SparkMap on Hunome is a versatile tool for delving deep into a theme of interest, and finding connection and a way to navigate your thoughts, expertise and curiosity. Like a masterful conductor orchestrating a symphony of ideas, building a SparkMap can help you explore the depths of your interests and insights.
The Power of Solo Building on Hunome
Building solo on Hunome allows us to create a system from our notes, democratise research and eventually make sense of a wicked theme.
1: Choose Your Focus
Start by picking a theme that genuinely piques your interest. Whether it’s about exploring new cultures, understanding demographic shifts, or exploring the history of silent movies, your passion will be your guiding star.
2: Begin with a Central Idea
Your central idea is either a description of the main challenge, or the hypothesis – writing this central Spark with depth and thought will determine the flow and structure of the rest of your build.
3: Branch Out
Just as your interests span wide and far, let your spark map grow organically. Create branches from your central idea that represent subtopics, questions, or concepts related to your chosen subject. Each spark-on can be a rabbit hole worth exploring.
4: Connect the Dots
Most of human ingenuity comes from finding connections between seemingly unrelated ideas and perspectives. Hunome’s SparkMap is specially designed to enable this kind of connection making, making visible the forest and the trees.
5: Review and Refine
Your spark map is an evolving work of art. Return to it periodically to add new ideas or adjust your perspective. Make it a living document that mirrors the growth of your knowledge. Sharing the SparkMap at this stage allows others to see the depth and clarity of your thinking and you get to become a perceptive presence in your theme.
6: Invite new perspectives
Share your SparkMap and invite others to add their perspectives, that will only further enrich and build a shared understanding.
Building Solo is a muscle, and the more that you build, the more you will refine your reasoning and thinking. The benefits of having a tangible and growing fabric of your thinking on a topic as a comprehensive visible output are immense. This is an opportunity for you to be the first in a theme of your choice to build such a comprehensive starting point for shared understanding.
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In a world that’s evolving at an unprecedented pace, our way of thinking is also undergoing a profound transformation. Linear Thinking has served us well in many areas, from engineering and manufacturing to mathematics and even storytelling, however it is now increasingly showing its limitations. The future of thinking is non-linear, challenging traditional thought patterns and pushing us to embrace a more dynamic and interconnected approach to problem-solving, innovation, and decision-making.
The Non-Linear Reality
The non-linear future of thinking acknowledges that many aspects of our world do not follow predictable linear paths.
Complex Systems: Our world is made up of intricate systems, from the global economy to the environment and human behavior. These systems are often chaotic and non-linear, where small changes can lead to disproportionately significant effects. Non-linear thinking allows us to better understand and navigate these complexities.
Interconnectedness: In this networked era, everything and everyone is connected. Non-linear thinking helps us recognize these interconnections and make sense of the ripple effects.
Uncertainty: Rapid tech advancements, unforeseen events, global crises, and the pandemic have brought unprecedented uncertainty into our lives. Non-linear thinking enables adaptability, creativity, and resilience in the face of uncertainty.
How to Embrace Non-Linear Thinking
Embrace Complexity: Don’t shy away from complexity. Instead, learn to navigate it. Accept that problems often have multiple solutions and that the path to success may not be a straight line. Hunome’s SparkMap is designed to make complexity visible – they are non linear representations of multi-disciplinary and multi-dimensional perspectives.
Iterative Problem-Solving: It’s okay to experiment, learn from failures, and adjust your approach along the way. This adaptability is a key aspect of non-linear thinking. Hunome’s SparkMaps are ever evolving and ever present – your ideas do not get lost in a busy timeline.
Diversify Knowtypes: Go beyond the traditional Knowtypes and incorporate aesthetic, anecdotal, experiential, observational, philosophical, scientific and much more. Hunome recognises more that 15 different Knowtypes and incorporates them into the way that people interact and respond to your thinking.
Interdisciplinary Perspectives: Invite perspectives from people with diverse backgrounds and expertise to further deepen the shared understanding.
