Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Think Tank Input - It is Not What You Think

Ever wonder how Think Tanks are able to come up with some of the ideas and innovations that they do? Well, it is not what you think. The members come from various backgrounds with only some commonality. Their best chance for a revolutionary break through is to have massive input from experiences, education, observations, dialogues, research and reading.
Let us take a day in the life of the Online Think Tank and consider some of the books they reviewed and topics discussed to get the group humming and ready to win. Below is today's book list and we shall dissect them and what was entered into an on-going dialogue.
"Viruses, Plagues and History" by Michael B. A. Oldstone - 1998. The book discusses Smallpox, Measles, Influenza, Laasa, Hanta, HIV- AIDS, Polo, Yellow Fever, BSE, CJD, and Ebola viruses. The book discussed; H1N1, H2N2, H3N2 and the re-emergence of the H1N1 Russian Flu. It paints a grim look into the future as the World comes closer together and although not mentioned specifically makes one realize the dangers of mutations and evolutions of the HIV-AIDS virus and the Bird Flu H5N1 virus. Chronic Waste disease is also an issues as well as such things as possibilities of human assisted bio-weaponized viruses, such as a Flu mixed with an Ebola strain. Not very pleasant to think about, but very important to watch closely.
The Online Think Tank has been working with various ways to protect the United States in the event of such a Biological Situation causing a catastrophe. How real is this situation - very real and it is important to consider, as our entire civilization and society could one day in the future be at risk.
"Communion - A True Story" by Whitley Strieber, 1987. The UFO field is often poo' poo'ed by academia and folks like Whitely Strieber have been ridiculed, but why? We all know there are anomalies in the life experience and many cannot be explained away so easily. Religion tries to explain away phenomena, so does science, yet we know that are both are proximities or partial guess and only bathed in limited observation and truth. So, why give Whitley Strieber a hard time for his claimed experiences, as it is nothing more than a competing explanation, no worse than many religions. Indeed science itself is constantly revising its theories and explanations.
It is somewhat ego-centric to think that there is no life other intelligent life in the Universe and arrogant to think that human beings are at the top of the top of the food chain in that regard. If we think on the reality of Drake's Equation and listen to the words of such folks as Isaac Asimov, Carl Sagan or Steven Hawking, then it would be hard to deny. Whether Communion is real, based on a perceived experience or complete Science Fiction really makes no difference, these thoughts and concepts must be discussed and considered.
"The Power to Get What You Want Out of Life" by Frank A. Kostyu - 1964. Many people consider this book a classic motivational book, one of the first big ones and I tend to agree with this. Dreaming and believing to achieve is a main point of the book and emerges in the introduction and first chapter as central considerations to those who wish to succeed and fulfill their desires. Imagination, visual imagery and will are parts of this central theme, coupled with a positive mental attitude. The book discussing decision making, how to get things done, controlling emotions, as well as using anger, humor and laughter to get there quickly.
It seems so often many give up their life experience and focus through various efforts of social engineering, religion, politics, and or trickery. Often those in a leadership position use tactics, which are against the best interests of the individual to get them to perform or move their line of thinking and direction. It is important to understand what you want and strive to secure it while making sure no one else is damaged by your pursuits.

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