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  1. Last 7 days
    1. In the Pirandello play, "Six Characters in Search of an Author", the six characters come on stage, one after another, each of them pushing the story in a different unexpected direction. I use Pirandello's title as a metaphor for the pioneers in our understanding of the concept of evolution over the last two centuries. Here are my six characters with their six themes. 1. Charles Darwin (1809-1882): The Diversity Paradox. 2. Motoo Kimura (1924-1994): Smaller Populations Evolve Faster. 3. Ursula Goodenough (1943- ): Nature Plays a High-Risk Game. 4. Herbert Wells (1866-1946): Varieties of Human Experience. 5. Richard Dawkins (1941- ): Genes and Memes. 6. Svante Pääbo (1955- ): Cousins in the Cave. The story that they are telling is of a grand transition that occurred about fifty thousand years ago, when the driving force of evolution changed from biology to culture, and the direction changed from diversification to unification of species. The understanding of this story can perhaps help us to deal more wisely with our responsibilities as stewards of our planet.

      !- Pirandello’s play Six Characters in Search of an Author : vehicle for exploring cultural evolution over the last 50,000 years

    2. Biological and Cultural Evolution Six Characters in Search of an Author

      !- Title : Biological and Cultural Evolution Six Characters in Search of an Author !- Author : Freeman Dyson !- Date : 2019

  2. Jan 2023
    1. SixDegrees

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SixDegrees.com, http://sixdegrees.com/ which was promising but then went nowhere somehow? It's still around but it looks like only an empty shell. Weird how many 'popular' dotcom sites were bought and then shut down/torn down soon afterwards.

      Apparently not related to the current https://www.sixdegrees.org/, which adds a charitable twist to it and looks independently interesting.

  3. Jul 2022
    1. the six 00:48:41 six big systems i've mentioned can be viewed as a cognitive architecture it's the it's the means by which the society learns decides adapts and 00:48:54 and this society's efforts this is the third underlying position the society's efforts to learn decide and adapt and be viewed as being driven by an intrinsic purpose and that's really key also 00:49:08 because it's not just that we're learning deciding and adapting willy-nilly i mean i mean maybe it seems that way in the world you know in the sense we're so dysfunctional it kind of is billy nilly but 00:49:20 but what really matters is that we learn decide and adapt in relation to whatever intrinsic purpose we actually have as as a society as individuals in a 00:49:34 society it's that it's it's it's it's as i will use the the term uh maybe several times today it's solving problems that matter that really that really 00:49:45 matter that's what we're after

      Second Proposition: The six thrusts or prmary societal systems are the cognitive architecture of the superorganism which it uses to sense the world

    2. so here we go to number six why transform 00:30:49 yeah so uh i mean i i'm guessing that uh for your audience you know the the the your audience probably has a general sense of things are not good you know things are not moving in 00:31:01 the right direction and i think maybe lots of the public has the sense that things are not good not moving in the right direction and climate change is certainly part of that bio on the ecological and the ecological 00:31:15 theme climate change and biodiversity loss are perhaps two of the you know biggest challenges that humanity faces 00:31:25 uh you know now and over the next say 1 000 years or something but but our problems go deeper than that um it's it's not just that there's that the 00:31:40 temperature is warming it's not just the the birds are dying and the insects are dying it's that it it's also has to do with social issues 00:31:52 poverty for example uh financial instability uh uh and all the all the social problems that climate change and biodiversity loss and other things are going to 00:32:04 to bring uh uh already with covet i think there's there's the the uh split between the rich and the poor and the world is getting even larger than it was and was already disgustingly large 00:32:20 there's a question of power you know why do why why does it in a sense if we think of money as a voting tool why is it that a billionaire has a 00:32:31 billion times more power to decide what society should be like than i do you know like there's questions like that there's just fairness questions of fairness there's questions of decision making who 00:32:44 who how do we make who actually makes decisions like how how many people are in like how much of the of society is involved when society makes a decision you know there's all these questions uh and all 00:32:57 of them can be i think addressed together uh in a in a r d program like this and we have to we have to address them i don't think there is a 00:33:09 there's an option of not transforming so so voices for transforming for some kind of bold transformation are getting louder and louder both in academia and you know at the at the 00:33:23 global scope global policymakers at the u.n and other folks like that uh just within the general public with even within some uh you know municipalities city states local governments and 00:33:36 and even the national gov governments there is a rising rising chorus of voices saying we need to transform 00:33:47 and we need to go big and we need to change things you know kind of radically somehow so that we can get what we want in the you know like so 50 years from now my 00:34:01 children can be enjoying a better world not a not a dying world now that doesn't mean that i'm going to jump just a little bit ahead here that doesn't mean that everyone thinks that transformation is 00:34:16 necessary but lots of people don't lots of people would just as soon keep everything just the way it is you know or they just haven't thought about it maybe or whatever so so i just want to make clear that i'm not 00:34:29 you know it's fine people you know people can fall wherever they fall on the spectrum but the paper the end the r d program is really aimed at that percent 00:34:40 of the you know the population and the science population that is interested in vole change and it doesn't really need the r d program really doesn't need 00:34:52 the rest of the world to even engage or pay attention to this the this whole this the r d program is designed to be successful even if a small slice of the population 00:35:05 participates

      The word transformation is carefully chosen by John and here he explains why. We face an extreme and growing polycrisis that threatens to overpower our capacity to cope with it unless we act now for whole system transformation.

      Voices across all of society are becoming more vocal of the need to transform the existing system.

      This transformation program does not need everyone to participate, just a sufficient but small percentage of the population who are aligned to these ideas. Not everyone believes such transformation is necessary but the R+D project only needs to onboard a small percentage of the population who does to change the entire system for the benefit of even the non-believers.

  4. May 2022
  5. Oct 2021
  6. Feb 2021
    1. Conversation around Adam Grant's Think Again.

      • Task Conflict vs Relationship Conflict
      • The absence of conflict is not harmony; it is apathy
      • Beliefs vs Values; what you think is true vs what you think is important. Be open around beliefs; be committed to values.
      • Preachers, Prosecutors, Politicians... and Scientists: defend or beliefs, prove the others wrong, seek approval and be liked... hypothesize and experiment.
      • Support Network... and a Challenge Network. (Can we force ourselves to have a Challenge Network by using the Six Thinking Hats?)
      • Awaken curiosity (your own, and other's to help them change their mind)
      • Successful negotiators spend more time looking for common ground and asking questions to understand
      • Solution Aversion: someone rejecting a proposed solution may end up rejecting the existence of the problem itself (e.g. climate change)
  7. Jan 2017
  8. May 2016
    1. "Thousands of files containing details of prisoners arrested during 1913 Lockout, Easter Rising published online," RTÉ Six-One News (2016-05-11) [flash video]


      RTÉ Six-One News report on the restoration of DMP Prisoners Books to the Garda Museum and Archives, and launch of the four digitised volumes of Dublin Metropolitan Police prisoner books from the Irish revolutionary period.

  9. Feb 2016
    1. New-Teacher Classroom Set-Up Guide

      another great "how to" source in terms of a step by step guide to your first year can be found in a book called "The First Six Weeks." You can check out the Chapter for K-2 classrooms here: http://plaza.ufl.edu/mrichner/Readings/The%20First%20Six%20Weeks%20of%20School%20(K-2).pdf