Jon Kabat-Zinn and Sherry Turkle: (PART 2) What Really maters As The Analog World Meets The Digital World
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On this episode of StreetSmart Wisdom Podcast, we dive deep into the mesmerizing effects of technology on the human brain and the importance of genuine human connection. Our guests, Sherry Turkle and Jon Kabat-Zinn, shed light on the crucial role of mother-baby interactions in relationship development and the formation of synaptic connections in the brain.
We explore the dangers of substituting real human connection with pretend empathy in computer interactions and discuss the urgent need to protect the value of meaningful human connections in today's digital age. Our speakers delve into the practice of mindfulness and living in the present moment as a powerful tool to reduce the addiction and toxicity of digital technology. They emphasize the importance of being mindful, present, and engaged in dialogue rather than engaging in clashes and conflicts through discussions. Through deep listening and inquiry, dialogue leads to the emergence of new ideas and understanding, tapping into a collective intelligence crucial for future progress.
We explore the challenges society faces as digital technology erodes genuine human connection and discuss ways to reclaim conversation and analog beauty to see and honor each other. Our guests stress the necessity of mindfulness and cultivating mutuality in relationships for the overall well-being of society and democracy.
The episode also touches on the transformative power of political activism and the need to reshape governance structures at all levels. We highlight organizations and individuals working to counterbalance the negative effects of digital technology and advocate for educating the next generation to appreciate and balance the digital and analog worlds. Throughout the conversation, we are reminded of humanity's inherent capacity for love, compassion, and empathy, which we believe should be nurtured from early stages of development.
We discuss the importance of activism driven by love and the need for common ground in society. In addition, we explore the impact of technology on various industries, such as Hollywood, where AI threatens job displacement and the potential digitization of actors. The speakers express their disappointment in losing the unique human interaction and improvisation that is essential in acting. Join us as we navigate the convergence of technology and humanity, reevaluate what it means to be human in the 21st century, and contemplate the potential future implications for generations to come. This thought-provoking episode is filled with practical insights and inspiring conversations that will make you reconsider the role of technology in your life and the importance of genuine human connection.
Don't miss out on this powerful episode of the StreetSmart Wisdom Podcast.
[00:02:12] Awareness trumps thought, embracing relationality and beauty.
[00:05:53] Book argues for reclaiming conversation in technology-driven society.
[00:09:26] Meditation strengthens the mind against distractions.
[00:14:53] Parents are stressed but hope to provide for their babies; worry about increased use of robots.
[00:16:26] Mindfulness is essential for restructuring society.
[00:22:46] Douglas Freshcoffee: Futurist comparing music and technology.
[00:25:12] Computers were supposed to do grunt work.
[00:28:58] "Thrilling human connection sparks creativity and growth."
[00:33:48] Political activism essential for transformative governance.
[00:37:22] Dialogue for collective understanding and mindfulness.
[00:39:23] Focus on the present moment, avoid distractions.
[00:43:19] Native New Yorkers Sherry and John reunite.
[00:47:10] Podcast: Street Smart Wisdom by Wisdom Feed.
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