Tuesday, February 09, 2016

A Foot in the RiverA Foot in the River by Felipe Fernández-Armesto

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Professor at Notre Dame, advisor to the Vatican makes the case for the power of positive thinking, that our lives and our culture change because of the real power of human imagination.

Big insight is that it's a big, big mistake to assume that change in human lives and in human culture is evolutionary, that good ideas defeat bad ideas automatically, with no human decision. Imagination without discernment is not necessarily leading us towards a better world.

The currently popular concept "memes" is a term to look up in the index and to read about first, profound insight with an argument that seems indisputable to me. I'd very much like your opinion about what he says about memes and the idea that real human change is beyond physical evolution.

John Wren

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Coming up later today....

In just a few minutes, reflections about experimenting with religion in light of Felipe Fernandez-Armesto's new book A Foot in the River-- Why Our Lives Change-- and the Limits of Evolution.

On the faculty at Notre Dame, this is what they say about his new book:

A Foot in the River: Why Our Lives Change — and the Limits of EvolutionFelipe Fernández-Armesto (Oxford University Press). The William P. Reynolds Professor of Arts and Letters at Notre Dame here presents a radical answer to the question of why human culture varies so radically from place to place, and what differentiates it from the behavior of such species as gorilla and dolphins. The historian posits that culture is exempt from evolution and we can make our world in the freedom of unconstrained imagination.

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Monday, February 08, 2016

Startup Show?

Did you come here looking for the Startup Show?

For years I've done TV and radio shows that focus on startup. For the last few months I've been experimenting with doing the show as a Google+ Hangout, with a YouTube.com home for the tapes, and the live show via a link here and on Google+ and YouTube Live Events. Here is an example:

Today, I'm starting something slightly different.

Each day I'll post something here, but it won't always be a recording of a live interview. There is so much on the Internet, a more useful approach it seems to me is to help guide you towards what you might find most helpful. I'm looking at ways to index what I've posted over the last decade or so online.

So below is the post of today's episode, you can call it the Startup Show if you want. :-)

If there is a particular business or other topic you are interested in please call me. Thanks!

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How do we learn? Really learn?

This TED talk has nearly 5 million hits, one of the most popular ever.

Is it true? Is it helpful? Not if this analysis is correct:

Thomas Jefferson said: "He who knows most knows how little he knows." This 20 hour approach is appealing in our fast-food culture, is it contributing to the process of the US becoming a nation of dilettantes?

Sunday, February 07, 2016

Volunteers needed for March 1 in Colorado:

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