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An interesting time

Posted by Philip on 10 July 2017, 11:31 am in , , ,

I recently read three very different takes on the world as it is now and how it compares to the past. One was this article in the Guardian, "The age of anger", another Margaret Wheatley's new book, "Who Do We Choose To Be?: Facing Reality, Claiming Leadership, Restoring Sanity" and the third, a book by Magenta Pixie, "Masters of the Matrix: Becoming the Architect of Your Reality and Activating the Original Human Template".

world map overlaid with clocks

All used very different lenses — political, historical, leadership, spiritual and more — but all had a similar theme. The world, at this time, is in a state of flux.

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A new conservative era?

Posted by Philip on 14 December 2014, 11:00 am in , , , , , , , ,

Cyndi Lauper with her chequerboard shaveRemember the 1970s? Hippies, free love, communes, punks, safety pins, Saturday-Night Fever, John Travolta, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, long hair, muslin shirts?

Remember the 80s? Androgyny everywhere — Boy George, high hair dyed every colour, guys with eyeliner, Annie Lennox with orange hair, Cyndi Lauper with her chequerboard shave?

Remember the 90s? The internet boom, the Human Rights Act condemning discrimination on the grounds of disability and sexual orientation, poor fashion choices, outstanding hip hop and alt rock music?

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Feel like things are becoming less and less orderly? Here's the science behind it.

Posted by Philip on 13 November 2013, 1:06 pm in , , , , , ,

Man biting fingers and looking woried

I've used the scientific notion of entropy before — it's the measure of the number of ways in which a system may be arranged, often taken to be a measure of "disorder" (the higher the entropy, the higher the disorder) [*] — to justify the need to decay culture and structures in order to better understand and accommodate diversity.

In the TEDxTalk below, Sean Carroll, a theoretical physicist at Caltech, explains the inherent increase in entropy of the universe. In other words, the universe has and will continue to become more and more disordered over time (in fact, he points out, increasing entropy is how scientists explain the flow of time from past to present).

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Creating a jungle

Posted by Philip on 16 April 2013, 10:46 am in ,

Watching the events of the Boston Marathon bombings unfold, including the video below of Barack Obama's response, leaves me wondering why, in such a civilised, tech-savvy time, the human race continues to create its own jungle.

No longer are we on the alert for lions, tigers and other wild predators. Instead we must remain vigilant against bombings, murders, car crashes and other human-made dangers.

Is it that somehow, subconsciously, our reptilian brains crave the endorphine rush of creating and responding to violence, chaos and havoc? Are earthquakes and other natural disasters not enough to keep us on our toes?

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