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This book is an open invitation to think and a book for thinkers...

It's my first serious piece of non fiction.  The book is a compilation of 2 years worth of essays on a variety of subjects from physics to futurism to sociology. Like most of my other writings it doesn't take itself too seriously but earnestly tries to fill your head with 'aha' moments all the same.

I self published this work because life's too short to wait for a publisher's opinion at this point. And I know how that story ends...

So, if you are the kind of person who reads for a love of learning and looking at the same things in a new way, I wrote this book just for you.

I hope you enjoy it.

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  1. 1. Incessant Typing // Jack Oughtonhttp://jackoughtonwriter.info // https://www.facebook.com/jack.oughton.writer //2013: CC BY-NC-SA // Wanna chat? Tweet @koukouvayaPage | 2“The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.” ~ Hubert H. HumphreyAbout this book / Preface:Hi there.Im going to try and put you into a box (not literally of course)You can be placed into two categories.In the first, youve read my stuff before and presumably have found areason for coming back. If this is the case, hello again and thanks forreturning. I look forward to your responses to my ongoing attempt tostir up controversies and new understandings in your consciousness.The second category, youve not read any of the stuff I have writtenand youve somehow come across this book. If so, hello, andwelcome. Ill give you an outline of what to expect from it…This book contains all the stuff that is just too weird to go anywherethatll pay me to write about it. But its the stuff that I want to write.Maybe there are some gems in here for you. I hope so…I wrote these pieces as things for ‘seekers’ and ‘freethinkers’. And,that said, this is probably not the kind of book that is going to get apublisher. But that’s OK, this book was completely written in thespirit of ‘fuck it, let’s see what happens’. Or as a more…well spokenwriter might term it, ‘embracing serendipity’…Its also another experiment in self-publishing. Will I get morereaders if I present my work in book format and give it away? Whoknows…?So lets see what happens.Also, hyperlinks embedded in the document look like this.What does the book contain?
  2. 2. Incessant Typing // Jack Oughtonhttp://jackoughtonwriter.info // https://www.facebook.com/jack.oughton.writer //2013: CC BY-NC-SA // Wanna chat? Tweet @koukouvayaPage | 3“The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.” ~ Hubert H. HumphreyWell, its a series of essays off of Demysticism, my ‘wisdom blog’ /‘esoteric’ writings. Since theyre written for the web, the essays areusually short. Which is good for you, the reader. Y’all(understandably) hate long tracts, right?The words are an attempt to distill and purify some the mostinsightful moments and important lessons that I’ve learned so far.And then sharing with othersThese writings are an attempt at continual reunderstanding andreinterpretation of what is taken for reality. Challengingassumptions and rebuilding and improving upon the Zeitgeist.What to do with the writingsWhatever you want. I’d suggest that you eat it with your brain. Itslicensed under a CC BY-NC-SA license. So share far and wide andtell people if you want. Or dont if you dont want to. Whateverworks for you.If you liked it, or you had any powerful insights please buy me acoffee. Or dont if you dont want to do that either. I thought Id justput it out there.What can you expect to gain from the book?New ideas presented in the old way and old ideas presented in a newway. And everything inbetween. And probably some stuff that’scompletely wrong and bollocks. And perhaps a few ‘Aha’ moments.Subjects touched upon include science, sociology, futurism,psychology, ‘metaphysics’, spirituality and I suppose what some call‘self improvement’ (though I’m of the opinion you can turn anythingyou read into self improvement if you find a way to apply it…).Anyway, I don’t claim to be an expert on any of these subjects, I’mjust a curious person.
  3. 3. Incessant Typing // Jack Oughtonhttp://jackoughtonwriter.info // https://www.facebook.com/jack.oughton.writer //2013: CC BY-NC-SA // Wanna chat? Tweet @koukouvayaPage | 4“The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.” ~ Hubert H. HumphreyMost books have a unifying theme. It took me a while to figure outthis one. What I think I’ve arrived at is what the great Alan Wattsreferred to as philosophical entertainment.Philosophy is often seen as an ‘ivory tower’ discipline. When wethink of it, we often think of stuffy old Greek dudes with beards, orpeople writing massive tracts about nothing in particular. Impracticalstuff.But IMHO philosophy should be something that can be internalised,applied and lived. Not more junk information. So this is what I’mtrying to write for you.After some inspection, you might think that it is all shit. This is fine.As long as it makes you think something. This is the goal.Thats all this book is. One giant invitation to think about stuff. Onegiant game trying to be played with your feeling and reasoningfaculties.Hopefully one that you enjoy as well.So, are you gonna play or are you gonna sit it out…?
  4. 4. Incessant Typing // Jack Oughtonhttp://jackoughtonwriter.info // https://www.facebook.com/jack.oughton.writer //2013: CC BY-NC-SA // Wanna chat? Tweet @koukouvayaPage | 5“The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.” ~ Hubert H. HumphreyPart I: The Philosophy•§• I“Too much philosophy makes men mad.” ~ Alan Judd, TheNoonday DevilThe first part of this book deals with the slightly longer andfree flowing pieces I’ve loosely defined here as philosophy.They touch upon a variety of topics. There is no realunifying subject…
  5. 5. Incessant Typing // Jack Oughtonhttp://jackoughtonwriter.info // https://www.facebook.com/jack.oughton.writer //2013: CC BY-NC-SA // Wanna chat? Tweet @koukouvayaPage | 6“The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.” ~ Hubert H. HumphreyWe Drew The Short StrawsCompared to the history of human life leading up to this point, youand I are quite lucky.In fact, if time and circumstances of birth into the world where partof a competition set in some ethereal kingdom outside of thephysical universe, you and I picked the short straws.We won.For a start, we’re alive during a time in history when (for most ofus) human advancement has allowed us to meet all of our basicsurvival needs…Food is an obvious and excellent example…No more having to chase down a mammoth in the wilderness witha spear, or to spend hours digging for tubers just to get dinner andnot die.No more having to even kill our own food, or conceptualise thatfor you to be eating that burger, a cow had to have it’s brainsblown out with a mechanical bolt. Thump, splat. Or that chicken tohave it’s head mechanically severed, a few seconds after thechicken before it in the ‘production line’ suffered the same fate.Cluck, silence.
  6. 6. Incessant Typing // Jack Oughtonhttp://jackoughtonwriter.info // https://www.facebook.com/jack.oughton.writer //2013: CC BY-NC-SA // Wanna chat? Tweet @koukouvayaPage | 7“The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.” ~ Hubert H. HumphreyYou can eat chicken exclusively until you are completely stuffed,every day for the rest of your life, and you don’t even have to thinkabout the grisly scenario.For some prior generations, meat was the rarest of delicacies. Butyou can gorge yourself on chicken daily and it probably won’t taketoo large a portion of your salary.(And no, this is not a rant for vegetarianism/veganism/etc. – I amtrying to make a point about material abundance)Anyway, in some particularly ridiculous cases, there’s no moreneed to know what an actual potato, or tomato looks like, when themenu is all processed foods coming in abnormal colours.Disclaimer: I was one of these people when younger.Isn’t life easy for us?We are affluent enough to have an excess of calories to worryabout. Instead of starving, many of us are now choosing to dig ourown graves with forks and spoons.With an absence of real problems, we invent our own, and theybecome real problems. No longer in danger of starving, now CHDor diabetes will bury us instead.
  7. 7. Incessant Typing // Jack Oughtonhttp://jackoughtonwriter.info // https://www.facebook.com/jack.oughton.writer //2013: CC BY-NC-SA // Wanna chat? Tweet @koukouvayaPage | 8“The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.” ~ Hubert H. HumphreyI say ‘invent’, but I don’t mean to downplay the many causes thatoften lead people to such a lifestyle.That’s another article entirely…Theory of ConstraintsBecause we now have the problem and the paradox of choice! Yes,now we get to choose! Instead of a monodiet of potatoes orsomething similarly bland (think 17th century Irish farmers), thepotato lovers amongst us can enjoy hundreds and hundreds ofvarieties of spuds. And those who enjoy monodieting can indulgethemselves anyway, nobody is going to stop them. Fruitarians arecool with us too.More and more we have the freedom to choose. But what have wechosen?As human power over the environment has increased, we haveindividually and collectively become more powerful. You, me,your neighbours, powerful beings all. I mean this literally andfiguratively. We now have access to and use more power than anyother generation before us. We entertain ourselves with a myriadof electronic devices, do business globally via electronic means,and carry energy guzzling things wherever we go (think iPhones).We’re used to them, and it’s a fact of life that energy consumption
  8. 8. Incessant Typing // Jack Oughtonhttp://jackoughtonwriter.info // https://www.facebook.com/jack.oughton.writer //2013: CC BY-NC-SA // Wanna chat? Tweet @koukouvayaPage | 9“The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.” ~ Hubert H. Humphreyis just a biproduct of being a modern human.And we’ve all got access to far more stuff than anyone else hasever had. And with that stuff we can do things.A Little Knowledge…With the net we’ve all got access to knowledge that can teach us tokill a human with our bare hands, or build an atomic bomb. Or togrow petunias and play the violin. It’s all there – we don’t evenneed to enrol in school or bother finding a book on it. And withGoogle growing increasingly more clever, we don’t even have tomake much effort in finding the information anymore.I love Google.And, in the basic sense, we have access to more raw units ofenergy (thanks to the generation and more efficient harnessing ofenergy) and we also have access to better technological leverage touse this energy, as our technology becomes more and moreefficient.A Little Choice…We have more choice than ever before; improvements inmanufacturing mean that we can have goods brought to us fromlands we’ve never seen, with next to no cost. My distant ancestorsdidn’t even know what China was, but today I can buy goods from
  9. 9. Incessant Typing // Jack Oughtonhttp://jackoughtonwriter.info // https://www.facebook.com/jack.oughton.writer //2013: CC BY-NC-SA // Wanna chat? Tweet @koukouvayaPage | 10“The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.” ~ Hubert H. HumphreyChina that are cheaper than ones made in the UK. The miracle ofcapital allocation and a relatively efficient global logistics systemhas allowed that.And, in the developed world, even the poorest people can go awayand visit foreign lands on a budget tour. Or choose not to work atall and slide by on benefit payments. Todays serfs are theoverworked, high tax bracket middle class, who have willinglychosen their own enslavement and 60 hour work weeks and tocarry the rest of the society on their very tired shoulders (at leasteconomically). But they’ve chosen the ‘career path’ and at anytime can walk away from the job, if they’re willing to face theconsequences.And whatever the consequences are, it’s unlikely anyone’s goingto starve or be killed.We are indeed living in miraculous times.Yes there’s a lot of freedom now. And a lot of choice. Perhaps toomuch for many of us.We won the lottery, and invented a whole new set of problems.Cos if everything was easy and serene, it’d be boring.And we’d hate that…
  10. 10. Incessant Typing // Jack Oughtonhttp://jackoughtonwriter.info // https://www.facebook.com/jack.oughton.writer //2013: CC BY-NC-SA // Wanna chat? Tweet @koukouvayaPage | 11“The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.” ~ Hubert H. HumphreyTHE LITTLE THINGSSomething for you to ponder as you go about your dayto day…A river is comprised of droplets,A desert is comprised of grains,A song is comprised of musical notes,A painting is comprised of brush strokesA book is comprised of words,Lasting romance is comprised of individual loving actions,And your life is comprised of every action you ever take.So, break formidable and lengthy tasks down into their smallerparts,And don’t forget to do the little things daily…
  11. 11. Incessant Typing // Jack Oughtonhttp://jackoughtonwriter.info // https://www.facebook.com/jack.oughton.writer //2013: CC BY-NC-SA // Wanna chat? Tweet @koukouvayaPage | 12“The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.” ~ Hubert H. HumphreyHave People Forgotten WhatFreedom Is?Disclaimer: I can do this stuff as well. I’m not preaching, merelycommenting.All possessions are temporaryLife is precious. Time is precious. Time is the currency of life.When time’s up, life’s up.Chasing paper…But money’s acquisition needs not be tied to hours spent.That is to say many people have worked out how to generateincome out of increasingly less amounts of time working. It’s a bitof a challenge for many of us to adjust to.Some people refer to it as ‘passive income‘ – and the opportunityto obtain it is part of the reason why so many people take toalternative means of money making, such multi-level-marketing(MLM) and internet businesses. Though it doesn’t always work,these things provide the opportunity to decouple one’s time fromone’s money making. Or ‘retire’.And with that, hopefully spend time on the important things.