Take any topic that you are interested in and start your SparkMap today. You can unravel deep and vast insights that will transform the world’s thinking on your topic.
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Hunome had a stellar presence at UBI Lab Network’s event on “Let’s talk about basic income.”
Hunome, with its Chief Hunomers: Dominique Jaurola (CEO) and Mika Raulas (CCO), attended yesterday’s UBI Lab Network’s event in Helsinki, to present how to build knowledge and make sense around the session’s theme “Let’s talk about basic income”.
Hunome, UBI Lab Finland, Systems Change Finland, and Citizen Network brought together people from many walks of life, including ministers, politicians, researchers, network leads and members, activists, and citizens to discuss about Universal Basic Income (UBI) and how it might help secure wellbeing and transform society.
We heard (and documented them on Hunome) great perspectives from the speakers and the participants in the event, including Maria Ohisalo – Minister of the Environment and Climate Change and former Minister of the Interior, Maria Guzenina – member of the Finnish parliament and forme Minister of Health and Social Services, Sirpa Pietikäinen – MEP, Finnish Member of the European Parliament, Laura Tulikorpi – teacher, coach and council members of a wellbeing services county, Simo Raittila – coordinator of Visio think tank, researcher and journalist, Ville Pellinen – Managing Director of the center for mental well-being and cultural events called Lapinlahden Lähde, and Dominique Jaurola – futurists and CEO of Hunome.
To keep the sensemaking and discussion alive and evolving, we invite you to join the UBI SparkMap on Hunome – register here 👉 https://hunome.com . On the ‘UBI in Finland’ map you can see the multiple, multidimensional and multidisciplinary perspectives on UBI, bring your thoughts and knowledge there, learn from others, and build shared understanding together with the atomic community. You find the many perspectives and ways forward in one place there.
Hunome is a social network to make sense of the world. It enables you to connect the dots, solo and with others, between the different perspectives of not just UBI in society but also many other themes. On the Hunome platform you can. build multidimensional understanding and actionable decisions. Join a community with a purpose. Become a part of the solution by making the world a more perceptive place.
We will be hosting subsequent workshops on the UBI theme, the next one coming up on April 24th 2023, so stay tuned and follow us on this social network, to see what is happening on Hunome, UBI Lab Finland, Systems Change Finland, and Citizen Network.
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Fragmentation and polarization of information is diminishing human ability to act meaningfully. The world is complex. Simplistic points of view are getting too much attention. Many ‘one to many’ social structures of today and planned make things worse.
Internet social spaces cater to individualism. They forget the reality that nothing happens without a shared understanding and buy-in. Making one’s thinking matter within context is a way to make it count. Build not blast.
Innovation keeps happening, even for the social spaces, in many ways. There is much room for more than incremental tweaks on what was before. There is room for purpose-oriented leaps delivering a whole new value.
The value we, at Hunome, deliver rewards a particular kind of thinking person. This person knows that there are many silos to break and that our world needs new approaches. Getting to a shared multidimensional understanding on the shape of things that were, are and are yet to come.
Fleeting messages vs creating something
My own experience with Twitter has been much more about – ‘if I must’ – than it returning anything much back. My own fault I am sure, as I did not give it my all, did not engage with others a lot, did not follow the rules of how to matter.
There was a good flow with it for a moment. This had to do somewhat with Twitter. It had more to do with ManageFlitter, a product that enabled building a community on Twitter. That thriving business closed due to Twitter changing its API rules. At the time I spent 2 hours per day creating content for the growing community. My efforts did not amount to something bigger as time went on but I kept feeding the flow.
Some years ago I ran a session on Twitter with the Association of Professional Futurists. The theme was ‘future of identity’. It was a nightmare to do as the speed with which tweets flew by in front of me made it very hard to engage in a live session.
Hunome’s design makes it easy to come together as a group. You can build an understanding solo too. You can run a session online. You can continue to build asynchronously. This helps with the issues around continuity.
