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Joe Rogan Experience #766 - Gad Saad - YouTube
Gad Saad is Professor of Marketing & Concordia University Research Chair in Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences and Darwinian Consumption and author of "The Evolutionary Bases of Consumption" and "The Consuming Instinct" // deferred gratification
consumerist  consumerism  zombie  consumer  materialism  status  anxiety  status  symbol  gossip  gossip  culture  book  consumer  choice  paradox  of  choice  evolution  Porn  pornography  self-medication  coping  mechanism  Dopamine  substance  abuse  instant  gratification  addiction 
march 2016 by asterisk2a
Greenpeace: Deutsche werfen selbst gut erhaltene Kleidung in den Müll - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Um bei Modetrends mithalten zu können, werfen viele Deutsche laut einer Greenpeace-Umfrage auch gut erhaltene Klamotten einfach weg. Etwa 40 Prozent der Sachen im Kleiderschrank werden fast nie getragen. [...] Denn laut einer Umfrage der Umweltschutzorganisation Greenpeace betrachten viele Deutsche Kleidung als Wegwerfware. Demnach hängen 5,2 Milliarden Kleidungsstücke in deutschen Schränken. Davon würden 40 Prozent sehr selten oder nie getragen, teilte Greenpeace mit. Jeder Achte trage seine Schuhe weniger als ein Jahr lang. Kaum jemand lasse Kleidung ausbessern. Für die Analyse wurden im September mehr als tausend Menschen zwischen 16 und 69 Jahren befragt. Mode sei zum Wegwerfartikel wie Einweggeschirr verkommen, fasste Greenpeace-Expertin Kirsten Brodde die Ergebnisse zusammen. Für wichtig werde gehalten, den schnell wechselnden Trends zu folgen.
closetphile  consumerist  consumerism  zombie  consumer  materialism  status  anxiety  Fast  Fashion  Fashion  Industry  status  symbol  socioeconomic  status  capitalism  marketing  advertising  sustainability  sustainable  disposable  income  discretionary  spending  Primark  Zara  H&M  resource  depletion  ecological  disaster  environmental  disaster  Wertegesellschaft  Wegwerfgesellschaft  society  Gesellschaft  consumer  debt  consumer  choice  paradox  of  choice  household  debt 
november 2015 by asterisk2a
Viewpoint: The rejected vegetables that aren’t even wonky - BBC News
Approximately one-third of the food we produce in the UK is never eaten. [...] And we have to face the fact that almost 50% of food wastage in the UK is domestic - the stuff we buy but don't eat. // I've witnessed some pretty grim scenes in the food business down the years - appalling conditions in the poultry industry, crazy EU fishing laws, all kinds of greed and folly. Root vegetables may be a touch harder to feel for than chickens or fish. But watching 20 tonnes of freshly dug parsnips consigned to the rubbish heap in a Norfolk farmyard - purely because they didn't look pretty enough - is still one of the most shocking things I've ever seen. [...] They "failed" the "cosmetic standards". They weren't wonky, or forked, or bruised or even "ugly". [Specs] from some bizarre set of specifications that defines, with apparent omniscience, what it is that we, the customers, demand our parsnips to be. Not that anyone's asked us.
food  waste  public  perception  public  awareness  self-regulation  regulation  regulators  zombie  consumer  consumer  choice  paradox  of  choice  food  industry  sustainability  sustainable  industrial  agriculture  agriculture  industry  agriculture  policy  agriculture  Farming  DirtyVegetable  famine  food  poverty  Politics  food  prices  Greed  Chain  public  education  campaign 
october 2015 by asterisk2a
Popular Food Blogger Commits Suicide - YouTube
Comparison is the thief of life. especially to something edited like Facebook and Social Media in general. And photoshop and good flattering angles. // dwelling on negatives you can't change, bad. think about the things you can control. // liking yourself. // everyone is in your show as well, you are not the only freak you think you are. // self-esteem through being a force for good. purpose. autonomy. mastery. SELF-WORTH. You deserve to be happy. // living through the screen only. in safety. //
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Russell Brand on Porn: How It Relates To Everything - YouTube
instant gratification robs you of happiness, that results from putting in the work, being considered, mindful, thoughtful. effort can be the most rewarding thing in life. the pleasure of work. reward comes from hard work. --- a selfless life can bring much more pleasure than selfish life. we are social creatures. the only thing you've got to keep are your thoughts, emotions and health (well being, fitness)
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Why too much choice is stressing us out | Life and style | The Guardian
From jeans to dating partners and TV subscriptions to schools, we think the more choices we have the better. But too many options create anxiety and leave us less satisfied. Could one answer lie in a return to the state monopolies of old?
