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America at Its Best: Gay Marriage Points the Way to End Political Polarization

America at Its Best: Gay Marriage Points the Way to End Political Polarization | Conscious Evolution | Scoop.it
The story of how gay marriage has gone from a political impossibility to a cultural reality offers America a practical way forward on the seemingly impossible issue of political gridlock. In his St...
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Abundance Thinking for Change

Abundance Thinking for Change | Conscious Evolution | Scoop.it
Coming with more of a “scarcity mindset” (there is not enough, there is not enough to go around, not trusting others, being protective of one’s resources, etc.) to the endeavor of collaboratively making change will lend itself to certain approaches. Coming with a sense of gratitude for what one (or “we”) already has, a willingness to share and eagerness to learn what others have to offer, is likely to yield different approaches and options. Of course, scarcity can be very real, and there are moments to be careful and protective. The strategic question, I suppose, is whether that is a default approach and reaction and whether being intentionally grounded in abundance, gratitude and generosity might actually yield more of what we are looking for. There is interesting research in the field of positive psychology that shows how gratitude and being more open in one’s approach can create more opportunities.
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What Science Is Telling Us About The Heart’s Intuitive Intelligence

What Science Is Telling Us About The Heart’s Intuitive Intelligence | Conscious Evolution | Scoop.it
The wonderful and brilliant scientists over at the Institute of HeartMath have done some amazing work in shedding light on some very significant findings regarding the science of the heart. The Institute of HeartMath is an internationally recognized nonprofit research and education organization dedicated to helping people reduce stress, self-regulate emotions and build energy and resilience […]
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Consciousness in the Age of Digital Dystopia

Consciousness in the Age of Digital Dystopia | Conscious Evolution | Scoop.it
Understanding the potential, and the dangers, of the digital age.
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Leading into the Six Perfections

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As I think about the world of leadership and the 4 personality patterns that inform it, I’d like to add another nugget to this grand conversation: How to lead into the 6 Perfections of Buddhism to create better relationships, teams, enterprises and worlds around us. Bringing the 4 personality patterns — Driver, Organizer, Collaborator and Visionary — to the 6 Perfections gives us an inside-out way to genuinely enter into them, embody them, and enact them.

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Pomme Arros: Collaboration Can Be Uncomforable But It's What We Need

Pomme Arros: Collaboration Can Be Uncomforable But It's What We Need | Conscious Evolution | Scoop.it

Learning from past successes to create the broad-based support for deep transformational change can occur through one simple concept: collaboration. Identifying villains and heroes, winners and losers has no place in the collaborative process necessary for such change.

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Oneness: The Heart of Spiritual Peacemaking | The Shift Network

Oneness: The Heart of Spiritual Peacemaking | The Shift Network | Conscious Evolution | Scoop.it

By James O'Dea

 

We are living in a time of great mystery. It is a time of shattering and fragmentation. Yet in the midst of the rubble of violent aggression, dead-end dogmas, false claims, distraction and seduction a truth that embraces all life is on the horizon for an awakening humanity. Already sending its shafts of illumination into diverse cultures, into science, sacred psychology and spiritual traditions the truth of our oneness is reaching the consciousness of millions of people.

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Curtis Ogden: How Networks Can Change Systems « Interaction Institute for Social Change Blog

Curtis Ogden: How Networks Can Change Systems « Interaction Institute for Social Change Blog | Conscious Evolution | Scoop.it

At this point a couple of networks with which I am working have reached or are reaching the three year mark in their formalized existence. By many accounts, this is a milestone and inflection point worth noting, as these initiatives have built significant connectivity (depth and breadth) and alignment (shared sense of common identity and direction) among key and diverse actors. Furthermore, there has been a real proven capacity of these networks to meet individual self/ organizational interests in terms of learning, new partnerships, and a broader community/marketplace of support. And there is a growing appetite for and interest in how this all adds up to significant system change. Another way of framing this is people are wondering how they can activate the next level of the system to bring all of their interactions to a place where there is greater abundance, opportunity, and impact.

