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Visionaries – 09.18.17

“Visionary Creativity in Business: Part 3.” Continuing our discussion of our world of genomic clusters of interconnected fractal networks, computationally generating themselves and each other, we observe that: If you wanted to make an oak tree, you would not put a pole in the ground, nail sticks to it, and glue leaves to the sticks. You would, of course, put …

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Visionaries – 09.11.17

“Visionary Creativity in Business: Part 2.” What does it mean that the world and we have become genomic clusters of interconnected fractal networks, computationally generating themselves and each other? And what does it say about Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Tesla? Download this episode (right click and save)

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Visionaries – 08.21.17

“Visionary Creativity in Business.” In 1982, in a climate of panic over American business “decline,” Tom Peters and Robert H. Waterman released a book titled “In Search of Excellence: Lessons from America’s Best-Run Companies.” The book is important to this day and has been followed by similar books, for example James C. Collins’s 2001 book, “Good to Great: Why Some …

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Visionaries – 08.14.17

“Jeremy Lent.” Our guest is Jeremy Lent, author of “The Patterning Instinct: A Cultural History of Humanity’s Search for Meaning.” Jeremy is a writer and the founder and president of the nonprofit Liology Institute, dedicated to fostering a worldview that could enable humanity to thrive sustainably on the earth. You’ll find the Liology Institute at liology.org. We discuss Eastern and Western …

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Visionaries – 08.07.17

“Creative Thinking.” In his book, “The Act of Creation,” Arthur Koestler proposes a general theory of creativity the he calls “bisociation” – a blending of elements drawn from two previously unrelated lines of thought into a new matrix of meaning. Today we look at some examples of this kind of thinking. Today, particularly in academia, we are discouraged from going …

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Visionaries – 07.24.17

A hundred and fifty years ago we began to feel the impact of industrialization. Before, artisans made the things we used. After, industrial designers designed prototypes that would then be mass produced. But the era of mass production is ending. Today we talk about new ways of making that will change everything about our lives. We will look at some …

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Visionaries – 07.17.17

“Is the Universe Conscious?” A conversation with Dr. Gregory L. Matloff, emeritus associate and adjunct associate professor of physics at New York City College of Technology (NYCCT), who has coordinated the astronomy program at that institution, has consulted for the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, is a Fellow of the British interplanetary Society, is a Hayden Associate at the American …

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Visionaries – 07.03.17

“Exponential Growth.” Our minds are set up to think “linearly.” If we take 30 one-meter steps, we expect to be 30 meters (30 yards) away. But what if we were to take 30 “exponential” steps? (Each step double the previous — first step 1 meter, second 2 meters, third 4 meters, forth 8 meters, etc.) How far would we have …

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Visionaries – 06.26.17

“Luis Arana.” Another conversation with Luis Arana, senior artificial intelligence engineer for Robots Without Borders. What will our society be like when all is automated and there are very few jobs? Luis’s focus is building humanitarian AI systems and robotics to solve widespread problems in society. See what Luis is up to at: https://robotswithoutborders.io Download this episode (right click and …

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Visionaries – 06.19.17

“Another Look at Marshall McLuhan.” The media guru, Marshall McLuhan, was one of the most quoted figures of the 1960s and one most influential minds of the second half of the 20th century. He remains the best source for understanding the connectivity of our 21st century. Everybody has heard that “the medium is the message,” but what exactly does that …