  12. 12. Incessant Typing // Jack Oughtonhttp://jackoughtonwriter.info // https://www.facebook.com/jack.oughton.writer //2013: CC BY-NC-SA // Wanna chat? Tweet @koukouvayaPage | 13“The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.” ~ Hubert H. HumphreyAfterall this is not the industrial age anymore. Technology haschanged how we create and distribute value. It’s even changedwhat value is. Now we can make money out of ideas, and we canautomate much of the manual labour that was once done by hand.The game has new rules, though many people have eitherneglected to learn or refuse to play by them.Acquiring stuff vs. acquiring freedom…Your jewelry, widescreen TV, sports car, trendy haircut, vogueclothing will not endure when you die.Your competitive urge to have more does not make you more thananyone else. It does not provide an authentic feeling of happiness.‘Keeping up with the Jones’ is a superfluous system of keepingscore that will take away your time and by extension, yourfreedom.If you chase money solely to acquire these fine things, then whenyou expire, that time chasing will have been wasted.What the fuck does it matter if you are gunning for a promotion atwork and working like a zombie if you are never around to seeyour children grow up? When you are on your deathbed you won’tgive a damn about the hours you missed at the office. You’ll regretthe hobbies you didn’t take up or the friendships that you let fade
  13. 13. Incessant Typing // Jack Oughtonhttp://jackoughtonwriter.info // https://www.facebook.com/jack.oughton.writer //2013: CC BY-NC-SA // Wanna chat? Tweet @koukouvayaPage | 14“The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.” ~ Hubert H. Humphreyaway, or the girls you never asked out.There’s an exercise called the ’deathbed exercise’. It encouragesyou to really think about your life from the perspective of yourolder self, nearing death. If you really get into it, it can be anutterly harrowing experience. I’ve tried it a few times and it helpsput things in a brutal perspective.I think it also made me a little more compassionate.“How much pain they have cost us, the evils which have neverhappened.” ~ Thomas JeffersonAnd this is why it is important to distance your thinking fromthe work time/free time mindset. Trading time for money andpossessions is like slicing bits off of your life (which is all youhave) to obtain physical materials. What kind of tradeoff is that?It can’t last forever. You can’t last forever.Of course, if you accept that you are hiding from family life inyour job, at least there is intellectual honesty there, and room forchange. But if you work like a bastard every week for a family younever see, examine your situation.Doesn’t it defeat the point?
  14. 14. Incessant Typing // Jack Oughtonhttp://jackoughtonwriter.info // https://www.facebook.com/jack.oughton.writer //2013: CC BY-NC-SA // Wanna chat? Tweet @koukouvayaPage | 15“The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.” ~ Hubert H. HumphreyAnd what about all these toys you buy? Perhaps you enjoy themfor a while, but how much do they really satisfy you, and if so,how long does that feeling last?How many thousands hours of your precious life do you have tospend to get things that will soon bore you. Is it a worthy tradeoff?This is all personal choice of course.But there’s a reason why some people cut themselves and somepeople throw themselves off of bridges with rope attached to theirankles. They want to feel more life. More adrenaline.It’s also the reason why people who work in jobs that they like,regardless of how wealthy they are, are often content. They do thework for the work’s sake.For them, it’s not about trading time. It’s about where the time isspent.Think about it…To me it seems that to be happy with work (and you may disagree)you need to either1. Do the thing that you love to do,2. Get so good at leveraging your time that you need to work
  15. 15. Incessant Typing // Jack Oughtonhttp://jackoughtonwriter.info // https://www.facebook.com/jack.oughton.writer //2013: CC BY-NC-SA // Wanna chat? Tweet @koukouvayaPage | 16“The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.” ~ Hubert H. Humphreyvery, very little time at a job you dislike.Because internal satisfaction can’t be gained from external things.We all know this. They’re just a panacea that keep you chasingmore. But we forget. I forget. Maybe you forget?And for those who feel themselves bound to ‘wage slavery’,perhaps you need to be more frugal with your money and moreextravagant with your time.
  16. 16. Incessant Typing // Jack Oughtonhttp://jackoughtonwriter.info // https://www.facebook.com/jack.oughton.writer //2013: CC BY-NC-SA // Wanna chat? Tweet @koukouvayaPage | 17“The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.” ~ Hubert H. HumphreyDumb Luck“Ive been lucky. Ill be lucky again.” ~ Bette DavisDefinition: I use luck to describe the outcomes of situationsor things, either known or unknown to us.To those who believe that dumb luck is a myth, or that we‘manufacture’ all of our own luck, I disagree with you…There is luck, dumb or cruel, and you cannot discount the randomhand of fate, or the effects of the unknown. Just because you don’tbelieve in chance, doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.Take for example the lottery winner. Or the man who takes the dayoff and avoids the train crash.Luck’s clearest examples are often the cruelest things. What of theinnocent woman who is shot at random by the sniper on a crowdedstreet?There’s little any of these people could have done to either stackthe odds in their favour or have even known what to do. They wereunaware.Dumb luck.
  17. 17. Incessant Typing // Jack Oughtonhttp://jackoughtonwriter.info // https://www.facebook.com/jack.oughton.writer //2013: CC BY-NC-SA // Wanna chat? Tweet @koukouvayaPage | 18“The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.” ~ Hubert H. HumphreySelf DeterminationSome say what and where we are in life is the result of what wehave thought and done. This true, to some extent. But nurture doesnot undo every facet of nature…Example, if I have a genetic condition that destroys both myeyesight and my chances at being a fighter pilot, was it my fault?What if I want to play professional basketball, but never grew past5’9″?Surely not…We are all ‘dealt a deck of cards’ at birth…Self determination is limited by probability and the unknown. Butto advocate all accountability to luck is insane and disempoweringto the extreme, and I doubt many actually do. Self determination,self belief, these are obviously good things to believe and live by.But you put too much stock in your own ‘personal power‘ if youthink they’re the complete arbiter of your life.The only person to ‘determine’ everything without luck or fate orprobability would have godlike powers.TimingBut timing is everything. Take Justin Bieber – worshiped and
  18. 18. Incessant Typing // Jack Oughtonhttp://jackoughtonwriter.info // https://www.facebook.com/jack.oughton.writer //2013: CC BY-NC-SA // Wanna chat? Tweet @koukouvayaPage | 19“The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.” ~ Hubert H. Humphreydespised in equal measure.I have nothing against Justin, but I think he is a magnificentexample of dumb luck. He’s clearly a good singer and entertainsmillions. But, there are hundreds of thousands of vocalists andentertainers, probably equal or better to him in talent. So why is hethe big shot?His Mum was uploading videos of his performances at the righttime for someone with the power to make him a star to see. Thatguy, Scooter Braun, was also ballsy enough to take a fewcommercial risks and make the right introductions. Very astute.But again, probably a stroke of dumb luck for Justin.Of course you can manufacture your own luck by arranging thingsas best as possible and letting the cards fall as they please. Byknowing how to set things up in a certain way you minimise yourrisk or ‘bad luck’. You stack the decks in your favour. Probabilitiesimprove. You are likely to be more lucky.But you cannot stack every deck, improve every probability, oreven know everything you need to be stacking. Life has too manyvariables.Thus your luck will fluctuate.
  19. 19. Incessant Typing // Jack Oughtonhttp://jackoughtonwriter.info // https://www.facebook.com/jack.oughton.writer //2013: CC BY-NC-SA // Wanna chat? Tweet @koukouvayaPage | 20“The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.” ~ Hubert H. HumphreyThink about the woman killed by the sniper. Perhaps the thoughtmay have crossed her mind a few times in her lifetime that shecould get shot at by a sniper. Perhaps the idea came to her brieflyafter watching Phone Booth or Enemy At The Gates. But is it herfault because she was unprepared this time?Nobody would say that.So, for those who beat themselves up for every failure, you canblame luck sometimes. Or call it fate, or call it responsibility.It’s never all your fault, or your credit. Just don’t blame luckfor everything.
