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TRICKLE DOWN FOLLIES

Eisenhower quote                                 Sorry  General, their number is not so negligible today

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 How else to explain the “Tax Reform Act of 2017”?

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(below courtesy of Social Security Works)

If the tax scam becomes law, those cuts to Medicare and Medicaid will be just the start. Rubio has made clear that Republican politicians will use the lost revenue from the tax scam as an excuse to end Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid as we know them.

This is just one more battle — albeit a major one — in an ongoing war. Republican elites and their donors have been trying to dismantle these programs since they were enacted. As far back as 1961, Ronald Reagan (then pitchman/host of television’s General Electric Theater) gained political prominence by opposing the creation of Medicare, claiming that it would lead to “socialist dictatorship.” Decades earlier, Republican presidential contender Alf Landon ran for president promising to repeal and replace FDR’s brand new Social Security program.

Today’s Republicans are still fighting the battle. After the GOP gave their last giant tax giveaway to the wealthy, President George W. Bush attempted to privatize Social Security. He pointed to budget deficits created by his tax giveaway and claimed that our nation “couldn’t afford” Social Security — even though it doesn’t contribute a single penny to the deficit.

Just as Rubio recently revealed the true motivations and goals of the tax scam, back in 2005 a top Bush Administration staffer wrote a confidential memo explaining the real reason Republicans were pushing Social Security privatization. The memo, which was fortuitously leaked, stated, “For the first time in six decades, the Social Security battle is one we can win — and in doing so, we can help transform the political and philosophical landscape of the country.”

The truth is that Republican donors have always hated Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. They simply want to be richer, the rest of the country be damned. In the past, the American people have thwarted every effort in this longstanding, ongoing war.

Republican politicians have learned from past failures. Instead of being clear about their hatred of these programs, they argue that they are simply trying to “save” them. They claim that the United States — the richest country in the world at the richest moment in its history — suddenly can’t afford these efficient and effective programs.

ROBBER BARONS” ARE BACK, DOING WHAT THEY DO BEST. Congress, as in 1887, aided and abetted as ordered by today’s equivalent of the malefactors below.

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Imagine a President who had respect for citizens of the Republic, explaining issues of the day!

President Roosevelt’s Fireside Chat, March 12, 1933, “On Banks” (excerpt)

We had a bad banking situation. Some of our bankers had shown themselves either incompetent or dishonest in their handling of the people’s funds. They had used the money entrusted to them in speculations and unwise loans. This was, of course, not true in the vast majority of our banks, but it was true in enough of them to shock the people for a time into a sense of insecurity and to put them into a frame of mind where they did not differentiate, but seemed to assume that the acts of a comparative few had tainted them all. It was the Government’s job to straighten out this situation and do it as quickly as possible. And the job is being performed.

I do not promise you that every bank will be reopened or that individual losses will not be suffered, but there will be no losses that possibly could be avoided; and there would have been more and greater losses had we continued to drift. I can even promise you salvation for some at least of the sorely pressed banks. We shall be engaged not merely in reopening sound banks but in the creation of sound banks through reorganization.

It has been wonderful to me to catch the note of confidence from all over the country. I can never be sufficiently grateful to the people for the loyal support they have given me in their acceptance of the judgment that has dictated our course, even though all our processes may not have seemed clear to them.

After all, there is an element in the readjustment of our financial system more important than currency, more important than gold, and that is the confidence of the people. Confidence and courage are the essentials of success in carrying out our plan. You people must have faith; you must not be stampeded by rumors or guesses. Let us unite in banishing fear. We have provided the machinery to restore our financial system; it is up to you to support and make it work. It is your problem no less than it is mine. Together we cannot fail.

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Wisdom from Frederick Douglass

“Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is in an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob, and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.” Frederick Douglass,abolitionist and statesman, Speech, April 1886

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Health Care mandate and King James I (of the Bible)

YANKEE CLIPPER, the SS CHALLENGE, 1858

7/15/17

Arguments were fierce during debate over the world’s first health care mandate in the British Parliament of 1624. Eventually, the Government’s bill, requiring an assessment on the wages of all sailors to pay for the care of sick and injured seamen, was passed over all objections and signed by the King.

