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Jonathan is a modern Renaissance man. He is a Grammy award-winning engineer, a performer, a writer and lecturer, and a scientific researcher. Since recording "At 89" Jonathan has worked on other projects with Pete Seeger, including a 300 song sampler bundled with the new edition of "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?" as a learning tool. He is currently working on a book, provisionally titled "Playing Keeps You in the Game." Jonathan presented a paper this past July at the Frontiers of Fundamental Physics conference in Paris, talking about how playful exploration and balanced right-brain left-brain strategies can foster the cooperation and collaboration needed for many advances and discoveries in Physics to happen.
(8 comments) Saturday, September 7, 2019 Cornered Animals
Society's attempts to put people in a corner have created a toxic atmosphere in America today. We must learn to balance opposing qualities, and thus be virtuous, rather than being forced to choose between half-answers that don't work.
(21 comments) Wednesday, August 28, 2019 We must change how we talk about Climate issues to create the climate for a Green New Deal
The appeal for a Green New Deal in America is timely, because we face dangers created by climate change in increasing measure, but the rhetoric politicians use in framing Climate issues is divisive. To have a hope of dealing with the many complex problems arising from changing climates, we must strive to make appeals and solutions as inclusive as possible, because failing to do so will hurt everyone.
(2 comments) Friday, January 9, 2015 Managing Progress Intelligently and Playfully
The Progressive movement was an outgrowth of efforts to better manage progress, in order to foster the common good. Today as then, the dominance of big business concerns driving material progress must be tempered by intelligent ideals. This is the only way progress can be made sustainable.
(3 comments) Friday, October 14, 2011 Occupy With Purpose
For the Occupy Wall Street movement to be a catalyst for positive change, there must be a clear and coherent message that emerges from the protests. That message must be more than just a complaint or an expression of anger too. I offer some ideas that might help people looking for the right message to send.
(14 comments) Sunday, September 11, 2011 Make Progress Now!
We can create a better future, but only if we make progress now, toward that goal. Progress is how we can have a robust economy both in our native land and abroad. Progress is the road to a brighter future for individuals, organizations, corporations, nations, and the world. But to make a brighter future real we must begin to create it now, or we may miss our chance.
(1 comments) Friday, August 19, 2011 Innovation and Progress
What we need most to save the planet and what we need greatest to boost the economy is one thing, innovation! Innovation fosters progress, and tends to improve conditions over time. We must actively encourage innovation, which alone can foster real progress, if we want to get things moving in the right direction.
(16 comments) Wednesday, August 17, 2011 We Need Better Solutions
While our leaders quarrel with each other, important problems are left unaddressed. We need better solutions to the pressing problems of our day, but instead we are losing the edge we once had, especially in Science and Technology. Unless we seek better solutions, and learn to think for ourselves, the human race may not survive.
(10 comments) Sunday, August 7, 2011 The Middle Must Rise
There is a tendency for people to over-simplify complex situations, and a tendency for society to offer us either/or choices which are artificial at best. We must learn to emphasize the middle ground, and to assert that the issues are not defined only by the opposing positions of extremist voices. Too often, those in the middle are not heard at all, though sometimes they are the only ones with sensible answers.
(2 comments) Saturday, July 30, 2011 Shades of Gray Going Away
We have been slowly losing the shades of gray in life, both in the content we receive, and in our ability to cognize and process it. Studies begun in the late 60s in Tübingen show that modern people distinguish far fewer shades of gray or green, and recognize fewer sounds than folks from 15 or 20 years ago. We need to be mindful lest we lose even more of life's detail and subtlety.
(30 comments) Monday, July 19, 2010 Fundamental Physics may be Our Best Hope
This article talks about my experiences at the 11th Frontiers of Fundamental Physics conference in Paris, July 6-9. Some of the world's top physicists were there, as well as a variety of other fine scholars - who made the event extremely fulfilling for me. It left me with a feeling of encouragement about what is possible when great minds work together.
(8 comments) Sunday, June 20, 2010 What Do Adults Do?
An adult puts out the fire on their stove, or calls the fire department if things get out of hand, then tries to find out who left the frying pan unattended. Too often; our leaders try to fix blame first then problems. Unfortunately; this is an adolescent response, and we all need to be more adult to face today's problems.
(13 comments) Saturday, June 12, 2010 Rising above "us against them' thinking
The prevailing state of affairs, these days, appears to be 'us against them' vs 'us against them.' We have to grow out of such adolescent tendencies in order to grapple with the problems we face realistically. Only if we rise above this mindset can humanity hope to survive.
(6 comments) Thursday, May 20, 2010 Beyond False Predictions - We Need to Fix the Math, for the Economy to Get Well
This article explains that one of the primary causes of the financial crisis has been overlooked in the mainstream media. To really fix the economy, we need to fix the Math first. Although casting blame has been virtually the only way we have tried to address the problem, the real issue is not greed, but ignorance and embarrassment.