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The Genomic Landscape of Compensatory Evolution

The Genomic Landscape of Compensatory Evolution | Conscious Evolution | Scoop.it
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While core cellular processes are generally conserved during evolution, the constituent genes differ somewhat between related species with similar lifestyles. Why should this be so? In this work, we propose that gene loss may initially be deleterious, but organisms can recover fitness by the accumulation of compensatory mutations elsewhere in the genome. To investigate this process in the laboratory, we investigated 180 haploid yeast strains, each of which initially displayed slow growth owing to the deletion of a single gene. Laboratory evolutionary experiments revealed that defects in a broad range of molecular processes can readily be compensated during evolution. Genomic analyses and functional assays demonstrated that compensatory evolution generates hidden genetic and physiological variation across parallel evolving lines, which can be revealed when the environment changes. Strikingly, despite nearly full recovery of fitness, the wild-type genomic expression pattern is generally not restored. Based on these results, we argue that genomes undergo major changes not simply to adapt to external conditions but also to compensate for previously accumulated deleterious mutations.

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The Neurobiology of “We”. Relationship is the flow of energy and information between people

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The Neurobiology of “We”. Relationship is the flow of energy and information between people, essential in our development.
"The study of neuroplasticity is changing the way scientists think about the...

 

“Relationship is key,” he emphasizes. “When we work with relationship, we work with brain structure. Relationship stimulates us and is essential in our development. People rarely mention relationship in brain studies, but it provides vital input to the brain.

 

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Relationship stimulates us and is

essential in our development.

People rarely mention relationship

in brain studies, but it provides

vital input to the brain.

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Every form of psychotherapy that works, works because it creates healthier brain function and structure.… In approaching our lives, we can ask where do we experience the chaos or rigidity that reveal where integration is impaired.

 

We can then use the focus of our attention to integrate both our brain and our relationships. Ultimately we can learn to be open in an authentic way to others, and to ourselves.

 

The outcome of such an integrative presence is not only a sense of deep well-being and compassion for ourselves and others, but also an opening of the doors of awareness to a sense of the interdependence of everything. ‘We’ are indeed a part of an interconnected whole.””

 

by Patty de Llosa


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Ruth Obadia's curator insight, October 7, 2013 6:04 AM


“We is what me is!”

Eli Levine's curator insight, February 12, 2014 11:34 PM

The network of "I" is connected to the network that is "us" in an upward gradient.

 

There can be no full "I" without "we", because all humans have to be socialized, like any other social animal, in order to develop fully as individual human beings.

 

We are all connected to one another and the environment to form one web on this planet.  It affects us and we affect it, sometimes for good, sometimes for bad, depending upon what we do to it consciously and subconsciously.

 

Why listen to the individualists who have absolutely no sense or desire to connect with the other that is around them and that has helped form them as individuals, psychologically, physically and socially?

 

They are not in touch with the actual world, and are probably just of a pathological mindset that, I think, needs to be treated as a disease by our society.

 

We are all one.

 

What you do effects all those who are around you and are connected to you.

 

And, most importantly, what you do to them/it is the same thing that you do to yourself, as an individual.

 

Think about it.

 

Libertarians.

 

Conservatives.

 

Think about it.

LUZ DEL MAR's curator insight, August 25, 2014 8:57 PM

mente - cerebro- relaciones

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Liberation as Impulse Control: Sigmund Freud, Radical Anti-Capitalist?

Liberation as Impulse Control: Sigmund Freud, Radical Anti-Capitalist? | Conscious Evolution | Scoop.it
Despite its general rejection, psychoanalysis can be a process that can liberate patients from the compulsive need for gratification.
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Reinventing Our Collective Selves « Interaction Institute for Social Change Blog

Reinventing Our Collective Selves « Interaction Institute for Social Change Blog | Conscious Evolution | Scoop.it