King James I, beset by serious health challenges throughout his life, obviously had some empathy for those engaged in probably the most dangerous occupation of the age. Signing this bill, entitled “REVISED STATUTES (for the welfare of seamen)” was one of his last official acts, as he died in 1625.  Among his other distinctions was the convening of scholars in 1604 and the resultant KING JAMES BIBLE OF 1611.  He was the only British monarch who was a published author and a renowned linguist, fluent in 5 languages, conversant in several more.

The result of superior medical care for British sailors, not available to sailors of other countries, was that the British Navy became the most powerful in the world for the succeeding 300 years.

In 1791, George Washington signed a similar law which, since the new United States of America had no actual Navy at the time, (The “Continental Navy”, active in the Revolutionary War, had been disbanded and its ships sold–the US Navy was established by the Naval Act of 1794, also signed by President Washington) applied to merchant ships calling on US ports and was paid by ship owners.  Alexander Hamilton wrote of the importance of what he called a “nursery  {its meaning at the time was “attentive care”} of seamen” (in FEDERALIST PAPERS #11), to the future commercial success of our new nation, dependent, at the time, totally on marine commerce.

The better health of our sailors made the US merchant fleet, epitomized by the sleek “Yankee Clippers”, the best in the world for the next 150 years.

The resulting Marine Hospital Service became the Public Health Service which dealt with epidemics such as Cholera, Smallpox, Typhoid fever and malaria in the general population. The National Institutes of Health was added to pioneer research into polio, cancer, vaccine and drug development. It’s no accident that these  entities were part of the Treasury Department, (until 1953 when the Department of Health, Education and Welfare was created by President Eisenhower) charged with the health of our economy.

More recently, Kaiser Shipyards, desperate to attract workers needed to build “Liberty Ships” during World War II (the extraordinary production of which was vital to the Allied victory), created the “Kaiser Plan”, the model for managed care health plans for the succeeding 70 years. It was the model for the Massachusetts Health care plan under Governor Romney and “Obamacare”.  Today’s critics of  inclusive, public health care, mindlessly repeating the same discredited arguments heard first in 1624, appear to have learned nothing from history.

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AMABOCARE

There seems to be no doubt that Repubs in Congress are motivated to destroy ObamaCare because it represents a key part of the legacy of President Barak Obama, our first mixed-race President.

Suppose we simply rename the Affordable Care Act AMABOCARE, which contains the Latin word amabo, President Obama’s surname spelled backwards?

Would that confuse Obama haters in Congress, and encourage them to attend to pressing issues facing our population? We can at least hope!

amabo in English

translation and definition “amabo”, Latin-English Dictionary  online

amabo

Type: verb, adverb;
  • please    

    { adverb }
    interjection to make a polite request
    interjection to make commands more polite
  • i will love
    Vide, amabo , num sit domi. Please see if he is at home.
    Please. (Short for amābō tē.)
    first-person singular future active indicative of amō “I shall love” Amabo te. Please. ( literally: “I shall love you.”) “I shall be fond of, I shall like” “I shall be under obligation to; I shall be obliged to” Amabo te. Please. ( literally: “I shall be obliged to you.”)
    Please. (Short for amābō tē.)
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Automatic translation:

I will love

Similar phrases in dictionary Latin English. (2)

amabo te
please

Example sentences with “amabo”, translation memory

la Mariam semper amabo.

en I will always love Mary.

la Amabo te, iube eam salvere.

en Please say hello to her.

la Amabo te, iube uxorem tuam salvere.

en Please say hello to your wife.

la Tē semper amābō!

en I will love you forever!

la Vivus an extinctus te semper amabo.

en Alive or dead, I’ll always love you.

la Te usque ad extremum spiritum amabo.

en I’ll love you until the day I die.

la Semper te amabo.

en I’ll always love you.

la Te semper amabo.

en I’ll always love you.

la Te amo et semper amabo.

en I love you and always will love you.

Is there a better way to describe the intent of healthcare for those in the U.S. who need it than LOVE-CARE?
    Its opposite, being crafted by this McConnell/Ryan Congress, could best be described as HATE-CARE. Who can resist the following analysis of the “hate” syndrome in Latin:

What is the phrase “Haters will hate” translated to Latin?

inimici oderint OR inimicae oderint (if your haters only have X chromosomes)

OR

if you want a silly word like “hater” you could substitute the made-up “oditores” for “inimici” and that’ll work whatever chromosomes they have.

