Ty Blei

The opportunistic scenario

10. Globalisation seems to indicate a “multitude of interconnected fatal consequences, social disintegration, a breakdown of democracy, more rapid and extensive deterioration of the environment, the spread of new diseases, and increasing poverty and alienation”.

9. Evasion of real civilian control is made possible by military-to-military and political-to-political relations. Building military-to-military relations with an unreformed and un-reforming military undermines efforts by citizens to rein in such institutions.

8. Economic ties between first and second and third world countries relies too heavily on cheap labour, with inadequate attention given to the rights of workers performing such labour.

7. Investments are too often focused on extractive industries exploiting local natural resources. While profitable to first world investors and their elite local second and third world partners, these investments too often devastate environments with ruinous implications. Let’s name this for what it is: engaging in environmentally criminal behaviour such as resource greed. Forests are destroyed for timber or establishing plantations, with no thought to the consequences for local people for whom those same forests created homes and a source of livelihood. Mining operations poison rivers, bays and groundwater.

6. Whole communities are displaced and their subsequent intrusion elsewhere can cause local wars in such elsewheres.

5. Of course, this creates opportunities for a focus on sale or transfer of weapons and entire military bases, joint military training, etc.

4. Repeating colonialist mistakes. Believing we know better than local people. Intervening in a system we do not really know. Ignoring effects of our interventions, especially when staring us in the face. Denial.

3. Distracting people by creating a focus on irrelevant threats. Dangerous move, what with the internet and more and more people becoming aware of the usual and commonly used political patterns. The internet may put enough of a stop that. Telephone had a great social impact. Let’s hope the internet makes a similar difference. How can we believe “others than us” are a threat if I have exchanged with “others” and found them to be very human, and not so “other” at all? When we refuse to believe authorities and conjured up “common enemies”, and we think for ourselves?

2. Climate change conferences, as if we can stop the climate changing. We can’t. Too late. Too much denial. And even if we could, is geoengineering the way to go? Intervening in yet another system we do not fully understand. And are climate change treaties maybe just another global government power grab? ~500-700 new bureaucracies? New taxes? 2-5 percent levies on GDP? If cap-and-trade is used & “buying allowance” is done with inflationary currencies, does that mean that pollution inflates further too? Is this the new bubble? How many displacements will result due to continued pillaging and plundering? The effects of that?

1. A crashing UFO: One thing remains generally overlooked: The abstract wealth created for accumulation implies the destruction of nature as concrete wealth. The result is a “hole in the ground”, and next to it a garbage dump with used commodities, outdated machinery, and money without value. And when all concrete wealth (the last natural resource) is gone, so will abstract wealth.


2018/08/26 15:55 · Myrddin Wyllt

Meditation

Buddhist monks who do compassion meditation have been shown to modulate their amygdala, along with their temporoparietal junction and insula, during their practice. The blending of a community of neuroscientists, Eastern and Western people that meditate, and Buddhist scholars is forming the new field of Contemplative Science. This emerging area of research applies the scientific method and advanced neuroimaging techniques in combination with various meditation traditions. This collaboration has led to incredible insight into the changes that occur in the brain from meditation:


2018/08/26 13:46 · Myrddin Wyllt

Amygdala hijack

The Brain's Design Emerges As a Key to Emotions and it can be hijacked.

The term “amygdala hijack” was first used by Daniel Goleman in his book Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ. It describes the situation that arises when sensory information triggers a “fight-or-flight” response from the amygdala before the neocortex can respond. For example, in the case of a visual stimulus that contains cues that might be frightening, the information is processed as follows:

“From the thalamus, a part of the stimulus goes directly to the amygdala while another part is sent to the neocortex or ‘thinking brain’. If the amygdala perceives a match to the stimulus, i.e., if the record of experiences in the hippocampus tells the amygdala that it is a fight, flight, or freeze situation, then the amygdala triggers the HPA (hypothalmic-pituitary-adrenal) axis and hijacks the rational brain. This emotional brain activity processes information milliseconds earlier than the rational brain, so in case of a match, the amygdala acts before any possible direction from the neocortex can be received. If, however, the amygdala does not find any match to the stimulus received with its recorded threatening situations, then it acts according to the directions received from the neo-cortex. When the amygdala perceives a threat, it can lead that person to react irrationally and destructively”.

And apparently, it is possible to train the neocortex, the rational mind, to override or even prevent amygdala hijacks. In other words, it is possible to identify potential triggers of amygdala hijacks and then learn how to overcome them.


2018/08/26 13:39 · Myrddin Wyllt

Input/output

Do you know what it feels like to be aware of every star, every blade of grass? Yes. You do. You call it 'opening your eyes again.' But you do it for a moment. We have done it for eternity. No sleep, no rest, just endless… endless experience, endless awareness. Of everything. All the time. How we envy you, envy you! Lucky humans, who can close your minds to the endless deeps of space! You have this thing you call… boredom? That is the rarest talent in the universe! We heard a song — it went 'Twinkle twinkle little star….' What power! What wondrous power! You can take a billion trillion tons of flaming matter, a furnace of unimaginable strength, and turn it into a little song for children! You build little worlds, little stories, little shells around your minds, and that keeps infinity at bay and allows you to wake up in the morning without screaming! ~ Terry Pratchett, A Hat Full of Sky

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2018/08/26 13:10 · Myrddin Wyllt

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