Aristotle is acknowledged as being one of the greatest thinkers in Western history. The questions is: could YOU teach Aristotle a thing or two? And the answer is, of course, yes you could!
Emeritus Oxford Fellow Richard Dawkins makes the point that because you have “the privilege of living after Newton, Darwin, Einstein, Watson, Crick and their colleagues that you could give Aristotle a tutorial and you could thrill him to the core of his being“.
So, here’s a thought experiment and post your reply below:
In less than 100 words, if you could go back in time and give the great Aristotle a tutorial from your current perspective of 2013, what would you reveal to him that would be a real knockout for old Ari?
Prince Talleyrand was one of history’s greatest diplomats. The lasting peace between traditional enemies–England and France–has continued for over 150 years as a result of his actions.
His quote is: “Only fools never change their minds”.
(from Napoleon’s Master: A Life of Prince Talleyrand)
Question: What about you? What have you changed your mind about?
Thirty years ago I coined the term cognocracy to mean ‘a society of individuals who think for themselves’. I did this to anticipate the coming social revolution empowered by technology and individual thinking.
In an interview for Reason Magazine (October 1982) with Patrick Cox I explained what I meant by cognocracy:
“as communications technology improves and people acquire the tools to think for themselves, systems such as democracy, socialism, and communism–where a few do the thinking for the many, who are, if anything, asked simply to vote on other people’s ideas–will be replaced by ‘cognocracies’, connected societies of individuals who think for themselves.”
The advent of the www has made it possible to directly link technology to global brainpower. This is accelerating a move away from the slow and traditional ‘follow-the-leader’ democracies towards fast opt-in/opt-out cognocracies. These cognocracies are open to anyone, anywhere, anytime … 24/7. Early examples of cognocracies in evolution can be seen at Wikipedia, MySpace, Google, eBay, YouTube, Blogger and LimeWire.
In January 2007 TIME Magazine awarded it’s Man of the Year to YOU. Watch this space!
by Jim Clifton, Chairman of Gallup, Author The Coming Jobs War
Please don’t tell me that the American economy is moving in the right direction, however slowly, which I hear from politicians and commentators all the time. It isn’t. Not even close.
Key economic metrics offer no encouragement at all — the two big ones, GDP and unemployment, are both woefully inadequate, regardless of what people say. Sure, unemployment as measured by the Department of Labor has gone down, but this is only because the denominator of how many are in the workforce has decreased and is really low as a percent of the population. Meanwhile, GDP will have grown only 1.9% in 2012, which is pathetic. After a serious recession, the economy historically gets one big bounce. It hasn’t happened yet.
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