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Can Culture Really Be Studied Scientifically?

In Collaboration, Cultural Evolution, Design Science, Global Integration, Human Behavior, Social Change on October 23, 2013 at 9:09 am

It is worth pausing to reflect on the fact that cultural studies have historically been separated from science.  Yes, it makes sense to apply the tools of science to the movement of planets, properties of metals, and other physical things.  But isn’t culture different?  Isn’t it made of something other than physical stuff?  This is a question that philosophers have grappled with since before the foundations of modern science were set in stone.  And it has still not been fully resolved in the minds of quite a few contemporary thinkers.

As a quirk of the world we live in today, it just happens to be the case that the resolution to this age old debate is unfolding around us right now.  You may be surprised to learn that the philosophical divide between science and culture is breaking down because so many of us are buying smart phones and surfing the net.  Wondering what I’m talking about?  Jump to the next section. Continue reading “Can Culture Really Be Studied Scientifically?” »

The 4 Step Path to Human Thriving

In Human Behavior, Social Change on October 12, 2013 at 8:21 am

This article is co-authored with Michel de Kemmeter and published concurrently on his blog at Uhdr UniverseCity.

It is time to state clearly what is needed to live in a sustainable world.

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”

– Mahatma Ghandi

We have all heard these prophetic words.  But exactly what do we have to do in order to be the change?  Conversations about sustainability rarely focus on the personal elements that must be present in our everyday lives.  They simply miss out on the importance of human thriving at the personal and social levels.  In this post, we explain how to become a fully thriving human being.  That way you can achieve the greatest fulfillment in your life while also helping humanity tackle our global challenges.

There are four steps that you will need to take in order to become fully alive.  As you set off on this journey (or continue from somewhere midway), be sure to keep in mind that the single most important thing you can do is to know and love yourself.  With that in mind, let’s dig in! Continue reading “The 4 Step Path to Human Thriving” »