4 weeks ago
The Progress Report -- Big Men Documentary on Big Oil Politics in Africa
'Ed. Notes: Oil should benefit everyone. The value of oil in the ground should be paid into a nearby regional treasury. Companies should profit from extracting, processing, and transporting, but should pay over the value of oil in situ to the surrounding populace. -- Government could disburse the “royalties” as dividends to citizens, a la Alaska. -- At least, that’s what should happen until the oil runs out or people quit burning it to save their world and to save money by switching to solar energy. -- Oil is not so different from other resources or lands or locations in general. The rental value of all nature — the money one is willing to pay to own or use them — is what should be our common wealth to share. Meanwhile, taxes on wages, sales, and buildings should be forgotten. -- It’s the geonomic recipe and people who care about Africans would do well to help raise awareness of our right to a fair share of Earth’s worth.'
economics  land  geoism 
4 weeks ago
The Progress Report -- San Franciscans Protest the Twitter Tax Break
'Ed. Notes: All the ingredients are there to make San Franciso a geotopia. People are savvy about tax breaks, land speculation, rent inflation, and land trusts. All they need to do is to quit opposing tax breaks for wages, demand a tax hike on locations, and thereby use the sky-high site values of the City on the Bay for resident’s dividends, a la Singapore. -- I say, “All they need to do” as if it’s a simple political matter. It’s not. But they do have a movement already started with the unions. They might be able to expand it to include students, homeowners, small businesses, and environmentalists. -- Greens tend to like the shift of taxes off buildings and other goods, onto sites, since the higher “land dues” (land tax, land use fee, deed fee, whatever) spurs owners to use their land efficiently. As metro land gets used more intensely, suburban and rural land need not be used at all. -- This geonomic policy has worked before, wherever tried, to the degree tried. -- What’s needed is something that’d captivate the imagination and inspire a critical mass, and that could be the call to transform high land values into dividends for all San Franciscans. The dividend could actually make a furlough fun!'
economics  land  geoism 
4 weeks ago
YouTube -- Keiser Report: Mortgage Slaves (E576)
"Subprime is back; it's called 'another chance mortgage' or 'alternative mortgage payments'." -- Rent-seekers, come out to play-e-ay.
land  rentseeking  malspeculation 
4 weeks ago
Darkcoin - Privacy-centric crypto currency
'The only privacy-centric cryptographic currency. Darkcoin provides anonymous transactions with a decentralized implementation of DarkSend.' -- Dark Pool - Official Mining Pool: http://www.drkpool.com/
bitcoin  anonymity  cryptoanarchism 
4 weeks ago
YouTube -- RussiaToday: Independence from Rome! Venice floating away unnoticed as Crimea steals show
'While the Crimean referendum tops world media headlines, an attempt at secession is going on in Veneto, Italy, with its major city Venice. But as it is being virtually ignored by media, people in Europe are hardly aware of what's happening next door.'
europe  succession  phyles 
4 weeks ago
Paul Craig Roberts -- Propaganda Rules The News
'My criticism of Greenwald and Martin has nothing to do with their integrity or their character. I doubt the claims that Abby Martin grandstanded on “Russia’s invasion of Ukraine” in order to boost her chances of moving into the more lucrative “mainstream media.” My point is quite different. Even Abby Martin and Greenwald, both of whom bring us much light, cannot fully escape Western propaganda. -- For example, Martin’s denunciation of Russia for “invading” Ukraine is based on Western propaganda that Russia sent 16,000 troops to occupy Crimea. The fact of the matter is that those 16,000 Russian troops have been in Crimea since the 1990s. Under the Russian-Ukrainian agreement, Russia has the right to base 25,000 troops in Crimea. -- Apparently, neither Abby Martin nor Glenn Greenwald, two intelligent and aware people, knew this fact. Washington’s propaganda is so pervasive that two of our best reporters were victimized by it. -- As I have written several times in my columns, Washington organized the coup in Ukraine in order to promote its world hegemony by capturing Ukraine for NATO and putting US missile bases on Russia’s border in order to degrade Russia’s nuclear deterrent and force Russia to accept Washington’s hegemony. -- Russia has done nothing but respond in a very low-key way to a major strategic threat orchestrated by Washington. -- What has happened in Ukraine is that Washington plotted against and overthrew an elected legitimate government and then lost control to neo-nazis who are threatening the large Russian population in southern and eastern Ukraine, provinces that formerly were part of Russia. These threatened Russians have appealed for Russia’s help, and just like the Russians in South Ossetia, they will receive Russia’s help. The Obama regime and its presstitutes will continue to lie about everything.'
russia  america  empire  war  propaganda 
4 weeks ago
YouTube -- RussiaToday: Kiev vows 'earth to burn' under separatists' feet, seeks for defense budget boost
'Ukraine's self-proclaimed Prime Minister vowed that the Earth will burn under the feet of separatists. He also claimed that despite its grave economic state Ukraine needs to raise its military budget ten-fold. And to fund that, the country, which is on the verge of bankruptcy, will have to cut everything from pensions to healthcare spending. Kiev is currently 140 billion dollars in debt, and at serious risk of default.' -- CHANGE!!!