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Das Paradox - brand eins online
Die Menschen leben in einer modernen Ökonomie, aber sie denken und handeln oft noch nach überholten Regeln. Ein Gegensatz, der Ärger schafft.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Mindfulness has huge health potential – but McMindfulness is no panacea | Jon Kabat-Zinn | Comment is free | The Guardian
[ you own only your thoughts, emotions and health (fitness) ] [ you have to function ] Mindfulness is often misunderstood – so let us be clear about what we are encouraging. In essence, mindfulness – being about attention, awareness, relationality, and caring – is a universal human capacity akin to our capacity for language acquisition. It is a way of being in wise and purposeful relationship with one’s experience, both inwardly and outwardly, with oneself and with others. Thus there is an intrinsic social dimension to its cultivation as well. It usually involves cultivating familiarity and intimacy with aspects of everyday experience that we often take for granted.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Plastic bag charge in Scotland sees usage cut by 80% - BBC News
[ the plastic bag chage, 5p, is not enough, should be 50p and seen as penalty! thus it is the little brother of Sugar/Processed Food/junk food/fast food/and animal product taxation (extra levies) to show people every day when they show that they know this is more expensive now because this has to pay for my sick days in later life, like insurance premium for risky behavior, to fund NHS! Even seeing it as carbon tax and environmental levy because of how dirty animal products are! ]"It's now becoming second nature to shoppers to reuse their carrier bags and hopefully to think more about our impact on the environment." [...] Asda witnessing a drop of 90% and Sainsbury's 100% as it no longer offers them to shoppers. [...] The policy came into being in Scotland on 20 October last year and England introduced charging at the beginning of this month.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Die Qual der Wahl: Warum uns Entscheidungen so schwer fallen - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Entscheidungen kosten Zeit, sie kosten Aufmerksamkeit und Kraft. All das sind wichtige, begrenzte Ressourcen im Leben. Wer herausfinden will, welcher Fernseher genau den eigenen Vorstellungen entspricht, muss so manchen Feierabend damit verbringen, sich in die technischen Details einzulesen und Preise zu vergleichen. Je größer die Auswahl, desto schwieriger wird es, das "perfekte" Fernsehgerät zu finden. Entweder investiert man also viel Zeit, oder man muss hinterher mit dem Zweifel leben, ob man tatsächlich die bestmögliche Wahl getroffen hat. Beides ist nicht so toll. [...] "Wenn es nur wenige Optionen gibt, können wir mit unserer Wahl glücklich sein, weil wir sicher sind, dass es die beste Wahl für uns ist", schreibt die kanadische Psychologin Sheena Iyengar. "Aber wenn die Optionen quasi endlos sind, glauben wir, dass irgendwo da draußen genau das richtige Angebot auf uns wartet und dass wir die Verantwortung dafür tragen, dieses auch zu finden."
consumer  choice  paradox  of  choice  consumerist  consumerism  zombie  consumer  materialism  status  anxiety  status  symbol  socioeconomic  status  social  status  western  society  western  lifestyle  western  world  society  Gesellschaft  Wegwerfgesellschaft  psychology  sociology  opportunity  cost  minimalism  minimalismus 
october 2015 by asterisk2a
How to Find Fulfilling Work - YouTube
& we think we are free to choose. but in reality, we only can and have to choose from a set given options to us. // you don't need to ask for permission // the deathbed - eulogy - is the ultimate criteria (to judge) - see David Brooks book 'The Road to Character.'
