CHARLES SEIFE ~ VIRTUAL UNREALITY ~ 2014

~ VU ~ Virtual Unreality

~ DIID ~ Digital Information Is Different

~ WWLTTAOOII-BAB-WUAENCUTW-OWP-AD-WODU ~ When We Learned To Turn All Of Our Information Into – Bits And Bytes – We Unleashed An Entirely New Creature Upon The World – One Whose Powers – And Dangers – We Only Dimly Understand

~ TDRHDCNJHWGIATWBAHWCTWTITOAG ~ The Digital Revolution Has Dramatically Changed Not Just How We Gather Information About The World But Also How We Can Tamper With The Information That Others Are Gathering

~ WAOBTOABOTIOTOW-WHADSA-A-TOWIRHWMAMSB ~ We’re Altering Our Behavior Toward One Another Because Of The Influence Of The Online World – We Humans Are Deeply Social Animals – And – The Online World Is Reshaping How We Make And Maintain Social Bonds

~ BIIADTAAOU ~ Bad Information Is A Disease That Affects All Of Us

~ Y-KIIA-D-IE-INSTTWOTM-MLTTWOTM ~ Yet – Knowledge Is Inherently Anti-Democratic – It’s Elitist – It’s Not Subject To The Will Of The Majority – Much Less To The Whims Of The Mob

~ FANLTITU-A-IOTFTTMRTATATMI ~ Facts Are No Less True If They’re Unpopular – And – It’s Often The Facts That The Majority Refuse To Accept That Are The Most Important

~ WAF-K-TCT-ID-TPIHAPEOOPOTW ~ We Are Forcing – Knowledge – To Conform To – Internet Democracy – This Process Is Having A Profound Effect On Our Perception Of The World

~ P-T-HLTIMETCOIB-AWOAW-TB-TTAPOIOW ~ Politicians – Too – Have Learned That It’s Much Easier To Craft One’s Image By – Altering Words On A Webpage – Than By – Trying To Affect Public Opinion In Other Ways

~ TIHPITPO-M-O-A-WBTFUTPI-R ~ The Internet Has Put Immense Time Pressure On – Media – Outlets – And – What’s Beginning To Fail Under The Pressure Is – Reporting

~ PAPVTFWTLFRI ~ People Are Particularly Vulnerable To Fakes When They’re Looking For Romantic Involvement

~ TLOTI ~ The Loneliness Of The Interconnected

~ TMIWFFOUFI-OP-ANOTF-WAWTBWY-ITAO-FTB-YCFSFTBROD ~ The Most Important Weapon For Fighting Off Uncomfortable Facts Is – Other People – A Network Of The Faithful – Who Are Willing To Believe With You – In The Arms Of – Fellow True Believers – You Can Find Solace From The Brutal Reality Of Disconfirmation

~ TCTI-NETCIAUBAFMCAF-CAR-BABOFT ~ Then Came The Internet – Now Even The Craziest Ideas Are Usually But A Few Mouse Clicks Away From – Confirmation And Reinforcement – By A Band Of Fellow Travelers

~ WNADTITTOP-WDOOTI-WWUWIOOFI-RBAUBTM-TNICTBAWUTW;IIBAMTAUTGOUOOB ~ With News And Data That Is Tailored To Our Prejudices – We Deprive Ourselves Of True Information – We Wind Up Wallowing In Our Own False Ideas – Reflected Back At Us By The Media – The News Is Ceasing To Be A Window Unto The World; It Is Becoming A Mirror That Allows Us To Gaze Only Upon Our Own Beliefs

~ IGAPOA-‘P-S’-W-A-WAGIS-IHTGPTPAMFI ~ Informational Goods Are Part Of A – “Post-Scarcity” World – And – When A Good Isn’t Scarce – It’s Hard To Get People To Pay Any Money For It

~ ‘IWTBF’-I-TCCOTIG-B-INFTC-TLTR ~ “Information Wants To Be Free” – Is – The Clarion Call Of The Internet Generation – But – It’s Not Free To Create – Therein Lies The Rub

