Metaphors can kill. The discourse over whether to go to war in the gulf was a panorama of metaphor. Secretary of State Baker saw Saddam Hussein as “sitting on our economic lifeline.” President Bush portrayed him as having a “stranglehold” on our economy. General Schwarzkopf characterized the occupation of Kuwait as a “rape” that was ongoing. The President said that the US was in the gulf to “protect freedom, protect our future, and protect the innocent”, and that we had to “push Saddam Hussein back.” Saddam Hussein was painted as a Hitler. It is vital, literally vital, to understand just what role metaphorical thought played in bringing us in this war.
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Now, for the first time, Antonia is taking her extensive knowledge and making it available to the whole community. Her hope is to help us develop mastery of critical framing and messaging skills and to encourage a productive conversation about innovation and increasing community participation in the political campaign process.
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One of my (Gene Sharpe) major concerns for many years has been how people
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could prevent and destroy dictatorships. This has been nurtured in
part because of a belief that human beings should not be dominated
and destroyed by such regimes.
“”In recent years the P2P Foundation has become the dominion of a single man: its founder Michel Bauwens. Despite its stated commitment to the “commons”, under Bauwens’ direction the P2P Foundation has increasingly come to represent an understanding of the commons as a place of white privilege and punitive male fragility.”
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Source: P2P Lab ← research collective The P2P Lab is an interdisciplinary research collective focused on the commons. Our aim is to: strive for integrative insights on the open-source technologies and practices; write, edit and publish articles, reports, and books on a diverse range of topics we investigate; organise events for reflection and action…
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Humans are programmed to think we’re right at all costs. Fighting that instinct will set you free. Source: How to Get Better at Admitting You’re Wrong – The Atlantic And so much more How to Build a Life A column about pointing yourself toward happiness by Arthur C. Brooks
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BUT – in order to capture the attention of the public, we have to find a way to provoke the debates we should be having, and that means figuring out how to frame our issues, how to push the right buttons with hope instead of hate and with mutual support instead of fear. We can’t repeat the process of what the corporate/religious right-wing has done over the past fifty years, we have to reverse it.
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Resilience: what do we most value that we want to keep, and how?
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Relinquishment: what do we need to let go of so as not to make matters worse?
Restoration: what could we bring back to help us with these difficult times?
Reconciliation: with what and whom shall we make peace as we awaken to our mutual mortality?
Each solution reduces greenhouse gases by avoiding emissions and/or by sequestering carbon dioxide already in the atmosphere. Source: Solutions | Project Drawdown
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An overview of the basics of metaphorical thought and language from the perspective
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of Neurocognition, the integrated interdisciplinary study of how conceptual thought and
language work in the brain. The paper outlines a theory of metaphor circuitry and
discusses how everyday reason makes use of embodied metaphor