Developmental theory is the source of some good healthy discussion within the Interaction Institute for Social Change.  On the one hand, some point out that the notion of “stages of development” has been used to classify and oppress people, especially when theories come from privileged and powerful purveyors, are overly deterministic and linear, and do not account for cultural location and variation. On the other hand, some point to the “empowering” notion of evolution and development that can help liberate people from fixed and mechanistic views of the world and humanity.  I had this all very much in mind as I read Reinventing Organizations by Frederic Laloux.  Laloux brings developmental and so-called “integral theory,” including the work of Ken Wilber, into the palpable realm of organizational practice and through his research, posits an evolutionary trajectory from aggressive (Red) to bureaucratic (Amber) to achievement-oriented (Orange) to culture/empowerment-oriented (Green) to self-actualizing/authentic (Teal) organizations.

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Mind the Lines in the Mind « Interaction Institute for Social Change Blog

Mind the Lines in the Mind « Interaction Institute for Social Change Blog | Conscious Evolution | Scoop.it

The other day I was working with an emerging inter-institutional collaboration of universities looking to move the needle on “transitioning to sustainability.”  Like so many other conversations that I am a part of these days, there were bold visions tempered by structural realities, including robust conversation about internal constraints to the kind of progress people are striving to realize.  These constraints are not simply internal to our organizations in the form of protocols and politics, but also to our thinking.  As David Bohm once wrote,

“Thought is creating divisions out of itself and then saying that they are there naturally.”

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Ruptured Pipeline Pumps Tens of Thousands of Gallons of Shale Oil Along Yellowstone River

Ruptured Pipeline Pumps Tens of Thousands of Gallons of Shale Oil Along Yellowstone River | Conscious Evolution | Scoop.it
A pipeline rupture in Eastern Montana on Saturday, which spilled up to 50,000 gallons of Bakken shale crude oil into the Yellowstone River, has local residents worried that their water supplies may now be contaminated. "I am not saying the water is unsafe. I am not saying it is safe." —Mary Jo Gehnert, Dawson County Disaster and Emergency Services coordinator 
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OPINION: Global Citizenship, A Result of Emerging Global Consciousness | Inter Press Service

OPINION: Global Citizenship, A Result of Emerging Global Consciousness | Inter Press Service | Conscious Evolution | Scoop.it

MYRTLE BEACH, South Carolina, Jan 10 2015 (IPS) - Globalisation is an integral feature of modernity. It already has significantly advanced to transform local experiences into global ones, to unify the disparate villages of the world into a global community, and to integrate national economies into an international economy.

 

At the same time, however, the process of globalisation brings about the loss of cultural identity.

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IONS Research: Are there internal influences on gene expression?

Do thoughts influence gene expression? Do different levels of the mind interact with our genomic machinery? IONS Scientist Garret Yount is a molecular neurobiologist…
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Gay Pride, White Privilege | THE DAILY EVOLVER

Gay Pride, White Privilege | THE DAILY EVOLVER | Conscious Evolution | Scoop.it
The process of inclusion starts in modernity and becomes one of the main projects of post-modernity. Acknowledging white male privilege is a good start.
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Governance Matters: Replicable Rules For An Accountable Economy

Governance Matters: Replicable Rules For An Accountable Economy | Conscious Evolution | Scoop.it

By Chris Tittle


A new economy must do more than distribute goods and services. It must also more equitably distribute meaningful opportunities for participation and wellbeing to the communities - human and ecological - so long exploited by our dominant political economy. A clue to how this can be achieved may lie in the very word “economy” itself. Derived from the Ancient Greek word οἰκονόμος, meaning "management of the home," oἶκος is, of course, the same root found in “ecology,” meaning “study or knowledge of home.”

