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This blog is about both scientific, societal/political, and yoga-related issues - individually and considered as different aspects of the same problem/solution. A longer description is found in the first blog entry, and all old posts are found in a structured way here. The blog is an extension of my main home pages and Twitter: @gunnarcedersund

Whispers of the global mind

internet Posted on Mar 25, 2012 23:51

I just found a new book on how and why the
Internet and all the mobile connections we have to each other nowadays bring us a sense of
connection we are longing for. We lost this connection when our families became mobile
little units moving from city to city, and we miss it now more than ever when
the over-populated cities and fear-mongering media makes virtual strangers of
all of us. Therefore, if the units themselves break down in bitter divorces, we
feel more disconnected and alone than ever. But…the internet (at least
partially) restores that, and not only on the little tribal scale, but all the
way up to the global scale, to the global identity that we are so sorely
lacking an awareness of, and which lack is creating our extreme unresonsibility
for our global actions.

The book also seems, despite some historical and
scientific underpinnings, to be fairly poetically written, which is another
mixture I appreciate a lot. For instance:

The mobile has become the visible
manifestation of the emotions evoked by our connections. Although, unlike the
tendrils of the Pandorans, they have not burrowed their way beneath into our
biology, we carry our mobiles everywhere. We use them to link with one another,
consult the spirits of the ancestors (through their writings), and, as we watch
feeds and updates scroll by, tune into the whispers of the global mind. We may
imagine ourselves separate, but we yearn to link with all, dissolving in a sea
of love.

…tune into the whispers of the global mind…I love
it! 🙂

(incidentally, I wrote a poem myself
on a similar theme a few weeks ago)

Videos from the TED evening

events/courses at Posted on Mar 25, 2012 13:40

Yesterday, we had a very nice and inspiring TED-evening. We watched 5 videos while eating some food we had brought. We had a shorter discussion after the third one, and after the last one we discussed into the night…^^ Here is a short summary of the videos we watched:

1. Jennifer Pahlka: Coding a better government
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This is the first one, which is about a new attitude towards government, and governmental problems. It goes back to the original reason for governments, namely to solve things that we cannot solve alone. It then has a look at some specific such problems that have been solved easily, cheaply, and in a new communal way using apps and the internet. In other words, these have been problems where ordinary citizen have been invited to contribute to the solution, by making the process more transparent and open. She also comes with some really to-the-point but still amusingly controversial statements like “we need to make bureaucracy sexy”, and “we will not solve government until we re-invent citizenship”, etc. A very inspiring and compelling speech – my personal favourite this evening I think.

2. Rick Falkvinge: The Pirate Party, the politics of protest
This is a video by a Swedish guy! 🙂 Rick Falkvinge founded the Pirate Party movement, which was launched just a few years ago, but already has 2 seats in the European parliamens, some 25 seats in the Berlin parliament, and around 200 seats in other parliaments throughout Europe. He talks about this story, and about the issues they are working for. I think that this movement is extremely important, and it can also be seen in the fact that young people are no longer ranking “Sustainability”, and “Environment” as top priorities, but “Internet freedom” and “Free speech” as nr 1. This is completely non-understood by most conventional politicians, and the Piraty Party is also the biggest party among the young (it then has >25% of the votes). I personally also think that preserving the free Internet is the most important thing we can do, since through the Internet we can at last devise a working public debate, and it is only through such a working public debate that we can solve all other things as well.

3. Shawn Achor: The happy secret to better work

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This talk was very inspiring to me, because it has found scientific basis for an old spiritual truth: do not seek happiness through successes, but successes through happiness.

4. David Icke: Where is the Love? Icke has quite a few controversial views, but he also has some good points, and this video was – I think – one that everybody can watch and enjoy. However, the enjoyment comes in a feeling of “enough is enough, I’ve had enough of this more fear-mongering now!” And I do think that this feeling of enough is exactly what we need: to be finished with the experience of fear, and to have a an overwhelming hunger for love. Only then will we choose it.

5. Peter Joseph: The Big Question, already in David Icke’s talk, he mentioned the issue of money, and that we need to reconsider how money is created, and our overall financial system. It was therefore very fitting to continue and end with the talk of Peter Joseph, the founder of the Zeitgeist movement. He contrast our economy and culture with one that would work for the earth in 5 very easy-to-follow-and-agree-with points. For instance: we currently optimize profit when constructing things, which usually then break in just a few years. An earth-friendly way of constructing things should instead optimize longevity.

Finally, we decided to have the next TED-evening on April 28, and also to start a facebook-group devoted to these events. That means that the next TED-evening will be part of a yoga-weekend here at, which I think will be very nice.