  20. 20. Incessant Typing // Jack Oughtonhttp://jackoughtonwriter.info // https://www.facebook.com/jack.oughton.writer //2013: CC BY-NC-SA // Wanna chat? Tweet @koukouvayaPage | 21“The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.” ~ Hubert H. Humphrey“You are the sky. Everything else – it’s just theweather.” ~ Pema Chödrön
  21. 21. Incessant Typing // Jack Oughtonhttp://jackoughtonwriter.info // https://www.facebook.com/jack.oughton.writer //2013: CC BY-NC-SA // Wanna chat? Tweet @koukouvayaPage | 22“The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.” ~ Hubert H. HumphreyOn Acting, Roleplay and ThePersonaThis is an article exploring role and acting, onstage and off. I claimto be no expert, and am coming from the perspective of someonewho has done a small amount of theatre, and been an extra on afew TV shows (which isn’t really acting).I wrote this because I wanted to explore how acting can helpimprove our intuitive, feeling skills and in how we expressourselves. I’ve no doubt that it also improves upon one’s selfconfidence and gives people the mental tools to put ourselves intonew frames of mind and modes of experiencing the world.“Acting deals with very delicate emotions. It is not putting up amask. Each time an actor acts he does not hide; he exposeshimself.” ~ Rodney DangerfieldThinking about acting is useful to us as it provokes adifferent look into the question of what authentic identityreally is.We are all acting at least some of the time. Authentic identity is thespiritual indescribable at the core of who we are.But how many of us are completely ourselves all the time?
  22. 22. Incessant Typing // Jack Oughtonhttp://jackoughtonwriter.info // https://www.facebook.com/jack.oughton.writer //2013: CC BY-NC-SA // Wanna chat? Tweet @koukouvayaPage | 23“The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.” ~ Hubert H. HumphreyI think it is the same reason why the man climbing the corporateladder goes out on a Friday night to get wasted and have sex withsomeone he’s just met. It’s not that his true persona is a ‘sex madalcoholic’, it’s that his work persona has not allowed him toexpress this part of himself, and he needs to ‘play a different role’every now and then.And I’m not talking of multiple personalities, which I think isquite different, probably maladaptive and describes a belief in oneperson believing that they are many.I instead speak of all the different ways that the self can bewhilst remaining intact.So, off I go…If you have ever spent too long in an environment where you feelyou have had to repress aspects of your self, then you know how illfitting a persona can be. Especially if the scene has carried on fortoo long…(OK, so I had to stretch the metaphor a bit…)The ‘Hollywood Set’Professional actors fascinate me because I still feel I don’t at allunderstand how they do what they do.
  23. 23. Incessant Typing // Jack Oughtonhttp://jackoughtonwriter.info // https://www.facebook.com/jack.oughton.writer //2013: CC BY-NC-SA // Wanna chat? Tweet @koukouvayaPage | 24“The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.” ~ Hubert H. HumphreyConsider the prestigious ‘Hollywood set‘. They’re famous asmuch for who they are than what they have done, but the fact thatthey are extremely famous doesn’t detract from how good many ofthem are at the craft of acting." You can take all the sincerity in Hollywood, place it in the navelof a fruit fly and still have room enough for three caraway seedsand a producers heart." ~ Fred AllenIn actors, the worst of them are completely inauthentic. The best ofthem, completely believable. So, put another way, good acting isauthenticity.The Many Faces of Harrison FordActors are people we often see all the time, but take for granted.To me, the good actor becomes the character they portray. Thinkabout Harrison Ford as Han Solo in Star Wars. If I see Harrisondressed conventionally, I’m probably going to identify him asHarrison, but if I see him dressed in full Corellian costume (whatyou usually see him in the film) – I immediate identify him as Han.It’s kind of strange, but it’s almost like he’s two people to me. Andnot to labour a point too much, but when I see him dressed in hisarcheological digs, then I identify him as Indiana Jones.You see where I’m going with this? Harrison Ford is an identity,Indiana Jones is an identity. Who I identify the person that looks
  24. 24. Incessant Typing // Jack Oughtonhttp://jackoughtonwriter.info // https://www.facebook.com/jack.oughton.writer //2013: CC BY-NC-SA // Wanna chat? Tweet @koukouvayaPage | 25“The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.” ~ Hubert H. Humphreylike Harrison Ford/Indiana Jones as, is completely contextual. Thatperson, who we normally refer to as Harrison Ford, has multiplepersonae.Good Actors, Bad Actors and False People…Some people are almost born onto the stage or screen. Someactors, like Al Pacino, Leonardo di Caprio, etc, are so fantasticallybelievable that to me, they seem to be completely assimilated intothe persona they’re playing.Others, such as Sylvester Stallone, do not always seem todisappear into their character, despite Sly being an example ofsomeone who has wonderful passion and intensity in his acting. Itseems that more often than not that he gets typecast in roles thatseem to suit his action man persona. I suppose this is fine, sincehe’s very good at that sort of thing. It’s like thecharacter becomes him.But I still think he’s a hell of an actor. I’d use the film CopLand as my example. I admire Stallone very much indeed.Bad acting is so blatantly bad, that you usually can’t miss it. Yetgood acting is almost undetectably subtle. Like the best scores andsound design are weaved into the background of a track, almost asto be unnoticeable, good acting feels like a part of the reality of thefilm or the theatre that you observe. Bad acting often breaks your
  25. 25. Incessant Typing // Jack Oughtonhttp://jackoughtonwriter.info // https://www.facebook.com/jack.oughton.writer //2013: CC BY-NC-SA // Wanna chat? Tweet @koukouvayaPage | 26“The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.” ~ Hubert H. Humphreysuspension of reality, and it becomes very clear that what you arewatching has been staged.Persona: Italian word derived from the Latin for a type of maskmade to resonate with the voice of the actor (per sonare: literally;“to sound through”)Thinking outside of acting, false people are often too obvious,right? Depending on how good a judge of character you are, yourgut often senses these ‘political’ types. Those who act friendly butare trying to use this relationship with you for a reason. And forthem, it doesn’t usually work. You can’t really like anyone thatgives that untrustworthy vibe off. The persona fails, and the true,nasty face beneath the mask is revealed. Or the persona holds butyou steer clear anyway – knowing what awaits you.Everybody in some way or another is an actor.It’s true. Mum bakes a horrible pie? You get an Oscar nominationfor Best Prolonged Food Related Lie. Want to get that promotionat work? – then play the role of proactive and interested employee– not ‘I’m Just Here For The Paycheck’.And there are many other examples…Authenticity And EmpathyGood acting is not inauthentic, it is completely authentic.
  26. 26. Incessant Typing // Jack Oughtonhttp://jackoughtonwriter.info // https://www.facebook.com/jack.oughton.writer //2013: CC BY-NC-SA // Wanna chat? Tweet @koukouvayaPage | 27“The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.” ~ Hubert H. HumphreyWhat is authenticity anyway? In acting, authenticity is reacting towhat happens, as it happens. The script works as a guideline todirect the emotional performances of the actors. Words are simplya vehicle for emotion and intangible atmosphere of the production.It’s like music, where instead of words, the organisation ofharmonic and rhythmic textures are the vehicle by which emotionsare manipulated.Acting requires a well developed imagination and the ability tointuitively interpret things as they happen. From what I understand,‘wooden’ acting comes from the situation where the responseshave not been authentic. A good actor is one who respondscompletely to the environment and what happens, as it happens.Or as you may have heard it said, ‘acting is reacting’.Like any other act of expression, too much thinking seems tohinder good acting. Overanalysing. And this is the same with manyother things. Want to talk to a guy/girl? Go talk to him/her – don’tspend too much time deliberating about what you’ll say. Just sayhello. Then have a conversation. The same is true with acting. Inmany schools of acting, actors are told to just do it.And I think many of us, especially those more afraid to expressourselves, could learn from this.