~ I-1980-IWHBABITMFLATEOAPSJWBE-N-FSJAE ~ In 1980 – It Would Have Been All But Impossible To Masquerade For Long As The Editor Of A Phoney Scientific Journal Without Being Exposed – Nowadays – Fake Scientific Journals Are Everywhere

~ HPP ~ Hollow Potemkin Publications

~ IAVSS-BIH-I-TTFANSINR-AH-B-AA-SR ~ It’s A Very Subtle Shift – But It’s Happening – Increasingly – The Target For A News Story Is Not Really – A Human – But – An Algorithm – Search Rankings

~ RAETW ~ Rankings Are Easily Tinkered With

~ AU ~ Artificial Unintelligence

~ J18WAB ~ Jennifer18 Was A Bimbot

~ AWT-SOITUIFTPIMF-STITTTHSWI ~ As With All Technology – Step One Is To Use It For The Purpose It’s Meant For – Step Two Is To Try To Have Sex With It

~ BS ~ Bacon Specialist

~ MMF ~ Make Money Fast

~ IWT-‘J’-S-W-FS-W-BI ~ Information Warfare Technique – “Jamming” – Swamping – With – False Signals – With – Bogus Information

~ DIGPTTP-B-IGEMTTWPUU ~ Digital Information Gives Power To The People – But – It Gives Even More To Those Who Prey Upon Us

~ IMWWETMT-ROP-WHTCOBIHOGMA-MI-MIR-TAOCUTS ~ In Many Ways We’re Easier To Manipulate Than – Rats Or Pigeons – We’re Happy To Change Our Behavior In Hopes Of Getting More Abstract – More Insubstantial – More Infrequent Rewards – Than Any Other Creature Under The Sun

~ PAMTIAVF ~ Performing A Mindless Task In A Virtual Fishbowl

~ SPCCPT-AATBJ-DTM-AE-MF ~ Social Pressure Can Cause People To – Act Against Their Better Judgement – Discard Their Morals – And Even – Misperceive Facts

~ GU-V-T-M-O-I-IRFLONAA ~ Giving Up – Valuable – Time – Money – Or – Information – In Return For Little Or Nothing At All

~ IIV-A-TGIUTITAAYOI ~ Information Is Valuable – And – To Give It Up Thoughtlessly Is To Act Against Your Own Interest

~ YMWDTYMHBSYOS-I-IAIW-TBACE-A-IITS-ATWCOATCOOOB-DTPTATTUUFTOP ~ You Might Well Discover That You Might Have Been Sacrificing Your Own Self-Interest – In Almost Imperceptible Ways – To Benefit A Commercial Enterprise – And – It Is Through Self-Awareness That We Can Once Again Take Control Of Our Own Brains – Despite The Parasites That Are Trying To Use Us For Their Own Purposes

~ IWWTBATTWRAWN-WMLTSTTHOVUTSAU ~ If We Want To Be Able To Tell What’s Real And What’s Not – We Must Learn To See Through The Haze Of Virtual Unreality That’s Settling Around Us

~ A-OIS-TTTOP-TMETCTROEBASOOTCU ~ As – Our Information Sources – Tailor Themselves To Our Prejudices – This Means Eschewing The Chatter That Reinforces Our Preexisting Beliefs And Seeking Out Ones That Challenge Us

BOB BOWMAN ~ THE GOLDEN RULES ~ 2016

~ ACSA-‘DB’-V ~ A Champion Sets A – “Dream Big” – Vision

~ AA-‘AI!’-A-NA-‘GO!’-O ~ Adopt An – “All-In!” – Attitude – Not A – “Get Out!” – One

