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Feeling good this Monday 🙏. After having experienced many of the COVID symptoms (slight fever, constant head / body ache, cough, lethargic, mild shortness of breath) the past 7+ days, I am finally feelin’ out of zee woods. And, no, I did not leave the house during my corona time #socialdistance
I hope y’all are hangin’ in there and enjoying that family time, Netflix, books, and (hopefully) a bit of nature like this guy….
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♎ this week’s topic summary ♎
Smart people saying smart things with different perspectives, highlighted this week:
A #podlist for your listening pleasure this week
—> #lifehack: pods are great for social distancing during your walk/jog/run
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Only a decade or two ago it was widely thought that tropical forests and intact natural environments teeming with exotic wildlife threatened humans by harboring the viruses and pathogens that lead to new diseases in humans such as Ebola, HIV and dengue.
BUT a number of researchers today think that it is actually humanity’s destruction of biodiversity that creates the conditions for new viruses and diseases such as Covid-19, the viral disease that emerged in China in December 2019, to arise – with profound health and economic impacts in rich and poor countries alike. In fact, a new discipline, planetary health, is emerging that focuses on the increasingly visible connections between the wellbeing of humans, other living things and entire ecosystems.
Research suggests that outbreaks of animal-borne and other infectious diseases such as Ebola, Sars, bird flu and now Covid-19, are on the rise. Pathogens are crossing from animals to humans, and many are able to spread quickly to new places.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that three-quarters of new or emerging diseases that infect humans originate in animals.
“Pathogens do not respect species boundaries,” says disease ecologist Thomas Gillespie, “There’s misapprehension among scientists and the public that natural ecosystems are the source of threats to ourselves. It’s a mistake. Nature poses threats, it is true, but it’s human activities that do the real damage. The health risks in a natural environment can be made much worse when we interfere with it,” he says.
Ostfeld points to rats and bats, which are strongly linked with the direct and indirect spread of zoonotic diseases. “Rodents and some bats thrive when we disrupt natural habitats. They are the most likely to promote transmissions [of pathogens]. The more we disturb the forests and habitats the more danger we are in,” he says
Disease ecologists argue that viruses and other pathogens are also likely to move from animals to humans in the many informal markets that have sprung up to provide fresh meat to fast-growing urban populations around the world. Here, animals are slaughtered, cut up and sold on the spot.
Privacy of our ideas, data and places is a fundamental human right and should be determined by the people. Not by what governments tell us can be private, not by tech companies telling us they care about privacy and then selling our data to the highest bidder.
Sure, some of us might have nothing to hide right now, but we’d also not want to have our personal information published online (like our home address on Reddit or our Social Security Number on the Dark Web or videos of us using the bathroom or having sex posted on social media). Nor should we want people who legitimately want to keep some things private to be forced away from their privacy, sometimes even unknowingly.
Privacy isn’t just for those who have nefarious reasons to hide things from others, but for everyone. And when privacy is compromised, by big tech or by the government, it affects us all. The “nothing to hide” argument just doesn’t make sense, because we all have some things (not evil things) that we’d rather not be made public.
In interviews with top executives known for their shrewd business instincts, none could articulate precisely how they routinely made important decisions that defied any logical analysis. To describe that vague feeling of knowing something without knowing exactly how or why, they used words like “professional judgment,” “intuition,” “gut instinct,” “inner voice,” and “hunch,” but they couldn’t describe the process much beyond that.
—> Our emotions and feelings might not only be important in our intuitive ability to make good decisions but may actually be essential.
Our emotions and feelings play a crucial role by helping us filter various possibilities quickly, even though our conscious mind might not be aware of the screening. Our intuitive feelings thus guide our decision making to the point at which our conscious mind is able to make good choices. So just as an abundance of emotion (anger, for example) can lead to faulty decisions, so can its paucity.
After 11 years at the helm of J&J, Larsen says that one thing his experience has taught him is to listen to his instincts. “Ignoring them has led to some bad decisions,” he notes. Adds Abdoo, “You end up consuming more Rolaids, but you have to learn to trust your intuition. Otherwise, at the point when you’ve gathered enough data to be 99.99% certain that the decision you’re about to make is the correct one, that decision has become obsolete.”
🔵 Experience enables people to chunk information so that they can store and retrieve it easily.
“In general management, people with varied and diverse backgrounds are, all other things being equal, going to probably be more valuable and will learn faster because they’ll recognize more patterns.”
***** “Don’t fall in love with your decisions. Everything’s fluid. You have to constantly, subtly make and adjust your decisions.”
+1 funny b/c why not
Started a Q edition #podlist. I will be adding to this over the coming weeks to get you through it all…..
(I had to embed hack the Spotify playlist link via my Twitter account to get it on here - let me know if you have issues accessing it!!)
Stay safe, keep your distance, and WASH YOUR HANDS.
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