The Metamemetics and Epimemetics of What Homo lumens Experiences in Human Agreements

Are people predisposed to unconsciously accept and consciously choose certain kinds of agreements?  Do some people tend towards more vibrant or less vibrant experiences of the five primary relationships (to self, other, group, nature, spirit)?  Are people conditioned by the group’s agreements or do individuals condition the group’s agreements?  Do the agreements of a group […]

What Could You Do With a Surplus of Human Energy?

“Calories measure the energy resources of a civilization, and with a surplus of calories .. early communities were able to invest in infrastructure and organizational complexity” (Jonathan F.P. Rose, 2016, The Well-Termpered City, New York: Harper Wave, 44-45).  When there is no surplus,  focus is on getting enough calories–what comes in immediately goes out.  With a […]

Is Your Awful Day Better Than My Okay Day? — The Hills and Valleys of Human Agreements — Seemingly Similar Terrain, Different Map

Sometimes we have great days, sometimes okay days, and sometimes downright awful days.  Most of us seem to experience all three.  Some experience more great days, others more okay days, and others more awful days.  When we experience great, okay, or awful days, we experience similar realities, right?  Our emerging picture of the social topography […]

Agreements Field Mapping

You interact to have experiences and to get results. That is why you do what you do. The agreements you consciously choose or unconsciously accept define how you interact. Those agreements are based on embedded, interwoven assumptions. Our experiences, outcomes, agreements, and assumptions form an “agreements field.”  A field is the environment in which individuals […]

Who Is First? Me, You, Us, Nature, Spirit?

“Most people think self-oriented and other-oriented motivations are opposite ends of a continuum… Yet, I’ve consistently found that they’re completely independent.  You can have neither, and you can have both,” with UPenn Prof. Duckworth quoting Wharton Prof. Adam Grant (Duckworth, 2016, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, New York: Scribner, p.159).  Angela Duckworth’s research shows that people […]

What Is Your Preferred Flavor of Freedom? — Recommended Readings

Anderson, Charles W. Statecraft: An Introduction to Political Choice and Judgment. 1977, New York: John Wiley & Sons.  Click here for snippets from the text. Anderson, Charles W. Pragmatic Liberalism. 1990, Chicago: The University of Chicago Press. Anderson, Charles W.  A Deeper Freedom: Liberal Democracy as an Everyday Morality, 2002, Madison, WI: The University of Wisconsin Press. Click here for his free podcast-course on Political, […]

Is the State of Nature LOCKEd In or enLUMENSed?

Are we locked in to or liberated by our natural state?  This is an old question.  With a hat tip to Hobbes, Locke, Montesquieu, and Rousseau, perhaps I provide a new twist here. If Nature is the essence of the reality we experience as living beings, what is real to us?  How do we define reality?  People […]

Ecosynomics of Surprisology — Recommended Reading

Luna, Tania, and Leann Renninger, Surprise: Embrace the Unpredictable and Engineer the Unexpected. 2015, New York: Perigree.   “We feel most comfortable when things are certain, but we feel most alive when they’re not” (p. xx), so suggest Tania and Leann in their wonderful invitation into the world of suspense and surprise.  I highly recommend reading this book and listening to Stephen […]

The Abundance of Scarcity — Reflections by Paul Saffo

There is not enough stuff in the world.  At least the kind of stuff people need for a decent life.  That was the story that kicked off modern economics in the late 1800s, which was built on the foundation of the scarcity of things that provide material wellbeing. Stanford’s Paul Saffo suggests that what is […]