WHY ARE WE LOWERING THE CONFEDERATE FLAG AND RAISING MARRIAGE EQUALITY – NOW?

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by D.C. McGuire

Given our long track record for conveniently looking the other way and letting sticky issues slide as long as possible, this has been a surprising and hopeful time for many Americans. As humans, our tipping point for new thinking and behavior usually occurs with a kick in the pants in the form of some unbearable stressor or tragedy that makes continued inaction impossible.
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NEUROPLASTICITY by Bread and Circuses?

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In the middle of the night a loud unfamiliar woman’s voice in our bedroom jolted us out of a deep sleep. “Text message from 805 467-9803.” It was 4:30 in the morning. After twenty incredibly annoying minutes fumbling around with endless setting possibilities we discovered that a feature on Mike’s new smart phone had accidentally engaged in “drive mode”.
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I’M OUTRAGED.

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I was just told a horrific story, which would be absolutely unbelievable except that I heard it first hand, from a well-educated woman, with a successful career, and a child she loves very much.

Her seventeen-year-old son is failing in school and at life because his time is spent  absorbed by video gaming. 
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From the Pilgrims to the Cage Fighters

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The vector of development our species has followed to this point is exhausted. Thinking and behavior that propelled humanity out of caves, into tribes with, livestock, crops, into villages with guilds and governments, and finally into nations, with opportunities to learn, grown and express our potential, has hit a wall.
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HOW TO CREATE A MIND, by Ray Kurtzweil

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Ray, always a personal inspiration,  reverse-engineers the brain to understand how it works, then posits how that knowledge could be utilized to create even more intelligent machines, to address global problems. What makes this really interesting is that he includes emotional and moral intelligence along with origins of consciousness in the mix , and comes up with incredible possibilities for merging humanity with the technology we’re creating!
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Seeing and Experiencing Violence Makes Aggression ‘Normal’ for Children

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The  more children are exposed to violence, the more they internalize it as normal, according to an international team of researchers,  including Izaskun Orue of University of Deusto in Spain,  Brad Bushman of Ohio State University, as well as colleagues in The Netherlands and Germany.
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WHAT HAPPENED IN NEWTOWN?

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Even first shooter gamers pause to consider Newtown massacre – “There are some hints of a sneaking self-awareness creeping into the gaming community. One gamer — Antwand Pearman, editor of the website GamerFitNation — has called for other players to join in a “Day of Cease-Fire for Online Shooters” this Friday, one week after the massacre.
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TEMPLATE FOR A MASS KILLER

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First published 7/12 in response to the theater shooting in Aurora, CO

Was there an accomplice in the Aurora, Colorado, super-hero-wanna- be killing spree? Absolutely. The neurochemical, dopamine. James Holmes’s brain was inundated by dopamine, and when he opened fire in the theater, every function of his mind was under its spell.
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HAVE YOU HAD ENOUGH YET?

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First published following July, 2012 Aurora, CO shooting

How many more times will we hear about mass murders before we demand accountability – from the entertainment industry, providers of violent video games, and those who make and sell guns?

This is not a question of freedom of speech.
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WHO IS TO BLAME IN AURORA – THE DRUG OR THE PUSHER?

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Reprinted following the Aurora, CO shooting 7/25

Already emotionally unstable, James Holmes may have been pushed over the edge by external influences. Whatever the official diagnosis, it would be insightful to discover which factors may have exacerbated the underlying pathology that led to the tragedy in Aurora.
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Media Mind

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Mesmerized by the infinite novelty, and perpetually reinforced by the dose of dopamine that’s sure to come with that newness, we’re lead by our communication and entertainment devices to wherever they can take us – faster, easier, steadily absorbing more time and focus. 
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