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Listen | Maria Popova, Cartographer of Meaning in a digital world

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This is a wonderful conversation between Maria Popova, creator of the wonderful Brainpickings site, which is frequently referenced on this blog, and Krista Tippett host of the On Being podcasts. I love listening to the On Being podcasts and this is one of the best. It’s an insightful conversation between two hugely generous, compassionate and intelligent people.

In keeping with what On Being is interested in, the conversation covers a range of topics; philosophy and design, physics and poetry, the intellectual and the experiential. As the On Being site puts it, “what it means to live a good life – intellectually, creatively and spiritually.”

Maria Popova on the acquisition of knowledge and meaning:

And I remember, there’s a really beautiful commencement address that Adrienne Rich gave in 1977 in which she said that an education is not something that you get but something that you claim. And I think that’s very much true of knowledge itself. The reason we’re so increasingly intolerant of long articles and why we skim them, why we skip forward even in a short video that reduces a 300-page book into a three-minute animation — even in that we skip forward — is that we’ve been infected with this kind of pathological impatience that makes us want to have the knowledge but not do the work of claiming it. I mean, the true material of knowledge is meaning. And the meaningful is the opposite of the trivial. And the only thing that we should have gleaned by skimming and skipping forward is really trivia. And the only way to glean knowledge is contemplation. And the road to that is time. There’s nothing else. It’s just time.
There is no shortcut for the conquest of meaning. And ultimately, it is meaning that we seek to give to our lives.

 

Listen |The Economics of Brainwashing

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Why isn’t every addiction created equal in the court of public opinion? Compulsive smartphone use doesn’t have the same consequences as smoking crack, but ‘Candy Crush’ still makes use of the same addictive feedback loop. Whether you’re gambling or eating Cheetos, you’re trading your time and money in exchange for regular hits of dopamine. You’ll also learn why games like Candy Crush work on exactly the same principles as casino slot machines.

Cracked editors Jack O’Brien and Jason Pargin (aka David Wong) discuss the science and culture of addiction in the 21st century. They’ll look at all the ways giant corporations are exploiting our brains to control our behavior — and ask if there’s any way this addiction train can be stopped.

This is the best podcast I have heard to date. Like all Cracked podcasts the discussion is not dumbed down or so obviously scripted, there is plenty of actual discussion. At 1hr 20 mins its a standard length for these guys, just intellectual discussion about the major driving force of many Western societies which does not encourage individuals to develop their strengths or interests and what we should do to change it. Listen and subscribe to their channel because there’s plenty of interesting material.

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