Archive for May, 2011

The things you think about determine the quality of your mind. Your soul takes on the color of your thoughts. Color it with a run of thoughts like these:

The impediment to action advances action.

what stands in the way becomes the way.

Remember: Matter. How tiny your share of it.

Time. How brief and fleeting your allotment of it.

Fate. How small a role you play in it.

Fame in a world like this is worthless

I was once a fortunate man but at some point fortune abandoned me.

But true good fortune is what you make for yourself. Good fortune: good character, good intentions, and good actions.


Recent talk with one of my closest mates and fellow philosopher(who will hopefully be contributing to my notebook soon) shed some light on the underpinning of modern day P/R.

Let’s take a look at Hill & Knowlton, one of the largest P/R firms in the world

Notable clients

Notable clients in the past and present include AmgenBank of Credit and Commerce International[2] the Church of Scientology,[1] Citizens for a Free Kuwait,[3] DeloitteDolbyGeorgia-Pacific,[1] HaierHewlett-PackardIndonesia,[1] the Maldives,[4][5][6] Mazda Motor,[7] Merck,New ZealandNord StreamProcter & GambleQualcommSABICStatoilTobacco Industry Research Committee (now called the Council for Tobacco Research),[8][9] Tata CommunicationsTurkey,[10] the United States Catholic Conference,[1] the US federal government,[11] Wal Mart,[11] and Yahoo!.[12]

So what right? It’s pretty common knowledge that such firms have a P/R department and it’s pretty standard business in a society where images need to be updated and maintained. But who influenced modern day firms such as Hill & Knowlton in how to conduct P/R as we know seemingly know it. Is P/R just a fancy word for Propaganda 2.0, not really. It is actually just another word for propaganda.

Let’s take a look at the “father of public relations”: Edward Bernays. He was the nephew of Sigmund Freud and also on 100 most influential Americans of the 20th century by Life magazine.

Bernays’ public relations efforts helped to popularize Freud’s theories in the United States. Bernays also pioneered the PR industry‘s use ofpsychology and other social sciences to design its public persuasion campaigns:

“If we understand the mechanism and motives of the group mind, is it not possible to control and regiment the masses according to our will without their knowing about it? The recent practice of propaganda has proved that it is possible, at least up to a certain point and within certain limits.”

he coined the term ‘engineering of consent’

In his 1965 autobiography, Bernays recalls a dinner at his home in 1933 where

Karl von Weigand, foreign correspondent of the Hearst newspapers, an old hand at interpreting Europe and just returned from Germany, was telling us about Goebbels and his propaganda plans to consolidate Nazi power. Goebbels had shown Weigand his propaganda library, the best Weigand had ever seen. Goebbels, said Weigand, was using my book Crystallizing Public Opinion as a basis for his destructive campaign against the Jews of Germany. This shocked me. … Obviously the attack on the Jews of Germany was no emotional outburst of the Nazis, but a deliberate, planned campaign.
I just love how we are strictly criticizers of nazi germany but we rarely sit back and make the parallels to our modern day society. Not much has changed in P/R and propaganda since it’s early infusion except people are probably more lazy(when it comes to stark reality, don’t get me wrong there is lots of motivation and drive for following programs such as American idol and what not), less critical and easier to persuade.
We live in an era now where more people are becoming aware but at a faster rate more people are shutting down their frontal lobes and submitting to the sublimity. 

I will post this without watching it, so don’t blame me if it’s crap…..I will be watching it in the AM though

1st part link: introduction to the theory of everything

Thanks for the share @Adena Koslek

Why I chose Dwight over anyone else to start this category off is an enigma to even myself….part of the riches of randomness I guess :S Got lot’s to reflect on from this man but here’s my first choice:

“The world moves, and ideas that were once good are not always good.”

My list of ideas that are relevant: Nationalism, Patriotism, Capitalism, Any Monetary Based Economy, Creationism…. uhmm lastly I will say Democracy was always a great idea but just never truthfully and honestly implemented thus it’s current form is definitely harmful to society in a very deceitful way.

I’ll just share one more thought he had and let you ponder over it with the federal reserve(and other central banks around the globe in mind here)

“If a problem cannot be solved, enlarge it.”

is bin laden dead, as a few have asked me…. its really like who won the super bowl this year.. does anyone care anymore, does it ACTUALLY matter?? please, party it up, spend money on beer, stimulate the economy, whatever…. but i REALLY dont know who won the superbowl and it really does not change any important outcomes unless well…. you might need an excuse to vote for obama in the next election just like you might need a team to bandwagon in the next years nfl season

In solving the Poincaré conjecture, Russia’s Perelman’s indifference to the prize(million bucks and the fields medal) partially comes from this attitude to science.

“I have found a way to calculate caverns; together with my colleagues we are studying mechanisms for filling social and economical caverns. Such caverns are everywhere. They can be calculated and it opens great possibilities… I know how to control the universe. Now tell me, why would I run after that 1$ million?” the mathematician explained.

The next statement could not be more true:

“Where technology creates new machines and devices, mathematics creates their analogues – logical methods for analysis in any field of science. Every mathematical theory, if it’s strong, will sooner or later find an application,”Perelman said in the interview.

“For instance, many generations of mathematicians and philosophers tried to axiomatize philosophy. The result of those attempts is the theory of Boolean functions, named after the Irish mathematician and philosopher George Boole. The theory has become the core for cybernetics and the general control theory, which together with achievements in other sciences led to the creation of computers, modern naval, aerial and space vehicles. There are dozens of such examples in the history of mathematics.”

^BBC 45 min special on Poincare and the famous Conjecture