Healing our technological self-destruction
By Eh’den Biber
Dedicated to Shoham
Prologue – Shoham (1997)
Shoham was the beautiful gift my ex-wife and I received after the death of our second son. I remember our happiness when she came into the world and the shock that hit us less than 24 hours later when her doctors realised something is *really* wrong with her body. The doctors did everything they could – they made her pass endless tests, they created a committee with the best experts in the hospital and consulted with colleagues around the country and the world. She was given every treatment they can think of – but nothing helped. I remember a conversation I had with the head of the emergency unit for newborn babies, a kind and gentle man, who told me during that week: “You know, we doctors are good plumbers. We can change valves, and pipes, but when the system is collapsing we don’t have any ability to fix it”.
How the era of accelerated technologies shatter our ability to calculate the probability and magnitude of future loss events.
By Eh’den Biber
We don’t listen to what we aren’t ready to listen to.
Dr. David Perlmutter is a neuroscientist. His latest book, “Brain Maker – the power of gut microbes to heal and protect your brain – for life” became an instant best-seller since it was publish last month, and frankly it deserve to be because it is brilliant. In the book, Dr. Perlmutter writes about how science is starting to discover the total dependency between the microbes that lives in our gut and our mental and physical state. Obesity, diabetes, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), autism, depression, cancer – all seems to have a direct correlation to the state of our intestine flora. Today I’ve shown a video-clip of an interview with the doctor on the subject to the 14 years old son of my partner. He watched it with unease and when it ended he poured a huge amount of condensed milk on his breakfast, which was in total contradiction to the advise of the doctor had during the clip to avoid if possible a consumption of sugar. I looked at him, amused, and after a few minutes I heard him saying to his mum that he found that the argument of the doctor to be not sufficient enough.
What will you do when your organisation be annihilated by a cyber-attack?
A Sense of Death
A few years ago my best friend was sitting next to her dad’s bed. It was a cold winter night, and he was dying of a stomach cancer. For more than six hours she set there, alone, tortured by her dad excruciating pain, and the fact she was unable to help him nor knew what to do. Late at night her dad took his last breath, and left this world. After he did, she called me, crying, telling me it was the most horrible experience she ever had.
Death, the final frontier, has been a profound element in what we call “self-awareness”. All human cultures that we know of – both in current days and in the past – have and had death-related rituals. Death is as integrated in the fabric of our existence as life is, and our ability to acknowledge is an indication of our evolutionary state.
The realisation of the notion of death is an evolutionary process. You first develop a sense of self (ego), and then you discover (or become “aware”) that this self is limited, that it must die at some point. The ego then depend on the information it will receive and how it will interpret it to devise plan on how to handle that fact, and that plan will be engraved in him and define many of his actions, consciously and subconsciously, becoming the young ego biggest challenge.
The hidden cost behind technology addiction, the knowledge culture, and the abandoning of wisdom.
By Eh’den Biber
Once upon a time there was a successful scholar who was dissatisfied with his life. One day, he decided to make a deal with the devil, to give up his soul for all the world’s knowledge and pleasures. This ancient German tale that has been captured so vividly in the writings of Goethe at the late 18th century is one of the most known stories about deals humans have made with the devil. Fast forward to the 21st century and we are constantly being tempted by knowledge and the pleasures of technology. But what price do we pay? Are we exchanging something more important by our addiction to this flashing thing we call reality?
Why technology is not the solution to lack of awareness.
By Eh’den Biber
When the Greek came up with the wonderful “Trojan horse” scam the term “I fear Greeks, even those bearing gifts” came to life, followed by the fall of Troy. According to the stories, the Trojan priest Laocoön guessed the plot and tried to warn the Trojans, but they wouldn’t listen.
From Laocoön perspective, the Trojans where acting in insane state, in an uncontrollable impulsive behaviour. For the Trojans, Laocoön was insane, not being able to distinguish between his own mind fantasies and what they perceived as reality, which was – the Greek run away, we got a present.