~ TR-A-TETR ~ Take Risks – And – Then Enjoy The Rewards

~S-TG-LT-L-TS ~ Short-Term Goals – Lead To – Long-Term Success

~ LTVED ~ Live The Vision Every Day

~ A-TA-CB-IS ~ A – Team Approach – Can Bring – Individual Success

~ MOTLH ~ Motivated Over The Long Haul

~ AWMYS ~ Adversity Will Make You Stronger

~ WTTC-PWC ~ When The Time Comes – Perform With Confidence

~ CYA-T-DWN ~ Celebrate Your Achievement – Then – Decide What’s Next

ROBERT HOLDEN ~ BE HAPPY ~ 2009

~ WYWFHYARWTBTMLPYCB ~ When You Wish For Happiness You Are Really Wishing To Be The Most Loving Person You Can Be

~ MPDNRNT;TNC ~ Most People Do Not Really Need Therapy; They Need Clarity

~ YDOHIEOSDIYL ~ Your Definition Of Happiness Influences Every Other Significant Decision In Your Life

~ UYCAAOJ-NAOPOSCMYH ~ Unless You Cultivate An Awareness Of – Joy – No Amount Of Pleasure Or Satisfaction Can Make You Happy

~ NITWCMYH-B-EITWCEYTBH ~ Nothing In The World Can Make You Happy – But – Everything In The World Can Encourage You To Be Happy

~ HIASP-TMYLATH-TMYDTTOWYA-WII-A-WYLIRF ~ Happiness Is A Spiritual Path – The More You Learn About True Happiness – The More You Discover The Truth Of Who You Are – What Is Important – And – What Your Life Is Really For

~ FALAYDTJOYB-YEAYPWNBSOPWTW ~ For As Long As You Deny The Joy Of Your Being – Your Ego And Your Personality Will Never Be Completely Satisfied Or Pleased With The World

~ YANHTFH;YAHTEI ~ You Are Not Here To Find Happiness; You Are Here To Extend It

~ YAI-P-W-I-MWL-A-BWJ-A-SIEE ~ You Are Inspiration-Packed – Wisdom-Infused – Made With Love – And – Blessed With Joy – And – So Is Everyone Else

~ HIEYSWJAOWL ~ Happiness Is Experiencing Your Self Without Judgment And Only With Love

~ EWH-A-EWLTBH-A-EIATTLTOH ~ Everyone Wants Happiness – And – Everyone Would Like To Be Happier – And – Everyone Is Aware That They Limit Their Own Happiness

~ FOU ~ Fear Of Unhappiness

~ HINTAOS;HITCTFS-A-TFIW-L-N-F ~ Happiness Is Not The Absence Of Sadness; Happiness Is The Capacity To Face Sadness – And – To Face It With – Love – Not – Fear

~ TGOFYUITCTBH ~ The Gift Of Facing Your Unhappiness Is The Chance To Be Happier

~ FYJ ~ Follow Your Joy

~ YCCA-A-IINTL-TCTETM-A-TCABF ~ You Can Choose Again – And – It Is Never Too Late – To Choose To Enjoy This Moment – And – To Choose A Better Future

~ HI-AJWAD-AJTTNT-AJTHABM ~ Happiness Is – A Journey Without A Distance – A Journey That Takes No Time – A Journey That Has Already Been Made

~ Y-DNDH-B-HIF-TANC ~ You – Do Not Deserve Happiness – Because – Happiness Is Free – There Are No Conditions

~ FOH ~ Fear Of Happiness

~ TEU-T ~ The Ego U-Turn

~ GIDHBIBBTGATR ~ Gratitude Is Double Happiness Because It Blesses Both The Giver And The Receiver

~ WDIRV? ~ What Do I Really Value?

~ IYTSIMIYL-IIPY ~ If You Think Something Is Missing In Your Life – It Is Probably You

~ YARN-RTYHEB-TRABH ~ You Are Ready Now – Readier Than You Have Ever Been – To Receive And Be Happy

~ FALAYDNR-YWBATGEL ~ For As Long As You Do Not Receive – You Will Be Afraid That Giving Equals Loss

~ AHJ ~ A Happiness Journal

~ SPLTELIRTTPDOH-A-TNDWTHIFT ~ Some People Live Their Entire Lives In Reaction To Their Parents’ Definitions Of Happiness – And – They Never Discover What True Happiness Is For Them