  27. 27. Incessant Typing // Jack Oughtonhttp://jackoughtonwriter.info // https://www.facebook.com/jack.oughton.writer //2013: CC BY-NC-SA // Wanna chat? Tweet @koukouvayaPage | 28“The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.” ~ Hubert H. HumphreyThe Persona – Responsibilities and Social MasksBeyond the name you call yourself and who you think or know youare, you have many identities and play many roles in your day today world…Ever met someone famous and found that they weren’t who you’dexpected them to be? You may have witnessed the unmasking of asocial persona. There are countless examples of people’s ‘privateface’ being much different to whom they are outside of the publiceye. Read a gossipy magazine and you’ll likely find plenty ofaccounts.Similarly, ever thought about how you have a different role to playwhen at a drinking establishment with a bunch of old friends, thanwhen looking after your kids? Your identity, though fixed to someextent is very much contextual. I’d argue that what professionalactors do is to change the context of their identities further thanmost of us do…Our identities shift in line with our environment. The mediainfluences them. Suppose I find a new genre of music (lets sayCountry) and a particular artist in it admire. Perhaps I choose toadapt elements of their dress style as homage, and because I thinkit looks good on me. That’s my persona shifting in response toexternal events. I may now also identify myself as a ‘country andwestern fan’, changing my behaviour, adopting certain mannerisms
  28. 28. Incessant Typing // Jack Oughtonhttp://jackoughtonwriter.info // https://www.facebook.com/jack.oughton.writer //2013: CC BY-NC-SA // Wanna chat? Tweet @koukouvayaPage | 29“The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.” ~ Hubert H. Humphreyand so on. In this instance the genre of music has personalrelevance to me. You can actually see how it affects me.Or another more obvious example of ‘musical personae’. Thinkabout the mild mannered, ‘accountant by day’ type guy whodresses up in leather, studs and spikes and plays satanic blackmetal gigs every other weekend. Or the loving father who makes agood living touring as a member of a gangster rap group (and thereare many examples of this too).And then of course there’s the other mild mannered guy who livesout a second life roleplaying as a dungeon master on the internet ina MMORPG. Not strictly musical, but a similar idea.Role Playing Games – Vampires, Elves and RomansIn fact there are numerous subcultures where people practiceroleplay as another means to be themselves. The vampiresubculture is very active online and offline. Many of these‘vampires’ incorporate an element of vampirism into their day today lifestyle, and they will often meet, specifically to role play.The most popular game I could find being Vampire: TheMasqueradeAnother group of roleplayers, usually with more of an interest intraditional fantasy, are called LARP (Live Action Role Plays).There are many different LARPS, ranging from fantasy oriented
  29. 29. Incessant Typing // Jack Oughtonhttp://jackoughtonwriter.info // https://www.facebook.com/jack.oughton.writer //2013: CC BY-NC-SA // Wanna chat? Tweet @koukouvayaPage | 30“The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.” ~ Hubert H. Humphreyscenarios to historical reconstructions of the American Civil Warand Ancient Greek phalanx warfare.Here the level of player dedication varies from people just out tohave some fun and hit people with large foam swords, all the waysto groups of people who have created their own unique fantasycultures and hierarchies. There’s actually a pretty reasonable (if abit exaggerated) introduction to LARP culture in the 2008 comedy,Role Models.These are people who willing embrace a completely contraryaspect of themselves. Often taking new names and behaviouralcharacteristics they’ve been unable to express as their ‘normal’selves. Another persona.And speaking of people getting in touch with other aspects ofthemselves…Animal Personae – Furries, Lycanthropes and Shamans…If you have been on the internet for longer than 5 minutes you haveprobably heard reference to the furry fandom.Hohoho…They’ve attracted controversy for all sorts of reasons, much of the
  30. 30. Incessant Typing // Jack Oughtonhttp://jackoughtonwriter.info // https://www.facebook.com/jack.oughton.writer //2013: CC BY-NC-SA // Wanna chat? Tweet @koukouvayaPage | 31“The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.” ~ Hubert H. Humphreybad press being unfair in my opinion. But I’m going to skip overall that, as it takes us away from our subject…‘Furries’ are an interesting study in persona. Instead of a mask,many of them wear full body ‘fursuits’ and have another, animalalias that they escape into in their free time. The communitythrives on the internet, often in places, such as Second Life, whereone can live out an idealised identity, unconstrained by physicallimitations (such as the fact that you were born human, though youmay really feel yourself to be a wolf).Some of the more serious amongst them legitimately believe thatthey have animal souls. Or can shapeshift. In that instance perhapsthey see their day-to-day identities as human beings as anunwanted persona to live through. It’s food for thought.‘Furry’ has been around for a long, long time, in some form.People have physically identified themselves with animals for aslong as there have been people. Many shamanic traditions,crossing multiple cultural groups, have an element of animism,belief in shapeshifting, experiences in the body of an animal, andso on. Lycanthropy & Therianthropy have been documented bythe medical profession for centuries.It is an almost universal attribute of the various human cultures touse animals as characters in the stories we tell our children.
  31. 31. Incessant Typing // Jack Oughtonhttp://jackoughtonwriter.info // https://www.facebook.com/jack.oughton.writer //2013: CC BY-NC-SA // Wanna chat? Tweet @koukouvayaPage | 32“The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.” ~ Hubert H. HumphreyBut who told you that you had to be just one person (or animal) ata time?…Group Personae – Riots, Sermons and OratoryPersonae also emerge on a larger, collective scale. I’ve alreadyspoken quite a lot about emergent phenomena, so I’ll make myexamples here brief. But take for example any ‘crowd situation‘,such as a sports game. To some extent, especially during momentsof great passion and energy (like a scoring event), individualpersonalities seem to merge into a larger mass. Sometimes people‘lose themselves’ in the seething social energy of a football riot, ora powerful religious sermon.The individual persona merges with the group, if only for thebriefest time…Conclusion: Who Are ‘You’ Anyway?Whoever you want to be…What I’m trying to get at with all this is that we can all be so manydifferent people over the course of our lives and in the day to day.We have digital identities, aliases of our construction, the peoplewe think we are, the people we try not to be, the people we like tobe sometimes, the people we have to be in certain situations. Wechange our manner of speaking to suit our environment, we change
  32. 32. Incessant Typing // Jack Oughtonhttp://jackoughtonwriter.info // https://www.facebook.com/jack.oughton.writer //2013: CC BY-NC-SA // Wanna chat? Tweet @koukouvayaPage | 33“The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.” ~ Hubert H. Humphreyour dress depending on where we go.Because personae are just like the clothes that we wear, we havesome that we are fond of, and wear more frequently than the rest.And some that we just take out for special occasions.Human beings are like a more complicated version of thechameleon. Changing our appearances just as quickly as wechange a multitude of other aspects of ourselves. Including thevery way we think and look at the world.This is free will and you have the right to exercise it.And it leads to the dangerous idea that if you don’t like whatyou are right now, you can choose to be someone else.Freedom means you are unobstructed in living your life as youchoose. Anything less is a form of slavery ~ Wayne DyerWhether we are conscious of it or not, we act every day. We actupon things to get things done, and we also act in the metaphoricalsense…We fulfill the social roles and functions that fit us into the societiesthat we comprise. It’s obvious in how we choose our careers; the
  33. 33. Incessant Typing // Jack Oughtonhttp://jackoughtonwriter.info // https://www.facebook.com/jack.oughton.writer //2013: CC BY-NC-SA // Wanna chat? Tweet @koukouvayaPage | 34“The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.” ~ Hubert H. Humphreyperson appointed as a policeman has to act as ‘guardian of thepeace’. The woman who becomes the midwife has to be thatsupremely attentive, nurturing person. But when either of themfinish their shift they can go home and be almost anyone theywant. Maybe the policeman has his own desires for chaos anddestruction. Maybe the midwife does as well. And once the workpersona is done with, the devilish sides can come out to play…And this can be very healthy. Perhaps the word is therapeutic. Bothindividually and for society. It’s probably not a good idea to take aposition of power without an outlet for one’s baser instincts whichare completely at ends with the job description. We are all humanafter all.And there’s another way to allow the ‘other’ aspects of ourselvesto thrive.The actual, theatrical craft of acting. Which may have morebenefits than you think…It can be a way to get in touch with our intuitive, feeling, side, ortry out new personae, like you’d put on clothes in a departmentstore changing room.For example; never been that much of an outgoing person, butreally want to be? Fake it ’til you make it. Act. If you need to, start
  34. 34. Incessant Typing // Jack Oughtonhttp://jackoughtonwriter.info // https://www.facebook.com/jack.oughton.writer //2013: CC BY-NC-SA // Wanna chat? Tweet @koukouvayaPage | 35“The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.” ~ Hubert H. Humphreyin a dramatic environment where it doesn’t feel so weird, and getsome practice in. Allow the aspects of the character that you wantto be to integrate into who you are.It’s been done before, over and over again. General George S.Patton was obsessed with military history. He modeled himselfafter everything he knew of Alexander The Great. What part didthis have in his success as a military commander? Or perhapsArnold Schwarzenegger, who at a young age idolisedbodybuilders like Reg Park, and decided that was who he wouldbecome. And he did. In fact he even described the process thattook him to the top…“What you do is create a vision of who you want to be, and thenlive into that picture as if it were already true.” ~ ArnoldSchwarzeneggerAnd whoever you are, there’s usually someone or something happyto tell you who or what to be. Think of the modern medialandscape and ‘lifestyle’ brands with their ‘consumerdemographics’. You are not a demographic…But whatever the world tries to make of you, true self resides therealways. We are most happy when we are being the person we wantto be at the time. Though who we want to be can change. After 12hours working in a stock exchange, we may no longer want to be
  35. 35. Incessant Typing // Jack Oughtonhttp://jackoughtonwriter.info // https://www.facebook.com/jack.oughton.writer //2013: CC BY-NC-SA // Wanna chat? Tweet @koukouvayaPage | 36“The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.” ~ Hubert H. Humphreythe full stress, hard charging commodities trader. We may want tobe the caring father. Or watercolour painter. Both are perfect forthe time they are chosen.So embrace every aspect of yourself. Embrace all the personae.Because at the end of the day, they’re all you really."You have to have a certain persona to be a star, you know, and Idont have that. Im a banana." ~ Harvey Korman
  36. 36. Incessant Typing // Jack Oughtonhttp://jackoughtonwriter.info // https://www.facebook.com/jack.oughton.writer //2013: CC BY-NC-SA // Wanna chat? Tweet @koukouvayaPage | 37“The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.” ~ Hubert H. HumphreyPain Is Humanity’s CommonGroundPain…A unifying, universal element of the human experience.A place where we can build empathy and truly connect with others.Because, despite our multitudinous differences and completelyunique lives, everybody has experienced pain. We don’t want it butwe must all endure it. Sometimes collectively, and sometimespersonally.But we’re not in it alone.“I feel your pain” is one of the most understated yet significantthings one human can say to another, if sincerely meant.It’s an admission of connectedness and unity. A reminder that wedon’t and shouldn’t suffer the human condition in isolation.We are there for others, others are there for us. It makes it easier tobear.A Buddhist exercise in compassion teaches us that, as we regard
  37. 37. Incessant Typing // Jack Oughtonhttp://jackoughtonwriter.info // https://www.facebook.com/jack.oughton.writer //2013: CC BY-NC-SA // Wanna chat? Tweet @koukouvayaPage | 38“The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.” ~ Hubert H. Humphreypeople, to remember and repeat the following silent mantra; “Thisperson wants love, doesn’t want pain”.A simple reminder.If we’re finding it hard to show compassion, maybe we canremember that this person, on a foundational level, wants to loveand not to suffer.Yet we are so quick to forget this, as we struggle and fight to carveout small places in some of us see as a ‘dog eat dog world.’
