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

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No Time for Tears

I am really sad as this space is winding down and I want to be angry. Yet this is the reality: it's a journey. It transformed us (me at least). I am glad I was here (still am). What happens next will be better because of all this.

I value you all, more than I can say.

Nostalgia Update: Just to see how much things changed over the last few years check out this post from just two years after G+ was formed (courtesy of +Grizwald Grim who revived it) - http://bit.ly/2yo5CeQ
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Today's Mood

Set by the Sonos random playlist and yeah! :) Have an awesome Friday.
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Decision Science

How we decide between two choices of equal value reveals our preferences, values and what we will do next.
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Instructions On How To Download Your Google+ Data

As Google+ is being sunsetted the Google+ Aspire team have issued some instructions on how to download your G+ data.
We recently announced the acceleration of the G+ sunset for consumers. The sunset is now scheduled to take place in April 2019, and over the coming months we will provide users with information to help them migrate off of G+.

Users interested in preserving their G+ data should follow the instructions on our Google+ Help Page.

https://support.google.com/plus/answer/1045788
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The New Rules Of Marketing

They may seem a little like the old news but actually some things are different and I explain why.
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G+ Sunsetting Date Moved Up A Notch

The authorities that be have decided that the best way to rip a band-aid off is to just yank it off. Soooo, the date's been moved up a tad from August 2019 to April 2019. I am going to focus on making every post count in the meantime. Stay good. It's still only Monday.
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Life and Death

Depending on your perspective death is either an “awfully big adventure” (http://bit.ly/2QGPos5) or a slow, inevitable decline of all physical processes (http://bit.ly/2QFzONz). What is fascinating however, and the primary point of this column today, is that the moment of death is far from final (http://bit.ly/2QONlCJ). Part of us reach the end in different ways (http://bit.ly/2QETp0u) and our entirety may, perhaps, live on in different ways (http://bit.ly/2QG9d2U).

Life, it seems, cannot truly exist without us also considering its absence; which brings all sorts of questions to mind such as what’s the best place to die? (http://bit.ly/2QJiXJN). Religion, of course, has always stepped in where death is concerned and used the lack of factual data to assert itself with some authority (http://bit.ly/2QLmaZa) not least because its assertions become the ultimate test of faith which is what religion is designed to promote in the first place.

Science has used the incidence of the Near Death Experience (NDE) - http://bit.ly/2QLml6M, to take a different view (http://bit.ly/2QJVEzt). The Near Death Experience itself is characterized by a change in emotional and psychological functionality that advanced meditation techniques can, apparently, replicate: http://bit.ly/2QK3skS.

Science also views death as a non-final event (http://bit.ly/2QJVZlJ) particularly where consciousness is concerned. The idea behind this is as profoundly simple as its mechanics are complex. What we are (and maybe who we are) is energy. One of the fundamental tenets of the physics that run this universe is that energy can neither be created nor destroyed and it’s known as the law of conservation of energy (http://bit.ly/2QJW4Wz). As energy cannot be destroyed its dissolution from our form (and state) to an alternative one must also mean that we somehow become something different (http://bit.ly/2QGRLeJ), somewhere else (http://bit.ly/2QLoH5C).

Death preoccupies us because we have no definitive answers (http://bit.ly/2QGHVcB) which creates uncertainty that generates fear, which then needs to somehow be dealt with. Some neuroscientists believe that the brain we have is integral to the consciousness we experience (http://bit.ly/2QGdOlO) much like water ‘experiences’ itself differently when it is in a glass.

Neuroscience however is evolving all the time (http://bit.ly/2QGS09D) and the views it holds are also evolving as a result (http://bit.ly/2QKi57A).

At the tail end of the last century, the late Tom Wolfe (http://bit.ly/2QFeJmq) posed some very interesting questions regarding not just neuroscience and the brain but also the soul and death (http://bit.ly/2QFSJHZ).

As we study quantum mechanics at a deeper and deeper level we become aware that consciousness cannot really be removed from the universe and still have a universe to speak of (https://bbc.in/2QGIkvD). If there is no ‘death’ as biocentrism posits (http://bit.ly/2QEmskI) the implications are fairly profound.

Maybe we do live in a Matrix (http://bit.ly/2QDflZR) or a Player One world (http://bit.ly/2SCKcCW) and everything is a simulation (http://bit.ly/2QLpHGU). Regardless, however, the point is that if there is a ‘death’ even an impermanent one, for us as we are there is no re-spawn (http://bit.ly/2SDPY7A). This makes every moment, every experience, every choice, every relationship we form a conscious, intentional one that can transform our present.

I know you plan ahead. There is coffee and donuts, croissants, cookies and chocolate cake so there is only one thing left for me to say: have an awesome Sunday, wherever you are.
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Transform Yourself

Lasting transformations are always from the inside out and they take a lot of effort and energy. They also bring amazing results. +Michel Reibel explains here.
The Nuggets of Consciousness
When I had cerebralspinal meningitis (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meningitis) at the age of 16, which forced me to relearn to eat, talk and even walk again, I really didn't think I would survive the exams; even my father didn't want to see me after any more 2 lumbar punctures, which at that time were particularly torture...

3 years later, I became a Diable Bleu (Blue Devil) in the elite corps of the 19e Groupe de Chasseurs in Germany, then Sniper and Commando at the 23rd RI in the mountains of the Franco-Swiss Jura. At the same time I had qualified for the French Karate Championships.

A sport that I still practice today at the age of 51, with high-level athlets and after having stopped since 1996. How is that possible?

Obviously, I was still withering away, but this time through the abuse of an epicurean life and moral negligence, because I had lost faith after successive failures. In October 2016, I was rushed to hospital; I had just had a transient ischemic attack (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transient_ischemic_attack), the ultimate warning signal before a potentially fatal stroke. And it was last year that I realized I was dying, stupidly.

I first participated in the The Sniper Mind book, then I read it...

And it was only then that I reconnected with my potential. So I decided to apply the book. And as +Omi Sido says so well (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XiWgPnN7wWg) : what good is a book if you don't read it again and again and again....?

Knowing that an individual also learns through the auditory-sequential channel (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auditory_system), but without really knowing when he/she prefers it, I decided to loop the audio version of this book and to make sure we pull out more nuggets.

I just want to thank you +David Amerland ;-)
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Wassat #Caturday Again Mistless?

I managed to catch the moment when Nike was explaining to Bennie that although he has a duty to defend the planet from all alien threats there are also specific days of the week when the feline Overlord of the world needs to be worshiped, listened to and generally given preference over any K9 minions.

Those days are very specific. They run Monday-Friday for regular days of worship and general care of said Overlord's wellbeing but then there is #Caturday when special attention must be given to her and Sunday when she gets to lie in (coz being an Overlord is super-tiring) and breakfast must be extra special (special treats mixed in with home-cooked meat). Any days outside these admittedly narrow and very special parameters belong to the K9s. Yep, makes sense.

Happy #Caturday my fellow hoomans.
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Penance

You know when you begin to feel inside your head that all that exists is you and your ideas? The outside world feels far away and everything seems to revolve around you. It is a peculiar feeling that I've learnt is the prelude to losing touch with reality and thinking that thinking alone is all that's required to make something just "be".

In those times I hit the bag using hand-leg combinations. It places a heavy load on the heart and lungs and before you know it deflates your head faster than a punctured balloon. The physical world grounds you just as it can grind you down and fighting through fatigue and the limits of flesh and blood is liberating - a reminder that I can never, ever take myself too seriously. :)
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