Coping: Digtal Fasting

Peoplenomics Wednesday revealed something that amazed me.  Not just that gender, gay, lesbian, and racial curriculum swamp conventional ideas like Science and Math in terms of curriculum availability.  That was shock enough for this old man.  But…

It was the HUGE preoccupation with teaching writing.

This looked to us – and to a couple of commenters on the article – like a Biggie to keep and eye on.  People are not spending enough time on the input side.  And the wildly disproportionate focus on the output side is very bad for the country, as I see it.

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For one, people who are “outputting” are mostly spewing.  Blathspeak of opinions and forecast of things to come that don’t and bullying and…well, it’s all social…  Just not my kind of social.

Unless someone devotes their Life to one of research and 12-hour days to think through issues and evolve a consistent, viable viewpoint (like our Everything’s a business model), they should just shut the hell up.  Why pay attention to people who play emotions and don’t provide answers?

I know you probably saw where Tony Robbins ran afoul the #MeToo’ers last week when he explained such people who attacked Robbins for an anecdote he told, were engaged in (essentially) intellectual doo-doo.

People hate others calling it like it is.

The worst, though, was that on one of the discussion boards we scan, some whack-o snowlake wrote “I didn’t pay $150 to hear Robbins this garbage.”

Robbins had underscored that digital streetcorner activist people are posting to contrive personal significance they would not otherwise have.

Pathetic?  I mean the guy who made up a claim to have paid $150 for a ticket?

You bet.  I’ve got a hundred dollar bill for him.  IF he can produce his ticket stub, IF he can produce any evidence (video, picture with himself in it) proving he was there, IF he can remember any part of Robbin’s presentation other than the #MeToo sidebar, and IF he could prove he was the one who made that horrifically STUPID post.

My hundred dollar bill, alas, will remain in my pocket.  Because I figure the odds of this mouthing-off social perp stepping up are about the same as one of the Kardashian’s inventing time travel or a dylithium powered warp drive.

COULD THAT happen?  Sure.  Eventually 10,000 monkeys will write a political speech…oh, wait.  that happens every year.  But is it, oh, Likely?  With a four parts test?  Doesn’t seem so, does it?

Ure’s comment this morning is that people need to begin digital fasting in order to regain a grip on their sanity, again.

Instead of Output, Try Input

There are two items on my list of “right reads” that I can’t recommend highly enough.

But first, a concept:

I think people should have “intellectual heroes.:  People who they look up to for their brains and analytical abilities.  Given a choice, I would spend even more time reading…which after all my eye operations is not the easiest thing.

I have a large number of “Thought Heroes.”  Some I have the good fortune to know personally while others offer ideas that occupy the MOG (*mind of George) on Spring afternoon’s like Wednesdays after running full-time around the ranch all day from 4 AM on…

I’ve mentioned Andrew Odlyzko’s works many times (more on the Peoplenomics side, where we are more thoughtful and less reactionary on the paid side).

Odlyzko’s latest paper here is “Isaac Newton, Daniel Defoe and the Dynamics of Financial Bubbles.”  Read, savor, watch the tape.

Since a great deal of our time and studies are in the bubblicious end of finance, this is marvelous grist and it bakes fine columns and spurs our own noggin.  Better than a cigar and brandy.

Second BIG BRAIN I admire is Dean Radin, who’s been head of the Institute Of Noetic Science.  (Noetic means roughly “intellectual.”)

Radin’s new book popped onto my Kindle and because of the workload around the ranch (and, and, and…) I haven’t opened it.

Radin’s book will be mostly read before I open by new plasma cutter…to give you an idea on priorities.  And the ham radio stays off, too…

Title?  Real Magic: Ancient Wisdom, Modern Science, and a Guide to the Secret Power of the Universe.  For devices and in print.

I’m declaring this an INPUT DAY (in the same spirit of my rare days before retirement with I would “call in well.

I’ve given you two absolutely current, absolutely worthwhile things to read since you get a short column this morning.

If you make the choice not to read either and press on – going to social to catch up on drivel – I dub thee  Mushroom.

That is. a person who lives in the dark and eats sh*t.

We all make choices.  That one isn’t mine.

I’m going to read, instead so when I write, I can continue to offer useful and original content.  I’ll be turning off our Facebook feed today, too.

Write when you get rich,

15 thoughts on “Coping: Digtal Fasting”

  1. Your idea of continued gathering of information to increase knowledge and wisdom versus regurgitating someone else’s thoughts is so archaic but SO REFRESHING

  2. Why do you think I’m quiet sometimes George? Listening is an art form lost to many these days.

    The problem with all those self help books is they are all about self. I have read hundreds of them. Self self self. Doing something for someone else gets you out of self and gives a chance for God to move in your life.

    Acts of service give the present of kindness. Opens the door to receive.

  3. Excellent article. Another old book that never goes out of style on how to treat people & expand your quality of life is “Dale Carnegie – How to Win Friends & Influence People”. I still have my original copy I bought in the 70’s.

  4. George,
    Using WinXP + Chrome to view your site, there are invisible breaks in the text, where it seems you would be putting something important.
    Is my system not displaying ‘hi-lighted'(?) text?

  5. Funny you mentioned Dean Radin and IONS. I just purchased tickets to the New Living Expo held just one highway 101 exit away from me at the San Mateo Expo Center on April 27th-29th. Dean is one of the key speakers…along with dozens of other world renowned researchers and educators. I am an IONS member and they have played a critical role to help me brain cleanse the daily doodoo we all endure in the rote work/earn/pay bills world we live in.

  6. This is a useful model for my children, thank you.
    We already monitor and manage ‘screen time’, but now we need to bring attention to ‘inputs and outputs’, and remind them of ye olde adage GIGO.
    ‘When do you feel most creative? After watching two hours of cat and fail vids? Or, after reading a stimulating chapter of your favorite author?’
    These days, we must learn how to manage our mental health, since screens are such carriers of thought diseases.
    Invent eye-condoms to go with your hang chester?

  7. Hello George,

    May I suggest this book by Jeff Cooper.

    Why? While it is a delight to read, offers sound advice and insights, it is much more valuable in an unrecognized way.

    My experience in reading it is this. It transforms my thinking. I think much more clearly and precisely after reading it.

    It is like a mental roto-rooter in that it clears out the garbage in my thinking. That makes it extremely valuable.

    And it is a very enjoyable read.

    And I think Panama would enjoy it too. ;-)

    Cheers, Roger

  8. Thank you for mentioning Dr. Dean Radin. He was on George Noory for 2 hours this week on Monday night. He has a very special mind.

    Hopefully no one gets turned off by the word “magic” in his book title. As he says, it is not about Harry Potter or Harry Houdini. What he is talking about is the magic of human consciousness. It is a refreshing change from the Tower of Blabble that we get daily from the MSM.

  9. Any book with “Magic” in its title makes me think of demons. We all have our own demons & I don’t want to invite any new demons into my mind.

    But I still would like to have a “Vision”. So I will download a Kindle sample on Amazon & see what the book is about.

  10. We’re in an impossible situation.

    The latest – “Trump floats government subsidies for farmers”.

    Government will finance subsidies by borrowing from the economic enemy so that government can project power – tariffs in this case – over the economic enemy.

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