~ HIITCWMWOAWEO ~ Happiness Is In The Connections We Make With Ourselves And With Each Other

~ TCBNFOSTFTHAUT-NCTBAFOPFCH ~ There Can Be No Form Of Suffering That Fails To Hide An Unforgiving Thought – Nor Can There Be A Form Of Pain Forgiveness Cannot Heal

~ SIOTBHITPMYHTBWTGUAHFABP ~ Sometimes In Order To Be Happy In The Present Moment You Have To Be Willing To Give Up All Hope For A Better Past

~ FIR-IRYTY ~ Forgiveness Is Restoration – It Returns You To Yourself

~ TMYLTC-TMYWFTCA-W?-PIP-YASWYLF-T-TFROPI-BCWYLF-BYWFI ~ The More You Like To Complain – The More You Will Find To Complain About – Why? – Perception Is Projection – You Always See What You Look For – Thus – The First Rule Of Perception Is – Be Careful What You Look For – Because You Will Find It

~ FTP ~ Finding The Present

~ HMIATYWYMYATI ~ Happiness Makes Itself Available To You When You Make Yourself Available To It

~ LDHTY;IHFY ~ Life Doesn’t Happen To You; It Happens For You

~ TBO ~ The Beautiful Ordinary

~ HCIMTEMETITIWGTB? ~ How Can I Make Today Even More Enjoyable Than I Thought It Was Going To Be?

~ BHIGUARTH ~ Being Happy Is Giving Up All Resistance To Happiness

~ HIGUARTY ~ Happiness Is Giving Up All Resistance To Yourself

~ HIGUARTUJ ~ Happiness Is Giving Up All Resistance To Unreasonable Joy

~ TGOH ~ The Gift Of Happiness

~ YCNBH-B-YCABH ~ You Can Never Become Happy – But – You Can Always Be Happy

~ IIBTWISFOSTYHIAG ~ It Is Because The World Is So Full Of Suffering That Your Happiness Is A Gift

~ TBHITL-TLITBH ~ To Be Happy Is To Love – To Love Is To Be Happy

~ WYWHFA-YWHFA-A-YWIFY ~ When You Wish Happiness For Another – You Wish Happiness For All – And – You Wish It For Yourself

JOHANN HARI ~ NINE CAUSES DISCOVERED ~ LOST CONNECTIONS ~ 2018

~ DFMW ~ Disconnection From Meaningful Work

~ DFOP ~ Disconnection From Other People

~ DFMV ~ Disconnection From Meaningful Values

~ DFCT ~ Disconnection From Childhood Trauma

~ DFSAR ~ Disconnection From Status And Respect

~ DFTNW ~ Disconnection From The Natural World

~ DFAHOSF ~ Disconnection From A Hopeful Or Secure Future

~ TRROG ~ The Real Role Of Genes

~ TRROBC ~ The Real Role Of Brain Changes

JOHANN HARI ~ LOST CONNECTIONS ~ BLOOMSBURY ~ 2018

~ HCISBDWIWTA? ~ How Can I Still Be Depressed When I Was Taking Antidepressants?

~ WWSMMPAFDASA? ~ Why Were So Many More People Apparently Feeling Depressed And Severely Anxious?

~ ETCAIIDACAIIA-A-TOWA-TRAFT ~ Everything That Causes An Increase In Depression Also Causes An Increase In Anxiety – And – The Other Way Around – They Rise And Fall Together

~ TFTAMSOUDASAA-ATST-MEMPU-ITOTIACBUAD ~ The Forces That Are Making Some Of Us Depressed And Severely Anxious Are – At The Same Time – Making Even More People Unhappy – It Turns Out There Is A Continuum Between Unhappiness And Depression

~ AS-WYLTTPAYSIIIC-IWPYTAWF ~ And Sometimes – When You Listen To The Pain And You See It In Its Context – It Will Point You To A Way Forward

~ WIDI-IF-AFOG-FOOLNBATS?-WIIIAFOGFTCWHL-YSN? ~ What If Depression Is – In Fact – A Form Of Grief – For Our Own Lives Not Being As They Should? – What If It Is A Form Of Grief For The Connections We Have Lost – Yet Still Need?

