The Amateur Society: Technology, Cybersecurity, And Bitcoin

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Amateurs,

Our regular open call will take place tonight, Monday 5/22, at 8:00pm eastern time via Skype. To join in please send us a contact request on Skype by searching for our account name amateursociety. If you have any questions or need clarification, please drop us a line on the contact page here or email us directly at amateursociety@gmail.com. These weekly meetings can be found on Spreaker, YouTube, and on iTunes via the Podcast app.

Moving on from our month long sequence of meetings discussing character traits, tonight we will turn to discussions of technology as a follow up on my appearance with Chris Baucom on The Hagmann & Hagmann Report from last week. How important is cybersecurity? Is the pace of technological change outpacing our ability to secure information? What kinds of mechanisms exist to restore security in the digital realm? How does bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies play in to this dynamic?

Join us for another engaging and informative conversation tonight at 8:00pm!

God bless,

Steven

The Amateur Society: Mastering Curiosity And Commitment

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Amateurs,

Our regular open call will take place tonight, Monday 5/15, at 8:00pm eastern time via Skype. To join in please send us a contact request on Skype by searching for our account name amateursociety. If you have any questions or need clarification, please drop us a line on the contact page here or email us directly at amateursociety@gmail.com. These weekly meetings can be found on Spreaker, YouTube, and on iTunes via the Podcast app.

Over the past month we have discussed change and growth, flexibility and adaptation, as well as tenacity and perseverance. We will now turn our conversation to the ideas of curiosity and commitment. How can we develop these aspects of our character? What will happen if we do not foster these traits? Is it possible to have too much curiosity and commitment? Where is the balance of these concepts in our society currently?

Join us for another engaging and informative conversation tonight at 8:00pm!

God bless,

Steven

The Amateur Society Blog Turns 1!

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Greetings fellow amateurs!

Exactly one year ago today I made my first post on this blog for The Amateur Society. We had been having meetings since the summer of 2014, but at the suggestions of my compatriots I put this WordPress site together. What an awesome year it has been! It’s a great time to be writing, prognosticating, and communicating, and I’m looking forward to the next year. To God be the glory!

I’m a numbers guy, so here are some statistics:

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I’d also like to thank our readers from 76 countries! Shout outs in alphabetical order:

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The Amateur Society: Mastering Tenacity And Perseverance

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Amateurs,

Our regular open call will take place tonight, Monday 5/8, at 8:30pm eastern time via Skype. Take note of the time change as I will be tutoring up until that point. A busy week of AP exams! To join in please send us a contact request on Skype by searching for our account name amateursociety. If you have any questions or need clarification, please drop us a line on the contact page here or email us directly at amateursociety@gmail.com. These weekly meetings can be found on Spreaker, YouTube, and on iTunes via the Podcast app.

After discussing change and growth as well as flexibility and adaptation, it’s now time to turn to the other end of the spectrum. What are tenacity and perseverance? What prevents us from having the tenacity and perseverance that we need in order to overcome the obstacles that seemingly never tire of standing in our way? Is it possible to have too much tenacity and perseverance? How can we develop these vital characteristics?

Join us for another engaging and informative conversation tonight at 8:30pm!

God bless,

Steven

The Amateur Society: Mastering Flexibility And Adaptation

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Amateurs,

Our regular open call will take place tonight, Monday 5/1, at 8:00pm eastern time via Skype. To join in please send us a contact request on Skype by searching for our account name amateursociety. If you have any questions or need clarification, please drop us a line on the contact page here or email us directly at amateursociety@gmail.com. These weekly meetings can be found on Spreaker, YouTube, and on iTunes via the Podcast app.

Following up on last week’s discussion of change and growth, we now turn to the related concepts of flexibility and adaptation. Change and growth are certainly necessary ideas for us to grapple with, but in order to understand this dynamic we must also understand our threshold for change. From a worldview perspective, flexibility and adaptation match this concept nicely.

What do flexibility and adaptation mean in this context? Where are the lines for ‘not flexible enough’ and ‘too flexible’ in the process of change? How are those lines determined? What do differing worldviews have to say about this concept? Why should we care?

Join us for another engaging and informative conversation tonight at 8:00pm!

God bless,

Steven

The Amateur Society: Mastering Change And Growth

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Amateurs,

Our regular open call will take place tonight, Monday 4/24, at 8:00pm eastern time via Skype. To join in please send us a contact request on Skype by searching for our account name amateursociety. If you have any questions or need clarification, please drop us a line on the contact page here or email us directly at amateursociety@gmail.com. These weekly meetings can be found on Spreaker, YouTube, and on iTunes via the Podcast app.

We are living in exponential times. Sleepwalk through your life for even just a few months and you’ll awake in yet another different world. In past discussions we have looked at the idea of change, and perhaps it’s time to revisit these ideas. We are continually changing internally and externally, within ourselves and relative to our surroundings. Change contains in it the potential for danger and uncertainty, but if we aren’t capable of navigating through a several different multifaceted dimensions of change simultaneously then we will be swiftly overwhelmed.

How do we face change? Is change the only constant? What is the difference between change and growth? How can we tell the difference and orient ourselves toward growth? What role does failure play in the growth process? Who is responsible for growth? How can we – as amateurs – properly aspire toward mastery of these fundamental ideas?

Join us for a thought-provoking and informative forum where we will investigate these questions and more. Thanks in advance for your time and participation!

God bless,

Steven

The Amateur Society: Conflict And Escalation

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Amateurs,

Our regular open call will take place tonight, Monday 4/17, at 8:00pm eastern time via Skype. To join in please send us a contact request on Skype by searching for our account name amateursociety. If you have any questions or need clarification, please drop us a line on the contact page here or email us directly at amateursociety@gmail.com. These weekly meetings can be found on Spreaker, YouTube, and on iTunes via the Podcast app.

In the face of apparently escalating tensions both domestically and internationally, it is now important to spend some time understanding what escalation is and how it operates at both the individual and societal levels. Much of this dialogue – including the picture above – will be informed by the work of Professor Jordan B. Peterson, an outspoken psychologist at the University of Toronto. His materials, including lectures and interviews, are available at his YouTube channel.

What is escalation? When should we escalate? When should we avoid escalation? How can we tell in practical terms what the various potential outcomes will be? How is escalation connected with identity and worldview? Why should we care? How can a more complete understanding of this issue allow us to ask better questions and make better decisions in our own lives?

God bless,

Steven