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Jenny Wilks on Secular mindfulness: potential & pitfalls | Insight Journal

Jenny Wilks on Secular mindfulness: potential & pitfalls | Insight Journal | Conscious Evolution | Scoop.it

The field of mindfulness-based programs and therapies is perhaps the most widespread current example of how a Buddhist practice has been secularised. This all basically stems from the initial vision of Jon Kabat-Zinn, on a retreat at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, in 1979, when he asked himself the question: “…how to take the heart of something as meaningful, as sacred if you will, as Buddha-dharma and bring it into the world in a way that doesn’t dilute, profane or distort it, but at the same time is not locked into a culturally and tradition-bound framework that would make it absolutely impenetrable to the vast majority of people, who are nevertheless suffering and might find it extraordinarily useful and liberative.”1

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Transitional Times or the End Times - NationofChange

Transitional Times or the End Times - NationofChange | Conscious Evolution | Scoop.it
The nature of modernity itself needs re-defining, the purpose of life re-evaluating, a new civilization built. And if one looks beneath the chaos and surface detritus, if one connects the diverse movements, developments and actions, the embryonic signs of a new time, of peaceful potential and unity can be seen – heralds of a new and just civilization. One rooted in altogether different values to the existing ideologically driven paradigm, based on perennial values of goodness known and extolled for millennia, but largely unexpressed: values of peace, brotherhood, freedom and justice, tolerance, cooperation and understanding. Nothing radically revolutionary, but ideals re-assessed, re-discovered, understood and pragmatically applied to the forms, political, economic and social, which draw the shape of the society in which we live.
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Growing into an Earth change network - The Daily R-r-r-ibbit

Growing into an Earth change network - The Daily R-r-r-ibbit | Conscious Evolution | Scoop.it

The decade from 1978 to 1988 marked a new level of experience for me, and growth into service within an interdimensional Earth change network. I began to receive clairaudient and clairsentient signals that served to shift my awareness toward incoming interdimensional energy transmissions, and to alert me to possible trouble spots on Earth itself. Dreams and meditations related to work with a network of interdimensional partners, and people on Earth who had a similar calling, continued. On many occasions I was able to correlate these experiences with evidence of earthquakes, eruptions, flooding or other natural events following within 24-48 hours of my inner alert system being activated.

 

In this post, I’ll share some of the key experiences that illustrate this process.

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Tree roots form a sort of "neural network" with one another, in an antifragile complex adaptive system

Tree roots form a sort of "neural network" with one another, in an antifragile complex adaptive system | Conscious Evolution | Scoop.it

"In this real-life model of forest resilience and regeneration, Professor Suzanne Simard shows that all trees in a forest ecosystem are interconnected, with the largest, oldest, "mother trees" serving as hubs. The underground exchange of nutrients increases the survival of younger trees linked into the network of old trees. Amazingly, we find that in a forest, 1+1 equals more than 2"


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Flora Moon's curator insight, August 20, 2014 8:51 AM

I was just thinking about anti-fragile systems,  great example, thanks!

Kathy Mays's curator insight, August 26, 2014 3:58 AM

Consider Jung's concept of the collective unconscious while looking at this.

Susie Osler's curator insight, April 9, 3:27 PM

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Another Descent Into Hell

Another Descent Into Hell | Conscious Evolution | Scoop.it
How do we deal with our inability to feel the horror inflicted on others? The small opportunities that exist must be nurtured.
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How Life Made the Leap From Single Cells to Multicellular Animals | Science | WIRED

How Life Made the Leap From Single Cells to Multicellular Animals | Science | WIRED | Conscious Evolution | Scoop.it

For billions of years, single-celled creatures had the planet to themselves, floating through the oceans in solitary bliss. Some microorganisms attempted multicellular arrangements, forming small sheets or filaments of cells. But these ventures hit dead ends. The single cell ruled the earth.

 

Then, more than 3 billion years after the appearance of microbes, life got more complicated.


[Original story reprinted with permission from Quanta Magazine, an editorially independent division of SimonsFoundation.org whose mission is to enhance public understanding of science by covering research developments and trends in mathematics and the physical and life sciences.]

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New Head of Prestigious Physics Institute Describes Her Hunt for Dark Matter | Science | WIRED

New Head of Prestigious Physics Institute Describes Her Hunt for Dark Matter | Science | WIRED | Conscious Evolution | Scoop.it
Katherine Freese, a physicist who will soon lead the Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics, reflects on the hunt for dark matter and how dark matter heating may have produced the first stars.
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