Discernment – Discipline – Direction in the 21st Century

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“The internalizing and transfer of information has been pivotal throughout human history. It led our ancestors to build stone tools, then communities then agriculture. It built our cities has dispelled our false understandings of our world and universe, it literally evolved our brain and will continue to change every aspect of human existence whether you like it or not.”

Daniel A. Janssen

The following video clips are the best talks from over 1,500 videos that Daniel has downloaded and studied.
These great people all have a unique perspective that should be a “must see” to help us discern good information from all the bullshit that is out there, and help us form a healthy way of thinking to get along, get ahead and make this world a better place.

Category: Daniel’s Top Ten

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Title: AC Grayling Keynote at Festival of Dangerous Ideas Sydney 2015

The best definition of education and “what an education is for” Grayling explains. The common falsely held view in his opinion is “We have to educate people so they can become successful contributors to society mainly the economics system.”. Daniel paraphrasing this thought; “to get a job, to fit into the corporate structure, and keep the powers that be to remain in power. Getting in line with the “herd mentality” now coined “sleeple”. As Grayling explains, education is; “to make a life, to cultivate a meaningful personal life.”

Grayling talking about the need to be good evaluators of information, to think deeply and critically across a wide base of information, which I too believe is the greatest challenge for us all in this information based digital age.

Grayling expalins “why understanding history is so important” to which helped me a lot as I found that my daughter doesn’t need to know any information from before the year 2000, which I still believe to be true other than what Grayling says about the value of knowing how we got to this point, the ups and downs of people and societies and that our history puts things in context. Grayling’s explanation is beautiful and as I look at the hundreds of documentaries I have on the evolution of our planet and the history of mankind it is obvious that context to which brought us to the 21st century is a very valuable part of our understanding of who we are.

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Title: Human Identity and Environmental Challenges The Psychology of Sustainability with Tim Kasser

Why I have this video in my “Top 10” list is not because of the environmental awareness it invokes, which is very valuable but because it is part of what I am trying to express in my book “The Life Goals Planner”. One objective in the book is to get people to think deeply about their “goals and values” to help lead or guide them to being more aware, responsible and accountable in life. I hope this talk helps you identify and act on more “intrinsic” values.

Tim has many relevant talks and books on this environmental issues backed with empirical evidence to support his points. His research on “human identity, values and goals” is critical to understand to help raise our level of awareness on how we identify with environmental problems and our responses.

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Title: Awareness In The Age of Information – Phoenix Sinistra – TEDxEMUniversity

Phoenix Sinistra does a nice job to articulate our world situation, why it is the way it is and what can be done about it. Wake up, raise your level of awareness and start making a difference.

If we could get past our fears and blind beliefs, eliminate war or even just shift 10% of military spending we could end world hunger, fix our planetary issues, and educate the whole planet ensuring our future as a species.

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Category: Mind/Brain Sciences

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Title: Alan Wallace

Wallace explains what he means by a “revolution” in thinking, new information brought about by science that fundamentally change our thinking forever. He refers to Galileo revolutionizing our understanding of the solar system and once accepted we can never look up at the night sky the same way ever again. Darwin was another example that “revolutionized” our way of understanding evolution of species and biology.

Wallace explains “Pseudo science” demonstrating claims made by scientists that were proven wrong and he further expresses the caution we need when evaluating “empirical evidence” before we hold something to be fact or truth. Arrogant, shortsighted people that think they “know” or that “it is like this” but as we learn from history most of what we believed to be true is later revealed to be false and we revolutionize our thinking. This is about our growing level of collective awareness.

 

Category: Noam Chomsky

Noam Chomsky born in 1928 has been considered to be one of the greatest intellects of the 20th century and still lecturing around the world. Noam should not need an introduction, but if you would like to be reminded, listen to the first 5 minutes of the lecture titled “Surviving the 21st Century by Professor Noam Chomsky”. Below are several talks and lectures from my library:

 

Category: Business Talks

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Title: Algorithm Economy – Gartner Symposium Keynote 2015

Algorithm driven economy with billions of connected devices and people the Gartner leaders forecast. New business models and new ways to view your company and its business relationships.

I thought I was listening to a personal development seminar and excited to see what applies to people seems to also apply to business. It makes sense that transparency, openness, accountability and trust applies as much to a business as you as a person, in fact it is what we expect from our politicians.

Watch this presentation and apply the thinking to your business but also to your personal life. Awareness, connections, trust, transparency and “divesting” all apply as much to you personally as to your business:

 

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