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Andrew Kippen

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  • 500 years after Thomas More coined the term “utopia”, it’s worth reassessing what is meant by an ideal community. For Fourier it took the form of the phalanx, a group of well-matched individuals living together in a phalanstery: a palatial residential complex complete with meeting halls, dining rooms, libraries, ballrooms, beehives, observatories and coops for carrier pigeons.
  • We live in pursuit of innovation through distraction;
  • the new trend for shared ‘live-work’ apartments, our escape routes are leading us back to the laptop. The phrase ‘work-life balance’ is becoming an archaism.

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  • To date, Facebook has only showed ads across its Audience Network to Facebook users, targeted based on information the company has collected about its users’ tastes and behaviors. Now Facebook plans to collect information about all Internet users, through “like” buttons and other pieces of code present on Web pages across the Internet. It will then use the information it collects to target ads to non-Facebook users.

  • The podcasters say that they are relegated to wooing a single Apple employee for the best promotion. That sharing on social media is cumbersome. And that for podcasters to make money, they need more information about their listeners, and Apple is in a unique position to provide it.
  • Podcasting had been growing swiftly for years, but in 2014, “Serial,” a show that in its first season re-examined a murder case, was the first breakout hit. The season barreled into pop culture, attracting 110 million downloads.
  • By last year, at least 46 million Americans listened to podcasts each month. This year, that number will reach 57 million, according to a survey by Edison Research.

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  • It’s hard to multitask with spoken-word audio when you’re browsing other things.
  • Facebook’s new inline audio player was originally designed for music services like Spotify and Apple Music. With a couple of tweaks, Facebook adapted the player for editorial use by NPR and Serial in a month-long pilot earlier this year.
  • I did learn a lot about the types of audio content Facebook users wanted to engage with.


    Breaking news


    In some cases, we had great luck with quick-turnaround content.

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  • Importantly, the M.I.T. team demonstrated that the speech and music circuits are in different parts of the brain’s sprawling auditory cortex, where all sound signals are interpreted, and that each is largely deaf to the other’s sonic cues, although there is some overlap when it comes to responding to songs with lyrics.
  • “The idea that the brain gives specialized treatment to music recognition, that it regards music as fundamental a category as speech, is very exciting to me.”
  • The computations generated six basic response patterns, six ways the brain categorized incoming noise. But what did the categories correspond to? Matching sound clips to activation patterns, the researchers determined that four of the patterns were linked to general physical properties of sound, like pitch and frequency. The fifth traced the brain’s perception of speech, and for the sixth the data turned operatic, disclosing a neuronal hot spot in the major crevice, or sulcus, of the auditory cortex that attended to every music clip the researchers had played.

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  • But it takes a mountain of effort to build and maintain 20 strong friendships, and to open yourself up to 20 friends’ worth of middle-of-the-night calls.
  • At its best, having many close friendships can feel like having an army of guardian angels ready to mobilize within minutes. At its worst, it can feel like the world’s most invisible form of emotional labor.
  • There’s often a thin layer of anxiety on top of the bedrock of our love.

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  • As a neuroscientist, I consider the effects of hypnosis to be amazing. How is a mental image translated into a physiological reaction that is physically transforming? As one scientist stated, the existence of such a phenomenon "poses a serious challenge to much of the ideology of biomedicine . . . [that] disease is a mechanical phenomenon." It suggests, rather, that our thoughts have the power to alter our physiology in many ways, including not only the function of the pain pathways in our brain, but also the manifestation of a genetically inherited disease. Our thoughts support healing in very powerful ways.

  • Homogeneity brings a narrower range of ideas and gathers momentum toward a vicious cycle, in which it becomes harder to attract and retain talent within a minority group as it becomes increasingly underrepresented.

  • Violence is nurturance turned backwards.


    These things are connected, they must be connected. Violence and nurturance are two sides of the same coin. I struggle to understand this even as I write it.

  • what if we are using our gifts backwards? To harm instead of to help? What if they were meant to be used the other way around?
  • Nothing in his world reflects this reality back to him, and yet it is real. He at first can hardly believe it or understand it.

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  • When I’m asleep, I’m aware that I’m dreaming. I find myself flying, running, exploring, or playing in a virtual reality where I have some control over aspects of the scene and setting. This dream leaves impressions that are as strong or even stronger than anything I experience when I’m awake. It’s fascinating and it’s extremely powerful and it’s all in my own mind.
  • I went though a breakup with a long-term partner with whom I have four children. During that time, I got lucid. I was standing in the hallway and there was a door and I said, right, I’m not afraid of this door, and on the other side, I want to see a group of people that I know and I trust and we are going to come up with a solution to this problem. And so I went through the door. And there were about ten of my good friends in there, guys I grew up with, and some former colleagues from when I was at sea. 


    I trusted them because we worked together in such extreme conditions. So my subconscious had populated this room with a whole bunch of people who I felt comfortable with and we sat down and worked out the strategies for getting the settlement that suited both me and my former partner. So a very practical application is to have dialogue in the dream and come up with solutions. I find that quite powerful. The next day, I called up my lawyer and figured out an agreement.

