“Alain de Botton: Status Anxiety”

Food for thought for the evening:

“Why Happy Couples Cheat | Esther Perel | TED Talks”

Having previously listened to Esther Perel’s audiobook Mating in Captivity, I am glad to stumble across her talk here on TED.

“Alain de Botton on Pessimism”

From The School of Life:

Here Alain de Botton rehashes some of what he discussed in another speech I posted up recently, but I appreciate this one as well as quality food for thought and so am posting it up.

Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior (audio excerpts)

Realize I never posted on here my video excerpts from Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior by Leonard Mlodinow (2012), a very worthwhile audiobook (read by the author) I highly recommend to others.

Excerpt 1 (disc 1, track 3) on quantum theory, relativity, science of the mind and the social sphere:

** Excerpt 2 (disc 2, track 6-8) on the unreliability of eye-witness testimony:

Excerpt 3 (disc 5, track 6) on assessment of people’s competence based on superficial qualities:

Leonard Mlodinow received his Ph.D. in theoretical physics from UC Berkeley and currently teaches at Caltech. More information on the author is available here: http://leonardmlodinow.com/leonard-mlodinow-biography/

This audiobook helps illuminate quite a bit in terms of insights into the field of social neuroscience and how much we’re all driven by unconscious processes of both social and biological origin.

[** is a prompt to listen to that excerpt if no other.]

Excerpts from Warren Farrell’s book “Women Can’t Hear What Men Don’t Say”

Excerpt 1:

Excerpt 2:

Excerpt 3:

“Openness (Why it is Crucial to Be Open)”

Another good video by Teal on openness:

“You are restricted to the one perspective you call by your name.” Yes, exactly. And it’s something similar to her attitude expressed in that video that is fueling my own project in living out loud. Because why not? Only have one life to live (so far as we’re aware). Might as well explore it more fully.

What if the world embodied our highest potential?

“What if the world embodied our highest potential?” A film uploaded by goodnesstv:


What if the world embodied our highest potential? by goodnesstv

Too bad Obama was just kidding around and so many fell for it. Aside from that though, this is largely a peace-invoking, thought-provoking 23-minute film about humanity and the power of love.

But in critique I offer this. “Why don’t we walk left instead of right?” That quote stood out to me. Why don’t we walk forward instead of backward? Why must everything loop back around to right and left, red and blue? Hey, why don’t we give those words a rest for a while, maybe retire them for a decade or so and consider the possibility that maybe —just maybe— life needn’t be viewed as a duel involving opposing teams? We know there are far more than 2 perspectives deserving attention; furthermore, all this ‘duality talk’ dumbs us down and oversimplifies complex problems we’re all suffering from in one way or another. The duality bullshit gives us an easy out, a team to side with to avoid thinking critically for ourselves. Why not say fuck the Right and the Left? I’d be happy to live the rest of my life never again hearing our political forum reduced down to dumb and dumber talking heads. What are they even saying anymore? Nothing but divisive shit.