This way you and your group build your shared and shareable understanding. You can bring to the world a theme that you would like the world to understand more comprehensively. We talk more about building understanding with perspectives here.
Gaining a natural atomic community vs followers
We can make our efforts matter better, in the many contexts that mean something to us. No human being is one thing.
The structure of social media is ‘one to many’. Everyone scrambles to position themselves. Finding a way that will attract. Mold one’s communication to suit social media. Everyone blasts, does anyone listen? What if you could mingle in the thought community that is natural to your theme of interest? The efforts to build community otherwise are huge unless you are already famous.
On Hunome you build yourself an understanding – with our thinking tool that connects the dots. Those on the same agenda or interest can join you. You build your engaged community to the thinking you share.
On social media a ‘following’ starts to narrow you down. You end up with a demanding audience for whom you should deliver x. Imagine those people in a role and once they stop that role the following disappears. Not great when they should matter in the contexts they have a valuable input in. At Hunome you work on what you are interested in and your atomic natural community builds for and with you.
The ‘one to many’ model of social media is isolating even for those with big follower numbers. The setup leaves us all scrambling for attention. The tricks used to get the attention are getting crazier by the day.
We focus on giving kudos to and building value for those who influence through their thinking. At Hunome those who build good understanding rise to prominence.
Good thinking counts here
You have created much understanding about how the world works or should work but does it get counted? You argue your case well but does it get visibility? Isn’t it time that thinking well, arguing well and being able to build an understanding should count?
Our world is disjointed, fragmented, polarized, bored, skeptical, cynical, vain and manipulated. Too much emphasis is put on mundane, or to be ‘purchased’, things. A vain comparison with others. The rabbit holes and stuck minds are turning neighbors into enemies and dinner parties into silences or worse. No wonder there are mental health issues. Much good is going on too. For the ‘cultural creatives’ seeking to make one’s life matter it feels weak to share and consume tid bits at a time.
You may be influenced to believe rubbish. Who is there to challenge the propaganda machine when you most need it. Also influencing has become about the lifestyles of the rich and famous. Our world has many worthy stories to tell. And things to fix. Let’s deal with the cynical downward spiral.
Would you like to be smarter? Become more perceptive? Mingle with thinkers from many disciplines? Create a comprehensive bigger picture? If so, then Hunome is a space for you.
You get it, the world’s problems are not solved purely by your individual smarts and arguments. You engage in a deliberation with those who offer another dimension. And gain a shared understanding. Without that the smarts do not move the needle. Without buy-in not much happens. If you are not part of the solution you remain part of the problem.
Being part of this solution is as easy as tweeting or sharing a blog post. The reverberations of what you shared are much bigger as your thoughts sit in context. They are surrounded by others who see this context to be of importance. You are not alone.
No to the ‘master slave’ structure of communication. One person shares and others comment. Too often the commenting is a purposefully disruptive emotional rant. Getting momentary power for very little return for them or anyone else.
Each posting (Spark on Hunome) is its own entity. The best will be connected with and built upon as they are well argued points in context. Those become the hot spots of human engagement. Those expressions that are not according to our community code of conduct can be reported on. Also they can be drowned out by not connecting to them.
There is more to life than ‘trending’. As a recovering futurist I enjoy a good understanding of trends. Trending as it is now defined is geared to the media side of the social. Hence Twitter works well for politicians and journalists. At Hunome we build the ways for us all to understand the deeper interests of human beings. How we change and evolve in our worldviews and the goals we aim for.
Social media vs social network
By definition social media bases its revenue on advertising. A social network does not necessarily do that. We are a social and thought network. No advertising distracting us from our purpose. On Hunome our purpose is to help humanity make sense of itself. We help with tools to facilitate and data to help understand what is going on.
Hunome is free to use and our model has upgrade paths in the use of the tools and data. Uniquely it provides the means to make sense of multidimensional themes. And many themes of interest to figure out are like that.