~ ‘CDIAURTA’ ~ “Clinical Depression Is An Understandable Response To Adversity”

~ WALSH-WWSTSS-O-WSHHTU-B-ITSOTBEASOALP-WYGI-‘TGOH’ ~ We All Lose Some Hope – When We’re Subjected To Severe Stress – Or – When Something Horrible Happens To Us – But – If The Stress Or The Bad Events Are Sustained Over A Long Period – What You Get Is – “The Generalization Of Hopelessness”

~ EOO-TSAPCODAA-HSIC-TAAFO-D-TAAWIWWHBCOFSWINBSTHLATW ~ Every One Of – The Social And Psychological Causes Of Depression And Anxiety – Has Something In Common – They Are All Forms Of – Disconnection – They Are All Ways In Which We Have Been Cut Off From Something We Innately Need But Seem To Have Lost Along The Way

~ WDOT-WEOAE-TSIHCLA-A-TATLMUFT ~ We Disbanded Our Tribes – We Embarked On An Experiment – To See If Humans Can Live Alone – And – This Approach To Life Makes Us Feel Terrible

~ OSOHHSSFASFINLMONFASOB-SWAHEWWAAH ~ Our Sense Of Home Has Shrivelled So Far And So Fast It No Longer Meets Our Need For A Sense Of Belonging – So We Are Homesick Even When We Are At Home

~ SM-CCUPFWWHL-SL ~ Social Media – Can’t Compensate Us Psychologically For What We Have Lost – Social Life

~ FTOY-PHBST-IYOMAP-O-IYTALMITOHYLTOP-YWBU ~ For Thousands Of Years – Philosophers Had Been Suggesting That – If You Overvalue Money And Possessions – Or – If You Think About Life Mainly In Terms Of How You Look To Other People – You Will Be Unhappy

~ I-W-G-T-R-TMYTLIAHSASASIO-TMU-A-TMDAA-YWB ~ I-Want-Golden-Things Rule – The More You Think Life Is About Having Stuff And Superiority And Showing It Off – The More Unhappy – And – The More Depressed And Anxious – You Will Be

~ TMUYS-TMPAFOMIA-SAISTBDUDAA ~ The More Unequal Your Society – The More Prevalent All Forms Of Mental Illness Are – Something About Inequality Seems To Be Driving Up Depression And Anxiety

~ TPEOBCOFTNWHOBTBS ~ The Psychological Effects Of Being Cut Off From The Natural World Have Only Begun To Be Studied

~ TSEICTESRDAA ~ The Scientific Evidence Is Clear That Exercise Significantly Reduces Depression And Anxiety

~ FWANL-YHASTYAYCAVS-ATWIVG-A-TSCSTEDTAMS ~ Faced With A Natural Landscape – You Have A Sense That You And Your Concerns Are Very Small – And The World Is Very Big – And – That Sensation Can Shrink The Ego Down To A Manageable Size

~ ASOAPFPY-BWIITA-ICFLYPWNGA ~ A Sense Of A Positive Future Protects You – But – When It Is Taken Away – It Can Feel Like Your Pain Will Never Go Away

~ SHIASGOSOGFDOA ~ Scientists Haven’t Identified A Specific Gene Or Set Of Genes For Depression Or Anxiety

~ TC-CCAPOWY-‘N-TBH-TAT-JV-T-DFWWYAN ~ The Culture – Can Create A Picture Of What You – “Need” – To Be Happy – Through All The – Junk Values – That – Doesn’t Fit With What You Actually Need

~ FALT-DAAP-HBTTD-INR-TIIJL-O-W-O-S-I ~ For A Long Time – Depressed And Anxious People – Have Been Told Their Distress – Is Not Real – That It Is Just Laziness – Or – Weakness – Or – Self-Indulgence

