KEW Episode 6: Competition

People say competition is a good thing. It regulates markets. Protects consumers. Allows for watchable sports. But I see a lot of negative effects resulting from competition. Given my background in Ecology, I understand ecological competition as occurring only when resources are limited, and leading to speciation. Pretty cool stuff. In essence, the lack of …

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Preview Episode 6: Competition

Competition is supposed to be helpful in regulating markets to give the consumer the best value, price, and quality. Does it? It sure doesn't seem like it to me. Here I suggest it's up to US (like so many things) to regulate economies by purchasing quality items and not fall for the aggressive marketing I …

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Episode 5: Marketing and Solicitation

Advertising. Marketing. Persuasion. We all need to sell ideas, products, or services to each other. How we do these things says a lot about who we are as individuals, communities, and society at large. I personally DESPISE aggressive marketing aimed at manipulating consumers using psychological 'tricks'. I hate that crap. Consumers can be easily fooled …

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Episode 5 this week

Epidode 5 comes out this Friday. I discuss something I think about a lot and am continuing to figure out. I'm calling it Marketing and Solicitation, but I really lack the vocabulary to discuss the various versions very well. What gets my goat is what I call 'aggressive marketing' where companies use psychological tricks to …

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Episode 4: Quiet vs Distraction

All I hear lately is that mindfulness meditation is the magic cure all for human problems like anxiety, depression, and being 'too busy' or stressed out all the time. And I believe it. But for whatever reason, it's hard for me to make the time to meditate. It's kind of like exercise. I know it's …

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Episode 3: Gaming the System

Nothing frustrates me more than seeing people taking advantage of 'the rules', or finding a loophole in 'the system' to gain an advantage over me or others. You certainly can think of examples in your own life. At the same time, if other people are going to do it, why can't I? I want an …

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Episode 2: Individuals and Communities

Are we islands? What responsibility do we have to participate in our communities? During the COVID social distancing period, how do we define 'essential'? Is there a continuum of behaviors that are acceptable? What do we 'owe' ourselves and our communities and how does that affect our behavior? I consider myself very independent and unique, …

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