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Commentary: "Defining Critical Thinking" "The ability to identify logical fallacies in the arguments of others, and to avoid them in one’s own arguments, is both valuable and increasingly rare. Fallacious reasoning keeps us from knowing the truth, and the inability to think critically makes us vulnerable to manipulation by those skilled in the art of rhetoric. Critical thinking is a rich concept that has been developing throughout the past 2500 years. The term "critical thinking" has its roots in the mid-late 20th century. We offer here overlapping definitions, together which form a substantive, transdisciplinary conception of critical thinking. [...] Critical thinking is self-guided, self-disciplined thinking which attempts to reason at the highest level of quality in a fair-minded way. People who think critically consistently attempt to live rationally, reasonably, empathically. They are keenly aware of the inherently flawed nature of human thinking when left unchecked. They strive to diminish the power of their egocentric and sociocentric tendencies. They use the intellectual tools that critical thinking offers – concepts and principles that enable them to analyze, assess, and improve thinking. They work diligently to develop the intellectual virtues of intellectual integrity, intellectual humility, intellectual civility, intellectual empathy, intellectual sense of justice and confidence in reason. They realize that no matter how skilled they are as thinkers, they can always improve their reasoning abilities and they will at times fall prey to mistakes in reasoning, human irrationality, prejudices, biases, distortions, uncritically accepted social rules and taboos, self-interest, and vested interest. They strive to improve the world in whatever ways they can and contribute to a more rational, civilized society. At the same time, they recognize the complexities often inherent in doing so. They avoid thinking simplistically about complicated issues and strive to appropriately consider the rights and needs of relevant others. They recognize the complexities in developing as thinkers, and commit themselves to life-long practice toward self-improvement. They embody the Socratic principle: The unexamined life is not worth living , because they realize that many unexamined lives together result in an uncritical, unjust, dangerous world. [...] A well cultivated critical thinker: • raises vital questions and problems, formulating them clearly and precisely; • gathers and assesses relevant information, using abstract ideas to interpret it effectively • comes to well-reasoned conclusions and solutions, testing them against relevant criteria and standards; • thinks open-mindedly within alternative systems of thought, recognizing and assessing, as need be, their assumptions, implications, and practical consequences; and • communicates effectively with others in figuring out solutions to complex problems. Critical thinking is, in short, self-directed, self-disciplined, self-monitored, and self-corrective thinking. It presupposes assent to rigorous standards of excellence and mindful command of their use. It entails effective communication and problem solving abilities and a commitment to overcome our native egocentrism and sociocentrism.[...]"
MSM: "Is The Capacity For Empathy A Weakness In A CEO?" "... In one of the most famous studies of CEO psychology, titled Which CEO characteristics and abilities matter?, Steven Kaplan, Mark Klebanov and Morten Sorensen assessed the personalities of 316 CEOs and their company’s performances. “Success is more strongly related to execution, resoluteness, overconfidence-related skills than to interpersonal-related skills,” they concluded. In other words, a CEO who is warm, flexible, empathetic will not be as successful as another who is cold, inflexible and has no empathy. People like Bezos and Jobs were, in this sense, pretty much typical of the successful CEO personality type.... A feature in Forbes magazine was titled "Why (Some) Psychopaths Make Great CEOs". The article focuses on the research of British journalist Jon Ronson and his book The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry. According to Ronson, the incidence of psychopathy among CEOs is four times what it is in the general population, which means that a CEO is four times as likely to be a psychopath as an average human being. And just so we are clear as to what we mean here by the term psychopaths, Ronson defines them as individuals who “lack the things that make you human: empathy, remorse, loving kindness”. [...] But can one really blame individual CEOs if the economic system is rigged in a way that incentivizes psychopathic traits and rewards professionals for de-prioritizing the social dimension of doing business? In the words of the Israeli-American behavioral economist Dan Ariely, “once market norms enter, social norms leave.” According to Ronson, “the way capitalism is structured really is a physical manifestation of the brain anomaly known as psychopathy.” If that is the case, then what qualities can we expect of someone who’s the brain behind an insanely successful capitalist enterprise? Such as Amazon, for instance? It is startling that Stone falls back on the same cranial metaphor (that Ronson uses) to explain Amazon’s emergence. He writes, “In a way, the entire company is built around his (Bezos’) brain—an amplification machine meant to disseminate his ingenuity and drive across the greatest possible radius.”[...] "
