Held a Talk. Found an App.

Two weeks ago I held a talk on Scientology in the southernmost city in Norway, Kristiansand. JessicaX, an original Anonymous Norway, took pictures and videos. Then I was told about Magisto – a creative video app. Downloaded… and a few days later… voilá:

Click the image to watch the video

Click the image to watch the video

The talk was in Norwegian, so I’ll leave you with this fancy trailer.

Statistics as another way of stifling creativity

For some odd reason, I accidentally stumbled across a comment here on my blog from more than 2 years ago. Beyond the point regarding Scientology, Charles Bourke Wildbank made an excellent point about the retrospective nature of using statistics in business. While history and statistics do have their valuable uses, they can also stifle creativity. Interesting accidental dig, methinks 🙂

When I did art for Scientology many years ago, there was an enormous amount of micromanaging and stifling of creativity. I just said, “I’ve had it!” The problem with statistic hounding is that they are based upon YESTERDAY and OLD STUFF DONE, yet they wish to REPEAT those actions. That is NOT CREATIVITY. Every artist on staff I have known no longer work for Scientology today. Small wonder. We want pioneers and all artists are of the pioneering sort. There are others who pretend to be artists and paint “tradition”. That is their choice. It allows them to brush up more skill until they are ready to make that LEAP.

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Grasp the moment with love

Touching your heart, your soul, your life
His inquiring eyes exploring yours
Taking hold of your breath, your self
The gentle feeling of a teardrop, but of course

He is new to this world, to yours
Which will never be the same again
Your futures will forever run a different course
When you end yours and his goes on – this will be then

Sad in a way as the moment evaporates
But most precious as you fully grasp
The richness of emotions, value, of what it creates
The change, the love, flowing past

A remarkable book

I place on the top book shelf, albeit a notch below “Jonathan Livingston Seagull“, among books that has had deep impact on my views – the remarkable “Logicomix“.

An epic search for truth, through the eyes of Bertrand Russel rendered in an epic form. The blending of the foundational quest in mathematics and the aesthetics of great comic artwork. It is easy to understand why this book has been given awards across the boards – it presents deep concepts in an ingenious and simple way.

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We are taken through the basic concepts of foundational logic – from Aristotle to the modern masters such as Bertrand Russel, Alfred North Whitehead, Ludwig Wittgenstein and Kurt Gödel.

The genius of Wittgenstein was news to me. He represents some fascinating insight into the foundations of so called reality and its limitations.

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… because:

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And the quest culminates with the profound realization og Gödel in his incompleteness theorems. I have covered this before, but a clearer summary of what I consider to be Man’s greatest intellectual achievement to date would be along these lines:

  1. If the system is consistent, it cannot be complete.
  2. The consistency of the axioms cannot be proven within the system.

Gödel’s first incompleteness theorem showed that a system of logic could not be both consistent and complete. According to the theorem, within every sufficiently powerful logical system, there exists a statement G that essentially reads, “The statement G cannot be proved.” Such a statement is a sort of Catch-22: if G is provable, then it is false, and the system is therefore inconsistent; and if G is not provable, then it is true, and the system is therefore incomplete.

Gödel’s second incompleteness theorem shows that no formal system extending basic arithmetic can be used to prove its own consistency. Thus, the statement “there are no contradictions in the system H” cannot be proven in system H unless there are contradictions in the system (in which case it can be proven both true and false).

This is precisely why the “the meaning of the world does not reside in the world“. Which in essence gives a foundation for free will.

Give us what we need

The above is Peter Heppner anno 2012. This one is from 1991. Again, interesting lyrics:

How long have you been free
In this world of hate and greed
Is it black or is it white
Let’s find another compromise

And our future´s standing still
We’re dancing in the spotlight
Where is the leader who leads me
I’m still waiting …

Leaving home …
And god is on your side
Dividing sparrows from the nightingales
Watching all the time
Dividing water from the burning fire … inside

Leave a light on in the night for me, that I can find you
Remember when we both where young and reckless and so curious …

Now you’re hiding from your child … a new day’s dawning
Remember that you felt alive, sometimes …

And god is on your side
Dividing cruelty from tenderness
Watching all the time
Dividing fiction from reality

Move in circles walk on lines no human being in sight
Calm the winds and calm the seas
Let´s try another kind of peace
Who fights this holy civil war
A million men in uniform
Wo ist der Führer der mich führt?
Ich warte immer noch …!

Leaving home …
And god is on your side
Dividing presence from our history
Watching all the time
Dividing deaf men from the listening ones

Leave a light on in the night for me, that I can find you
Remember when we both where young and reckless and so curious …

Now you’re hiding from your child … a new day’s dawning
Remember that you felt alive, sometimes …

And god is on your side
Dividing cruelty from tenderness
Watching all the time
Dividing fiction from reality

Move in circles walk on lines no human being in sight
Calm the winds and calm the seas
Let´s try another kind of peace
Who fights this holy civil war
A million men in uniform
Wo ist der Führer der mich führt?
Ich warte immer noch …!

Leaving home …
And god is on your side
Dividing presence from our history
Watching all the time
Dividing deaf men from the listening ones

Leave a light on in the night for me, that I can find you
Remember when we both where young and reckless and so curious …

Now you’re hiding from your child … a new day’s dawning
Remember that you felt alive, sometimes …

And god is on your side
Dividing soldiers from the fisherman
Watching all the time
Dividing warships from the ferryboats

Amazing person: Sandra Lyng

She’s not only an amazing artist with a fantastic voice. Sandra Lyng is a warm and empathetic person with a strong will – a fighter with a tough determination to reach her goals and to deliver the goods. She is one of those people I have coached that understands an idea at once and swiftly transforms it into action and results – without hesitation. She may look the blonde, but she’s one smart cookie. And very funny.

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The one quality that stands out the most, is her willingness to help others. Like whipping me into shape – after yesterday’s training session, I can hardly move with muscle pain in odd new places. While I was exhausted, Sandra didn’t even work up a sweat. She’s way too fit.

Her latest song, “Don’t care” is just out on iTunes (Norway), Spotify and other other outlets. Here’s the song on Youtube:

And her previous release:

Visit Sandra’s page on Facebook. And watch out for this girl in the years to come 😉

UPDATE: Sandra has a new blog 🙂