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Do you like or dislike the decision of big tech companies to permanently ban Alex Jones/Infowars from their platforms? We put this very question to members of our Underground Knowledge global discussion group in Goodreads – and the interim results are in.

To date, 54% of poll respondents DISLIKE the decision; 31% of respondents LIKE the decision; and 15% are UNSURE.

 

Alex-Jones

Controversial American radio show host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.

 

Respondents’ comments make for interesting reading.

A selection of (abridged) comments follow:

Definitely dislike. Here’s why: either freedom of speech exists or it doesn’t. We can’t say “Yes, I’ll allow it” when we like the message, and “Nope, I’ll ban this” when we don’t. The internet helped movements like the Arab Spring, #BlackLivesMatter and #MeToo, and we loved that, but let’s not forget that conspiracy theorists and propagandists have the right to use it too.

I voted dislike and think it could be the beginning of a slippery slope with more and more internet censorship. Given that most of our flow of information, and even much of formal child/adult education, is now done via the internet rather than physical books/papers/records, should we be concerned about increasing measures to censor the internet? It seemed to be a co-ordinated censorship of Alex Jones/Infowars where Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIN, Apple and Spotify all banned him on the exact same day… I’m no big fan of Alex Jones or Inforwars, by the way. I mean he/they do have some legit underreported facts and have exposed definite corruption over the years, but at the same time there are a lot of assumptions made and tinfoil hat-style leaps of faith thrown in the mix…

I may not like what someone has to say but I’ll defend the right they have to say it. Right now it’s Alex Jones but next it could be you. A slippery slope coated with grease…

Couldn’t care less if it was Alex Jones or Owen Jones on ‘trial by social media’ here. Leave it to the law and lawyers to work out what constitutes ‘hate speech’, incitement and all the rest, they’re far more qualified to do so.

This is not North Korea…. or Russia….. I definitely don’t support him, but I’m shocked by this kind of censorship.

I dislike what little I have heard of Alex Jones, but that is not the issue. Big companies tend to do what as few as one dictate, and the use of that power to inhibit free speech is fatal to our way of life. I would go for better enforcement of libel, slander, and other laws, but not the stomping on free speech by a very limited elite.

I voted dislike. The coordinated censorship in some regard is the right of the companies that reacted. If our government was not controlled by corporations freedom of speech would not be legitamently be part of this discussion, but such is not the case. The phobia of controversy is the engine of this insidious machine.

I do not believe in taking away freedom of speech in any way. It disturbs me greatly to see so many going after one man, who I don’t particularly enjoy watching, but sometimes he happens to be spot on with his challenges. 

What is even more disturbing is the amount of people that are happy to have such censorship! Alex Jones may make up some crap, but have you watched the news lately? They are full of crap too. Mostly putting forth their own opinions instead of giving “the facts and only the facts”.

 

To read all the comments, or better still to have YOUR say, go to: https://www.goodreads.com/poll/show/176582-do-you-like-or-dislike-big-tech-companies-e-g-facebook-youtube-link

 

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There’s little doubt renowned genius Steve Jobs influenced as many lives as any other creative thinker in the modern era. Although the Apple co-founder’s illustrious career in the tech industry has been well documented, few are aware Jobs had life-changing experiences in India in his late teens; even fewer seem aware that he credited these experiences, and the daily habits they instilled in him, as being crucial to his phenomenal success.

A young Steve Jobs…genius-in-the-making.

Last month, cameras began rolling on location in California for the new biopic on Steve Jobs. This one is being directed by Slumdog Millionaire‘s Danny Boyle and is said to take a different storytelling approach to the much criticized 2013 biopic starring Ashton Kutcher. Boyle’s film stars Michael Fassbender as the Apple co-founder, while Seth Rogan is playing fellow co-founder Steve Wozniak.

Apart from getting across all the drama, role-reversals and twists necessary for a Hollywood blockbuster, will this new movie also explore where Jobs’ rare mental abilities came from? Or will it simply be an emotional rollercoaster that fails to reveal what rare cognitive methods may have been behind the man’s great Apple inventions like the iPad and the iPhone?

If there are no lengthy sequences set in India, then the answer to these questions will surely be a no – for Jobs discovered in that country the ancient discipline that would influence him more than anything else.

The undisputed genius’s love affair with the Indian subcontinent is detailed in the new release bestselling book, GENIUS INTELLIGENCE: Secret Techniques and Technologies to Increase IQ, by New Zealand father-and-son writing team Lance and James Morcan.

Speaking from his residence in Sydney, Australia, James Morcan says, “In 1974, shortly after he had dropped out of college, Jobs traveled to India as a backpacker. He stayed on the subcontinent for seven months and during that period he first discovered and began to practice Yoga. He cited the experiences he had of meeting Yogis at ashrams all over India as being among the most important of his life.”

The Morcans mention in GENIUS INTELLIGENCE how, through advanced Yogic techniques, Jobs may have activated previously dormant glands in his brain which stimulated his creativity.