  • I like to fly and feel the cool air on my skin. I like the feeling of being flooded by light and energy. This can leave an afterglow for up to two days. Sometimes I have an urge to destroy and it’s normally buildings, so I wreck a whole city just for fun. I like visiting bakeries and gorging on doughnuts and cakes and desserts. I sing in the most perfect voice — this is coming from a person who was singled out by the teacher in school choir and told to pretend and not actually make any noise. I like creating space ships and flying them — organic ships that are living and full of wicked high-tech toys. I love running. I don’t run in real life, but I run when I dream and I wake up with a sense of having had that run. So I feel like a runner even though I only do that in lucid dreams. I like playing with my kids and reliving the memory the next day.

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  • Sounds simple, doesn’t it? Yet, in the real world, this obvious question is almost never asked. Instead, the question we ask is more problem focused: “What’s broken, and how do we fix it?”
  • “What’s working, and how can we do more of it?”
  • The more choices the Rider is offered, the more exhausted the Rider gets.

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  • For me, obsessing about specific devices was a bad path (they change too frequently), obsessing about iOS versus Android OS was a bad path (they are both important) and obsessing about phone versus tablet was a bad path (they have merged into one larger category of portable screen and continue to evolve all the time).
  • Information via screens not devices — this is the key idea.

  • "You  have been telling the people that this is the Eleventh Hour, now you  must go back and tell the people that this is the Hour.  And there  are things to be considered . . .    


    Where  are you living?
      What are you doing?
       What are your relationships?
      Are you in right relation?
      Where is your water?
      Know your garden.
      It is time to speak your Truth.
      Create your community.
      Be good to each other.
      And do not look outside yourself for the leader."


    Then he clasped his  hands together, smiled, and said, "This could be a good time!"

  • "We are the ones we've been waiting for."

  • Across cultures and throughout history, we all visit bizarre, visionary worlds on a nightly basis. There is a lot to be learned in this place. Your mind creates objective “reality” and the subjective experience of moving through that reality. Think of it as a different mode of cognition.

  • In other words, toxic employees lack judgment and flexibility, which is often required to customize solutions to situations. Therefore they rely on rules.
  • But here’s a more likely explanation. The rule-following was not based on solid data that they actually follow rules, but rather that they thought rules should be followed. That can translate to, “everyone should follow rules, except me.” That would be consistent with the findings that they are overly confident and narcissistic.
    • When confronting employees with this kind of problem, do not use the word attitude. They cannot hear it and will not agree with it. Instead describe dialogue you have overheard, and just talk about impact. Here are some examples.

      • “Did you notice the look on John’s face when you said that?”
      • “Even though Mary made a mistake, your comment did not contribute to a solution.”
      • “It is your job to share useful information.”
      • “Name calling (or eye rolling) will not be tolerated.”

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    • 10 Things We Can Do to Contribute to Internal, Interpersonal, and Organizational Peace

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      (1) Spend some time each day quietly reflecting on how we would like to relate to ourselves and others.


      (2) Remember that all human beings have the same needs.


      (3) Check our intention to see if we are as interested in others getting their needs met as our own.


      (4) When asking someone to do something, check first to see if we are making a request or a demand.


      (5) Instead of saying what we DON'T want someone to do, say what we DO want the person to do.


      (6) Instead of saying what we want someone to BE, say what action we'd like the person to take that we hope will help the person be that way.


      (7) Before agreeing or disagreeing with anyone's opinions, try to tune in to what the person is feeling and needing.


      (8) Instead of saying "No," say what need of ours prevents us from saying "Yes."


      (9) If we are feeling upset, think about what need of ours is not being met, and what we could do to meet it, instead of thinking about what's wrong with others or ourselves.


      (10) Instead of praising someone who did something we like, express our gratitude by telling the person what need of ours that action met.

  • NVC is a “language of life” that helps us to transform old patterns of defensiveness and aggressiveness into compassion and empathy and to improve the quality of all of our relationships.
    • Four Components

      1.   Observation: Observation without evaluation consists of noticing concrete things and actions around us. We learn to distinguish between judgment and what we sense in the present moment, and to simply observe what is there.
      3.   Feeling: When we notice things around us, we inevitably experience varying emotions and physical sensations in each particular moment. Here, distinguishing feelings from thoughts is an essential step to the NVC process.
      5.   Needs: All individuals have needs and values that sustain and enrich their lives. When those needs are met, we experience comfortable feelings, like happiness or peacefulness, and when they are not, we experience uncomfortable feelings, like frustration. Understanding that we, as well as those around us, have these needs is perhaps the most important step in learning to practice NVC and to live empathically.
      7.   Request: To make clear and present requests is crucial to NVC’s transformative mission. When we learn to request concrete actions that can be carried out in the present moment, we begin to find ways to cooperatively and creatively ensure that everyone’s needs are met.

        Two Parts

      1.   Empathy: Receiving from the heart creates a means to connect with others and share experiences in a truly life enriching way. Empathy goes beyond compassion, allowing us to put ourselves into another’s shoes to sense the same feelings and understand the same needs; in essence, being open and available to what is alive in others. It also gives us the means to remain present to and aware of our own needs and the needs of others even in extreme situations that are often difficult to handle.
      3.   Honesty: Giving from the heart has its root in honesty. Honesty begins with truly understanding ourselves and our own needs, and being in tune with what is alive in us in the present moment. When we learn to give ourselves empathy, we can start to break down the barriers to communication that keep us from connecting with others.
  • The basic outline of the model is the following:

      When I see that______________
      I feel ______________
      because my need for ________________ is/is not met.
      Would you be willing to __________________?
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