The Transitionalist

Book Review: The Mindful Geek

The Mindful Geek, Michael W. Taft, Cephalopod Rex Publishing, Kensington, CA, 2015. Until recently, the practice of meditation was found primarily in the eastern spiritual religious traditions whose practice has stretched over thousands of years. Since the early...

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Book Review of Bold

Bold: How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the World, by Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler, Simon & Schuster, New York, 2015. In November, 2015 I posted a review of “Abundance: The Future is Better than You Think”, Diamandis and Kotler’s first book in a...

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Abundance Book Review

This book is an excellent antidote to the pervasive dystopic tone dominating the media and public opinion. Diamandis and Kotler address this directly in Chapter Three “Seeing the Forest Through the Trees” which discusses how evolution has prepared us well for life on the grassland and in forests but not so well for a life with few real hazards and exponential technological growth curves, and how it interferes with our sense of possibility in being able to solve basic material problems such as global poverty.

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Desire for Authenticity

The frequently used metaphor of an onion is particularly applicable to a discussion about the growing demand for authenticity. While it represents a layer that tells us something, it does not reveal all that we need to know. Talk of authenticity is a superficial representation of identity, which in turn is a more surface representation of meaning, the true point of our interest. It is this which embodies what our lives mean, and it is this that we seek to preserve and protect from the winds of change.

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Beyond Employment

The July 3, 2015 post “A Leisure Society Ready or Not” presented Transitionalism as the best approach; specifically as it relates to pending large scale unemployment due to automation, but more generally in how technology will impact our lives. I concluded the post with three points. The first, Transitionalism was the best solution because it embodies a value system that not only anticipates but applauds such a development. Second, comprehensive automation would allow people to devote their energies and time to improving themselves as human beings and society. Thirdly, if we are to derive the advantages offered us by such a development we need to shift from our tendency to do enough just to get by and begin setting higher expectations for ourselves and the society we live in.

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The New Leisure Society-Ready or Not

A life without toil has always been a dream of humanity, but one actually enjoyed by only the very few at the top of the social hierarchy. Since the beginning of the industrial era, the number of those who have been able to enjoy leisure has greatly expanded due to subsequent wealth creation due to the augmentation of human labor afforded by technology.

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