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02021-07-21 | Uncategorized | 7 comments

This was less revelation and more confirmation of how I experience my brain working. Very interesting podcast. Might change the way you work:

Our Workplaces Think We’re Computers. We’re Not. — The Ezra Klein Show — Overcast

“Plunging Into the Abyss. As even our smartest friends fall to conspiracy fever, we have to accept it’s not about logic or politics, but addiction.”

Plunging Into the Abyss by Douglas Rushkoff


  1. JaneParhamKatz

    OK, Ottmar, I just ordered Annie Murphy Paul’s book. The Ezra Klein podcast blew my mind, making me teeter on the edge of thinking my whole work-life of jobs has been a noble distraction – or foolish distraction – from what I actually wanted to do. So hard to really look at this. Hey, never to late for a course correction!

    I don’t get Rushkoff’s essay. However, I must say I am frighteningly confused about people I know believing what are clearly non-facts and actually accepting Trump as a leader. I can’t See the pleasure in it. But then, I don’t See the pleasure in recreational drugs, either. I do think there is actual truth, in Science, in history, in logic. I just can’t understand people drowning in false reports and manipulative lies on media – out of addiction. Huh?

  2. Luna

    Very interesting podcast and article. Thanks for sharing this. It brings up alot of food for discussion for sure—and isn’t healthy discussion about expanding our perceptions? There is always room to understand differently while we are alive. It seems that these articles tie into each other in regards to the way the culture feels (or denies feeling), learns, thinks, works, and acts.

    My thoughts and feelings in listening to the podcast initially are, “Of course! It’s common sense that interoceptive awareness/emotional awareness and looping are keys to balanced, efficient cognitive thinking and behavior.”

    For sure I am no expert, and yet in being an educator for almost 3 decades, having worked with individuals from babies to 80-year-olds, from different languages and cultures, in different subjects and environments, and with big differences in abilities—from Sped students to Gifted, I utilized and recognized learned, interoceptively, many many things. A lot of this came from a book I read in graduate school called, Brain-Based Learning, The New Paradigm of Teaching & Training, by Eric Jensen. The book was like a daily idea guide for me, stimulating structure for daily activities. The main takeaway that I still use everyday is (researched knowledge) that the emotional brain Always comes before the cognitive brain. This is evident in Waldorf Schools for example. They will teach Calculus, then directly afterward Knitting. Then have German class, then teach Woodworking class. Recess times to go outside and play, of course is part of every day too—in most public schools as well. This is not for nothing. We literally build knowledge base in Long Term Memory (LTM) from integrating different pieces of knowledge with repition, by working all/most parts of the brain when learning something, which includes non.academic things. This is why healthy routines/habits can and do benefit people learning something… the Waldorf example, they intentionally work all parts of the brain with subjects that integrate feeling and kinesthetic awareness with cognitive knowledge. This daily habit helps build balanced cognitive “Looping” to build bigger knowledge base creatively and logically. And each person, no matter their cognitive ability (IQ) or cognitive label, has a signature Learning Style of HOW they and “Loop” knowledge. So what Annie Murphy-Paul spoke of in The Extended Mind, for my interpretation, is about each of us becoming more aware of our individual process of Feeling while Learning something. Because if we don’t or cannot honor what individually Feels “right” for our learning style (as individual as our fingerprints), be that having more movement, a peaceful environment, sounds around us, and emotionally feeling “safe”, the doorway for healthy “Looping” or integration is closed. It’s as if last minute cramming for an exam will integrate into LTM and produce lasting innovative, creative passionate integration of the material…..meaning the conditioned “forced” sitting still at the computer, desk, etc. that Ezra spoke of actually works against productivity, learning, creativity, innovation, passion, balance, patience, etc…..basically, not fun or enjoyable, and are unhealthy and go against our alchemical physiology.

    So I think of a few things that tie into and perhaps extend this podcast & article:
    *Dr. Brene Brown’s research on cultural/individual shame & vulnerability and its direct link to creativity & innovation. She speaks with and to Fortune 500 Companies.
    *A Carolyn Myss quote: “People are more afraid, more than death, of the Speed of Change.” I feel this links directly to the cultural conditioning the podcast and article spoke of, and perhaps Why people are unconsciously? so addicted and not more consciously interoceptively aware. When we honor & live by our “Learning.Style”, our “How we function best”, we can become empowered in our authenticity…which can be intimidating to a system set up to “control the speed of change.” And if many individuals are afraid of it anyway because it’s the “unknown”, perhaps this is exactly the old “stuckness” we are all transmutting into a new paradigm that both article and podcast eluded to…..

  3. JaneParhamKatz

    Well, Amazing. I sadly did not practice piano for the past several weeks. I played my Debussy Arabesque yesterday, and I was able to play the two pages I had carefully worked out with extremely slow practice. From the first note, each Phrase unfolded perfectly without my using my so-called Brain to remember Chords and Melodien. It came flowing out through my Fingers, and it was more expressive than ever. This must be related to the Topic of the Extended Mind!

      • JaneParhamKatz

        How exciting! I have just contacted my Gut Brain! It feels wonderful. I shall learn to rely on it. I have another Gut skill. I seem to be able to fix all kinds of things I never thought of before just making them work. Now I can be conscious of this. Love you, Ottmar!

      • Luna

        MahaloSo cool! And I would add to the Gut, the Heart❤️.

        “Dr. Armour, 1991, discovered that the heart has its “little brain”, or “Intrinsic Cardiac Nervous System.” This “Heart Brain” is composed of approximately 40,000 neurons that are alike neurons in the brain, meaning that the heart has its own nervous system.”

        “At the Institute of HeartMath, we call this heart intelligence. Heart Intelligence is the flow of higher awareness and intuition we experience when the mind and emotions are brought into synchronistic alignment with the heart.” March 1, 2014

        So I wonder which leads us, the gut, the heart, or the brain? Maybe they have to function harmoniously with every thought, word, action? Maybe they each give a different kind of clarity?

  4. Kristen Jikai

    Thank you for sharing this item – Magical inspiration


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