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Excerpt 2 from "Healing at the Speed of Sound" with Don Campbell and Alex Doman

DonCampbell-HealingSpeedSound-Cover-BLIn this transcribed excerpt from "Healing at the Speed of Sound" with Don Campbell and Alex Doman, -- CEO of Advanced Brain Technology -- talks about how very much sound affects all the time, what we acclimate to and why, and the importance of how our auditory experience impacts our world.

I want to spend some time talking about our relationship with sound.  What is our relationship with a sound within our environment and within ourselves? It’s a very important consideration to make. And sound can be something that’s healthy and nurturing and nourishes and feeds us, or it can be something actually does harm, causes disease, and leads to ill health, so it’s about finding the balance of sound versus noise,

noise being something very pervasive that we have not the same control of that we’d like. Last night at 3:45 in the morning at our hotel on 55th and 5th , I was awoken by the sounds of trucks, and for three hours I struggled with the sounds of these trucks as I tried to go back to sleep, and finally remembered that I had a pair of $1.49 foam ear plugs.  So I had a $1.50 solution to a very significant problem and that’s all it took. Because those will dampen sounds by 29 decibels make the difference between a sleep state and an awake state that I didn’t want to be in. 
 
How many of you live here in the city?  And do you find it a struggle often or have you learned to filter this noise? Right -- because you have habituate to it, to learn how to filter that out, your brain decides this is no longer important to me. So you’re able to block it out. But my family and I live near the mountains and we live in a very quiet setting. It’s an urban community, but it is quiet and we awaken to the sounds of birds and the trees literally in the morning as the sun rises, so it’s a very calm and peaceful place. But when we come to the city we have to adjust. And you know, we adapt to the environment that we’re in, but after two nights we had not quite yet adapted.
 
So as we think about sound, I think it’s important to consider the mechanism in which we perceive and process sound, which is our auditory system, and this auditory system that we possess is the first sensory system to develop in human beings. So this system has been given precedence over sight, touch, taste, smell. It is our balance system and our hearing system that develops first in utero at about 16-20 weeks, and it’s the first system to fully develop in utero and be functioning. So, the unborn child is processing sound -- both the internal sound of the mother’s womb and the external sounds around the mother.

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Wired.com's Interview of Douglas Rushkoff, Author of "Program or Be Programmed"

 

Cover-Rushkoff-programorbeprogrammed-BL One of our favorite audiobooks is Program or Be Programmed: Ten Commands for a Digital Age by Douglas Rushkoff.  Rushkoff has been hailed as one of the most cutting edge thinkers of our time, and was recently interviewed by Wired.com.  Check out the interview by clicking here.

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Excerpt 2 from "Program or Be Programmed" by Douglas Rushkoff

DouglasRushkoff-BL We are delighted to offer another transcribed excerpt from Douglas Rushkoff's mind-expanding book Program or Be Programmed: Ten Commands for a Digital Age. In this book -- and this excerpt -- Rushkoff challenges us to take control of we interact with the ever evolving world of digital technology.

The way people approach me about this problem is they will say, “Well look, I know how to drive a car but I’m not an auto mechanic and I’m fine with that. When my car breaks, I’ll take it to the auto mechanic. I’ll take it to the garage.” Or the dealer at this point because people don’t trust the garage anymore. That’s another story. Take it back to the branded dealer and let them fix it. But I’m not talking about the difference between an auto mechanic and an automobile driver. I’m talking about the difference between an automobile driver and an automobile passenger.


 
The computer… the way to use a computer is not just to be taken around by it. The way to use a computer is to express what you want through the computer. I’m not asking you to take it apart and fix the power supply and fix the screen and make the processors function better or do heat dissipation on the processor which is too big for the case. That’s not what I’m asking you to do. I’m asking you to know how to use the keyboard to make programs so that you look at the computer as this anything machine.
 
It’s like… think of the computer as if it were a robot. You could be just, you know, Dr. Smith on Lost in Space, and listen to what the robot does. Or you could be Will Robinson and get in there and make the robot do the things you want. So if you have a robot and you think, “Well shoot, wouldn’t it be cool if this robot could plant my grass this year or start a fire in the fireplace?” The way you get it to do that is by telling the robot to do that. That’s what your computer is capable of. Your computer can do the things that you want. Your smart phone can do the things you want.
 
On the other hand, if you are content to be a passenger, think about what that would mean in a car. I mean, sure for Miss Daisy, she’s too old to drive. Her glasses don’t work. She never learned. Fine. She’ll be driven around by her driver. But for you -- do you want that to be your relationship to roads, to place, to map? That you have a driver? And what if the driver is not somebody you hire but some corporation who you don’t know? If you say “I want to go to a nice inexpensive restaurant” and it just takes you to McDonald’s all the time, how do you know another restaurant exists if your driver is depending on that company? You could look out the window, sure, but what if they are taking you on a route where you don’t even get to see the alternatives?

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Excerpt 2 from A Talk Based on "Program or Be Programmed" by Douglas Rushkoff

Douglas Rushkoff Program or Be Programmed Douglas Rushkoff -- -- winner of the first Neil Postman Award for Career Achievement in Public Intellectual Activity -- challenges us once again to not take the world around us for granted in this talk based on Program or Be Programmed: 10 Commands for a Digital Age.  The following transcribed excerpt outlines the basis for this phenomenal book.

The talk itself, it may seem off the topic of this book Program or Be Programmed. It begins with me very concerned about the nature of democracy. And I had just reread the letters back and forth between John Dewey and Ed Bernays, who really was a great educational advocate and really the founder of public relations, looking at whether democracy is possible.
 
The reason it’s not off track as a conversation is what their conversation is really about is whether human beings are capable of understanding the world that they live in.

Whether we the people, we the masses, we the regular people, can be trusted with the fate of our nation, with the fate of our world. And one of these guys thought not and the other one really thought not also, but that with proper education that maybe we would get there. That if the news media was changed, if the technologies through which we learned were changed, that maybe human beings could be brought to the place where we could vote intelligently, where we could have a democracy not just for the people but by the people. One that we enact ourselves.
 
That’s really what the book Program or Be Programmed and this whole line of thought for me is about. What I’m trying to do is encourage people to think of themselves as intelligent enough to understand the programs in the world around them, and I don’t just mean the computer programs. I mean every program. Look at the streets in the city you live. Is it a grid pattern? Who made it a grid pattern and why? Look at the money you use. Look at the religion that you believe in or don’t believe in. Look at the church you go to. Look at the school your kids go to. All of these things, all of these worlds have been designed by people with very particular agendas in mind, from the one way sign down your street, to the accreditation of the university you go to, to the card you use to punch the clock, to the way you money is extracted from your paycheck.
 
These are all things that aren’t just parts of nature. These are things that were designed by people with purpose. And as you start to see the world embedded with purpose rather than just some preexisting condition, you realize that all of these systems are up for discussion, that any one of them can be changed or they can be remade in a way that’s more consistent with your values.

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