Is there an antidote for “Hate” in whatever language? Post a comment below the Roman concept of “Amabo”, depicted here:
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Cupid and Psyche, Victoria and Albert Museum, London
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Full speed into the abyss?

June 26, 2017

Defenseless by Choice?

Imagine being served, or having your “chef’s special” prepared by people unable to afford health care or safe, clean living environments? The wealthy clients of “Typhoid Mary,”,a typhoid carrier who decimated wealthy families which she served as a sought after cook in the early 20th century, has her counterparts everywhere that health care is inadequate or unavailable to the working poor.
Are we really so blind as to ignore the fact that disease precursors are constantly evolving new strains, which which immunizations can barely keep up today. Not only that, but are we absolutely sure that “biological warfare,” much studied and implemented, for example, on a massive scale (half a million deaths estimated) during the Japanese occupation of Manchuria and China in the ’30s and ’40s, will not emerge again, especially using willing human carriers bent on suicide for a cause?

Plans by the Republicans in Congress and allies in the administration to, in effect, withdraw health care options now available via Obamacare, Medicaid and Medicare to the working poor and disadvantaged, along with targeted dismantling of biological warfare tools mentioned below, may have toxic consequences ignored at our peril.

Trump’s proposed budget plan calls for an $8 billion reduction to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), along with closing the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center (NBACC).

These cuts could weaken U.S. preparedness for a biological attack or an emerging infectious disease. Daniel Gerstein, a former senior DHS official, recently stated that closing the NBACC could leave the nation at risk of a bioterror attack.

Recently, among records discarded by fleeing Isis fighters in Syria, was a laptop containing various future plans of the group.
Most interesting was that the laptop’s owner, identified as the holder of a degree in biological sciences from a Tunisian University, was teaching himself about the use of biological weaponry, in preparation for a potential attack that would have shocked the world.

(thanks to Homeland Security News and the Washington Post)

Dan Townsend,

New Mexico

 

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THE GUARANTEED WEIGHT LOSS MENU

(courtesy of the INDEPENDENT, UK)

The bug-eating kit that may help humanity survive future global food shortages

The world’s population is set to hit nine billion by 2050, and bugs might have to be on the menu for us to survive

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If the thought of eating a witchetty grub or a scorpion makes your skin crawl then you might need to get used to the thought pretty sharpish, at least according to some experts.

By 2050, the population of the world is expected to hit 9 billion people. And that’s a lot of mouths to feed. Experts believe we will have to turn more and more to entomophagy, or using insects as food, in order to sustain humanity.

The diets in high-income countries filled with meat, which are being replicated in low and middle-income countries, doesn’t seem sustainable considering the toll it takes on the environment and on our health.

And when you consider that snails are a delicacy in nations including France, people in Thailand already happily tuck into grasshoppers and crickets, and not much separates a prawn from a scorpion, then it all seems a lot more palatable. (Sort of).

There are also health benefits to tucking into creepy crawlies. There are around 27g of protein per 100 grams, but between 35 to 48g in chapuline grasshoppers. And insects take up a lot less room than bigger livestock, like chicken, cows and pigs. In addition, most countries have access to or can import edible insects, with countries including Australia, China, and Mexico having a particularly large variety already available.

Designer Kobayashi Wataru is offering a small solution to the problem of making insects seem palatable for cultures where they aren’t yet widely eaten which his creation BugBug utensils. The range, which isn’t available in shops, includes especially designed chopsticks, a spork for picking up bugs, and a set of claws which slide over the fingers and help when eating bugs like crisps. He won UCL’s Institute of Making ‘Cutlery Design Challenge’ with his design last year.

But he says that people who have interacted with his project haven’t been entirely convinced to ditch their chicken for insects. Not yet, at least.

“I saw a girl covered her mouth while she was looking at the BUGBUG project,” he says of an incident when he was showing his work at the New Designers festival in London last year.

“Some people have said it’s interesting or that it’s scary. And other people just said ‘sorry I’m vegetarian’.”

At the same time, his work has also sparked debate. People have been surprisingly accepting, he says.

“At Designersblock as part of London Design Festival, a Mexican lady told me they eat insects in her country already. Another Italian guy told me some Italian people ate cats long time ago in Venice.”

“If Western people and those in developed countries eat bugs, it might be possible to balance food resources across the world.  Of course it wouldn’t be enough to only eat insects, as we have to reduce food wastes as well.”