In an academic paper they wrote in 1998, Larry and Sergey warned: “Advertising funded search engines will be inherently biased towards the advertisers and away from the needs of consumers”, the same applies to social media.
Boutique search for understanding
When searching today you get ‘PageRank’. This structure means that you get the same that some algorithms deem to be the priority. This narrows us to funnels that the search engine thinks are good. Also we get tidbits. By definition it will not find what you did not search for. A search as such has no way of delivering human ingenuity, change, trains of thought, or systems of thought. At Hunome you get in return an understanding and insights. Feeding your curiosity by inspiring thought connections.
Assisted serendipity – colliding ideas for a faster path to innovation
You can take time to munch on your views and those of others. You can build from them. We as a community with this structure and approach speed up innovation. The signs are there from our early members. The approach is conducive to Aha moments when seeing the bigger picture. Aha happens also when one sees how one’s thought leads to another. This creates inspiring trains of thought.
Your effort is not wasted at Hunome
Have you tweeted steadily over many years? Do you have followers to show for it? Journalists, politicians, tech leaders, celebrities tend to get that. Does it feel like you’ve achieved very little for those tweets? Did they not build to anything but fleeting moments in front of a small set of eyeballs? Nothing is seen by all your followers. For most this is the case. Join Hunome in the build and make your mark on what is next in our world. It is never too late to build.
Get started with your build! Take leadership in a theme of importance to you!
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I just watched an interview with Noam Chomsky. He gave an hour to a podcaster with less than 500 followers on YouTube (disclaimer: he more than doubled his follower count after featuring such a big name). I think we agree that follower count does not always equal content quality. Still, we continue to use and support the platforms which snowball accounts with many followers and leave the rest unseen and unheard. This is just one of many major problems with current social media. In this article, I will look at where content we are connected to on social media is sub optimal and how it’s affecting us.
Why does social media push sub optimal content?
We are connected to people and content which we chose to follow or which algorithms see us reacting to, whether that’s positively or negatively. That means we love it or we hate it. We never even see the stuff in the middle — the ideas which we may not know enough about to follow or comment on which could open our minds and act as a bridge to understanding other perspectives.
On social media, people bash each other for whatever they are doing, even when they agree almost fully
After seeming to critique popular social media platforms through his actions, Chomsky continued to do so through his words.
Unfortunately, a large part of social media is just engaged in small scale squabbles: did this guy say a word wrong or say it right, and driving people into closed bubbles where they hear nothing but reinforcing their own views and don’t begin to engage in these general issues. And by cutting off access you lose a lot.
The follower system allows people to build their own safe ‘fortresses’ of ideology where they are constantly delighted by confirmation bias and are never challenged to understand other perspectives. See my last article on the need for this. Meaningless judgement is then placed on content that doesn’t meet our standards of ‘perfect’, and our good ideas are primed to be picked apart. All the things that followers agree with are often overshadowed by these little details. This is just a waste of time, and it doesn’t accurately represent opinions.
For instance, consider a post by a prominent AI leader at Google. The discussion will most likely consist of other AI-minded people in business and data science considering how well new techniques or technology will achieve business goals: in short, how well they will make money. No one will stop to question underlying assumptions which this bubble already agrees on like what roles AI should play in business or if our capitalist reality is limiting AI’s potential for humanity.
Short Attention Spans
Social media also rewards content designed for short attention spans. Short texts cannot possibly argue their points, let alone change someone’s mind through proper reasoning. We are left with short, unsupported, and highly opinionated blanket statements. Content creators may feel content with their short statements, assuming that all their followers. This just means that whenever someone does manage to wander into the conversation from an outside perspective, they will be met with extreme lack of context, misinterpretation, and most likely anger. The alternative is content of very little value at all, like, “doesn’t my avocado on toast on the beach look good?”
Disagreement is not just strengthened by misinterpretation. This form of disagreement is utterly unproductive, since people are caught arguing their points against nobody.