MSM: "Major US Airlines Investigated For Collusion And Price-Gouging" "The United States Justice Department (DOJ) has begun investigating allegations of collusion between the major US airlines. They are suspected of deliberately stopping expansion in order to limit seats on airline flights, which is driving up prices for customers and restraining competition, all at the expense of the flyer. At last month’s annual meeting of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), where airline bosses from around the world mingle, the New York Times reported that the “buzzword” of the conference was “discipline.” Statements at the conference suggested that airlines were working together to severely limit expansion. Delta Airlines CEO told the audience that his airline was “continuing with the discipline that the marketplace is expecting.” Air Canada’s CEO stated, “People were undisciplined in the past, but they will be more disciplined this time.” Companies that did not follow suit, such as Southwest Airlines, which announced an eight percent expansion a few months ago, were sharply criticized. In response to the criticisms, Southwest shelved its growth plans. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) who, following the Times article, urged the Department of Justice (DOJ) to intervene, told the press, “The conclusion seems inescapable that the remarks made at the IATA conference were targeted at Southwest, and that its capitulation was the result of the ‘fire’ aimed at the company.” He added, “Consumers are paying sky-high fares and are trapped in an uncompetitive market with a history of collusive behavior.” Blumenthal also quoted a previous DOJ complaint surrounding the merger of US Airways and American Airlines in 2013, a merger the DOJ ultimately supported. The complaint stated, “The structure of the airline industry is already conductive to coordinated behavior … the legacy airlines closely watch the pricing moves of their competitors. When one airline ‘leads’ a price increase, other airlines frequently respond by following with price increase of their own. ... Coordination becomes easier as the number of major airlines dwindles and their business models converge.” The conditions prevailing in the airline industry are not a recent development. They are the result of a decades-long process of deregulation and monopolization that the DOJ has played a central role in facilitating. The ruling class has always treated the airline industry as the pioneer in deregulation and labor disciplining. In 1977 to 1978, Alfred Kahn, the chairman of the now defunct Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB), began deregulating the industry. Kahn, a liberal Democrat, was appointed by Jimmy Carter. [...]"
Media/Culture: "Rami Malek & Christian Slater Talk About 'Mr Robot'" [2:23] Related: "MR. ROBOT: Rami Malek - Behind the Scenes Interview " [3:27] "Behind the Scenes interview with Rami Malek, as he discusses his character Elliot. [...] MR. ROBOT is a psychological thriller that follows Elliot (Rami Malek, “24”), a young programmer, who works as a cyber security engineer by day and a vigilante hacker by night. Elliot finds himself at a crossroads when the mysterious leader (Christian Slater, “The Adderall Diaries”) of an underground hacker group recruits him to destroy the corporation he is paid to protect. Compelled by his personal beliefs, Elliot struggles to resist the chance to take down the multinational CEOs he believes are running (and ruining) the world. The series also stars Portia Doubleday (“Her”), Carly Chaikin (“Suburgatory”) and Martin Wallström (“Simple Simon”)." | "Rami Malek's Podcast interview with Andy Greenwald" [57:15] "Andy Greenwald interviews Rami Malek for his Podcast on Mr Robot, the first season and what's to come for the shows future" "Rami Malek's Periscope Q&A " [14:51] | Note: Interesting stories and really good acting ... surrealistic and edgy.
Cultural Studies: "Exploding The Collectivist Agenda - Richard Heathen on "Hidden Influence" Corbett Report [17:11] "Richard Heathen of joins us today to discuss his documentary film, "Hidden Influence: The Rise of Collectivism." We discuss the meaning and history of collectivism, how it was inserted into the educational curriculum by the large corporate foundations of the robber barons, and how it is shaping society today through cultural Marxism and identity politics. [...]" Related: See below
Concepts and Practices: "Hidden Influence: The Rise of Collectivism (2015)" Richard Heathen [1:21:54] "Hidden Influence: The Rise of Collectivism is the first film in a 3 part saga. This chapter documents how the ruling class, through their billion dollar foundations, have infiltrated the public education system in the west and have used it as a tool to indoctrinate children into a totalitarian ideology. This film explores the chronological paper trail uncovered by Charlotte Iserbyt, who was fired from her post as the Senior Policy Advisor for the United States Department of Education in 1982 when she released classified documents discussing the use of technology, specifically computers to psychologically manipulate American students. We will then examine an investigation into the influence of these foundations, launched by the United State congress in the 1950's. Finally we will fast forward to today and look at how the philosophy these foundations have sponsored for the last 100 years has, and continues to effect the education system today, and how Canadian children are being indoctrinated into the same collectivist brainwashing as their American counterparts. At the same time we will examine the role of these foundations in promoting radical, authoritarian ideologies on college and university campuses. [...]"