Those who are keen to get stuck in, he adds, shouldn’t attempt to eat bugs without doing some research beforehand.

“If someone have an allergy for seashells, they might have the allergy from eating insects. Raw insects are also dangerous.  So insects are not perfect foods. But if people don’t have allergies, they are worth trying. They taste good and they are nutritious. They just look bad. But if they were cheap and convenient to get, I would buy and eat them in my daily life. I’ve eaten grasshopper, mealworms, buffalo worms and crickets for my project.”

He says he was inspired by ancient objects like stone axes and hand tools, as well as cutlery used to snap open crabs and scoop the flesh from snails.

“Entomophagy is one of the most difficult food plans to be adopted in society because nobody takes eating bugs seriously in daily life.”

“I’d like to change the perception people have so they accept insects as meals in the future because we don’t have a lot of time until 2050.”

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GOODBYE ALASKA?

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RUSSIANS have demanded the return of Alaska from the US in a fiery new memorial.Images of the stone engraving in the Crimean town of Yevpatoria have emergedin the region recently annexed from the Ukraine by Vladimir Putin.Russia has flexed its muscles in Crimea since seizing the region from neighbour Ukraine in 2014.

Carrying an image of Crimea and Alaska, an inscription on the marble slab reads: “We have returned Crimea, you are to return Alaska!”

Has Vladimir Putin set his sights on ALASKA after war-mongering Russians demanded the US state is returned to Moscow’s rule?

United States bought the icy state from Russia for just £6million back in 1876, or $7.2 million dollars. Though an enormous sum just after the Civil War, Russians in 2016 are quick to point out that our government paid with a “rubber check”, since the Senate of the day refused to back the check with actual money. This is the basis of the claim by many that the U.S. acquired Alaska through fraud.

Years passed until the Russian Ambassador summoned a number of Senators, including Daniel Webster, to a sumptuous dinner during which he provided Senators present with a “gift” of $10,000 (the equivalent of millions today) each. Soon afterward, the Senate backed the check mentioned above with actual funds.

BY DANNY COLLINS, staff writer for the London SUN newspaper

27th October 2016, 2:57 pm

It is just the latest in a series of coded warnings from newly-resurgent Moscow that it is eyeing up its former territory.

How Russia once ruled a North American empire all the way down to California

Russia first established colonies in North America back in 1733.

Eastern pioneers first established settlements in Alaska, Canada, and then later in California.

Russia also held two ports on the Pacific islands of Hawaii.

Voyages were first made across the narrows of the Bering Strait in the hunt for valuable beaver pelts.

By the mid 19th-century, intrepid explorers had established Fort Ross in California.

But Moscow was forced to abandon its American adventure by 1867, citing the high cost of war with Britain–at the time considering annexing (by force) Russian territory adjoining its own North American lands, now known as Canada.

The Russian and US mainland are separated by barely 55 miles across the Bering Strait.

Each country possesses one of the Diomede Islands, which are only two miles apart.

It means two of the world’s superpowers are barely a few thousand metres (yards, in English measure) apart at their closest point.

The USA’s largest state was later found to contain reserves of natural gas and oil.That fact has not gone unnoticed in Russia, which lies only 55 miles away from Alaska across the Bering Strait.

.On one of Vladimir Putin’s carefully monitored “call-in” programs, a caller asked whether he would like to see his country seize America’s 49th state. Yet Vlad brushed off the question, dismissing the region as a cold outpost of no interest to Moscow.

He replied: “My dear caller, why do you need Alaska?”

“Although we sold Alaska to the United States for a song, we are the northern country. “

“Seventy percent of our territory today is located in regions of the North and Far North.”

“Alaska is not in the Southern hemisphere. It is also cold there.”

“Let’s not be hot-tempered.”

lyube-russian-band-favored-by-putin      RUSSIA’S CUDDLY MUSIC MAKERS–“LYUBE”

Lead singer of the band “ Lyube”,  Nikolai Rastorguyev had sung about the need for Russia to reclaim its territories in Alaska. V. Putin is a fan of this musical group. “Mixed signals” are hallmarks of Putin’s style. Below is an example:

“Do Not Fool with Us, America!The Tsars were wrong! Russia and Alaska are two banks of the same river!”

