RECONNECTING.CALM

Finding common ground for science, technology

and the human spirit

~ Tom Mahon~

 
 

We’ve arranged a global civilization of which most crucial elements profoundly depend on science and technology.  We have also arranged things so that almost no one understands science and technology.  This is a recipe for disaster.  We might get away with it for a while, but sooner or later this combustible mixture of ignorance and power is going to blow up in our faces…                                        -- Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World (1995)


For a video introduction to this site, visit http://youtu.be/iCoVLpQxaJw


I’ll add another ingredient to that combustible mixture.  About 95 percent of all the scientists and technologists who ever lived are working today.  And about 95 percent of history’s greatest wisdom teachers have been dead for over 1,500 years. 


So we often undertake science without conscience. And keeping up with tech-knowledge leaves little time to gain self-knowledge. 


And the manuals to guide our use of these capabilities with any sense of  moral responsibility were written on tablets and scrolls thousands of years ago by authors who never imagined a time like ours.


How did we get here, and more importantly, where do we go from here?  How do we reclaim a human handle on systems that increasingly demand we adapt to them?  How do we learn to Occupy Technology?


Reconnecting.calm represents 40 years of reading, research and reflection by one raised in a faith tradition and educated in the humanities, who has had a ringside seat at ground zero of the digital revolution in Silicon Valley since the introduction of the microprocessor. 


The book suggests a way to re-think and so reintegrate science, technology and faith (in the benefits of composure and compassion), not to engineer more ‘cool stuff’ or ‘smart weapons,’ but rather to engage in building a more just and civil society.


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And see www.tommahonbooks.com for Tom’s stories for children of all ages, for $1.99 each at major e-book stores.    And www.youtube.com/feed/UCJ7zYNjqjgbRD7H9rxH_Zsg/u for his videos.




 

Talks:


2015:

Conference on Technology, Consciousness and the Future, Half Moon Bay, March 27-28. Organized by the Contemplative Alliance, bringing together researchers in AI, quantum physics and practitioners of contemplative spirituality. 


Symposium on Rethinking Technology, Presidio of San Francisco, April 26. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxBm83bEPOY


21-Day Mindful Technology Challenge, April 21 on ServiceSpace.org (www.kindspring.org/challenge/join)



2014

International Conference “Europe: Lost in Translation?” Berlin, May 12-14

http://youtu.be/iCoVLpQxaJw 


Rhodes (Greece) Forum: Dialogue of Civilizations: “Pursuing Sanity in a Digital Tsunami” http://wpfdc.org/blog/society/19216-pursuing-sanity-in-a-digital-tsunami-be-calm-be-kind

  


2013

The Common Good Forum: “An Intergenerational Dialogue to Inspire Creative Leadership;” Paris, August 25-28  (www.commongood-forum.org/#!conference-de-paris/cs52)


Rhodes Forum: Dialogue of Civilizations: “The Value of Values: Spiritual Wisdom in Economics, Business, Finance, Education and Management;”; Rhodes, Greece October 2-6, (http://wpfdc.org)


2012

Wisdom Seed, Berkeley, August 26 www.wisdomseed.org


Globalisation for the Common Good Initiative, Oxford, Sept 2-5 http://gcgi.info


Conf on Education to Globalize the Human Mind, Kitchener, Ontario, Sept 22

http://www.spiritualeducation.org


Rhodes Forum “Dialogue of Civilizations,” Oct 3-8 Rhodes Greece,

rhodesforum.org/


Awakin Call: Technology and Wisdom Feb 25

www.awakin.org/forest/index.php?pg=guest&cid=24



Articles, 2011-2014:

Service Space: www.servicespace.org/my/profile.php?mid=94031