MSM: "Russian Minister: Americans Are Not Enemies Of Russia" "Despite attempts by the Washington administration to impose anti-Russian views on ordinary people in the US, the American nation is not the enemy of Russia, says Maria Zakharova, the Foreign Ministry’s official representative. “The USA is not Obama. The USA is the people who populate the country. The problem lies in the fact that the current US authorities are trying to impose anti-Russian sentiments on their people,” she said. “But the USA as a nation and Americans as a people are not our enemies.”[...]"
MSM: "Kiev’s National Security Strategy Aimed At Long-Term Confrontation With Moscow" "Ukraine’s national security strategy up to 2020 is focused on the long-term confrontation with Russia, Russia’s Security Council Secretary Nikolay Patrushev said on Tuesday. "According to the estimates of our experts, the Strategy of National Security of Ukraine is aimed at the long-term confrontation with Russia, and this cannot but concern us," Patrushev said in comments to the document. The document sets the task of dropping the country's non-aligned status and switching the armed forces and military industry to NATO standards. Another goal is to educate Ukraine’s young people in the spirit of hatred towards Russia. Ukraine’s national security strategy also provokes a further escalation of the conflict in the southeast, Patrushev said. Violence in Ukraine has killed 6,500 people in the past year, wounded 16,000 and left 5 million people in need of humanitarian aid, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). [...]" Related: "Kiev Forces Violate Ceasefire Regime 22 Times Over Last 24 Hours — DPR Defense Ministry" "Kiev forces shelled Petrovsky and Kuybyshevsky districts, airport in Donetsk, towns of Makeevka and Dokuchaevsk, and settlements of Yasnoye, Zhabichevo, Belaya Kamenko, Sakhanka and Spartak, DPR said [...]"
Commentary: "Catherine Austin Fitts On Black Budget Financing" [1:22:34] "Are financial fraud and market manipulations actually mechanisms for financing the black budget and centralized governance necessitated by high-tech secrecy? There may be as much as $100 trillion dollars worth of hardware flying the skies powered by anti-gravity and field-propulsion technologies. This has significant implications for the ownership and design of manufacturing and energy infrastructure on planet earth. It also has connections to trillions of dollars which are “missing” from defense and domestic agency accounts (as reported by official financial reports of the US government). To the extent that the US taxpayer has financed this technology (or its reverse-engineering) why should private corporations own it on a secret basis? The financial fortunes and geopolitical power involved are significant. If you control these technologies, you possess weaponry sufficient to engineer a financial coup d’Etat and to centralize control of the entire global financial system. [...]" Secret Space Program Conference, 2014 San Mateo.
Commentary: "Facing Crisis, Demand For Physical, Not Digital, Money" "The cashless control grid may still be coming, but it is not going to replace cash anytime soon. Though millions of people have started using digital devices to pay for goods and services, the appeal of physical cash is soaring, not fading away. Outlook for currency production shows an astounding 5 per cent increase per year for the foreseeable future in the printing of bank notes for currencies across the globe. That’s because, in pure and simple terms, people are demanding cash in times of crisis, and there is plenty of crisis ahead. [...] According to FT: "One reason for the enduring appeal of cold, hard cash is the global economic downturn. Giesecke & Devrient expects banknote production to rise by 5 per cent a year for the “foreseeable future”, despite projections of double digit increases in the use of cards and other forms of electronic payments. “Cash is 100 per cent reliable in times of crisis. It’s in periods of panic where a solid financial system has to prove itself,” said Ralf Wintergerst, a Giesecke & Devrient board member. “In a crisis situation, the demand for cash typically rises sharply. The reason for this is trust in real currency.” The turmoil in Greece, which not only sparked speculation of a return to the drachma but also led to a surge in demand for cash, is a case in point." When, and if, that time comes, people are prepared to deal in physical money and barter/trade in useable goods and services. Digital currencies, while they offer incredible purchasing power inside a global market on the Internet, may be worthless in a crisis or disaster – particularly if the situation involves power outages or cut off access from online networks. People do not want to be corralled into a situation of complete dependency on government assistance once a crisis or disaster hits. Physical cash, if it is stuffed under the mattress, or withdrawn before the banks close, can be used over the table, or under the table, to meet needs in a disaster. Though the system of fiat currency itself is flawed, the physical notes, verifiable and holdable, are reassuring – perhaps deceivingly so. The enduring appeal of banknotes is not just down to the financial crisis. More than half of payments in stable, advanced economies such as Germany’s are still made in cash, while globally the figure is about 80 per cent.[...]"
