Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Meditation and Breathing

Here are two info graphics that summarize the details about breathing and meditation, and why they have such a profound effect on our health.

Benefits of Breathing: The Scientific Benefits of Breathing INFOGRAPHIC - An Infographic from Emma Seppälä, Ph.D.
Embedded from Emma Seppälä, Ph.D.

Benefits of Meditation: 10 Science-Based Reasons To Start Meditating Today INFOGRAPHIC - An Infographic from Emma Seppälä, Ph.D.
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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Quiet - The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking 
By Susan Cain 

In the book Quiet, Cain makes a strong case for how and why society ignores introverts. 

On page 168, she writes that introverts ...have been shown to excel at something psychologists call "insightful problem solving" 

Introvert and extrovert are not absolute opposites. There is a spectrum between those two extremes. Each has strengths and weaknesses. Cain is masterful at weaving together anecdotal stories and scientific evidence of the nature versus nurture argument to show how introvert and extrovert have a biological and psychological source. 

The paperback book is well documented with 48 pages of notes plus an index. 

Based on the book Quiet, there are many examples of introverts that knew the DotCom bubble was going to burst, but the extroverts kept charging ahead. The most famous was Warren Buffet warning the year before that it would happen. There are many examples of introverts that prepared for the stock market crash of 2008 and extroverts who kept charging ahead. 

As an introvert, Al Gore could not get across his concern since 1968 for global warming until he teamed up with extroverts to produce An Inconvenient Truth. The introverts publish warnings of Climate Change and the extroverts in Congress keep charging ahead. 

As introverts, the people supporting Systems Science (Systems Thinking and System Dynamics) have not been able to turn our message into action to change society, change the education system, nor get any extroverts interested in listening. Extroverts don’t listen, they talk. 

The answer to Gene’s perpetual question about promoting Systems Thinking and why more people do not find it useful is that our extrovert driven society does not value Systems Thinking. I posit that the majority of people promoting and supporting Systems concepts are introverts. 

I predict Climate Change will almost destroy civilization because the extroverts are not going to listen to the Systems Science of introverts and change the unsustainable society until a catastrophe happens and they react in the moment.