  38. 38. Incessant Typing // Jack Oughtonhttp://jackoughtonwriter.info // https://www.facebook.com/jack.oughton.writer //2013: CC BY-NC-SA // Wanna chat? Tweet @koukouvayaPage | 39“The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.” ~ Hubert H. HumphreyOn Normality:I’m going to talk a little about the social construction of‘normality‘ and why changing how we define it can help thecollective shaping of a better world. It all comes down to standards,though you may end up fighting ‘the herd’…Bathing and killing people – what is normal anyway?One way to define normality is as ‘what we are accustomed to andcome to expect’.Normality is an attribute, not a constant or a ‘truth’, and is relativeto the person and situation.For example, nine out of ten people may think daily bathing isnormal. One other may have a different idea. To him, bathing lesscould be perceived as normal.Is he a ‘dirty’ person? Or are the others just obsessive in theirbathing? Who’s right? It’s irrelevant. It is a point that can beargued either way.Some of us become accustomed to doing ‘extraordinary’ things…For example;
  39. 39. Incessant Typing // Jack Oughtonhttp://jackoughtonwriter.info // https://www.facebook.com/jack.oughton.writer //2013: CC BY-NC-SA // Wanna chat? Tweet @koukouvayaPage | 40“The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.” ~ Hubert H. HumphreyA hardbitten soldier: taking human life is normal.A butcher: splitting the ribs of animals with a knife is normal.An architect: seeing buildings that originally existed only inhis/her head is normal.A concert pianist: practicing 8+ hours at the piano a day isnormal.What we become accustomed to comes from the activities wechoose and the environment that envelops us. These things form acocoon of expected and predictable events and things that make upan ordered life. A comfort zone.We get used to them. On some level we associate them with oursafety. We begin to entrench, and keep doing them to stay in theplace we know. This is great if these things are what we reallywant and make us happy, and maybe not so great if they are simplya superficial means for you to feel safe.Some people seem accustomed to challenging normality and thiszone of familiarity as time goes on, but this seems to be ‘lessnormal’. From what I’ve seen, many are happy to just set in theirways
  40. 40. Incessant Typing // Jack Oughtonhttp://jackoughtonwriter.info // https://www.facebook.com/jack.oughton.writer //2013: CC BY-NC-SA // Wanna chat? Tweet @koukouvayaPage | 41“The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.” ~ Hubert H. HumphreySo, consider what ‘normal’ things you are participating inwith those around you.As I said, normality is often socially constructed. Do the norms ofyour various social groups help or hinder you?Is it ‘normal’ for you and your friends to be broke? Perhaps by thestandards of your friendship group this is ‘normal’ – but is it whatyou really want? If you should be the one to start saving orinvesting your income a little more wisely, how would that affectyour standing in the group?Wealthy people seem to associate with other wealthy people. Is it‘normal’ for them to be wealthy?What about in other areas? Does normal mean a mediocre standardof performance to you? The Japanese have an oft-quoted sayingthat roughly translates to ‘the nail that stands tall will behammered down’. Another word used to describe it is ‘tall poppysyndrome‘ – the idea that people of unusual merit or achievementare ‘cut down to size’ by their peers.It’s origins appear to go all the way back to the ancient world, inwhich one or various kings had his most eminent citizens put todeath in an attempt to retaining power. I’m not sure if it worked.It used to promote a culture of superior teamwork that stifled
  41. 41. Incessant Typing // Jack Oughtonhttp://jackoughtonwriter.info // https://www.facebook.com/jack.oughton.writer //2013: CC BY-NC-SA // Wanna chat? Tweet @koukouvayaPage | 42“The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.” ~ Hubert H. Humphreyindividual achievement to some extent. Individuals who chasedtheir own dreams or grew ‘too big for their boots’ faced ostracism.Or as some like to repeat these days, ‘there’s no I in team’.But we clearly aren’t in feudal Japan anymore, and thoughteamwork gets many things done, a culture of conformity is oftennot the environment in which it feels safe to innovate or pushboundaries. To stretch an already tenuous metaphor, why not haveevery nail or sunflower standing taller? – moving the standardever upward…Introducing… The Idea Of CalibrationIf you calibrate a device, you find something that is objectivelyaccurate, and set your measurements to it. For example, you cancalibrate the brightness on your monitor by using a diagram. Youreye (subjective) becomes calibrated to a colour value (objective).Calibration has also been applied to your personal standards,whether you are aware of it or not. What you now define as ‘right’is a personal calibration. What you define as ‘normal’ is also acalibration. And the nature of calibration is that you can changewhat your standards have been metered too.I.e at some point, taking a lead from the environment thatsurrounded you and the stimulus you were exposed to, you decidedthat some level of a personal attribute was ‘normal’ or the status
  42. 42. Incessant Typing // Jack Oughtonhttp://jackoughtonwriter.info // https://www.facebook.com/jack.oughton.writer //2013: CC BY-NC-SA // Wanna chat? Tweet @koukouvayaPage | 43“The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.” ~ Hubert H. Humphreyquo.So, what are you calibrated to? The lessons of your parents? Holybooks? Social norms? Your personal code of ethics?Calibrate your kiddies…If you have children, why not encourage them to associate higherstandards and pushing boundaries with ‘being normal?’Is it normal for your child to be told no, over and over? To be toldoff. Does your child’s environment suggest that normality is notdoing anything new and remaining completely safe – so safe thatthere is little chance for new experiences, perspectives and people?For many families this is done with the best intentions but stiflesyoung questing minds all the same.And it’s understandable, we want the best for our children, even ifthat entails being a little …over cautious in how we care for them.Perhaps we care too much?But experience is the surest teacher, and if ever there’s an agewe’re learning, childhood is it. It seems like a shame to withholdthat opportunity for our children. It could save them years oflearning these lessons, in a far more expensive environment, and ata much later date…
  43. 43. Incessant Typing // Jack Oughtonhttp://jackoughtonwriter.info // https://www.facebook.com/jack.oughton.writer //2013: CC BY-NC-SA // Wanna chat? Tweet @koukouvayaPage | 44“The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.” ~ Hubert H. HumphreyBecause, some lessons you have to learn eventually.Outro: Is SimpleMuch of personal motivation and the way that society plays outcollectively is just a striving towards perceived normality (viagroupthink) and a stable world.‘Normal’ is not what people tell you it is. It’s whatever you want itto be.So make your normal better.TLDR We could all have better standards, even if it seems themajority wants us to settle for mediocrity.
  44. 44. Incessant Typing // Jack Oughtonhttp://jackoughtonwriter.info // https://www.facebook.com/jack.oughton.writer //2013: CC BY-NC-SA // Wanna chat? Tweet @koukouvayaPage | 45“The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.” ~ Hubert H. Humphrey“You are the sky. Everything else – it’s just theweather.” ~ Pema Chödrön
  45. 45. Incessant Typing // Jack Oughtonhttp://jackoughtonwriter.info // https://www.facebook.com/jack.oughton.writer //2013: CC BY-NC-SA // Wanna chat? Tweet @koukouvayaPage | 46“The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.” ~ Hubert H. HumphreyThe Importance And Art ofListening“Everything has been said before, but since nobody listens we have to keepgoing back and beginning all over again.” ~ Andre GideI bet you reckon listening to people is pretty important.But have you really thought about how important?We all need to vent every now and then, be listened to, and feelvalidated by the act of others considering what we have to say.Sometimes we just need space to talk and express ourselves inwords. And some of us, even more than others…Why else would people write so much poetry that they’re so veryreluctant to share with others?And feeling like nobody’s listening to you can really, really drivepeople mad.For an example, ever see the film Falling Down?There’s more to listening than a lot of people think. Broadlyspeaking, you can divide it into two varieties.
  46. 46. Incessant Typing // Jack Oughtonhttp://jackoughtonwriter.info // https://www.facebook.com/jack.oughton.writer //2013: CC BY-NC-SA // Wanna chat? Tweet @koukouvayaPage | 47“The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.” ~ Hubert H. HumphreyThere’s what I’d call ‘conventional listening’ – this you do toobtain information; discuss things in the normal sense, make smalltalk in uncomfortable social situations and hold ‘less intense’conversations with people you know.Then there’s active listening – which is done by the listener tospecifically help the speaker. In active listening, the listeneractively makes an effort to listen and clarifies that he/she’sunderstood the speaker. This hopefully leads to a dialogue withgreater understanding, and leaves the speaker with a feeling thatthey’ve been really listened to.The different effects these two kinds of listening canbe profound.You can do listening wrongOften we do the wrong kind of listening at the wrong time, whichis no good for anyoneThe reason why I love some of my closest friends so much isbecause we all give each other space to speak. It’s actually rareand refreshing…Because I feel the quality of listening where I am is usuallysubstandard. In conversation it very often feels that people arejust racing to fill spaces in dialogue.
  47. 47. Incessant Typing // Jack Oughtonhttp://jackoughtonwriter.info // https://www.facebook.com/jack.oughton.writer //2013: CC BY-NC-SA // Wanna chat? Tweet @koukouvayaPage | 48“The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.” ~ Hubert H. HumphreyIn fact, it’s not even dialogue at all – it’s often like a series ofvaguely connected monologues.Nobody really gains anything from it, and I don’t like these kind ofconversations at all.Ever experienced what I mean?Ever done it?I think we all have… at least a few timesBut we can learn our lessons and be forgiven.Everybody’s talking but I can’t hear a word…You probably notice that in the western world, many peopleare unhappy…Or think they’re unhappy. Some think they need psychotherapy,when all they really need is a listener. Or a counselor. Just a littlespace to talk about their problems in a nonjudgementalenvironment.Why do they need this? Because they don’t get this kind oflistening from the people in their normal day to day life.
  48. 48. Incessant Typing // Jack Oughtonhttp://jackoughtonwriter.info // https://www.facebook.com/jack.oughton.writer //2013: CC BY-NC-SA // Wanna chat? Tweet @koukouvayaPage | 49“The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.” ~ Hubert H. Humphrey“Being heard is so close to being loved that for the average personthey are almost indistinguishable.” ~ David AugsburgerPerhaps they don’t have a friend that they can count as a‘confidant’.However, this can go both ways. Sometimes people try to turn theirfriends into their counselors (without consent and often withoutrealising it). This is actually a very bad thing for both parties.Because if this kind of ‘helping relationship‘ isn’t done right,there’s a transfer of something I can only describe as ‘negativeenergy’ from speaker to listener.And it can destroy relationships.Example;Consider the scenario when someone calls a friend purely to‘vent’. Often the listener feels ‘put upon’ to provide a solution, butall the talker wants to do is vent.This is often the problem in male/female relationships. ‘Solutionsoriented’ men want to offer practical remedies to their woman,whereas she just wants to explore her feelings. At the end of themiscommunication masquerading as dialogue, the speaker feelsjust as bad and the listener feels like shit too.Because it’s all been done wrong.