russia  america  empire  puppetry  war 
4 weeks ago
YouTube -- Crimea: Media War Games - feat. Abby Martin [RAP NEWS 23]
'The battle lines are drawn: it's East versus West in a good old fashioned media cold-shoulder war, with each side firing 24 hour news cycle broadsides at each other with alacrity. Join your host Robert Foster, caught squarely in the cross-fire as he attempts to navigate the salvos, and find some underlying truth. It's Mutually Assured Mass-Media Destruction: Crimedia Wars – and the stakes are high – who will win the War of Perception? It's Juice Rap News, in the thick of it, as usual... Hysteria Is Happening.' -- Sigh @ Tax Farm Wars
statism  russia  america  empire  war  perpetualwar 
4 weeks ago
Stan Tatkin -- Betrayal Causes Trauma
'...betrayal by a primary attachment figure is likely to be processed as trauma. Betrayals in adult romantic partnerships most commonly revolve around sex and/or finances, but central to all betrayals is the matter of deception. Partners who feel deceived by their loved ones suffer a particular kind of loss that can affect the historical memory of that relationship. Deceived partners will review the entire relationship in an attempt to reorganize their experiences of self and other. This review reorients the memory toward doubt, fear, and rage. In Zeynep’s case, we see that she could not stop thinking about Franklin’s betrayal and demanding details. Even though he did not provide details, her brain filled in its own details, which fed her doubt and fear. Flooded by these emotions, she would alternately withdraw from him and rage at him. -- Once initiated, this review process cannot be interrupted because the brain must reorganize and adapt to the new information. As in PTSD, the brain and body must metabolize the trauma and cope with amygdalar hyperactivity as the amygdala responds to multiple internal and external triggers. However, different from PTSD, betrayal forces a hippocampal review and re-contextualization of the past with new information from the present. PTSD usually does not compel the brain to review past events; in fact, victims of PTSD commonly wish to avoid any review of the traumatic event, and their hippocampal function can be compromised by the traumatic event. -- Betrayal, therefore, usually leads to a preoccupation with the new reality-shattering information. This presents an enormous challenge to the couple attempting to recover from it. Like Zeynep, the victim cannot stop being preoccupied with the past, present, and future, nor escape the emotional volatility that accompanies this process. The perpetrator therefore must tolerate the other partner’s perseveration and emotional volatility, as well as the constant questioning, grief, and anger that come with the healing process.'
psychology  attachment  relationships  betrayal  trauma  memory  control 
4 weeks ago
typhonblue comments
'Shame is the whip that makes the slave. Simple as that.'
psychology  shame  slavery  quotes 
4 weeks ago
typhonblue comments on Why is it illegal for women to walk topless while we men can do so?
'Because keeping them covered keeps the taboo, thus the sexual interest going. -- Feminists can campaign to have boobs flapping free all they want, but more conservative women know that will mean an end to "I have the boobs, you must obey." So they oppose it. And feminists blame patriarchy.'
men  women  sexuality  power 
4 weeks ago
YouTube -- How The Economic Machine Works by Ray Dalio
'Created by Ray Dalio this simple but not simplistic and easy to follow 30 minute, animated video answers the question, "How does the economy really work?" Based on Dalio's practical template for understanding the economy, which he developed over the course of his career, the video breaks down economic concepts like credit, deficits and interest rates, allowing viewers to learn the basic driving forces behind the economy, how economic policies work and why economic cycles occur.' -- Error: "Able to borrow money, people can spend more." Borrow *credit* not money. There isn't any money. It's all credit and promissory notes (debt repayment enforced by gun in the case of government notes). Omission: Land Cycle not mentioned but implied (i.e., malspeculative "bad credit" investments in non-productive assets/liabilities/mortgages/financialized-supra-marginal-location/"land"-exclusions). Agenda: Raise incomes via productivity so to enrich landlords who can now confiscate more rent.
economics  credit  debt  money  landcycle  businesscycle  recession  crackupboom  malinvestment  malspeculation  bubble  centralbanking  banking  systems  rentseeking 
4 weeks ago
Chris Saad -- Anonymity vs. Real Identity
'I still believe that there must be baseline level of interoperability between services that allow for simple discovery and data portability. But my reasons – and the extent of the imagined homogeny – have evolved. -- I now believe each of the apps/tools/social networks/identity brokers represent facets of ourselves. They are the truest embodiment of ‘The medium is the message’. There is no canonical truth or architectural problem to solve here. -- When a user picks an app its analogues to picking an outfit, a restaurant or a nightclub – it's an act of self expression. -- Let me say that again: The mere act of choosing the app is part of the self expression just as much as what you do with the app. -- Once in the app (the medium), it's implementation of identity (or lack there of) and various content creation tools (what we used to call 'Social Gestures') then, of course, affect the interactions that take place. Each medium has its own social contract and engenders its own user behavior and allows the user to decide and declare something new about themselves. The fragmentation and inconsistencies between each medium are the entire point. -- Each app offers us a digital medium inside which we can express very human, very ancient parts of ourselves in the virtual world. And we need all forms of expression with all gradations of identity mixed in. Everyday users seem to want the fragmentation.'
internet  identity  performance  selfservers  parts 
5 weeks ago
Selected Quotes from William James
"The deepest principle of human nature is the craving to be appreciated." – William James
psychology  appreciation  quotes 
5 weeks ago
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