MindShift’s Tricks of the Trade: The Three Games

MindShift’s Tricks of the Trade: The Three Games

MindShift’s Tricks of the Trade: The Three Games

MindShift’s Tricks of the Trade: The Three Games

By Kevin Landenberg, October 1, 2014

At one point in our evolutionary past we may have shared biology with other species. We might have used the hands and brains of our tiny relatives to keep our primate lineage in check.

This world is rapidly changing now that the Internet connects us all. Information is revolutionizing our lives but not always in the ways that we might think. Complexly interconnected social behaviors are increasingly out of our control. In the current era of technological revolution, the hand, brain and other social properties of our mammals are becoming part of the matrix of our own biology.

As the exponential growth of information spreads across these global communications infrastructure of the present age, evolutionary theories continue to adapt to this information blast.

With the emergence of 3-D printing, direct link-production and the current global diagnostic centers in the medical field, many believe that biological evolution is now taking a back seat to technological devices that offer added convenience.

According to their theory, our world may be currently undergoing a major shift in behavior due to the rapid speed of technological change. Animals like us are no longer hidden in their genetic boxes. We now move and interact with others on a new level.

But if evolution is taking a back seat in modern time, what does that mean for the animal world? Our post-human society already boasts monumental advancements such as artificial heart valves, baseball bats and the Internet.

Within the world of digital technology, there is a constant struggle between the control of the mind and the machine. Although this debate has been debated for years, the Internet has now made this discussion a more international concern.

According to a University of Michigan study, people take more than 300 different mental shortcuts every day. These shortcuts, or cognitive shortcuts, include common mental errors. By automatically making common mental mistakes, the Internet is now one more roadblock that we have to contend with.

There are sites that can tell you your chances of dying or having a stroke at any moment during the day. Wikipedia and Twitter. There are more than 100 billion pieces of data that makes up these massive megacorporations. People connect with these Web sites but unfortunately with this comes the opportunity for brainless information aggregation.

For most people, this Internet cognitive enlightenment can be a good thing. However, this kind of hyper-connectivity by traditional institutions on the internet is what has led to possible global collapse. Although few people are brain dead or consider themselves victims of genocide, all of us are involved in transferring vast amounts of wealth to an endless number of leaders who do not take responsibilities with our money.

In modern times, political pressure has added greater pressures to circumvent the monetary control imposed by governments. One way to circumvent these government laws is to switch to the Internet through virtual currencies like Bitcoins and Ethereum.

While these virtual currencies are not a runaway success yet, they could potentially become an integral part of financial institutions in the future.

Small businesses, financial institutions and venture capital groups often operate outside of central control. People are investing their assets in Bitcoin and Ethereum rather than placing their faith in the unfathomable governments.

Our current technological landscape contains seemingly endless paths for personal improvement, health and progress that can not be stopped even if we want to.

According to geneticist, Jason Hart, evolution is over. Evolution has already been completed, according to most modern scientists. Evolution had bestnied its myriad forces to keep us in check, but it could no longer guarantee a happy future.

According to Hart, evolution was highly competitive and often self-destructive. Our existence as humans may require a new form of evolution that is not yet known.

Kevin Landenberg is the Managing Director of BrainSense, a holding company for high performance and innovative companies.

Kevin and MindShift partner Paolo Ortiz hope to continue the discussion on business, law and science.

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