Natural World: "Newly Discovered Bacterial Crystals Are A Biophysics Mystery" Video [0:07] "Thiovulum majus is already a strange-enough form of bacteria. For one thing, it's big, relatively speaking, existing as 5- to 20-micrometer spherical cells. The cells also exhibit some unique collective behavior—as residents of saltwater marshes surviving on oxygen harvested from the water, they often form into disordered clumps called veins, which allow the bacteria colony to circulate water like we circulate blood. They're able to form these clumps thanks to a covering of tiny flagella, which also allow individual cells to swim faster than any other sort of bacteria. As described in a recent paper in the Physical Review Letters, these bacteria are capable of yet another perplexing behavior—they form living two-dimensional crystals. Crystals, as we usually understand them, are tightly packed, periodic arrangements of atoms but, here, bacteria act as the atoms, forming into tight lattice structures thanks to the hydrostatic attraction produced by the bacterial flagella. This attraction is what takes the place of the electromagnetic force binding together proper crystals. It was an unexpected discovery for the Rockefeller University-based research group. The plan was to study the movements of Thiovulum majus through water droplets on a two-dimensional slide and it was here that they noticed something strange. The bacteria, which have a proclivity for rotating as they move around, like tiny propellers, didn't "bounce" off of the surfaces they encountered as one might expect. Instead, the Thiovulum majus pressed against the surfaces they encountered, spinning in place roughly 10 times per second. This is how the bacterial crystals formed, complete with lattice vacancies (a hole where a cell/atom should be but isn't) as well as the smoothed, polished edges we expect with a conventional crystal.[...]" Related: "Collective Motion Dynamics Of Active Solids And Crystals" [3:58]
MSM: "An Algorithm for Detecting the World's Invisible Vibrations" [1:28] "The technique, which is described in a recent paper published in the Journal of Sound and Vibration, takes high-speed video of a given structure and decomposes it frame by frame, assigning each one a different frequency of motion. The effect of this is to greatly exaggerate subpixel motions within a target region of pixels. The results can be seen above. As different structures have different natural frequencies, it's possible to determine if something is amiss by changes to that frequency. One application would be in pipeline monitoring, where variations might indicate a rupture or crack somewhere. [...]"
Buffoonery: "Dead Elites Plan To ‘Survive In Cyberspace’ By "Cloning Their Brains" To Computers" [4:51] "Dead elites are planning to 'live on in cyberspace' by ' uploading their cloned brains' to computer systems which will eventually take the form of artificially intelligent robots. [...]" Note: Conceptually hobbled sequentials ... so many misperceptions of reality ....
Lecture: "William Buhlman On OBEs At Monroe Institute Professional Seminar 2014 " [01/20/15] [1:29:12] "William Buhlman, best-selling author, teacher, and leading expert on the subject of out-of-body experiences, presented the keynote address at the 2014 Professional Seminar at The Monroe Institute. [...]"
Interviews: "William Buhlman - Adventures in the Afterlife" [1:01:45] "William Buhlman discusses out of body experiences and his latest book Adventures in the Afterlife. [...]" Related: Book: "Adventures in the Afterlife" "expansive new vision of our continuing life is presented" Note: Very nice piece of work. Valuable descriptive info.
Documentary: "Twin Life: Sharing Mind And Body" [45:06] "The CBC TV documentary reveals a year in the life of the astonishing Hogan sisters -- the only known twins who doctors suspect can see what the other sees, and feel what the other feels. Their family believes they can also taste what the other tastes. As craniopagus twins, 7 year old Tatiana and Krista are the only people in the world known to share a neural bridge between their thalamus - a part of the brain involved in the regulation of consciousness along with sensory and motor signals. [...]"