  49. 49. Incessant Typing // Jack Oughtonhttp://jackoughtonwriter.info // https://www.facebook.com/jack.oughton.writer //2013: CC BY-NC-SA // Wanna chat? Tweet @koukouvayaPage | 50“The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.” ~ Hubert H. HumphreyOther times the negativity of the speaker’s situation weighs downon the listener, who just isn’t ready to ‘take on’ that burden.Especially when the listener feels unable to help (which is oftenthe case). This can lead to a feeling of powerlessness in thelistener.At times like this, the listener finishes the dialogue like they’ve justtaken an emotional beating from a friend. They often feel guiltythat they can’t help. And sometimes the listener even feel resentful.And still, the speaker’s problem hasn’t been solved.So don’t be that person dumping your problems on otherpeople.Because we’ve all known that negative, toxic person, right? Theone who brings everybody down.With these people, the process of listening can be much harderwork than we’d expect.And speaking of listening as hard work…Introducing… The SamaritansEver heard of The Samaritans?
  50. 50. Incessant Typing // Jack Oughtonhttp://jackoughtonwriter.info // https://www.facebook.com/jack.oughton.writer //2013: CC BY-NC-SA // Wanna chat? Tweet @koukouvayaPage | 51“The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.” ~ Hubert H. HumphreyThey’re a UK charity and one of the best examples of theincredible good that can be done just by actively listening.The Samaritans is comprised of people who volunteer to listen.They man phone lines, counsel in person and respond to letters,emails and text messages from suicidal or desperately unhappyspeakers. Often, The Samaritans are the only people that a suicidalor near suicidal person feels they have left to speak to.And it works! The stated aim of the organisation is to reduce thenumber of deaths via suicide, and as far as I know, they’re seeingresults. For decades The Samaritans have been the ‘last line ofdefence’ for the suicidal person in the UK, their phone-lines openeven when more ‘official’, governmental organisations such as theNHS’ mental health helplines are inaccessible.I wonder how many lives they’ve saved, just by being there andproperly listening when nobody else would.Samaritans listen with a compassionate, non-judgmental ear. Theydon’t offer suggestions, and don’t criticise, no matter how direyour actions or your situation. Each of them is trained in activelistening and many of them have years of experience hearing themost heartbreaking scenarios. Very often they have to counsel eachother, as hours of this kind of listening takes it’s toll.
  51. 51. Incessant Typing // Jack Oughtonhttp://jackoughtonwriter.info // https://www.facebook.com/jack.oughton.writer //2013: CC BY-NC-SA // Wanna chat? Tweet @koukouvayaPage | 52“The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.” ~ Hubert H. HumphreyPretty tough.Their example shows us how important a kind, listening ear is, andwhat listeners themselves may have to go through.Conclusion: How to ‘get’ wisdom…And there’s an another obvious, but often overlooked thing aboutlistening properly. You might actually learn something useful.Well, depending on what you are listening to of course…“Listen or thy tongue will keep thee deaf”
  52. 52. Incessant Typing // Jack Oughtonhttp://jackoughtonwriter.info // https://www.facebook.com/jack.oughton.writer //2013: CC BY-NC-SA // Wanna chat? Tweet @koukouvayaPage | 53“The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.” ~ Hubert H. HumphreyOwnership And Denial"Some writers confuse authenticity, which they ought always to aimat, with originality, which they should never bother about." ~ W.H. AudenThose who own their choices live closer to authenticity andreality.Ownership is accepting what happens and the state of affairs as itis now, and it is not as common as you may think.Sometimes people in bad situations (jobs, marriages or anythingelse) haven’t fully accepted that their choice has led them to wherethey are. Or the extent of the situation they’re in.This is denial. People deny ownership of their circumstances. Buttheir circumstances are the same, and not seeing the problemdoesn’t make it go away, as we all know.Think about the mother who refuses to acknowledge that herinitially ‘spirited’, now very delinquent son is getting worse. Or theartist who refuses to listen to the constructive criticism directed athis work, and thus never makes improvements.Its that old cliche of burying your head in the sand.
  53. 53. Incessant Typing // Jack Oughtonhttp://jackoughtonwriter.info // https://www.facebook.com/jack.oughton.writer //2013: CC BY-NC-SA // Wanna chat? Tweet @koukouvayaPage | 54“The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.” ~ Hubert H. HumphreyWe all do it…I think everybody has an element of denial in their life. How manythings we deny, and the extent of the denial is a matter of degree.We’re all a bit deluded, but some of us develop full blown‘Delusional Disorders’ (as classified in the DSM-IV) of a paranoidor grandiose nature. Hopefully this doesn’t describe you, or me.So, I’ll use me as an example – to some extent I am in denial that Imay not have a future as a music producer or composer. My oddsof success are probably quite small. Perhaps I’d do better if I spentmore time working in areas where I have already seen results, suchas writing.But I have always wanted to make a living out of music and I willnever give up on it.So perhaps I am not completely in denial, since I accept this fact,even as I fight against it by continuing to do what doesn’t seem towork! I think I am moderately deluded. I have unrealisticexpectations, and it’s just a facet of my stubbornness.Dealing with the ‘blind spot’…The first step to solving a problem is knowing that there is one inthe first place. But actually seeing that there is a problem is one of
  54. 54. Incessant Typing // Jack Oughtonhttp://jackoughtonwriter.info // https://www.facebook.com/jack.oughton.writer //2013: CC BY-NC-SA // Wanna chat? Tweet @koukouvayaPage | 55“The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.” ~ Hubert H. Humphreythe biggest. We don’t want problems, or at least, we want to beentertained by superficial problems. We create small dramas anddiligently keep the larger ones out of perception where they maydo us psychological harm.And this is why there can be such a blind spot. Some problems justseem too big to face, let alone solve.So the problem can be described as this:We deny some of our potentially biggest problems so stronglythat we’re often not consciously aware of them.And at times like this need an objective third party, perceptiveenough to notice our floors, assertive enough to be unafraid ofhurting our feelings, and compassionate enough to tell us for theright reasons.This person can give us the brutal reality check we need.So who’s watching out for you?
  55. 55. Incessant Typing // Jack Oughtonhttp://jackoughtonwriter.info // https://www.facebook.com/jack.oughton.writer //2013: CC BY-NC-SA // Wanna chat? Tweet @koukouvayaPage | 56“The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.” ~ Hubert H. HumphreyDistraction Vs. InspirationSimply put, there are three ways toexperience the world…You can try to focus on nothing at all (which is very hard, yourmind needs something to chew on)You can focus on distractions – we need distractions to entertainus, and sometimes dull the existential pain (which we perhaps feelas Dysthymia or boredom?).You can focus on inspiration – this is material which ‘nourishesyour soul’. That inspires you to do ‘important’ stuff. It gives youideas and/or the drive to implement them.But whatever you choose to focus on will in some way affect theway you spend your life.And you can choose.The Balance…As with everything, there’s a balance between distraction andinspiration. Perhaps for many of us, we have spent too much of lifefocusing on distractions.
  56. 56. Incessant Typing // Jack Oughtonhttp://jackoughtonwriter.info // https://www.facebook.com/jack.oughton.writer //2013: CC BY-NC-SA // Wanna chat? Tweet @koukouvayaPage | 57“The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.” ~ Hubert H. HumphreyYet, this is understandable, if you take a look at our world today.Especially our media landscape…It all seems arranged against us. The media is far more full ofdistractions than inspiration. Sometimes I wonder if it is not aconspiracy of some kind to distract us away from thinking forourselves more and doing bigger things.And then it occurs to me that it probably just comes down tomarket forces.Because distracting you is profitable…The main distraction today is advertising. The consumereconomy wants you to spend your money. People with goods andservices to hawk go hungry unless they can convince you that youwant the latest ‘hot item’.Cos it’s harder to make money out of people who are inherentlyfocused on their own ‘thing’ and who aren’t looking at the ads,right?Thus, one ad executive’s inspired copywriting or advertorial imageis a distraction for multitudes. Take the example of being on theInternet… did you ever see a place so full of distraction?!Wherever there is this much information available ‘on tap’ –
  57. 57. Incessant Typing // Jack Oughtonhttp://jackoughtonwriter.info // https://www.facebook.com/jack.oughton.writer //2013: CC BY-NC-SA // Wanna chat? Tweet @koukouvayaPage | 58“The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.” ~ Hubert H. Humphreydistraction is inexorable.Let’s start with Youtube as an example….You can visit, seeking ‘useful’ information, such as the multitudeof tutorial videos available there. But, after a momentary lapse,you find that you’ve instead spent 35 minutes watching videos ofcute baby animals. Or street fights.Has this ever happened to you?And outside of Youtube, the internet world is full of banner ads,popups and popunders. Like the Youtube example, all of it canconspire to create sudden changes in direction that take you faraway from where you wanted to go, before you’ve even realisedwhat’s happened to you.Unmindful Internet use often sets you on autopilot, like a dogchasing a stick. This is fine if you are browsing for entertainment.And probably not fine if you are trying to be inspired or getany work done.Onto TV…Another example is TV. Usually it’s pop culture programming,frequently punctuated by advertising which ranges from blatant tosubtle. Or the news, which provides a whole lot of informationwhich, hopefully, leaves you ‘informed’.
