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WATCH this short video and have your mind blown. @professorsinan is not only my dear brother and mentor BUT an MIT Professor and a man set on shining a light in the tunnel for us all to see. To show us through rigorous scientific process how information travels and the PERILS of false information in our society. Understanding how to harness the power of social media in our homes, schools, boardrooms and political chambers to avoid the perils. #TheHypeMachine is a MUST READ for us all NO MATTER what side of the political spectrum you fall under. While I reading this book- I felt like I was sitting in a planetarium watching the constellations of how information travels unfold before my eyes. It made me feel armed with understanding... This is about how information travels. MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT-IT IS SCARY. Why do we need to know this? Simple. We’re all digesting what seems like the equivalent of POUNDS AND POUNDS of information per day/week/month/year. Is it healthy? What info is real and what is false has a huge bearing on how we steer our own ships and weather the storms of our new digital age. The mental and emotional health of us AND society. This is another example of my brother crushing it in the world for the greater good. So grateful. So proud. 20 years of research and 4 years of writing; that’s dedication to us all. Thanks Brother Sinan. This one is not just for us but so we build a better world for our babies... TOGETHER. Get the BOOK here: Thank you!
I met this amazing man years ago at a luncheon in Washington DC. Being a kid from South, I knew so much about him and at the time I lived in Georgia shooting The Vampire Diaries. He liked that I had deep roots in the Deep South and that I was testifying in Congress. I told him that I was a huge fan of his tireless efforts and sacrifice to fight for what was right and how he inspired so many of us. He thanked me. This brief conversation, what I remember of it in the swirl of Washington DC encounters meant so much to me: “Congressman, I know you’re busy so I don’t want to bother you, but I just want to say thank you for your leadership and tireless efforts in the fight for what is right in this country” “Thank you. Where are you from young man?” he asked me. “Louisiana Sir” “Ah, Louisiana. Beautiful place Louisiana. Good people down there in Louisiana” he kindly said as if he was really feeling his love for the place and it’s people. “Yes Sir, there are good people down there. I just wish there wasn’t so much hate swirling around us in our politics and in the public right now. Especially now with this new social media stuff, there is just so much hate, it doesn’t feel natural. “Hate?” He asked... “Hate is not natural. You must be TAUGHT to hate. Sometimes you fight with a mass with the crowds, sometimes you fight with legislation, but when you fight from a place of love not hate; you will prevail. If it takes a decade or a millennium; we’ll get there.” He shook my hand and said with a smile “Good luck out there.” “You too Sir, you too. Thank you.” That was such an awesome encounter. There are people out there fighting in the streets, in courtrooms and in congressional chambers for what is right. Good luck to us all that we find a path but out of love, compassion, gratitude, reverence, intellect and science. These are gifts to humanity. May we have the foresight and courage to use them to blaze this new path to a bright future.
One of the GREATEST inspirations to ever live, talking about one of the GREATEST challenges we face as human beings ESPECIALLY in the United States. If we want real change we must then change perception. Change the paradigm. Change the perspective. Its called unity. It is called, equality. In a time when we need unity, love, intelligence, compassion&equality more than ever in history; we are as divided as we were in 1863 and 1963 or 1968. How is that possible? In a time when we are facing a deteriorating climate already causing widespread economic loss, threatening our food systems, destroying our oceans, destroying our freshwater supplies punishing us with violent weather. How you ask? Systemic racism, social injustice&environmental injustice. How can we not see its all connected? WE, are all connected. We are responsible for this by not doing something about it. Those three things are at the core of our cracking foundation. We fix it-we fix our foundation, we help our people and we help our world sustain us. We must Invest in education. We must invest in communities and invest in unity. We need leadership in consumerism, leadership in government, leadership in business and across the board. We must understand history FIRST so that we will stop this cycle NOW and forever. Start exploring history and start researching BEYOND what your algorithm feeds you. Algorithms may be great for companies, governments and science that need/want mass amounts of information – I feel they are detrimental to society. They silently keep us in our own echo chambers without us even knowing. When you peer out of your periscope from your deep Instagram/social media opium den, you’ll see a world rich with history, culture and tolerance that is CRUCIAL for us to understand. We can only know how to move forward, if we know what’s behind us. If history repeats itself, then how can you stop that repeating if you don’t know what happened in the past? Did you learn about the 1921 Tulsa Massacre in school? Nope. They don’t teach it. I learned it from my football coach in high school. How is THAT possible? I always remember this: History is told by its VICTORS. Cont’d in comments