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  1. Why are aliens so interested especially in the USA? To me this mostly sounds like another case of Muricans fantasy of thinking they are the center of the world and not realizing they are 4.25% of earths population. When intelligence agencies around the whole world in Japan, Russia, Germany, France, Congo, Uzbekistan, Argentina etc. start coming out making these reports I will take it more seriously.
  2. Abundance mindset vs. Scarcity mindset perhaps?
  3. Great points, thanks. Population growth surely is part of a positive feedback loop. It keeps going until a "competing" stabilizing or negative feedback loop gains more momentum and slows it down. This is the case with all positive feedback loops if space or resources are limited. Once they gain momentum, they usually grow non-linearly until they reach saturation, or are overtaken by another loop. So assuming that the same would apply to collective human development, we will eventually see rapid growth and some kind of saturation point. Will this point be a collapse or a transcendence? It's just very interesting to think about.
  4. My point is the same regardless. Why did it take 110,000 years for the next stage to emerge from beige to purple, but only 20 years from yellow to turqoise?
  5. Yes that makes sense. And in the same way that we couldn't have predicted how these new enablers (like the internet) will change opportunities for development, we probably can't really know what the future enablers will be. What will be the next enabler at the same magnitude or more than the internet? Who knows, some personalized AI algorithm optimizating for nutrition, spiritual practices, psychedelic use and teaching epistemology based on environment, genetics etc. could quite quickly result in massive breakthroughs where vast amounts of people start developing much faster than ever before. I'm just not so convinced we can predict at the collective level how these developmental stages will unfold, and especially when they will unfold. Since it seems like a non-linear process, there could be rapid breakthroughs so that it won't take hundreds or thousands of years. Maybe it's like solving/filling in a puzzle, the beginning is the most difficult, but it gets easier the more we fill in the pieces, until at the end, progress is extremely rapid.
  6. One thing that confuses me about spiral dynamics is that it implies that development at the collective level is non-linear, as in the scale of time it takes for a new level to appear is shorter and shorter. For example: Stage purple: 50,000 years old Stage red: 15,000 years old Stage blue: 5000 years old Stage orange: 300 years old Stage green: 50 years old Stage yellow: >50 years old Stage turqoise: >50 years old Why do we all of a sudden have new stages popping up within a few hundred years (or less) from each other, when before it took thousands of years? Are we just being modernity centric here, overly focusing on modern times as being somehow special, or does the emergence of new levels facilitate faster emergence of yet new levels, making it non-linear? These new stages emerging faster and faster would imply that collectively humanity is developing in a non-linear, almost exponential way. But yet the general consensus is that it will take at least hundreds, maybe thousands of years for humans to shift significantly as a collective to tier-2 for example. But doesn't that imply a linear growth pattern? What if there are certain thresholds we break through collectively, which allow faster and faster development? That would change our assumptions quite a bit.
  7. You mean Connor Murphy? He didn't train after about a week in due to the weakness
  8. The earth is not in danger, and no serious climate scientist or systems thinker who is working on these issues is suggesting that. This is mostly a threat to the stability of human civilization. How resilient are we if a well expected pandemic stopped growth for many years? If one ship was able to stop a massive portion of world trade probably for weeks? How well are we prepared for much deadlier pandemics, more harsh hurricanes, droughts, mass environmental migration and flooding of highly urbanized coastal areas? Sure we will probably solve these things in the long run, but rather sooner than later, with minimal human suffering. This requires many tranformations within our societal systems, which we are all a part of.
  9. For that to be true, at least the following assumptions would also have to be true: A) Neanderthals had significantly higher IQ that homo sapiens B) The genes that enable higher IQ were genetically transferred to humans from Neanderthals in significant amounts and they are affecting cognition in humans. Those are some highly shaky assumptions, whereas the assumptions about how the differences can be explained by sociological and geographical reasons are way stronger. So it's not impossible, but it's not really plausible either, so I don't see any reason to go creating these hypotheses in that direction, unless there is a vested interest to "prove" some races "superiority" over another or some other divisive motive.. And it doesn't require much thinking to realize how that kind of behavior is problematic for society and humanity's progression.
  10. Nice, seems very legit. I love that there is truly a global perspective in the topics of the videos, great relief from all the USA-centric content that the internet is flooded with. The first one seems fresh, cheers mate.
  11. What are some podcasts/youtube channels/other sources that analyze current geopolitical affairs in the world with a nuanced, perhaps even integral/holistic perspective?
  12. Beautiful and fun game, I'm not totally convinced of all the wide-reaching benefits though. The only major effect I notice outside the playing is that my mind starts contantly imagining chess moves when trying to sleep, meditate or concentrate. If I play a lot of chess, my monkey mind goes crazy obsessively trying to somehow solve these chess patterns that appear in my mind.
  13. @Insane butterfly I think what Adeptus is saying is mostly a fair and healthy form of criticism. Being able to criticize is really important especially with this type of work, since it has the potential to devolve into cult-like "authority" worshipping dynamics.
  14. For me it's an easy choice, just think about how many unknown variables you are introducing to your body system. Even though we have no evidence that Teflon is toxic to humans in the amounts it used in pans, it is still good to follow the principle of reducing unknown variables, just like with inorganic/organic food.