An exploration of the balance between collaboration, and competition in human relations.

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I was recently researching some of the writings of Ira Byock. an American physician, author, and advocate for palliative care. Palliative care is an interdisciplinary medical caregiving approach aimed at optimizing the quality of life and mitigating suffering among people with serious, complex illness. The purpose of this approach is to improve the quality of individual experience in challenges with these types of illnesses.

In one of his articles, Byock was discussing the concept of culture and quoted anthropologist Margaret Mead.

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This is the story he presents.

“Years ago, anthropologist Margaret Mead was asked by a student what she considered to be the first sign of civilization in a culture. The student expected Mead to talk about fishhooks or clay pots or grinding stones. ‘But no. Mead said that the first sign of civilization in an ancient culture was a femur (thighbone) that had been broken and then healed. Mead explained that in the animal kingdom, if you break your leg, you die. You cannot run from danger, get to the river for a drink or hunt for food. You are meat for prowling beasts. …


How collaboration and synergy can bring you the best ideas

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One of the most important things I learned when I was first starting out in business is that it was essential for me to find and work with a mastermind group if I was to survive and prosper.

A mastermind group is a peer-to-peer mentoring group. It is used to help members solve their problems with input and advice from the other group members.

The concept of these groups was coined in 1925 by author Napoleon Hill in his book The Law of Success and described in more detail in his 1937 book Think and Grow Rich. The benefits of having a supportive mastermind group are plenty:

1. You have a group of people available to help you succeed.

2. You get the benefit of differing perspectives, input, and feedback. …


To flip the Senate

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There’s a general strategy to win Georgia. It is to get as many available voters to vote Democrat.

Apply tactics that come out of the strategy: Get liberal Democrats all over America to join phone Banks and call every single voter in Georgia, and convince them to vote Democrat. Also, ask them to chip in by sending checks to “Fair Fight” or “DSCC” to ensure financial support for the Democratic Party in Georgia.

Get or help every potential voter to register as early as they can. For those mail-in-ballot voters check your name if you are still definitely registered to vote. (Some voters have reported that their names were missing in the Voting rolls even though they just voted this past general election.) …


How specialized group thinking and synergy can help you to create the best strategies

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Collaborative intelligence has become an important concept in the new sharing economy. In collaborative intelligence (CI), a number of individuals, often with the support of their technology, share and distribute ideas. What makes this concept different than simple old-style brainstorming is that with CI each agent, human or machine, is autonomously contributing to a problem-solving network.

CI actually reflects what happens in natural environments. It is the collaborative autonomy of organisms in their ecosystems that makes evolution possible.

In natural ecosystems, each organism’s unique signature is derived from its genetics, circumstances, behavior, and position in its ecosystem. …


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Have you ever considered that it is the environment that is causing your depression?

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Q. Lewis, what are ions and how can they affect my emotions?

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This story is part of a series designed to give you tools, tips, techniques, strategies, and solid solutions for managing your depression as well as many other mental and emotional challenges. The short introduction to the series can be read at…

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A. Now to answer your question. Ions are negatively or positively charged particles in the air. Too many positively charged particles can play havoc with your brain.

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How Ions Were Discovered

In 1899, two scientists named Elster and Geitel proved the existence of ions, electrically charged particles in the air. The beneficial effect of some of these ions was initially discovered by Dr. C.W. Hansell at RCA Laboratories in 1932. Dr. Hansell was shocked and surprised by the eme, violent mood shifts he observed in a co-worker who was sitting next to an electrostatic generator. This same colleague seemed to become ebullient when the machine produced negative ions, and sad and depressed when it made positive ions. …


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Q. Lewis, I just got legally scammed by my own bank and there doesn’t seem to be anything I can do about it. Can you help me, and if not, show me how by using HAGT (Harrison’s Applied Game Theory) I can prevent it from happening again.

A. Does that suck or what? There is a solution here. Before I answer your question it might be helpful if we begin with a short introduction to the basics of game theory. Below is an article (a 6-minute read) as well as a more in-depth video embedded in the article. …


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By Sil Lum Kung Fu and Tai Chi Academy

When I first developed an interest in and researched Tai chi, I was presented with, and a bit overwhelmed by what I found. Most sources began the description of the well-known Chinese exercise system, with a long and complex history. There was also a long list of masters going back hundreds of years. Then there were the many different forms to choose from, and a general need to memorize many different movements to get it all in order and done properly.

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By Unity Morovia Church

I knew there had to be a better way.

One day I read an article about Neijia (内家), a term usually translated as internal martial arts. This caught my attention. Having created a meta-analysis of the great Taoist work, the Tao te Ching I had been seeking a way to apply these teachings in a physical form — something Taoist in sensitivity with a yoga-meditation feeling to it. …


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· Do you isolate yourself when you are depressed?

· Do you want to reach out but don’t know how to?

· Do you want a greater sense of meaning in your life?

If you suffer from depression, you are not alone, and there is hope.

I have personally experienced a deep, seemingly never-ending depression — fatigue daily sadness, misery, and hopelessness. In the winter of 1984/’85, I experienced no pleasure and doubted that I ever would again. My depression was precipitated by a crisis in my business and by a betrayal by someone I cared for deeply. This, combined with a predisposition towards hypoglycemia and a history of extreme attention deficit, kept me rolled up in bed much of the time. Though I was able to take care of my fundamental needs, I did so as if trapped in a dark tunnel. This story is not specifically born out of that experience. …


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Many spiritual seekers, who have rejected mainstream religion are often drawn to Taoism and Buddhism. There are many different forms of Buddhism, some more ritualized than others. Mystic and Essential Taoism is a simple entry point for many mystic traditions, even Jewish, Christian, Sufi, and Buddhist because it all begins, in writing at least, with the simple, yet deeply profound poems that make up the Tao te Ching.

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Do you need a simple, and easy to follow review of the previous stories in this series?

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Begin Here

The first five introductory paragraphs in this story are repeated from the previous Entries in this Series of 81Comentaries.


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Q. Lewis, I read that you are a futurist who uses applied game theory to make predictions. Where do you get the information you need to predict what is likely to happen and create winning game-based strategies to solve problems?

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A. I have been a futurist for over 50 years. I don’t mean a psychic and I don’t mean someone who thinks about what the future might be. …

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