  58. 58. Incessant Typing // Jack Oughtonhttp://jackoughtonwriter.info // https://www.facebook.com/jack.oughton.writer //2013: CC BY-NC-SA // Wanna chat? Tweet @koukouvayaPage | 59“The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.” ~ Hubert H. Humphrey‘Informed’ about information that you can’t really use…Because unless you trade commodities or genuinely enjoy hearingabout what’s going on (accepting that it’s filtered through aneditorial agenda and strongly tinged with a sensationalist slant) Ibelieve that the news is feeding you junk information most of thetime.Will you do anything about the horrible images of that car crash?Asides from feel distressed?Probably not. How can you…?And watch out for (my) generalisations…Of course one man’s distraction is another man’s inspiration.And some people do enjoy being informed. They often becomejournalists.And, inspiration can be found in the strangest places. Perhaps oneof these soap operas tells a tale that really moves you to dosomething. Or there’s a fictional character that you use as aninspiring, possibly heroic example. And it’s not uncommon for thenews tells to uplifting stories, should a producer deem it‘newsworthy’.It is important that I try not to generalise too much (if I haven’t
  59. 59. Incessant Typing // Jack Oughtonhttp://jackoughtonwriter.info // https://www.facebook.com/jack.oughton.writer //2013: CC BY-NC-SA // Wanna chat? Tweet @koukouvayaPage | 60“The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.” ~ Hubert H. Humphreyalready!)Because one thing is not always the same thing to everybody.My point here is that as you consume information, you canconsciously ask yourself “is this distracting me, or inspiring me?”And then you can ask, “What does it inspire me to do” – “or whatis it distracting me from?”If no answer comes, keep asking, until something of an answeremerges.When you get an answer, then you can decide if you want to doanything about it.You can either continue with what you are consuming it or stopand do something else.The choice of your focus is always yours.And as I said before, inspiration comes from the most unexpectedplaces and often requires you look for it. But distraction iseverywhere.Guard against distractions and seek inspiration.
  60. 60. Incessant Typing // Jack Oughtonhttp://jackoughtonwriter.info // https://www.facebook.com/jack.oughton.writer //2013: CC BY-NC-SA // Wanna chat? Tweet @koukouvayaPage | 61“The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.” ~ Hubert H. HumphreyBecause the process of seeking, finding and creating inspirationmakes for an inspired life.“Always remember, your focus determines your reality.” ~ GeorgeLucas
  61. 61. Incessant Typing // Jack Oughtonhttp://jackoughtonwriter.info // https://www.facebook.com/jack.oughton.writer //2013: CC BY-NC-SA // Wanna chat? Tweet @koukouvayaPage | 62“The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.” ~ Hubert H. HumphreyChasing Greater PleasuresSometimes, the greater pleasures in life come only once you’ve letgo of the lesser ones…But so many people will never realise these greater pleasures.This is because they fear losing what they have far more than theyare inspired by mere promises of something better.Because ofttimes, when it’s right in front of you, it’s ohhh so hardto resist it.Yet some of us do, anyway.Some people call this ‘delayed gratification’…
  62. 62. Incessant Typing // Jack Oughtonhttp://jackoughtonwriter.info // https://www.facebook.com/jack.oughton.writer //2013: CC BY-NC-SA // Wanna chat? Tweet @koukouvayaPage | 63“The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.” ~ Hubert H. HumphreyEmbrace DestructionDestruction is……not a thing that should distress us.It is the process of (re)creation.Nature periodically destroys itself so that it may be renewed.Forests burn down, and new growth springs from the ashes.Stars build complex elements within their cores, and then blowthemselves apart in supernovae. This seeds the universe with newmaterials. And then new stars reform from these seeded materials,to build more elements and blow themselves apart, again andagain.This is how the earth got here.Your body sheds skin, and turns over the cells which comprise youon the inside. In a number of years the stuff that you are made ofhas completely changed. Your brain, which does your thinking, isnot the same brain, a decade later. Your body has destroyed andrecreated itself.Yet you are still here, anchored by your consciousness.
  63. 63. Incessant Typing // Jack Oughtonhttp://jackoughtonwriter.info // https://www.facebook.com/jack.oughton.writer //2013: CC BY-NC-SA // Wanna chat? Tweet @koukouvayaPage | 64“The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.” ~ Hubert H. HumphreyIn the business world, ‘creative destruction’ is the process bywhich outdated ideas are destroyed and replaced with ones thatbetter serve the marketplace (us).All that dies and decays on the earth, nourishes other life.Destruction is just the other side of the coin of existence.Inevitable, integral, beautiful and as perfect as everything else.Embrace it.“The urge to destroy is also a creative urge.” ~ Pablo Picasso
  64. 64. Incessant Typing // Jack Oughtonhttp://jackoughtonwriter.info // https://www.facebook.com/jack.oughton.writer //2013: CC BY-NC-SA // Wanna chat? Tweet @koukouvayaPage | 65“The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.” ~ Hubert H. HumphreyPart II: The Thought Experiments•§•II“It doesnt matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesnt matterhow smart you are. If it doesnt agree with experiment, itswrong.” ~ Richard P. FeynmanThe second part of this work deals with a category of articlesI call ‘thought experiments’. These are non formal exercisesin thinking that can help you test scenarios and conceptsusing nothing more than your mighty and creative brain.Thought experiments have overturned everything fromquantum mechanics, to computer science, pop culture andscience fiction. In fact, one of the ideas that helped Einsteinformulate one his Theories Of Relativity came from athought experiment imagining what the world would looklike to a beam of light.So perhaps play along and see if they give you anything tothink about…
  65. 65. Incessant Typing // Jack Oughtonhttp://jackoughtonwriter.info // https://www.facebook.com/jack.oughton.writer //2013: CC BY-NC-SA // Wanna chat? Tweet @koukouvayaPage | 66“The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.” ~ Hubert H. HumphreyApopheniaIf humans are ‘pattern recognitionmachines…’Then perhaps there are a number of latent patterns of perceptionwhich make for happiness and a life well lived.And all we need to do is interpret them…
  66. 66. Incessant Typing // Jack Oughtonhttp://jackoughtonwriter.info // https://www.facebook.com/jack.oughton.writer //2013: CC BY-NC-SA // Wanna chat? Tweet @koukouvayaPage | 67“The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.” ~ Hubert H. HumphreyGodlike UnderstandingHere I try to speculate at how omniscience and omnipotence mightwork or feel, logically. As far as I can see none of these ideas canprove or disprove the idea of a God…As human knowledge has advanced, it appears that the causes ofmore and more phenomena are becoming clear to us.If human understanding can be placed on a continuum where thevalue of 1 represents complete understanding of the cause of athing, and 0 represents no understanding at all, maybe‘randomness’ represents a value below 1. Randomness: theincomplete understanding of causal effects?Let me elaborate…In times past, humans used various ‘unscientific’ explanations tonatural phenomena. Crops failed? Angry god. Comet? Angry god.Famine? Angry god. You get the picture..God: Original cause and solution to all your problems.Where there have been things unexplainable through empiricalobservation or science, we have reverted to a supernaturalexplanation. Humans gotta know, right? However, now thatscience is advancing, the amount of supernatural explanations we
  67. 67. Incessant Typing // Jack Oughtonhttp://jackoughtonwriter.info // https://www.facebook.com/jack.oughton.writer //2013: CC BY-NC-SA // Wanna chat? Tweet @koukouvayaPage | 68“The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.” ~ Hubert H. Humphreyuse is decreasing. They are obsoleted by new discoveries. Somesay that ‘The God Of The Gaps’ is shrinking.As I understand it, randomness suggests an element of uncertainty,but can be accounted for and worked around. For example, we canleave space in our calculations to account for randomness and fullyexpect this will affect our final result. We can account forrandomness but it means that the outcome can never be knownwith certainty.Possibility of Random Outcome: Uncertainty.Possibility of Random Outcome: Everpresent.Therefore, Uncertainty: Everpresent due to randomness.‘Practical’ ImpossibilitySo, using statistics we can plot the probable outcomes of asituation. The more results we get from our uncertain situation, thecloser we get to certainty in our predictions of how this situationmay play out in future. But we don’t ever get to certainty. Forexample with a coin toss, the odds of getting heads 186,000 in arow are ridiculously small, and coin tosses tend to even outtowards a 50/50 distribution in the extreme long run.Even so, we can’t be certain that it won’t happen to keep coming
  68. 68. Incessant Typing // Jack Oughtonhttp://jackoughtonwriter.info // https://www.facebook.com/jack.oughton.writer //2013: CC BY-NC-SA // Wanna chat? Tweet @koukouvayaPage | 69“The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.” ~ Hubert H. Humphreyup with heads, no matter how ridiculously improbable, andtherefore we do not have complete certainty. In the practical sensewe can say it is almost impossible. But is anything reallyimpossible?Trying To Define And Comprehend ‘Godlike’A godlike/limitless understanding would imply absolute certaintyin all outcomes. Godlike power would mean that all endeavors setinto motion would work out absolutely flawlessly. In prediction,there would be no randomness, as all outcomes would be known orcontrollable (there’s that godlike power again). In a real sense,things would be predestined because you’d know what they wherebefore they happened.Put another way, perhaps random things prevent destiny, unlessthere is some way of understanding so much that we could knowthe outcome of events that were previously deemed random. Thus;no more randomness.It’d be a bit crap though. Why would you play a game of chess ifyou knew the outcome of the game in advance and any move youmade changed nothing?I can imagine two Godlike perspectives…1. Someone who knows the outcomes of everything yet is unableto interact in any way to alter the fixed path of events. Some sort of
  69. 69. Incessant Typing // Jack Oughtonhttp://jackoughtonwriter.info // https://www.facebook.com/jack.oughton.writer //2013: CC BY-NC-SA // Wanna chat? Tweet @koukouvayaPage | 70“The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.” ~ Hubert H. Humphreycosmic observer. Omniscient but not omnipotent. Perhaps theloving God who sees all of our suffering but can change nothing.2. Someone who can change any single variable and know exactlywhat sort of limitless causal consequences this would take. This iscloser to a Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics.Such a creature would exist within each universe within themultiverse (and there would be an infinite number of them), andwould probably see how ‘tweaking’ the effects in one environmentcaused cascade effects on all the others. Omnipotent andomniscient, and unable to act on anything apart from everything.Such a being couldn’t be ‘disentangled’ from the multiverse,because as part of everything, it has to exist. Similarly, since everyeffect is in some way linked to everything else, every action it tookwould cause an infinite number of consequences.I guess this is closer to the traditional monotheistic conception ofan all-powerful deity. To say that this God was everything wouldbe literally true, since this being would be tied into everything andevery effect, which would be linked to everything else.I think I’ve said ‘everything’ so many times it is starting to losemeaning.