One way squabbling shows itself is through whataboutism
Chomsky refers to the emergent term whataboutism as a sin. It is defined as “the technique or practice of responding to an accusation or difficult question by making a counter-accusation or raising a different issue.” It refers to when people point out other problems to draw the attention away from the issue at hand.
Whataboutism in practice
During the recent uproar against the overturning of Roe vs Wade in the US, I saw a few Instagram posts that said something like, “look, I think that is import and all, but what about all of the huge problems you are all ignoring?” This has been a repeating trend I’ve noticed for other major political events, truly belittling justified, honest, and productive thoughts from those affected.
We should not be discouraging good action, regardless of what other action is being neglected. There will always be neglected issues and more work to be done. The important thing is that something positive is being done. The alternative is not a social media that solves all world problems. Rather it is a social media where everyone is afraid to say what they think and zero progress is made.
He’s not criticizing disagreement
Chomsky is of course not saying that we should all just get along and ignore the problems we see. He is saying that social media is not doing a good job of facilitating productive discussion. There isn’t room to support ideas with reasoning, let alone to make any full argument. People only become more sure that they don’t agree with each other. I think you are starting to see the downhill spiral we find ourselves in.
And you wonder why we are so polarized?
In research paper Political Polarization During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Sebastian Jungkunz highlights some of the pressing results.
Affective polarization has increased substantially in the United States and countries of Europe over the last decades and the ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic have the potential to drastically reinforce such polarization.
While many factors are working together to brew the polarization we find ourselves in, social media is one of the key culprits.
But the internet has so much potential
People don’t just put out bad content. Social media pushes bad content. And many people want to be popular on social media. You can’t necessarily shame them for that, either. The ones who stay true to themselves are often the hardest to find.
Not only does this really suck, but the internet has huge potential for connecting different perspectives and opening minds. While our pre-social media social circles did not suffer from the problems mentioned above, they were still of course limited to our physical communities, industries, nationalities, etc. The internet and globalism eradicated all of this.
Today we can speak instantly and directly with anyone in the world who would like to. Each one of us could have access to more diversity than anyone who lived before us! If we make a huge but very possible (and I think inevitable) shift, we could be the least polarized, most open-minded generations yet!
Hunome is fighting narrow thinking by letting everyone be heard
Hunome is a thought network and social network. At Hunome, we aim both to pop your suffocating bubbles and give you access to high quality thinking from everyone. Forget follower count. Forget short, blanket statements that lead to misinterpretation, closed bubbles, squabbling, and polarization. Say hello to following organic trains of thought the way. To multidimensional and multidisciplinary perspectives. To serendipity, to creativity, to innovation, to understanding.
is the question I really really hope you’re asking right now! Just because someone on the internet tells you something that supports the narrative you subscribe to (the bubble you’re living in), does not mean you should blindly listen!
Anyway, I’m happy you asked! You seem like someone who will fit right in at Hunome (asking good questions is a fantastic place to start).
The first part of the answer is pretty simple. Within the thematic spaces you search and show interest in, our algorithms and inherent structure will prioritize connecting you with new ideas and those from people with different profiles from you.
Next, the unique structure of Hunome ensures that even if you land on a thought that may live within your bubble, you will quickly find your way out. Anyone, regardless of their follower count, credentials, or bubble of thought, can ‘spark on’ their thoughts from any idea that inspired them. Thusly, when viewing a thought by someone with many followers, you are almost always just 1 click away from exploring thoughts written by someone with zero followers. As you follow trains of thought from one idea to the next, you will quickly find yourself far outside of your bubble, exploring new content from new perspectives but from a context you understand. Authors will be encouraged to write for all audiences, assuming that the only context a reader has are the ideas directly preceding their own.
Lastly, popping your bubbles will remain our north star, so we will continue to innovate in this field. We will be using advanced AI techniques to lean from what makes you creative, reach understanding and connect you with the Sparks that will reach you the most.
The best way to answer all your burning questions is to try it out!