philosophy  life  hacker  life  lesson  work  life  balance  work  environment  career  advice  career  ladder  sociology  paradox  of  choice  happiness  index  psychology  status  anxiety  authenticity  zombie  consumer  crony  capitalism  Future  of  beyond  workplace  drama  Open  Source  volunteering  volunteer  internship  self-awareness  self-improvement  creative  destruction  capitalism  courage  humility  book  burnout 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
The Fermi Paradox — Where Are All The Aliens? (1/2) - YouTube
The Fermi Paradox II — Solutions and Ideas – Where Are All The Aliens? - https://youtu.be/1fQkVqno-uI // &! Earth is on the brink of a "mass extinction event" which could be equivalent in scale to the one that killed off the dinosaurs 65 million years ago, a landmark study by an international group of scientists has concluded. Researchers warned that deforestation, climate change, and overfishing have driven extinction rates to 1,000 times their normal level, Reuters reports. Duke University biologist and conversation expert Stuart Pimm says that "time is running out" to avert the threat of mass extinction. ADVERTISING If the crisis is to be avoided, humans need to make large scale changes immediately, Pimm says. - uk.reuters.com/video/2014/06/18/study-says-earth-on-brink-of-mass-extinc?videoId=316465389&videoChannel=82 // WE HAVE A DECADE OR TWO till tipping point of no return!
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june 2015 by asterisk2a
Misemployment - YouTube
see also book Vagabonding/Vagabond and Tim Ferriss Potcast with author Potts << "when I retire, I do X." // "How to Find Fulfilling Work" fulfilment, meaning, satisfaction of work --- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=veriqDHLXsw --- know thy self is a path, a process. a journey. tasting along the way. courage. don't ask for permission.
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february 2015 by asterisk2a
The World’s Biggest Popstars are Walking Contradictions | NOISEY
bit.ly/1HXHZIy &! "However, what's most telling, is that Lorde has become a bit of an icon for the materialists that she set out to criticise. Kanye loves her; "Royals" soundtracked an advert for a $700 Samsung phone; she's collaborated with MAC cosmetics. It's this exact contradiction - I'm this and I'm also this - which is part of a wider social trend that's fucking around with the definition of authenticity and counter-culture. This stems from what, if you want to get academic about it, is called hyperreality - a phenomenon first observed in the eighties by French sociologist Jean Baudrillard. Shows like The Only Way is Essex are the pinnacle of hyperreality, where even though it clearly states that it's been scripted for your pleasure, the programme relies on the viewer buying into the idea of the characters being completely genuine. [...] we don't want to reject consumer culture at all. We want to buy into the idea of rejecting it. [...] We suck it up and go along with it.
Music  Industry  Pop  Culture  frictionless  attention  span  Lorde  socioeconomic  status  status  symbol  social  status  status  anxiety  sociology  psychology  materialism  society  superficial  Entertainment  Industry  Personal  Brand  lifestyle  western  lifestyle  counter  Amanda  Palmer  YouTube  capitalism  aspirational  product  marketing  PR  Celebrity  of  You  celeb  counter-culture  authentic  authenticity  paradox  hyperreality  hypocrisy  Indie  Music  counterculture  Umberto  Eco  book 
december 2014 by asterisk2a
Generation 30: Hört auf zu jammern! - Familie - Gesellschaft - FAZ.NET
Warum also dieses Unwohlsein? Wie fügen sich die ökonomischen Statistiken zu der latenten Unzufriedenheit? „Das ist ein Wahrnehmungsproblem“, so lautet die nüchterne Antwort des Soziologen Heinz Bude. „Es hat noch nie eine Generation gegeben, die so wenig an ihre eigenen Chancen glaubt wie diese.“

Zudem verweist Generationenforscher Bude auf eine scheinbar paradoxe Gesetzmäßigkeit in Bildungskarrieren: Die heute 30-Jährigen sind Kinder einer Aufsteigergeneration. Kinder von Aufsteigern schaffen es in der Regel aber nicht, abermals die eigenen Eltern zu übertreffen.

Zurückzubleiben hinter den Eltern tut weh, egal wie hoch und angenehm das Niveau tatsächlich ist - Eltern wie Kinder empfinden dies als Versagen. Eine Schmach, die es um jeden Preis zu vermeiden gilt.

„Die 30-Jährigen starten reich in das Berufsleben. Das ist ein vergiftetes Geschenk“, sagt der Philosoph Dieter Thomä.
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july 2010 by asterisk2a

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