Recently Reading: How to Change the World

Submitted by eagle on Tue, 06/16/2015 - 19:44

An inspiring book, How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas, by David Bornstein, discusses social entrepreneurs, people who undertake relatively large endeavors in order to make a difference. While he doesn't fully answer whether or how this kind of social change is possible, the author provides plenty of great examples from recent history, as well as drawing lessons on the personality traits and activities that make some of these proponents successful.

I believe that in some ways WOW goes towards this type of activity, through our collaborative efforts to develop new worldviews, currently in the form of behavioral codes and narratives.

The New Orleans Nexus

Submitted by eagle on Sun, 06/14/2015 - 23:29

New Orleans lives at the intersection of many worlds. Geographically, the East and West of the US, the Mississippi River and the Lake and the Gulf of Mexico, North America and the Caribbean. Culturally, American and French and Spanish and Caribbean, music and food and tourism. Culture is geography.
Now, after the Hurricane the city still rebuilds, and changes in character. It feels turbulent and liberating and confusing and magical, and much more besides.

All right!

Submitted by eagle on Mon, 06/08/2015 - 21:45

A quick little conversation in the restroom at the library:
Other patron: 'sup?
Me: Hey.
Him: All right.
I love New Orleans!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

Recently Reading: Music, The Brain, And Ecstasy

Submitted by eagle on Mon, 06/08/2015 - 20:47

The book Music, The Brain, And Ecstasy: How Music Captures Our Imagination, which covers a lot of the neuropsychology of music, reveals current research on how music affects us.
Personally, as someone who experiences music very emotionally, I found this book enlightening on many of the mechanisms or processes by which this happens. Also, I learned quite a bit about the cultural roles of music, and a lot of extremely interesting human experiences.
However, I also felt that the author, Robert Jourdain, jumped to several inferences or conclusions inappropriately. Also, as most if not all writers do, he infused a lot of his personal preferences into the text in the form of more general assertions. For example, his taste for classical music leads him into multiple statements that seem unfairly praising of elements in classical music and critical of more modern, fun music.
Overall, a really good read, highly recommend!

More adventures in New Orleans!

Submitted by eagle on Mon, 06/08/2015 - 19:39

Having an amazing time here!
Meeting so many interesting people, doing so many cool things, it can be extremely exciting and beautiful, like life. New Orleans feels alive, much more so than many cities I have visited. I believe that this is a key reason why New Orleans reminds me of Mexico, which also feels very alive.
Rock & Roll!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)


Submitted by eagle on Tue, 06/02/2015 - 22:38

Book: A culmination of errors resulting in a pile of ink-stained papers.
Life: A culmination of errors resulting in a corpse -- hopefully with a smile!
Love!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)