Excerpt from "Global Mind Change" with Edgar Mitchell
In honor of Neil Armstrong's life and death, we are delighted to share with you an excerpt of a talk by Edgar Mitchell -- the sixth person to walk on the moon – who talks to us about what what it means to be a human and our place in the universe in his series of lectures, “Global Mind Change.”
I like to suggest that there is a challenge here. Throughout most of human history we have strongly believed ourselves to be very physical beings -- rooted in our physicality, experiencing what we would like to think would be a wonderful life. But quite often, experiencing a lot of trauma and pain and all of those things that go with being human, that is the opposite of having ups and ups and ups. And the question is why? We are rooted in our physicality and yearning for a spiritual experience and trying to ask ourselves: Why me? What’s this all about? And we particularly ask that question “Why me?” when things turn sour.
I suggest to you that the way we need to look at it is that we are not really physical beings yearning for a spiritual experience. We are in reality eternal creative beings creating a physical experience, and it takes quite a shift in mindset to get yourself around that one. But tonight we’re going to give it a try. For those of you who haven’t heard me before, why is this important? What is it about now, that I would bring this up? What is it about the contemporary period that we live in that perhaps makes this a vital alternative viewpoint to think about and to look at? I will tell you that in the last year I have seldom spoken with a person who did not think that something very strange was going on, who did not think that the world was in a rather major crisis and it seemed to be deepening. I will suggest to you that in the last six months it has become almost overwhelming. I can’t talk to anyone who doesn’t feel that way. They seek me out and my telephone is ringing off the hook. Things are happening in ways they haven’t happened before.
Code Literacy: A 21st Century Requirement
Douglas Rushkoff, one of the leading cutting-edge thinkers of our time, recently published an article in Edutopia about the importance of making sure we -- and even more importantly, our children -- have a true understanding of how to negotiate this new digital world. The article begins:
Ask kids what Facebook is for, and they'll tell you it's there to help them make friends. And, on the surface anyway, that's what it looks like. Of course, anyone who has poked a bit deeper or thought a bit longer about it understands that people programming Facebook aren't sitting around wondering how to foster more enduring relationships for little Johnny, Janey and their friends, but rather how to monetize their social graphs -- the trail of data the site is busy accumulating about Johnny and Janey every second of the day and night.>>
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"Is Your Technology Biased?"
We thought you'd find this article recently published in the Washington Post interesting. Is our technology biased? Do we really understand its influence on ourselves and others? Is anything really private anymoer? One of our favorite cutting-edge thinkers, Douglas Rushkoff, weighs in in this piece by Dominic Basulto.