I want to know what you think!
What questions do you still have for me?
What do you value in a source over follower count?
How can the platforms of the future support quality content over fame?
With the powers of social media bubbles, globalisation, and others I haven’t mentioned pushing against one another, are we aimed at a more or less polarized future?
Help me pop my bubble! What did I get wrong?
Jungkunz S (2021) Political Polarization During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Front. Polit. Sci. 3:622512. doi: 10.3389/fpos.2021.622512
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Among a diverse group of collaborators, others’ “obvious” (to them) contributions appear wildly creative from my perspective; and likewise, what seems obvious to me is often wildly creative to others. This realization holds the secret to group creativity: be yourself. Worry less about trying to be the creative one, and more about how you can unlock the contributions of others. So as my friend and legendary improviser Dan Klein often says, “Dare to be obvious!”
This might sound obvious *wink*, but what is easy and obvious to you may not be to another.
Misinterpretation as Creativity
Misinterpretation can be an instance of the obvious as creativity.
My brother recently explained to me an interesting concept. It was about the rise of cultural globalisation. People from all around the world are assimilating to a more uniform culture and lifestyle. While this seems to many of us an emerging trend, much of the world remains left out. Instead of being divided by geographical borders, we are increasingly divided by economic and societal ones.
As I started to explain this concept to my friend, he immediately understood it to mean that while so many cultures are being influenced by the same global information and trends, they each interpret it and react differently. This allows for a variety of cultural shifts but no agreement on a global uniform culture.
Allowing myself to venture even further off on a tangent, notice how my friend is ironically embodying the behavior of cultures that he describes. When given the same information as I did, he interpretted it differently, as he claims cultures do with the same global influences.
I find both concepts equally interesting and with eye opening potential. One was unlocked through misinterpretation, and it remains to be seen whether my interpretation was as my brother intended in the first place.
My friend was not trying to be creative. The idea was obvious to him.
The New Platform for Creativity
Hunome is designed as a safe, non-judgemental space for collective thought.
Sign up for Hunome today. Follow your inner genius. Say the obvious. Misinterpret. Be creative.
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As a gateway to truth and empathy, we need to shift towards learning from a wider range of perspectives.
It Signifies a Reliable Source
You’re not stupid. Your interests are complex and multifaceted. If there existed a simple answer or solution, you’d probably already know about it. For instance, there’s a reason why you are interested in optimizing learning rather than whether learning is valuable at all — we already agree that learning is positive, but the best way to do it is still open for discussion.
It shouldn’t then come as a surprise that, when identifying a reliable source on cutting edge topics, American neuroscientist Dr.Andrew Huberman simply looks for multidimensional understanding. He responds to the question of how to identify a credible source:
When you see people talk in absolutes about anything with very strong statements about anything, that’s somewhere where you might need to pause and reflect. So, does someone have [something] that they promise fixes everything? Similarly, do they demonize [something] as the cause of all chronic disease, and if we take care of this one particular issue, then everything is fixed? Does the answer seem overly simplistic in how to tackle it?
When assessing credibility amongst the seemingly unnavigable sea of fake news, he looks for multidimensional understanding over certifications.
Can’t Experts do the Heavy Lifting for Me?
You may now be wondering, do I really need to learn directly from many perspectives? Isn’t that what experts do for me when they present their overarching conclusions in common mediums like books or articles? In his greatest work The Denial of Death, American Anthropologist Ernest Becker reasons why even the works of geniuses like Freud should be taken as single perspectives to ponder amongst the rest.
The problem of man’s knowledge is not to oppose and to demolish opposing views but to include them in a larger theoretical structure…
Usually in order to turn out a piece of work, the author has to exaggerate the emphasis of it, to oppose it in a forcefully competitive way against other versions of truth, and he gets carried away with his own exaggeration, as his distinctive image is built on it. But each honest thinker who is an empiricist has to have some truth in his position, no matter how extremely he has formulated it.
