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Chapter 4 Making Sense of a Toxic World

When everything is lost, and all seems darkness, then comes the new life and all that is needed. -Joseph Campbell Highly sensitive children have highly sensitive senses that make them highly aware of their environments. But this gift can become a nightmare in today’s polluted world. Sensing intensely means getting affected more greatly by toxicity. … Continue reading

Modern Medicine as Sensorial Anesthetics

And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche Another area of our culture that we do not often associate with aesthetics is modern medicine. Nevertheless, it is a particularly powerful discursive and propagation tool of aesthetics. Its status as science makes … Continue reading

The Aesthetics of Space (draft)

We boast that we have conquered matter, and forget that it is matter that has enslaved us—okakura Children are taught to value specific approaches to sensory life that are highly regimented by our cultural rules. Indeed, psychologists have established that we have specific social norms and languages related to our use of time, space, touch, … Continue reading

Chapter 1: A Disembodied Culture (Draft)

Chapter 1: A Disembodied Culture When you lose touch with inner stillness you lose touch with yourself, when you lose touch with yourself you lose yourself in the world – Eckhart Tolle How we, as parents and educators, understand heightened sensory sensitivity and the senses is influenced by our culture and greatly affects our ability … Continue reading

You are so predictable | MyScienceAcademy

You are so predictable | MyScienceAcademy. You have been predicted — by companies, governments, law enforcement, hospitals, and universities. Their computers say, “I knew you were going to do that!” These institutions are seizing upon the power to predict whether you’re going to click, buy, lie, or die. So writes Eric Siegel in his book … Continue reading

Andrew McAfee: Are droids taking our jobs? | Video on TED.com

Robots and algorithms are getting good at jobs like building cars, writing articles, translating — jobs that once required a human. So what will we humans do for work? Andrew McAfee walks through recent labor data to say: We ain’t seen nothing yet. But then he steps back to look at big history, and comes … Continue reading

Clay Shirky: How the Internet will (one day) transform government | Video on TED.com

The open-source world has learned to deal with a flood of new, oftentimes divergent, ideas using hosting services like GitHub — so why can’t governments? In this rousing talk Clay Shirky shows how democracies can take a lesson from the Internet, to be not just transparent but also to draw on the knowledge of all … Continue reading

5 Ways the World Will Change Radically This Century | LifesLittleMysteries.com

Excerpt from: 5 Ways the World Will Change Radically This Century | LifesLittleMysteries.com. Intro In terms of evolution, the species Homo sapiens is extremely successful. The populations of other species positioned at a similar level on the food chain tend to max out at about 20 million. We, by contrast, took just 120,000 years to … Continue reading

Reflection 6: Healing from the Age of Trauma

Healing from the Age of Trauma I have been thinking about this text that I came across: “Navigating Trauma in the Face of Contemporary Culture, Displacement, and Ecological Destruction” by Bonnie Bright. This was a powerful text for me that tied together some of the ideas I have been exploring around how people with multi-sensory … Continue reading

Reflection 4: Helping kids to become aware of themselves

I have been thinking about how much transformation our civilization is going through and how much has changed we have witnessed over the last sixty years, from the fall of many ideological, institutional power and socio-economic systems to the current death of our civilization. Communism, capitalism, socialism etc, all have fallen under the weight of … Continue reading