~ I-D-ITMDOODAA-WNTFWT-R ~ If – Disconnection – Is The Main Driver Of Our Depression And Anxiety – We Need To Find Ways To – Reconnect

~ ESIWRTSODAOJASWSWANOPAAU-WWFD ~ Evidence Suggests If We Return To Seeing Our Distress And Our Joy As Something We Share With A Network Of People All Around Us – We Will Feel Different

~ ‘SP’ ~ “Social Prescribing”

~ ‘TH’ ~ “Therapeutic Horticulture”

~ INTWITMYS-ITF-OBC-OBAMCIAS-TNMHHYWYBTJTSANWN-A-OBAL-SPWDM ~ It’s Not The Work Itself That Makes You Sick – It’s The Feeling – Of Being Controlled – Of Being A Meaningless Cog In A System – That No Matter How Hard You Work You’ll Be Treated Just The Same And Nobody Will Notice – And – Of Being A Low-Status Person Who Doesn’t Matter

~ WYHNSOYW-IBDAM ~ When You Have No Say Over Your Work – It Becomes Dead And Meaningless

~ EYB ~ Elect Your Boss

~ ‘TBC’ ~ “Take Back Control”

~ JV-ATTLOTGAAD ~ Junk Values – A Trap That Leads Only To Greater Anxiety And Depression

~ WCYBH-FOP-A-FY? ~ Why Can’t You Be Happy – For Other People – And – For Yourself?

~ CTMYFMLTBDOSAAAA ~ Childhood Trauma Makes You Far More Likely To Be Depressed Or Severely Anxious As An Adult

~ H-PABRI-D ~ Humiliation – Plays A Big Role In – Depression

~ SOAPOY-A-TID-PYL ~ Sealing Off A Part Of Yourself – And – Thinking It’s Disgusting – Poisons Your Life

~ UBI-IOUANTCPWTF-RTFOWES ~ Universal Basic Income – Instead Of Using A Net To Catch People When They Fall – Raise The Floor On Which Everyone Stands

~ IIAW-EFT-TPYA-TMLYATBDOA-A-TMLYATBSIAEW ~ It Is A Well-Established Fact That – The Poorer You Are – The More Likely You Are To Become Depressed Or Anxious – And – The More Likely You Are To Become Sick In Almost Every Way

~ UBI-OOTMIAFTT-FC-ATM-IADG-B-ECPSOAAUD ~ Universal Basic Income – One Of The Most Important Antidepressants For The Twenty-First Century – At The Moment – It’s A Distant Goal – But – Every Civilizing Proposal Started Off As A Utopian Dream

~ IYHATIYHTYTWCDWTSCODAA-YSSAR-TASOTDAAI ~ If You Hear A Thought In Your Head Telling You That We Can’t Deal With The Social Causes Of Depression And Anxiety – You Should Stop And Realize – That’s A Symptom Of The Depression And Anxiety Itself

~ YNTRASYMFFHBM ~ You Need To Release Any Shame You Might Feel For Having Been Mistreated

~ IAWTTTNSTAS-TITODAAHSCWSI-B-ITO-WASLIAS-EIWPWA-TLFCNGA ~ In A World That Thinks There’s No Such Thing As Society – The Idea That Our Depression And Anxiety Have Social Causes Will Seem Incomprehensible – But – It Turns Out – We Are All Still Living In A Society – Even If We Pretend We Aren’t – The Longing For Connection Never Goes Away

~ DAAM-IOW-BTSRYH-IAS-S-YSHTLTW-A-IYAHTFABP-YWBMOOSMTIBABH ~ Depression And Anxiety Might – In One Way – Be The Sanest Reaction You Have – Its A Signal – Saying – You Should Have To Live This Way – And – If You Aren’t Helped To Find A Better Path – You Will Be Missing Out On So Much That Is Best About Being Human

~ IIOWWLTOPTWCFIBTIS-A-OT-WWCSITC-CWBTOI ~ It Is Only When We Listen To Our Pain That We Can Follow It Back To Its Source – And – Only There – When We Can See Its True Causes – Can We Begin To Overcome It