Works are responses to ongoing historical context. They argue their points too strongly in order to balance the scales against other works. We must treat them as such and explore their fields of context before extracting truth.
It Increases Empathy
Becker further argued that acknowledging the limited but existing merit of individual perspectives connects us to the lives of others through shared mortality and human experience. This no doubt leads to empathy and a long road of love and kindness.
It Provides a More Objective View of our Beliefs
Host of podcast Philosophize This! Steven West understands yet another powerful conclusion from Becker’s work. The discovered shared mortality and human experience allows for a more objective view of our held beliefs.
Maybe that can help us recognize where the desire to dehumanise or silence another groups is actually coming from. And maybe if we can get there, maybe we can learn to differentiate which of these illusions we cling to are life affirming, which ones serve others, which ones are not in fact a direct threat to our existence, which of those promote the freedom, dignity, and hope of other people. And then on the other hand, which of these illusions are just about us being immoral? A desperate attempt to calm a scared monkey that doesn’t like the idea of not being the most important monkey in the world.
Understanding our beliefs for what they are and their worldly consequences sets the stage for their manipulation for a better world.
These two takeaways should not be taken lightly from Becker. He is known as a pessimist as his philosophy asserts that our greatest motivator is fear of death.
Learning from a range of perspectives offers more reliable information, holistic understanding, increased empathy, a more objective and pragmatic understanding of our beliefs, and a better world.
Where to Start
While experts don’t do a very good job fairly representing these perspectives, Hunome does.
Hunome is a platform for multidimensional understanding. It is a space where all perspectives can be heard regardless of the popularity of their authors. Your unique view point is in good company. Join us to learn from and contribute to holistic understanding.
Becker, Ernest. The Denial of Death. Free Press. 31 December 1973.
Ferriss, Tim. “#521: Dr.Andrew Huberman — A Neurobiologist on Optimising Sleep, Enhancing Performance, Reducing Anxiety, Increasing Testosterone, and Using the Body to Control the Mind” The Tim Ferriss Show, Dr.Andrew Huberman, 7 July 2021. Spotify
West, Steven. “Episode #163 … The Creation of Meaning — Escape From Evil” Philosophise This!, 2 March 2022. Spotify
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When considering your next career move, it’s easy to define yourself by your resume – you studied to be a math teacher, you are a math teacher, and you will continue to be. This is a comfortable place to remain, and that plays a huge role in why so many of us do. Nineteenth Century Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard refers to this limiting state as being ‘lost in the finite’.
At some point, however, whether it’s driven by a curious thought, change in the job market or midlife crisis, you may realize once again that you are a free human being who could pursue anywhere from a slightly to drastically new career at any moment. If you take this thought even a little seriously, you could very quickly find yourself overwhelmed by the options available to you and the countless consequences of each, just as petrified as before. Kierkegaard refers to this state as being ‘lost in the infinite’. He calls the anxiety induced the ‘dizziness of freedom’, and I think we can agree that he lived in a significantly simpler time.
While both states lead to despair, Kierkegaard suggests that the acknowledgement of one’s own freedom can be productive for pursuing one’s life, goals, and, eventually, true self, “Anxiety becomes a serving spirit that against its will leads him where he wishes to go,” (Kierkegaard 1844).
Existentialist psychologist Rollo May comments further on Kierkegaard’s point, “creating involves destroying the status quo, destroying old patterns within oneself, progressively destroying what one has clung to from childhood on, and creating new and original forms and ways of living,” (May 1977).
If your passion is teaching math, and you can find a way to do it while leading a satisfying life, that’s fantastic. Still, the only way you could truly know is to be aware of your own freedom and consciously choose that path over the others available. So where should you go to better understand the future of work, especially when you don’t know what exactly you are looking for? There is nothing more overwhelming and unproductive than Google searching when you don’t know what there is to be learned or being bombarded by random, out-of-context, and incomplete tidbits of information on social media.