  70. 70. Incessant Typing // Jack Oughtonhttp://jackoughtonwriter.info // https://www.facebook.com/jack.oughton.writer //2013: CC BY-NC-SA // Wanna chat? Tweet @koukouvayaPage | 71“The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.” ~ Hubert H. HumphreyHere’s my main point;What if there is an ultimate destiny, and randomness is simply thesymptom of a deficit of understanding?For example, we are uncertain of where a coin lands, as we haven’tquite grasped some bigger explanation that allows us to predictwhere coins land with complete certainty. Knowing everyinfinitesimal variable (which is practically impossible) mightallow us complete certainty in our predictions.Another way to consider would be to think of the paradox ofpredicting the future, which is similar to the well-worngrandfather paradox of time travel; which applies to the past. Torecap, you can’t go back in time to kill your granddad because ifyou did, you would not have been born and therefore couldn’t goback to kill your granddad. Capisce?OK – now lets loosely apply this to predicting the future, thinkingof how causality may disrupted by something else, namelyobserver affect. Or put another way;Perhaps you can’t see the exact future, because by observing it,you change it.And if that where the case what would that do to our hypotheticalomniscient being?
  71. 71. Incessant Typing // Jack Oughtonhttp://jackoughtonwriter.info // https://www.facebook.com/jack.oughton.writer //2013: CC BY-NC-SA // Wanna chat? Tweet @koukouvayaPage | 72“The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.” ~ Hubert H. HumphreyProtip: Dont go back in time to kill your grandadTLDR/Summary:▪ Could randomness simply be a lack of understanding everysingle variable within a situation?▪ Therefore; would an all powerful being know so much thatrandomness was no longer a consideration?▪ But – is it possible to know every exact outcome, if your veryobservations affect what you are observing?▪ Could an omnipotent being take any single action withoutcreating an infinite set of repercussions (butterfly theory)?▪ Would an all powerful being by it’s very nature be forced not tointervene in the nature of the universe to maintain free will?
  72. 72. Incessant Typing // Jack Oughtonhttp://jackoughtonwriter.info // https://www.facebook.com/jack.oughton.writer //2013: CC BY-NC-SA // Wanna chat? Tweet @koukouvayaPage | 73“The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.” ~ Hubert H. HumphreyTimes Arrow“This thing all things devours: Birds, beasts, trees, flowers; Gnawsiron, bites steel, Grinds hard stones to meal; Slays king, ruinstown, And beats high mountain down…” ~ J.R.R Tolkien – TheHobbitWhere is the empirical proof of time?It is true, that we feel something pass every day. Or at least we seeevidence something passing; stuff getting on, stuff falling apart.Progress…But is time change? (Put another way, is the motion of time’sarrow evidence enough for time?)Crux of the argument:How can we empirically observe time if we are forever trappedwithin it?What can we measure time against? Entropy; is that the corollaryvalue?Can we have entropy without time? It seems not…When we ‘do science’our method often is to look empirically atsomething from a detached position, that we may learn about it.
  73. 73. Incessant Typing // Jack Oughtonhttp://jackoughtonwriter.info // https://www.facebook.com/jack.oughton.writer //2013: CC BY-NC-SA // Wanna chat? Tweet @koukouvayaPage | 74“The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.” ~ Hubert H. HumphreyExcept, you can’t look at time from a distance, because you arealways ‘inside’ it. Relativistically speaking you are trapped in thereference frame.Within time where are our reference points? We use times anddates, right? But they are all relative to each other, not measuredagainst some universal standard.There is not a detached position to calibrate all of time’s progressto.If someone moves one goalpost, you’ll notice. If someone movesboth goal posts, you’ll probably notice. If someone moves theentire field and you with it, would you notice?Relativity:How would we know if time’s progress rate has changed, if all theclocks had calibrated to keep to this new rate of passage?It’d be like travelling in a car that accelerates, yet with the dialremaining constant despite of speed changes. In this car you can’tsee properly out the windows because it is terribly dark. Howwould you know that the car were speeding up, slowing down oreven moving at all, if your senses and your instruments weredeceiving you?
  74. 74. Incessant Typing // Jack Oughtonhttp://jackoughtonwriter.info // https://www.facebook.com/jack.oughton.writer //2013: CC BY-NC-SA // Wanna chat? Tweet @koukouvayaPage | 75“The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.” ~ Hubert H. HumphreyYou couldn’t get out and verify if the car was moving, relative tothe ground. You can’t get ‘out’ of time to see what it is movingrelative to. So, similarly, how would we know that time werechanging? How would we even know that it ‘was’?Is there a spoon?Consider the importance of relativity…what is relative to time?Everything?What would a being outside of time experience?Perhaps considering what it would be like to exist without timewill help us better think about its ubiquitous nature.If time where plotted as a fourth dimension, what would a beingthat where outside of time perceive, if it could observe timediscretely?The First idea is that it’d see everything will have happened all atonce, the Second idea is it will have seen that nothing will havehappened at all.If the first case, how would it differentiate discrete events? It’djust be like a long exposure photograph that’d merged into a massof undifferentiated information. If it were able to interact with theuniverse, maybe it’d be stuck in the mass…
  75. 75. Incessant Typing // Jack Oughtonhttp://jackoughtonwriter.info // https://www.facebook.com/jack.oughton.writer //2013: CC BY-NC-SA // Wanna chat? Tweet @koukouvayaPage | 76“The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.” ~ Hubert H. HumphreyIf the second case, surely the being couldn’t exist without time.Because in this instance time is only present when things happen,and therefore since nothing could have happened there could havebeen no time and no being.If you took time away as a value (as in you removed the fourthdimension), what would happen? Would the nature of everythingfall apart? Can time stop?Why does anyone care anyway?Because every scientific measurement we take, or observation wemake happens within time. It constrains everything.Everything we do in our lives happens within the boundaries oftime. We only exist within a certain set of temporal and spatial coordinates. Put another way, you cannot be located at any pointwithout a time and a place to find you.We take time for granted as we have always experienced it, yetwhat we really know (in the personal sense) of time is feltsubjectively.We put faith in the existence of time. An eternity for the fruit fly isa day in the human life. There’s the relativity again, except it ismore perceptive.
  76. 76. Incessant Typing // Jack Oughtonhttp://jackoughtonwriter.info // https://www.facebook.com/jack.oughton.writer //2013: CC BY-NC-SA // Wanna chat? Tweet @koukouvayaPage | 77“The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.” ~ Hubert H. HumphreyI quote Alan Watts, fountain of wisdom and philosopher of nophilosophy – “I have realized that the past and future are realillusions, that they exist in the present, which is what there is andall there is.”So are the timepieces in a way, reinforcing an illusion? A clock justmeasures time; it is not proof of time, just as a ruler does notprove that an inch exists.But… Space: Evidence for time?Evidence for time seems to come from the idea that you and I canoccupy the same space because time exists. For example(disregarding the motion of the earth through the solar system, thesolar system through the galaxy, and the galaxy through theuniverse), if you have been to the foot of the Eiffel Tower, youhave occupied the same space I have at some point. It thereforefollows that, obviously, time can put a distance between thingshappening at a single point in space. If it didn’t I might walk into adinosaur or a Cro-Magnon villager in Croydon, UK which is whereI live and where they will have once lived.So, I suppose, it follows that for things to change, time mustpass.But is this evidence enough for you? I’m not sure we’re seeing thewhole picture on time, or if we are using it as a conceptual
  77. 77. Incessant Typing // Jack Oughtonhttp://jackoughtonwriter.info // https://www.facebook.com/jack.oughton.writer //2013: CC BY-NC-SA // Wanna chat? Tweet @koukouvayaPage | 78“The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.” ~ Hubert H. Humphreyplaceholder for something much more complicated. Maybe time isan illusion or a simplification.I wish my brain had more computing power.
  78. 78. Incessant Typing // Jack Oughtonhttp://jackoughtonwriter.info // https://www.facebook.com/jack.oughton.writer //2013: CC BY-NC-SA // Wanna chat? Tweet @koukouvayaPage | 79“The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.” ~ Hubert H. Humphrey“Thank God men cannot fly, and lay waste the sky as wellas the earth.” ~ Henry David Thoreau
  79. 79. Incessant Typing // Jack Oughtonhttp://jackoughtonwriter.info // https://www.facebook.com/jack.oughton.writer //2013: CC BY-NC-SA // Wanna chat? Tweet @koukouvayaPage | 80“The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.” ~ Hubert H. HumphreyRangesIntellectual Abstraction Into What Data and thePhysical World RepresentsDisclaimer: Geology and the stock market are complicated. I don’toffend your intelligence by presuming differently, but I make somegross simplifications in the differences between them for the sakeof metaphor. Thanks…When you look at a volatile stock chart, you may notice that insome way it resembles a mountain range…It has peaks and valleys, jagged edges and all the formations of asharp area of the earth’s geography.What does it represent? By design, it represents a consensus invalue, as projected by humans and plotted over time.You may see this same jagged formation on the surface of theearth. Certain mountain ranges have harsh jagged edges thatresemble more volatile times in the history of the stock market.Other, more hilly ranges resemble times of less volatile mood.The stochastic formations of the earth’s surface are the naturalresult of statistical probability. The values of the stock market
  80. 80. Incessant Typing // Jack Oughtonhttp://jackoughtonwriter.info // https://www.facebook.com/jack.oughton.writer //2013: CC BY-NC-SA // Wanna chat? Tweet @koukouvayaPage | 81“The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.” ~ Hubert H. Humphreyare the same thing. The sum of sentiment makes the trendline ofthe market. The collective agents (such as the rock and material)which make up the structure of the earth’s surface, form the sumwhich resembles a trendline. The surface is the trendline(?)Here is the Question:We plot a graph of the stock market to represent the action of thismarket over time. In a way we know what it represents (well, wedesigned it after all!).Perhaps, the shapes of solid things around can be thought of asgraphs. Except instead of being plotted by man, they are plottedfrom the physical data going on in the background in our realworld.It is interesting to look at the shapes around us as plots ofinformation. And if they are graphs, what is the data theyrepresent?Definitely they dictate geological data. We can analyse, and usingthe mathematics that understands pressure formations, workbackwards and plot their formulation. We can use mathematicalmodels to plot geological changes and ‘growth’ of a mountainrange. So, in a way, by representing them as 3d objects thesemountains are ‘graphlike’ manifestations of the data used in our

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