“Give back our dear land, dear Alaska, give it back to us!”

“We should have reclaimed Alaska a long time ago!”

Only last year an inflammatory TV documentary was aired with the name “When Will Alaska become Ours?” No doubt the script was a production of the Putin homeland propaganda machine. Nothing gets on Russian TV without approval.

 

 

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Profile in Courage–in the avian world

An injured bird, possibly a victim of an attack by a hawk, figured out how to fortify himself for the winter despite his inability to fly.

The pictures below describe his gleaning the dropped finch seeds from our feeder: the second his mastering of the art of tree climbing to reach his perch and our several suet feeders: the third showing him just landing on the perch attached to the one feeder he seems to be able to “parachute” onto–amazingly negotiating the pigeon barrier above it during the drop: the fourth his squeezing through the wire to dine on the suet; the fifth celebrating his triumph after yet another trek up the tree.

Will he survive the winter? If any critter can, he certainly will. Courage in a tiny package!

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Teapot Dome, second edition

It seems clear that the incoming Trump Administration has already figured out how to make the country “great again”. Key to its strategy is the sale or “gift” of public assets to private interests, mainly “friends” of Trump and his pals.

Certainly whatever token amount can be worked out for this fire sale of the heritage of our country will temporarily boost revenues, but in the long term (too late, of course) we will learn the consequences of the election of 2016.

The other part of this festival of greed will be what are called “usage charges” for literally everything essential to life and sustenance,  essentially the conversion of freely traveled highways to toll roads, escalating fees for privately owned frequency spectrum and both surface and subsurface water.

Actually we will see a replay of the scandals of the Harding Administration of the 1920s, such as the Teapot Dome bribery case involving the only Cabinet Officer (so far!) convicted of a crime in office, a character well known in New Mexico (and reviled by history!), Albert B. Fall.

Complicit in the Harding greed-fest was Republican lock on Congress, lasting from 1919 to 1930, during which the slide toward Depression and war was launched—another similarity to today.

Sadly, responsibility for this election result belongs with all the eligible voters who, by their indifference, failed to exercise their responsibilities by voting in the 2016 election (final total, 53.1% voted, 46.9 % stayed home). I hope they’re happy.

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Election 2016, or will Trumpriots suffice?

ABOUT THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION OF 2016

 May 7 2016

     Two “affluenza” sufferers occupy the world’s attention today. One is Kim Jong-un of North Korea, strutting his bulk before his “adoring masses” to orchestrated applause; the other is Donald J. Trump, basking in his reflection on stadium size video displays, buoyed by “believers” hanging on his every syllable. Neither man has any doubt that he is infallible, omniscient and omnipotent.  

       Those who can are, in effect, stocking their shelters and burying their gold while the performers play their roles to uncertain outcomes.

      With the possibility that Trump may “fire” the Republican Party (or be “fired” by party leadership) and either form a 3rd party ticket or provoke an electoral college deadlock, two little known amendments to the Constitution, the 12th and the 20th come into play.

      If both the House (tasked with selecting the President) and the Senate (tasked with selecting the Vice-President), both fail to act before the January 20th Inauguration day, the Speaker of the House becomes the President until the legislative bodies perform their mandated duties.

       Since there is no penalty in law for failure of the House and Senate to perform their electoral tasks, in effect, Paul Ryan could be the President for the full 4 year term, assuming that he is re-elected to the House.

         Speaker Ryan’s “Vice President”, in the absence of an elected VP, would be the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, presently Orrin Hatch. Succession beyond those two proceeds down the list of Cabinet Members, starting with the Secretary of State.

         I suspect that this may be a better option than others for which riot control gear are now being stockpiled, starting with the City of Cleveland tasked with hosting the Republican Convention in a few weeks.

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Questioning and Curiosity

“Today, we can’t afford to become adults”

Thoughts on change, questioning, and childlike wonder from MIT’s Joichi Ito

Joichi_ItoIn recent weeks, I’ve been sharing some of the fuller versions of interviews conducted while I was researching and writing A More Beautiful Question. Here are some quotes from my talk with Joichi Ito (@Joi), one of the world’s most respected technologists and the current director of that hothouse of innovation known as the MIT Media Lab.