Enter Hunome. Hunome is a platform for generating collective, multidimensional insights. We aren’t hoping to eradicate an age-old philosophical dilemma. We have, however, taken part in enough interesting conversations to know that you and the unique individuals not-so-like-you have a lot of incredible ideas on pretty much every issue affecting us as humans. Those conversations have already been lost to the air, but it’s not too late for the next ones to happen in a place that will help so many more people benefit from them (even more so than before).
Hunome is the space which allows people of all backgrounds to organically think together. All thoughts on a theme can be found in a single place where they sit in the order in which they were originally thought. But you are free to navigate them as you please, see their ideas in a new light, and contribute your perspective.
We call these thoughts Sparks and where they live, SparkMaps.
“A Short Note on Kierkegaard and Dizziness.” On-Dizziness, Anderwald + Grond, 15 Sept. 2018, https://www.on-dizziness.com/resources-overview/kierkegaard-and-dizziness.
Kierkegaard, Søren, 1813-1855. The Concept of Anxiety : a Simple Psychologically Orienting Deliberation on the Dogmatic Issue of Hereditary Sin. Princeton, N.J. :Princeton University Press, 1980.
May, R. (1977). The meaning of anxiety (Rev. ed.). W W Norton & Co.
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The purpose of Hunome is to help humanity make sense of itself on a collective insights platform.
Our members build shared understanding on Hunome. Members build on their own theme of interest and curiosity or they join others. This enables sharing one’s knowledge to contexts rather than in bits and pieces.
At MozFest 2022 our participants built a multidimensional shared understanding on misinformation.
When we planned the event we knew that misinformation was an important matter to tackle. This is in order for humanity to come back to a constructive track.
Reaching a shared understanding or building an understanding for self seems hard to achieve online today.
We humans have made enemies of people who disagree on anything. “Us and them” has become very pronounced.
At the time of MozFest 2022 the world was again facing the tragic causes of misinformation. False narratives lead to serious consequences.
Those who have been influenced by the one-sided messages for years will swallow it, thus helping the bad to happen.
Evil happens when good people do nothing. If you have been influenced heavily about the true nature of evil or any situation you will not know how to act. Not an excuse but a reality of what has happened and is happening.
On Hunome this one sided view of the world is hard to achieve. We love to see the multidisciplinary perspectives. This enables us to flex our perceptiveness muscle.
Human ingenuity is wonderful in what kinds of connections we humans make. On Hunome we assist serendipity, which is the secret sauce for creativity and innovation.
So, the goal of the session was to create a shared understanding about the causes, impacts and fixes of misinformation.
During our MozFest workshop we focused on understanding misinformation itself as a theme. Hunome tackles misinformation in any theme with its structure of bringing perspectives together.
Now we seek your input to this goal.
We would love for you to add your thoughts to this evolving ‘SparkMap’. Our members Spark each other to new heights through connecting the dots.
Do you have great insight into the history of misinformation? Some we found in an article published on the BBC. We would love to hear anthropological, sociological and psychological sets of perspectives. Maybe you have perspectives about the rise and fall of civilizations.
Here are some directions of the thinking we got to during the workshop. The work is never finished with new studies, thoughts and ideas continuing to build a deeper understanding.
SparkMap Orbit views from the workshop
Misinformation is rife was the kick off ‘Spark’
…to spark our thinking. Our members build in different ways depending on their ways of thinking and subject matter.
Causes of misinformation
In the interest of time we from Hunome filled the ‘causes’ part a bit but it awaits many kinds of inputs from you. Getting to the root causes happens when you ask yourself why does the perspective you read happen and keep asking. Often after a while in the train of thought you come to very human root causes. False information becomes successful due to very human reasons. These are for example manipulation, trust, fear, coping, lack of transparency, needs, greed and ego.
Impacts of misinformation
It might be interesting to build on this by adding your Spark as the impact of the impact and getting to some very interesting impacts as a train of thought.
Some very good ideas here from our participants. Do come and add yours. SparkMaps know no limits.
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