Links 12-12-2009

  • Monkey alarm calls provide clues to origins of human language
  • The ghosts of shopping past (aka the future of debt-based consumerism)
  • Sim Pern Yiau: Le Business of Taiji is less Business “How much is enough? The whole world, the economy, society, is built on ceaseless demand and consumption. To do that means creating more forms of desires. It can never end. … If as a Taiji teacher one does not realise that, and instead seek to grow Taiji just like one would grow a commercial business or a membership club, then one would have lost the point”.
  • Fake Steve Jobs: A not-so-brief chat with Randall Stephenson of AT&T “Now there was silence again. This time I was the one not talking. There was this weird lump in my throat, this tightness in my chest. I had this vision of the future — a ruined empire, run by number crunchers, squalid and stupid and puffed up with phony patriotism, settling for a long slow decline”. (AKA a great example of why I’m not interested in working in the corporate sector)

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