Ito on why questioning is becoming more important than ever

“There are two important differences in the world now. First, it’s a time of exponential change, so things are different every day. The old model of learning—that you do a lot of it when you’re young and then become an adult who doesn’t learn as much—that just doesn’t work as a productive way of living now. You have to learn new things all the time. And you learn by being curious and by questioning

“The other important difference: in addition to increasing change, you’ve got increasing speed and complexity. In a world that’s complex and fast, things aren’t as predictable as they were before. You must be much more resilient—to change, to failure, to the unexpected. Now you must maintain some of that childlike wonder and that ability to keep questioning and learning through doing.”

On questioning and learning

“If the learner is doing the questioning, it’s very different from when an examiner (or teacher) is doing the questioning. When you have the examiner doing the questioning, you’re in what I would call education mode. I think education is something other people do to you, whereas learning is what you do to yourself. You don’t learn unless you question—but we often don’t teach our kids to question; we teach them to answer our questions, forcing them to learn facts and skills. But since we may not know what facts or skills that kid’s going to need in the future, what you really want is to empower them to be able to find their own answers when they need them.

“Through questioning, we can also find more than answers—knowing how to ask the right questions can help you to pull support from a network of people or communities as you need it. You pull from the network by querying it, but you need to understand how to frame the questions. So it may be a matter of, how do you formulate the query to Google, or to an online community, to get the support or resources or answers you need. And if you have that skill, you may not need to know anything, other than people; it’s more about understanding the context of the network and how to traverse it.”

Diversity and questioning

“If a group is asking a question or challenging itself to come up with an answer for something, there’s a great body of work that shows diversity is extremely important. Everybody has different frameworks or models to ask the question; and it turns out that having a large number of very smart people that are similar is not nearly as useful as having maybe less smart people but with diversity of background.

“Then the issue becomes, how do you have a constructive conversation when everyone’s frameworks and backgrounds are different? At the Media Lab, we do what I call practice over theory. So, if an artist and a mechanical engineer are working together, it might be difficult for them to write a rigorous academic paper together, but they can build something together… and it either works or doesn’t. Often, academics create theories and test them and if it doesn’t work they start questioning the reality, the data. We’re the opposite; we build a robot and if it doesn’t work, it doesn’t work. And if it works but we don’t understand it, we can study it. Being able to “build the robot” is a really essential in this kind of environment where you’re searching and trying to discover things.

“At the Media Lab, we try to discover answers to questions we don’t know to ask yet. And that’s actually a harder kind of questioning because what you’re doing is asking, What is the question? That’s a harder thing but it’s where you get the really disruptive changes and discoveries. Some people would say we’re a pile of answers looking for questions.”

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Why companies need to experiment more

“At the Lab, usually the costs of trying to figure out whether or not we should try something is more than just going ahead and letting people try it. For most things, the costs of experimenting, of building and trying things, have gone down. If you look at the people who started Facebook and Google, none of these guys asked permission, they just tried things out—because it didn’t cost them much to do it. And in companies today, I think people really need to think about that. Because in many companies, it’s still very difficult to do things without permission—and the permission-getting process can be slow. It’s important to lower the friction on innovation by allowing people to explore.”

On “neoteny”

“I was introduced to the term by Timothy Leary when he and I were writing a book together, and I kind of fell in love with it. Neoteny is about the retention of childlike attributes in adulthood; curiosity, playfulness, imagination, joy, wonder. This brings us back to the point that today, we can’t afford to become adults—meaning, we can’t afford to fall into that trap of being in repetition mode. Those childlike attributes, somehow you need to keep them. There are some people in our society who are allowed to remain creative, but for the most part, creativity isn’t considered an adult thing—you’re not supposed to fingerpaint. Neoteny is a word that gives you permission to keep that childlike creativity as an adult. To encourage neoteny, I think what’s needed is a culture that encourages playfulness and experimentation. That’s the culture we have here at the Media Lab.” (More on this site about neoteny.)

 On getting better at questioning

“To question, I think you have to have courage and confidence. A lot of times, if you’re sitting there and you think about something in the bathtub, you might say, “Oh, I’m sure somebody’s already thought of it”—and then you stop thinking about it. But the world is changing so fast and so much, every day, that things that weren’t true in the past are true now—so you should assume that what you’re thinking may actually be an original idea and pursue it. Have the energy and the courage and creativity to think through these ideas and try them out. And even if you fail you’ll have learned a lot more than if you just gave up.”



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