Tag Archives: behavioral economics

Adam Curtis’: “The Century of The Self” (video)

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“Buyer beware” works better if the buyer is aware of his/her subconscious ‘decision drivers’! Here is the full version of Adam Curtis’ “The Century of The Self”. All four episodes are ‘one viewing’, about 4 hrs in length. With greatest gratitude to ‘therebel.org’ who posted on Vimeo! Continue reading

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Earth’s Dilemma – Scope and Pace of Human Industrially Based Destruction

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What do Fukushima Daiichi and a small community in the bayou country of Louisiana have in common? Each is the location of unfolding “impossible” environmental disasters of “unthinkable” toxicity to earth, earth’s waters, and to life – including of course human. At this time, neither disaster has knowable solutions. …I think it’s safe to say – multiple on-going and unhealed environmental disasters exist. …If everyone …were …to appreciate ‘scope and pace’ is a critical factor in rapidly accelerating and accumulating damage. It is possible for us to overwhelm earth’s natural restorative processes. …also suggested by Tim Murphy in his Mother Jones article, referenced and quoted in this post. Murphy says: “… never before, (have humans extracted natural resources from the earth) at the rate and magnitude of today’s petrochemical industry.” This post expands awareness from Fukushima Daiichi and the Bayou Corne Sinkhole to include other large-scale scenes of current, on-going, environmental devastation and whole-region toxification. Continue reading

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Problems Viewing Adam Curtis’s BBC series The Century of the Self and Why You Should Find a Way to View It

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Unfortunately, one of my favorite, most ‘revered’ links is now almost (but not quite) unavailable. Adam Curtis’s “The Century of The Self” BBC mini-series has practically vanished! … Today, (6 August 2013) I’ve researched it’s availability. … Here’s what I’ve learned re the availability of The Century of The Self series, and notes on its value in understanding manipulation … Continue reading

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Notes on new page – LIST OF ON-GOING TOXIC ENVIRONMENTAL DISASTERS, NATIONAL AND GLOBAL

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(Aug 9 2013, have added some info and links on some items.) This page lists on-going environmental disasters nationally and globally. It’s purpose is to help us recognize how wide-spread environmental destruction – due to human activity – has become by early 21st Century. I believe we now overwhelm earth’s capacity to repair and restore itself. It cannot keep up with our pace and scope of toxins spewed onto land and into oceans and sky. It’s not easy to quickly locate a list such as this … therefore, I’m going to attempt it. Please read more – you may be able to help! (To bypass this introductory post – go to right hand column, ‘Essential Practices”, and find page “List of environmental disasters …”) Continue reading

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Oil Train Disasters do NOT Justify the XL Pipeline (Lac Megantic)

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We are so locked into expand and exploit, are so addicted to high-consumption lifestyles, that we’ll use any argument available to convince ourselves and others that “its regrettable to destroy earth, but what choice do we have?”. This is truly a beyond bizarre line of thought. We claim to be an intelligent, curious, optimistic, problem solving species that is willing and able to ‘slog through difficulty’ for a better tomorrow. I believe this is true about us; I believe we can, if we decide, find our way out. However, I see us behaving as if we don’t really want to identify how threatening our ‘systems and styles’ are to this earth’s essential vibrancy, without which – life as we know it does not exist, period. (What is already underway with tar-sands mining/processing in northern Alberta almost defies description. It is not good. photos, links, info re XL and related earth/life issues.) Continue reading

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Capitalism, Steve Jobs, and Faust

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The Faustian tragedy is not a tragedy of the individual, Steve Jobs, (except in so far as he may have wrestled with the bargain he struck to climb to success). In a deeply irremediable way, such bargains are ‘inevitable’ under current dominant economic systems. The Faustian tragedy is a tragedy of humanity itself – we collectively have accepted a bargain promising “success” as delivered through fierce competition; “benevolent cooperation be damned” Continue reading

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Merit and Bonus Pay Incentives – Fundamental Problems Show in Research

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Dan Ariely is author of “Predictably Irrational”, (published 2008). It is our irrationality that interferes with our otherwise ‘common sense’ assumption that merit pay (carrot-stick incentive) should promote ‘best performance’. (Research shows merit-pay doesn’t work, not in any lasting way.) See video lecture and research notes here. (And/or see “Merit Pay Research Links” in ESSENTIAL PRACTICE section, right hand column, this site.) . … Continue reading

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A Case For Nurturing and Developing Empathy – 21st Century Solutions

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The 10 minute video posted here – an entertaining animated summary of Jeremy Rifkin’s Empathic Civilization, originally via The Royal Society of Arts website – is in complete solidarity with the purpose of Thoughts From The Well – promoting ideas and practices for our 21st Century. (And – predictably – it challenges old, entrenched, paradigms!) Continue reading

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Earth Day 2011 – Honoring “St. Bucky” – Buckminster Fuller

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Buckminster Fuller offered much insight we’d do well to consider on all topics that matter: environment, intelligence, human potential, understanding dynamics of universe, of earth, of humanity. He was modest, a clear and comprehensive thinker, with a ‘natural teacher’ manner, who welcomed humanity as student. …Buckminster Fuller, if anyone, is surely a candidate for sainthood! Continue reading

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Global Financial “Net” – Now Fully Transcontinental and Complete?

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The only people “safe and protected” from looming fearful misery are those of the “inner circle” – the financial elite. We have priests: they operate out of Church Wall Street. Those of us outside the inner circle have accepted “need” to pay great sums to the priests, who in turn assure us this will appease the god. We are trembling and afraid. We thought we’d paid enough. The priests say the god remains unhappy and demands more. John Pilger is a career journalist, his documentaries among the most thorough and of highest quality. PILGER’S “New Rulers of the World”, EMBEDDED IN THIS POST, is only one, of uncountable sources offering quality analysis and revelation. Article presents Pilger’s documentary, explores the issue, and offers links. Continue reading

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