Some clinical studies have shown Yoga may hold great potential for intelligence and that it can enhance IQ levels of practitioners, accelerate learning as well as increase memory.

For example, Hatha yoga, which is comprised of asanas, pranayama, meditation and Om chanting, has been shown to increase blood flow to the brain. Yogic breathing techniques, known as Pranayama, increase the supply of oxygen to the brain, which in turn enhances memory and concentration. Other research has shown the processing of sensory information and visual perception are also honed with yogic practices.

“The 19-year-old (Jobs) returned to the US an altogether different person,” the Morcans write in GENIUS INTELLIGENCE. “Two years later, in 1976, Jobs co-founded Apple (with fellow college dropout Steve Wozniak) after having the revolutionary idea of personal computing for the masses.”

Reportedly, the only book Jobs ever downloaded to his iPad was Autobiography of a Yogi, by Paramahansa Yogananda.

And in a 2013 interview with CNET.com, his former business associate and close friend Marc Benioff said guests at the iPhone/iPad/iPod creator’s memorial service were “each given a copy of the classic book Autobiography of a Yogi as per Jobs’ wishes.”

Benioff added, “He had the incredible realization that his intuition was his greatest gift and he needed to look at the world from the inside out.”

Steve Jobs shows off a white iPhone.

The Steve Jobs we remember…

As the mastermind’s legacy lives on with his company’s continuing resurgence a resurgence that includes new and upcoming releases like the iPhone 6 and Apple Watch – perhaps it’s time to look back and seriously question how Jobs evolved into the genius he became.

 

For more about Steve Jobs and the link between Yoga, meditation and intelligence check out GENIUS INTELLIGENCE: Secret Techniques and Technologies to Increase IQ http://www.amazon.com/GENIUS-INTELLIGENCE-Techniques-Technologies-Underground-ebook/dp/B00QXQQWXO/

 

GENIUS INTELLIGENCE: Secret Techniques and Technologies to Increase IQ (The Underground Knowledge Series Book 1)

 

To view the discussion thread on genius intelligence (the phenomenon) in our ‘Underground Knowledge’ group on Goodreads check out: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/142309-29-conspiracy-theories—a-discussion-group >>> Everyone’s welcome!

 

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A renowned genius who has perhaps influenced as many lives as any other creative thinker in the modern era was Apple co-founder Steve Jobs (1955-2011). Although the history of his illustrious career in the tech industry has been well documented in books, movies and untold news articles, few are aware that Jobs was intensely interested in India – and in Yoga.

Steve Jobs and his beloved iPhone invention.

We detail this undisputed genius’s love affair with the Indian subcontinent, its people and its customs in our new release bestseller GENIUS INTELLIGENCE: Secret Techniques and Technologies to Increase IQ. An excerpt from the book follows:

Yoga Journal published an article on September 11, 2013 about the master inventor’s lifelong relationship with the Eastern discipline.

“Steve Jobs will long be remembered as an innovator whose vision changed the way we interact with the world through technology. But what many people don’t know is that Jobs was guided by an intense interest in spirituality and yoga.”

In 1974, shortly after he had dropped out of college, Jobs traveled to India as a backpacker. He stayed on the the subcontinent for seven months and during this period he first discovered and began to practice Yoga. He cited the experiences he had of meeting Yogis at ashrams all over India as being among the most influential of his life.

The 19 year-old returned to the US an altogether different person. Two years later, in 1976, Jobs co-founded Apple (with fellow college dropout Steve Wozniak) after having the revolutionary idea of personal computing for the masses.

Some say that Jobs’ statement “I was worth over $1,000,000 when I was 23, and over $10,000,000 when I was 24, and over $100,000,000 when I was 25, and it wasn’t that important because I never did it for the money,” was directly inspired by this passage from the holy Indian scripture Bhagavad Gita:“Relinquishing attachment to the fruits of work, always contented, independent (of material rewards), the wise do not perform any (binding) action even in the midst of activities”.

Whether that’s true or not is open to conjecture, but reportedly, the only book Jobs ever downloaded to his iPad was Autobiography of a Yogi, by Paramahansa Yogananda.

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A favorite of Jobs.

And in a 2013 interview with CNET.com, Marc Benioff, former business associate and close friend of Jobs, said guests at the iPhone/iPad/iPod creator’s memorial service were “each given a copy of the classic book Autobiography of a Yogi as per Jobs’ wishes.”

Benioff added, “He had the incredible realization that his intuition was his greatest gift and he needed to look at the world from the inside out.”

 

To read more about Steve Jobs and his love affair with India check out GENIUS INTELLIGENCE: Secret Techniques and Technologies to Increase IQ: http://www.amazon.com/GENIUS-INTELLIGENCE-Techniques-Technologies-Underground-ebook/dp/B00QXQQWXO/

 

 

To view the discussion thread on genius intelligence (the phenomenon) in our ‘Underground Knowledge’ group on Goodreads check out: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/142309-29-conspiracy-theories—a-discussion-group >>> Everyone’s welcome!

 

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