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David Amerland
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Author, Speaker, Analyst.
Author, Speaker, Analyst.

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The Mental Aspects of Combat

The mental elements of everything physical requires the brain to change before the body can perform.
Think Like a Ninja
Think Like a Ninja
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With 54 ratings on +Goodreads #thesnipermind is part of a growing field of books we use to optimize the processes going on inside our head: http://bit.ly/2N99k1q
The Sniper Mind
The Sniper Mind
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Last Night in Denmark

In a universe adjacent to our own, a tiny country with a population of just over 5 million people has become the example to be avoided by that universe's only Terran super power (go figure) - http://bit.ly/2OICeGG because it, apparently, keeps getting things so wrong that everyone is thinking about emulating them and really needs to be told why they shouldn't.

Confused? Don't be. That universe's Fox News has Trish to explain. Watch.
Fox News propagandist goes after Denmark with absurd lies. Reasonable man calmly debunks her claims.
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Time To Think

This is not a political post. I stress this because every time I post something that can be construed as being anti-Trump it seems to trigger emotional responses in those who support him and attract the odd Russian troll. The latter, these days, seems to be inevitable and the former is, well, odd. Yet, the moment we address facts and truth everything does become political because both facts and truth have to be a necessary building blocks in the fabric of politics. To assume anything else is to give up entirely on any expectation of progress via governance and the rule of law and to admit that we have zero expectation of governance or justice from those we hand over power to.

Truth can be problematic. While it is that which is true or in accordance with fact or reality it can also be a belief and given a sufficient number of people believing something 'truth' can become something which holds no anchor with reality or, indeed, facts. This is why it is important to use facts to demonstrate truths that you want to be accepted as such. This is why equivalence, so easily bandied about by fringe groups should never be accepted. That is why language is important (http://bit.ly/2kQscXu), it determines not just the underlying concepts we all agree upon but it also frames the potential we all work within.

Gateway ideas that can lead to slippery slope of equivalence or logic fallacies need to be critically examined. Those who reject political correctness because it seems to be unnecessarily constraining or intellectually dishonest (http://bit.ly/2OH38yv) forget that social norms require socially acceptable behavior that extends a measure of trust and dignity even to those we disagree with. Do away with political correctness and you're on a slippery slope where name-calling, public baiting and lying appear to be the norm because they are presented as being 'honest'.

We live in a time where uncertainty is the norm because the complexity of the future we face is enormous. This gives rise to existential fear that has nothing to do with the more obvious, direct issues that troubled us in the past (like the state of the economy or our immediate financial status) and though direct issues can and do play a role in our fears, that role is less acknowledged than expected.

Fear has many unwelcome effects (http://bit.ly/2pHVcTR). Left unacknowledged and unaddressed it becomes a guide that leads us into primal, kneejerk reactions that lead into decisions from which we may never recover.

We live in a time when even our failings are subject to analysis which means, also, that we do have the power to do something about them: https://goo.gl/MqK23d. Intuitively we've known that the world we live in is the world we create. That knowledge is power and power does require responsibility. Exercise power without responsibility and we are in the era of expediency for personal gain which Rudyard Kipling originally quipped about: http://bit.ly/2OJAwF1.
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The Vessel

I talk about fitness more and more these days. It is no accident. While, for me, it has been a constant in my life, we now have neuroscientific evidence linking body health with brain health. A healthy brain is needed to continue to make sense of the world.

+DAREBEE makes the struggle to be fit and remain fit, accessible, fun and sustainable.
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Spaghetti Science

Richard Feynman (http://bit.ly/2OJb9mP) spent countless late-hour nights in his kitchen experimenting. Physicists have, since, looked at it and modelled the complexity of forces being applied upon a rod of known tensile strength being subjected to ever increasing but controlled shear forces.

If that is not your definition of breaking spaghetti in half prior to cooking don't worry. Take it on faith that this is exactly what happens. Now why spaghetti doesn't play along and shear neatly into two halves when you apply pressure has been solved alongside with the trick of how to actually achieve that exact effect.

I know all this feels a little frivolous so consider that if we can't (and we couldn't) explain something as simple as this how are we supposed to ever understand how the world works? Chalk one more win to science and dive into here: http://bit.ly/2OFJ9jJ for the research and here for a lot more background: http://bit.ly/2OEWcSA. You are welcome.
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Changing

Coffee is being poured and this is playing in the background. The universe is slowly coalescing into all the right forms today. Have an awesome Thursday.
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Motivation

Choices are needed everywhere.

h/t +Sandra Watson
Not all motivation is good for us!

If we understand what is motivating us, we will gain good insight into why we behave the way we do!

Motivation is good for business, but we need to make sure we are only cultivating positive motivation! (Click on image to learn more)
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Hey, Fellow Futurenauts

Just beyond the heliosheath is the heliopause and then deep space beckons. For anyone who wants to feel that the future is here, dive in and .... happy Wednesday. :)
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Reflecting On Values and Life

On a day when the universe brings a lot of meaningful posts together, +Gideon Rosenblatt shares this, from his wife, making us all think about the "what if" moment. How would we react? Why?
"If I die, let go of everything. Remarry. Don’t be nostalgic, just be happy. That’s all I ever want for you. You’ve been the best part of my life. I will miss you.”

This is part of the text I received from my wife when Hawaii's Emergency Alert Systems led her to believe North Korean missiles might soon rain down on her.

Her story of this experience just got published.
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