Entrepreneurs, Industry, and Society

While attending a networking event tonight, one of the panel members mentioned how we as a society have a problem with never turning off – that we are on Facebook or Twitter at 3am instead of sleeping. This being written at 1:30am while on Facebook..a good point, but one lifestyle criticism that may or may not hold water, as diversity manifests itself in a diverse number of ways, one of which being augmented schedules that fit individual bodily rhythms, goals, and activities..

Another entrepreneur was promoting a product that monitored your level of sunlight exposure – the idea being similar to the fitbit in that by tracking your time spent in the great outdoors, you would choose to live more healthily. The takehome point being that the average Westerner takes more cues from a digital device than from the visceral experience of your body/mind existing in the physical world. He commented on how sad it was to see how little time he actually spent outside. Him being the entrepreneur captaining the project, I found it ironic that he was trying to develop something to help people change their lifestyles so as to spend more time outside, but as a result of working on the project, he himself spent nearly no time outside.

This made me think that there exist many industries today in developed nations that serve to create a product that either only becomes necessary as a result of the creation of the industry that makes the product.

Take for instance, the bicycle helmet.  True, this does protect you from incurring severe head wound damage if in an accident.  However, the augmentation to comfort (having the strap mildly choke you) and versatility of visibility can provide support for the argument that wearing a helmet makes you more prone to get into an accident that would require the use of a helmet to protect you from your collision and/or fall.  However, it is a wise choice to wear a helmet when considering the risk of others colliding with you and inflicting damage or simply when one is inexperienced in riding.  But in essence, when one is capable, the use of the product necessitates and thus justifies the use of the product.  A closed loop of relations that need not exist at all.  [Disclaimer: Please do not take this as a recommendation to not wear helmets..especially when it is required by law.  But something to take into account in your mental repertoire, nonetheless…]

The counter argument that is quite valid though, is that people work to help others in the areas that they fall short in, and even though by virtue of working to help others with this certain thing, they are creating the need for that help in themselves, this is justified in that others will help them in other ways through the different work that they do in their industry. It is as if humanity is one big version of those circles where everyone sits on the lap of the person next to them. Everyone is sitting on another person, yet no one is at the bottom. Like some paradoxical Escher painting depicting a physical impossibility where the stairs are simultaneously going both up and down, inward and outward. Or maybe a Mobius strip. Go round once, and you go from upper surface to bottom. Go round twice, and you’re back on top.

Well, I think I just figured out society in some respects, and I’m coming back around for the second time…Been down on the bottom, now I’m coming back up on top!…

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Coin a Dense Coincidence

Without resistance; an idle stance

Casts a deeply forward glance,

Lay firm the glue; that, which you choose,

A new and foreign circumstance.


Form and function; Thought and action

Sell twice appearance with one contraction,

These tall tales of reason’s resonance.

Conspire to coin a dense coincidence.

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The Wanderer

Wandering can actually be the most direct path sometimes…

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Chemistry, Understanding, and Reality

FB Post:

To everyone that’s worried about chemicals that they put in our food and in the air, I have very bad news for you:


My Reply:

Most honestly put, “Chemistry” and “chemicals” are a conceptual means of understanding life’s processes by virtue of recognizing common elements, relatively stable communities or compounds formed by these elements, and the complex patterns of interaction that result when these compounds intermingle in the world. By applying the schematics of chemistry (as well as the physical laws on which Chemistry sits on top of and the biological laws that emerge from chemical collaborations), humanity has achieved powerful advances in observing, coping with, and controlling nature to suit the needs and desires of our species. And so, for the time being, the model stands. All things are chemical because that is a useful and powerful way of looking at the world. That is as far as the truth of that assertion goes.

Now, the revolt against putting chemicals into our food and air is based upon the unfortunate truth that despite incredible intelligence and good intentions, when humans attempt to mess with the natural progression and constituency of life, it is rare that this results in a purely positive result – and even if some progress is made, other derivative problems are created in the process. That is not to say that this form of natural intervention is to be revolted against and not carried out, but rather that one must be wise in choosing which forms of progress to support and to incorporate into your life. Perhaps you brush your teeth using sodium fluoride (NaF) along with the inactive ingredients because you value clean teeth and see the concoction as largely harmless, but you opt to live with a small headache as opposed to popping painkillers that slowly degrade your stomach lining.

In order to move forward, mistakes must be made, learned from, and then replaced by better mistakes. The language of chemistry is useful in this process of evolution. How we understand the world directly determines how we live our lives. The understanding derived from the genetics revolution that demonstrated the common genomic code linking all of humanity as well as revealing common evolutionary roots in the shockingly compact forms of coding contained in the DNA of every organism on the planet has led to a greater sense of community and moral responsibility.

And so, yes, we are all made out of chemicals, but that is merely to say that we all share fundamental patterns and have miraculously and meticulously developed a language and theoretical system with which to understand and manipulate ourselves and the world. And in a world where our brains seem to be composed of semantic modules that contain meaning within what would otherwise be a cold, sterile, mechanical computer, all this talk about the semantics of chemistry is not mere word play. It is the essence of the nature of experience as well as the physical basis of what determines and shapes experience. Knowledge is not only power, it is reality.

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Mind-Body Dichotomy-Unity

The body is merely a window to the mind.  Don’t let the glass stop you.


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Hierarchy of Values

“If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.”

~A Naked SingularityBooks-and-money

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Scientists and Artists – Parallel Lives

“…the work of both scientists and artists involves similar stages of development: a creative and exploratory “brainstorming” stage, followed by testing and refining stages that typically involve the application of set procedures, but are often informed by additional creative problem solving.  Artists’ studios and scientists’ laboratories share similarities as well, with a large number of projects going at once, in various stages of incompletion.”  ~Daniel J. Levitin, This is Your Brain on Music


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Thought-Manifestation of Reality

“As we’ve already learned, physics acknowledges that the nonmaterial field is, in fact, the sole governing agency of matter, which, of course, includes cells and people.  So what, or possibly who, governs the field?  Perhaps, as the greatest minds in quantum physics have historically remarked, we will soon discover that the Universe, like Descartes, thinks and, therefore, is.  Perhaps we will come to realize that thoughts – more than inherited traits – do, indeed, manifest our reality.”    ~Bruce Lipton, Spontaneous Evolution


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The Palm of The Mind’s Hand

If only you could hold every moment of realization in your active memory. Granted, the subconcious/nonconscious mind is a sea of dispositional/influential power that guides your thoughts and actions like a probabilistic puppet master, but still…soooo much grief would be avoided if once you arrived at a reason for all the shit to make sense in a peaceful manner, you could always have it in the palm of your mind’s hand…Palm of Mind's Hand

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The Entrepreneurial Gold Rush

It just occurred to me that the burst of entrepreneurial spirit and activity in pursuing startups is analogous to the California Gold Rush.  Sure, there may be gold in them mountains, but only the fastest and the smartest will get to acquire it.  The rest will be left sifting through dirt unless they divert paths to more modest practical endeavors before it is too late…



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