Commentary: "Earth’s Core Region Beneath Southern Africa May Be Trigger For Magnetic Pole Reversals" "A group of scientists – led by Dr John Tarduno from the University of Rochester, NY – has recovered a magnetic field record from minerals for Iron Age southern Africa. The data suggest that the region of the planet’s core beneath southern Africa, referred to as the African large low shear velocity province (LLSVP), may be the birthplace of some of the more recent and future Earth’s magnetic pole reversals. “It has long been thought reversals start at random locations, but our study suggests this may not be the case,” said Dr Tarduno, first author of a paper published in the journal Nature Communications. Earth’s magnetic field strength has decreased 16% since 1840 – with most of the decay related to the weakening field in the South Atlantic Anomaly – leading to much speculation that the planet is in the early stages of a field reversal. The researchers found a sharp 30% drop in magnetic field intensity from 1225 to 1550 CE. Given that the field intensity in the region is also declining today, they believe that the process causing the weakening field may be a recurring feature of the magnetic field. [...]"
Exploration: "Terror Management Theory" "Terror management theory (TMT), in social psychology, starts with the basic psychological conflict between wanting to live and having the self-awareness to know that death is inevitable. This conflict is believed to be unique to humans, and is solved with a uniquely human solution: cultures. By creating, and in turn investing in, these symbolic systems of meaning and value, humans gain a sense of literal immortality (afterlife belief) and/or symbolic immortality (the sense that they will live on through others and culture). Cultural values also provide the blueprint for what matters, and as such, are the basis by which self-esteem is derived. From a TMT perspective, self-esteem and worldviews are the primary defenses against the potential terror elicited by mortality awareness, though research has found that relationships and a more general need for psychological structure also protect people from mortality concerns. The terror management theory posits that when people are reminded of their own deaths, they more readily defend these cultural beliefs and act to enhance, or at least protect, their self-esteem. Experiments conducted by Sheldon Solomon, Tom Pyszczynski, and Jeff Greenberg sought to lend evidence to the concept that mortality salience, or the awareness of one's own death, affects the decision making of groups and individuals. The theory purports to help explain human activity both at the individual and societal level. It is derived from anthropologist Ernest Becker's 1973 Pulitzer Prize-winning work of nonfiction The Denial of Death, in which Becker argues most human action is taken to ignore or avoid the inevitability of death. The terror of absolute annihilation creates such a profound—albeit subconscious—anxiety in people that they spend their lives attempting to make sense of it. On large scales, societies build symbols: laws, religious meaning systems, cultures, and belief systems to explain the significance of life, define what makes certain characteristics, skills, and talents extraordinary, reward others whom they find exemplify certain attributes, and punish or kill others who do not adhere to their cultural worldview. On an individual level, self-esteem provides a buffer against death-related anxiety. [...]" Related: See below.
Interviews: "Fear, Death and Politics" Sheldon Solomon How thoughts of death can powerfully influence decisions and judgments. " Terror management theory (TMT) is derived from cultural anthropologist Ernest Becker’s efforts to explain the motivational underpinnings of human behavior. According to TMT, one defining characteristic of human beings is self-awareness: we’re alive and we know it. Although self-awareness gives rise to unbridled awe and joy, it can also lead to the potentially overwhelming dread engendered by the realization that death is inevitable, that it can occur for reasons that can never be anticipated or controlled, and that humans are corporeal creatures—breathing pieces of defecating meat no more significant or enduring than porcupines or peaches. TMT posits that humans ingeniously, but quite unconsciously, solved this existential dilemma by developing cultural worldviews: humanly constructed beliefs about reality shared by individuals in a group that serve to “manage” the potentially paralyzing terror resulting from the awareness of death. All cultures provide a sense of meaning by offering an account of the origin of the universe, a blueprint for acceptable conduct on Earth, and a promise of immortality (symbolically, by creation of large monuments, great works of art or science, amassing great fortunes, having children; and literally, through the various kinds of afterlives that are a central feature of organized religions) to those who live up to culturally prescribed standards. Thus, although cultures vary considerably, they share in common the same defensive psychological function: to provide meaning and value and in so doing bestow psychological equanimity in the face of death. [...]" Related: "Flight from Death: The Quest for Immortality" [85:00] the anxiety caused by mortality is a major motivator behind many human behaviors and cognitions, including self-esteem, ethno/religio-centrism, and even love.
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