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The Science Not Yet Born — Culture Design

 

Life emerges from death. This is merely a fact from ecology — where the seemingly immortal flow of nutrients continuously passes from the bodies of the recently deceased into new forms as it is reconstituted in the bodies of the newly born.

I offer this metaphor as the starting point to discuss how we can apply biological principles to “guide the flow of nutrients” from dying institutional forms for education, research, and social change practice. In a recent article, I explained …

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Treat People as Citizens

 

Treat People as Citizens



- How a generation of political thinkers has underestimated the abilities of ordinary people and undermined democracy



Aeon Article Link

Definition: Conqueror's Curse

 

Conqueror's Curse:

A condition where a conquering tribe or group dehumanizes themselves and commits horrific atrocities in order to acquire or wrest territory or resources from an existing group. Then, in order to make what the conquering group did seem normalized or 'virtuous', that group engages in deep mind trickery, and historical revisionism, as well as engage in delusions of superiority. Descendants inherit this pathology and may get defensive or play games with the truth. However, this act of self-deception then in turn sows the seeds of narcissism, delusional thinking,…

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On Being Good: the Secular Virtues

 

On Being Good: the Secular Virtues

by Alain de Botton

Article Link: The Secular Virtues

If I had to design a list of 10 virtues that could apply today, I might go for the following (they speak most clearly to me, precisely because I find them hardest to apply):

Resilience
The art of keeping going even when things are looking dark; of accepting reversals as normal, of refusing to frighten others with one’s own fears and of remembering that human nature is in the end reassuringly tough.…

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Eric Fromm on The Real Meaning of 'Self-Love'

 

The Great Humanistic Philosopher and Psychologist Erich Fromm on What Self-Love Really Means and Why It Is the Basic Condition for a Sane Society

Article Link: Real Meaning of Self Love

Reciprocal Rights

 

Reciprocal Rights Version 2.9 (A cobbling together of The Bill of Rights, FDR's 2nd Bill of Rights, The Declaration of Human Rights, and the Bolivian Mother Earth Law)

OK - Why? This is WHY:It has come to my attention that the Koch Brothers are making moves toward a Constitutional Convention (They are 6 state house votes away from this goal at 28 states: 34 states needed). If this happens our Bill of Rights will be dissolved. So, if this happens I want to be johnny-on-the-spot with an even more all-encompassing set of rights for the citizens. I've done my level best to compile a set of…more…

Governance Guidelines

 

Preface

  1. Best Practices

  2. Governance Design Goals (Incorporate Good Governance Requirements)

    1. Goal : Incorporate Good Governance Requirements

    2. Note: Every article, bylaw, policy, and procedure proposed within Cascadia Commons shall meet all Governance Requirements to be considered for adoption and implementation, or in the case where the article, bylaw, policy, or procedure does not fulfill Governance Requirements shall be construed as not in effect and unenforceable and rejected until such time as alterations can be made to…

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