Category Archives: Huxley Watch

Brave New World-y: Flooding of irrelevant and trivial information which pacifies people and distracts, mood altering drug Soma, and anticipates developments in reproductive technology, sleep-learning, psychological manipulation and operant conditioning

Zeitgeist: Addendum… Check

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http://www.zeitgeistmovie.com/

Watched the remaining Zeitgeist movie yesterday. It’s kind of a meld of 1 and 3. Still has impact. It talks about the money system and the Venus Project some more while still touching on the topic of religion. I love the idea of the Venus project and I can only say that there’s potentially one negative to it. Depending on how it works out. Because they talk about never having to work again because machines would be doing about 90% of the work for us. And who wouldn’t love to do the things you really love to do and never worry about what time it was? But I also worry that it would cause a drastic decrease in innovation. From my experience the “ah-ha!” moment come from continuously working with something. Or perhaps they meant that people would just do the things they love and it wouldn’t be called work anymore. Good watch!

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Zeitgeist #1…Check!

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http://www.zeitgeistmovie.com/

I’m kinda amazed at myself for having come to some conclusions that are on here. I was really interested in the 9/11 section because I didn’t really pay that close attention then. I felt separate from it, like I was watching a movie or something. It now makes sense why they gotta keep rehashing it once or twice a year. There was even things I don’t remember happening or even hearing about so that was also interesting. I feel like there’s something I need to do or should do, but what? I almost feel like I should be worried just having this blog. But then if this Peter Joseph is still alive then I have nothing to worry about then right? And the theories are much more involved than I would have ever gotten. Or it would’ve taken a while. I have new things to ponder now. And I feel good about it. One more to go!

American Ignorance

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Image links to Big Think Article

Big Thinks’ Steven Mazie looks into the knowledge gap of us Americans. He considers both the whys and why nots and even touches, whether he meant to or not, a Huxley idea. Now, I will be the first to admit that I couldn’t answer all the questions. I am not the all knowing of everything, but I am tired of knowing jack and am slowly working to fix that. Follow the link for a video.

“Facts are important, of course, and responsible citizenship requires a basic familiarity with some of them. But I am beginning to tire of the stream of commentators who are shocked — shocked — to find out that so few Americans are wise to the details of federal budget expenditures and nationwide, big-picture snapshots and trends. Weak civics curricula, partisan propaganda and misplaced priorities of the mainstream media all share some blame for American ignorance. But leaving these scourges aside, how would anyone develop an intuitive, educated layman’s idea about America’s wealth distribution? You probably know how much you have, and you might have a sense of how wealthy your neighbors and co-workers are, but why would you have any sense of how many hundreds of millions of dollars Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein has? Or how many billions are stuffing the portfolio of NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg? Or how many Blankfeins and Bloombergs there are in the United States, and how much they own collectively? On the other end of the spectrum, how would you know how much the bottom 20 percent have, and how little wealth they command relative to the riches of other quintiles? These are all important questions for our polity. I don’t mean to say they are inconsequential. But for average Americans busy with jobs, school and their families, poring over demographic and budgetary data just aren’t likely pastimes.”

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Image links to New York Times article

VERY interesting read. I warn you, though, it’s a bit lengthy. So here’s what I took away from it: A good amount of mental illnesses are not universal. And if it’s not universal can it really be a real illness or is it all subconscious (or conscious I suppose depending on the person) They are formed by social interpretations, characterizations, and treatments. Which have a tendency to be more of a hindrance than a help. I.E. How others treat that individual and how long the symptoms last. When they started to be defined is when they become more uniformed. And of course drug companies are all over this cash cow ready to jump to prescribe people…. But seriously, read it.