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David Amerland
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Author, Speaker, Analyst.
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Good News everyone!

The self is a construct that's fictitious and that's in the very best of times when everything is going well. This inherent weakness of the system that makes us who we are is also a strength when used properly. Dive in, follow the links and have an awesome Saturday evening.
The Disappearing Self
The Disappearing Self
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Choice Theory

William Glasser's Choice Theory (http://bit.ly/2OQHrwC) is just a lot of regurgitated Freudian Psychology that also borrows some Jung (without attribution, tsk, tsk) and presents it as something new, which it ain't. The problem here is that, just like Freud, Glasser thinks everything comes down to relationships and behavioral patterns (including anomalies) stem from there. We now know that the brain's behavioral code is written by physics (and energy management) supported by structure (a.k.a. brain health). Am I oversimplifying things a tad? You bet and yet I am still clearer and more evidence-backed on this than Glasser!
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Newsflash

Fellow Terrans, the latest dastardly attack on our fair blue planet came in the form of a ruthless horde of yellow bananas. The evil aliens were hoping that their shape-shifting tactics would lull us into a false sense of security and we would not recognize the alien threat until it was to late to do anything about it.

Luckily for us the planetary defense system known to us as Canis lupus familiaris (http://bit.ly/2ON5oVm) was not fooled and it operated as expected. The threat was duly dealt with.

Your fearless photojournalist managed to get in some close ups of the last moments of the action where the last remaining alien was being taken care of (if you know what I mean). It's still only Tuesday.
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Timeless

With Google's latest algorithm changes still reverberating in the SERPs this is more relevant than ever. :)
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Wolves

Selena Gomez's voice is gracing my background today and the sound just hits the right spot behind my eyes. Have a great Monday.
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The Fig Tree Marked The Spot

Nothing is lost forever and everything means something even when we are not fully aware of what that meaning is. I will leave this story here because it's mind-blowing and I know it will make you think.
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Price

Here’s a not so theoretical question: If you could live forever. For as long as you wanted. Anywhere on the Cosmos, free of the constraints we labor under now. Would you give up feeling emotions and being tied to a purely physical body? The question, I suppose, is would you give up your humanity as we understand it?

The question is not completely hypothetical because Serge Faguet and a few more who think like him are trying to do exactly that (http://bit.ly/2OLcBp5) and they seem to be willing to pay the price. Biohacking, (http://bit.ly/2OLpwqO) of course, is not quite as new as we might think. We all have the urge to overcome our physical and mental limitations. Caffeine intake, for instance, is just that though the moment this gets ingested (pun intended) into the biohacking philosophy the way we use it also changes (http://bit.ly/2OLbPZg).

We have, for long time, being comfortable with relatively uncomfortable ways designed to modify the body (http://bit.ly/2OK5OvT). And like everything we do which has a purpose, as an activity, it is quite capable of short-circuiting the reward system pathways in our head and becoming an end in itself: http://bit.ly/2OHvaKJ.

There are others, however, who take it way more seriously and seek to put into play practical applications: http://bit.ly/2OIOqr7. And that means that there is also some real science behind it all: http://bit.ly/2OFt2mx. Josiah Zayner, a biohacker with two Ph.D.s is a case in point on many different levels: http://bit.ly/2OLcqds.

Naturally the movement is not without its critics (https://nyti.ms/2OFtCRf) and maybe for good reason seeing how it also now has a bodycount to its name: https://nyti.ms/2OFtCRf. Some biohacking seems relatively benign and many Silicon Valley CEOs seem to be into it: http://bit.ly/2OLcF8m. Even your humble columnist has, once, dabbled in it inadvertently when he gave up food for 58 hours straight (http://bit.ly/2HDBnbe). Now I say inadvertently because when I did it I was not entirely conscious of the extent of the biohacking movement and my motivation, in this case at least, was entirely different.

Nevertheless what unites biohackers, no matter how extreme, with each of us is that unnamed desire to find ways to somehow supersede the limitations we experience as who we are. When you think about it for a moment that is a singularly unique characteristic of the human species. No other species that we know, looks at itself, looks at the world and wants to become everything it can be beyond what its biological specifications dictate. We do.

Why?

The answer to that question may be as trite as “because we can” (http://bit.ly/2OJTMT9) and as complex and deeply philosophical as to seeing ourselves as uniquely situated combinatorial machines http://bit.ly/2OLcWbo destined to become technosapiens (http://bit.ly/2OKjHKt) in the truest sense of the word possible. Or, like giant sequoias, we require extreme conditions to crack us open so we can grow (http://bit.ly/2OKrg3J) which is where the theory of positive disintegration gets its wind from: http://bit.ly/2OJFUIt.

When something is so extreme as biohacking appears to be we are naturally inclined to pass judgment upon it and call it “right” or “wrong”. These are meaningless labels really, not just because these values are culturally-inspired and therefore relativistic but because ultimately the orthology of such actions is predicated upon the way simpler accounting posed by cost, rather than price.

What are you willing to give up to get what you want and are you sure that what you want truly defines you? If the answer to the second part of the question is “yes” the first part becomes a case of focus, discipline and perseverance. Something which Prometheus seemed to understand only too well (http://bit.ly/2OLethB).

There is no one correct way to be human. There is no playbook to our humanity, connectedness or collectivity. We are a work in progress. A planet-wide experiment that is still evolving. Acceptance, inclusion and a willingness to work well with others may be the only guideline we can put in place that will guarantee our long term survival and maybe, even our happiness.

So, I know you like pushing the limits which is why you read this each week and that means that I don’t even need to remind you about coffee, donuts, croissants cookies and chocolate cake. Have an awesome Sunday wherever you are.
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Morning Dew Droplets on Grass

Carried away by my excitement of my discovery of my cell's camera's capabilities I found some dew droplets clinging still to the blades of grass underfoot. Use the scroll wheel of your mouse and zoom in on them and tell me you're not transported to A Bug's Life moment: http://bit.ly/2OO0c3O
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White

A white rose unfurling captured by the amazing S8 camera. Entirely by mistake I discovered, after more than a year of having the phone, that it has professional shot settings (!!). Use the scroll wheel of your mouse and get as close as you can to the surface and leaves of the unfurling rose.

I'd like to take all the credit for this amazing shot of course but I cannot :). The entire technological might of Samsung is behind me on this one shot.

Anyway, here's to a great Saturday.
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Real Planet Discovered Where Vulcan Home World in “Star Trek” Is Set

As you can see I am ready to greet them. ;) (http://bit.ly/2DkHM9q)
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