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Dr. Calvin Mercer appears on the Soloman Success show to explain a little bit about what transhumanism is and what exactly defines a 'human'. He talks about some of the future problems transhumanists might face when the technology allows you to modify your body in extreme terms and have it help you extend your life. He currently resides in North Caroline and has been teaching at the East Carolina University since 1985. 

 

Key Takeaways: 

7:25 – Fundamentalists are often anti-science and Dr. Calvin believes that it's going to get very complicated in the near future when more powerful technology is available and more people question what being human is. 

12:00 – The transhumanism community used to talk a lot about immortally. They understand that this subject can create problems for extremely religious groups because it gives them the image that they're trying to play God. 

13:40 – Many people are fine with enhancing yourself, but are not okay with enhancing your genetics that can affect future generations. 

16:20 – Dr. Calvin finds that women are less likely to be open to different therapies and technologies that would make them live for over 100 years.

18:00 – A lot of the transhumanism communities consistent of computer engineers and other people in the technology field. 

 

 

 

Mentioned In This Episode:

http://www.jasonhartman.com/cw-290-%E2%80%9C100-how-the-coming-age-of-longevity-will-change-everything%E2%80%9D-with-sonia-arrison/

 

http://www.ecu.edu/religionprogram/mercer/


Jeff DeGraff joins the show today with Jason Hartman. DeGraff is a professor for the University of Michigan's Ross Business school and has worked extensively in teaching innovation. Today, he joins the show to talk a little bit about his new book called, “Making Stone Soup: How to Jumpstart Innovation Teams” and how it can help you succeed in your business venture. 

 

Key Takeaways: 

  • 1:35 – Companies are struggling with innovation on a team level and his new book, Making Stone Soup, talks about some of these challenges and how they can over come it. 
  • 4:25 – When you look at the history of innovation, most of these come from conflicting ideas or completely new hybrid ideas to try and make something better. 
  • 7:15 – Forget the 80/20 rule. Innovation uses the 20/80 rule. 
  • 11:25 – When you look at the patent timeline, it is more incremental than ever before. Jason asks, “Is it because everything has already been invented?” 
  • 15:00 – Remember, you're catering to a completely new generation. Millennials experience the world in a completely different way now. 
  • 20:00 –  DeGraff breaks down the four important elements that make innovation happen. 
  • 23:00 – Tip: Focus on something that works. Do not focus on trying to fix something that's broken. 
  • 27:00 – You can not start something new unless you give up something you're currently doing. We simply can't do it all at once. 
  • 28:15 – As you are trying to build or invent something for the first time, remember that you need multiple versions of it before you can truly succeed. 
Direct download: SS_50-Jeff_DeGraff.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 4:30pm EST

Bill Cheney joins the show today with Jason Hartman to talk about economics. Bill Cheney has been a chief economist for John Hancock for the past 27 years and shares a bit of his expertise on what he thinks about the GDP, CPI, and hedonic adjustments. You can find more information about what he does over at www.johnhancock.com/.

 

Key Takeaways:

2:15 – It's harder to calculate who's really unemployed as more and more people take on solo-gigs.

9:40 – People are getting better and are feeling less worried. Slowly but surely, there are less things people are concerned about.

13:50 – Is the stock market overvalued? It doesn't look that far out of line if corporate profits keep raising, but if they fall, then yes they would be.

15:45 – The economy is expanding. We have a healing economy, but not a healthy economy yet.

20:00 – Are people able to afford more stuff? The answer is yes, which is why inflation is being adjusted accordingly.

24:20 – The point of the CPI is to measure how much better our lives really are. 

Direct download: SS_49_Bill-Cheney_of_John_Hancock_Financial.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:33pm EST

Introduction

Jason Hartman welcomes author, John Horvat to today’s Solomon Success Show, where they discuss the state of our economy and the fundamental elements needed to fix it. They also talk about intrinsic human failures and their impact on the economy as well as what the Bible says about immigration issues.

Takeaways

03.10 – The economy can’t just be stimulated, regulated or legislated into order. Instead it requires the basic institutions of family, faith and community.

05.30 – We’re currently in a cruise-ship economy, but when the party stops, people are going to start looking for answers.

07.00 – Arguably, the principal reason for the current economic imbalance is due to our desire to have things immediately, coupled with our inability to see past the short-term gain.

13.00 – The Bible says that immigration can be healthy, but it takes time for a people to learn what the country is all about and in order for them to make decisions.

15.35 – With household debt at $13 trillion and government debt at $17 trillion, consumer debt is a huge problem.

17.20 – A conference in July spurred reports that our economy could now be as volatile as it was in the mortgage crisis of 2008.

19.15 – Head to www.ReturntoOrder.org to find out more, read a free chapter of the book and follow John Horvat’s blog.

20.00 – St Thomas Aquinas’s Summa Theologica and the Bible would be some classic but intrinsic resources for those interested in these issues.

Direct download: SS_48_John_Horvat.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:41am EST

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