About G. Rosenblatt

Gideon Rosenblatt writes about the impact of technology on people, organizations and society at Alchemy of Change. He is a technologist with a background in business and social change. For nine years, Gideon ran Groundwire, a mission-driven technology consulting group, dedicated to building a more sustainable world. Prior to that, he spent ten years at Microsoft in various marketing, product development and management positions, where he developed CarPoint, one of the world's first large-scale e-commerce websites. Gideon was raised in Utah, lived and worked in Japan and China for several years, and now lives in Seattle with his wife and two boys.

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  • G. shared from Service-Dominant Logic: Premises, Perspectives, Possibilities by Robert F. Lusch, Stephen L. Vargo
    all civilizations move toward creating goods, organizations, and money to assist them in service exchange.
  • G. shared from Self Comes to Mind: Constructing the Conscious Brain by Antonio Damasio
    In brief, neurons are about the body, and this “aboutness,” this relentless pointing to the body, is the defining trait of neurons, neuron circuits, and brains. I believe this aboutness is the reason why the covert will to live of the cells in our body could ever have been translated into a minded, conscious will. The covert, cellular wills came to be mimicked by brain circuitry. Curiously, the fact that neurons and brains are about the body also suggests how the external world would get mapped in the brain and mind.
  • G. shared from Self Comes to Mind: Constructing the Conscious Brain by Antonio Damasio
    In the elaborate brains of complex creatures, however, networks of neurons eventually come to mimic the structure of parts of the body to which they belong. They end up representing the state of the body, literally mapping the body for which they work and constituting a sort of virtual surrogate of it, a neural double. Importantly, they remain connected to the body they mimic throughout life.
  • G. shared from Memories, Dreams, Reflections by C.G. Jung, Aniela Jaffe
    Just as the body has an anatomical prehistory of millions of years, so also does the psychic system. And just as the human body today represents in each of its parts the result of this evolution, and everywhere still shows traces of its earlier stages—so the same may be said of the psyche. Consciousness began its evolution from an animal-like state which seems to us unconscious, and the same process of differentiation is repeated in every child.
  • G. shared from Memories, Dreams, Reflections by C.G. Jung, Aniela Jaffe
    If the unconscious is anything at all, it must consist of earlier evolutionary stages of our conscious psyche.
  • G. shared from Memories, Dreams, Reflections by C.G. Jung, Aniela Jaffe
    The energy underlying conscious psychic life is pre-existent to it and therefore at first unconscious. As it approaches consciousness it first appears projected in figures like mana, gods, daimons, etc., whose numen seems to be the vital source of energy, and in point of fact is so as long as these supernatural figures are accepted. But as these fade and lose their force, the ego—that is, the empirical man—seems to come into possession of this source of energy, and does so in the fullest meaning of this ambiguous statement: on the one hand he seeks to seize this energy, to possess it, and...
  • G. shared from Memories, Dreams, Reflections by C.G. Jung, Aniela Jaffe
    The years when I was pursuing my inner images were the most important in my life—in them everything essential was decided. It all began then; the later details are only supplements and clarifications of the material that burst forth from the unconscious, and at first swamped me. It was the prima materia for a lifetime’s work.
  • G. shared from Memories, Dreams, Reflections by C.G. Jung, Aniela Jaffe
    All my works, all my creative activity, has come from those initial fantasies and dreams which began in 1912, almost fifty years ago. Everything that I accomplished in later life was already contained in them, although at first only in the form of emotions and images.
  • G. shared from Memories, Dreams, Reflections by C.G. Jung, Aniela Jaffe
    Sexuality is of the greatest importance as the expression of the chthonic spirit. That spirit is the “other face of God,” the dark side of the God-image. The question of the chthonic spirit has occupied me ever since I began to delve into the world of alchemy.
  • G. shared from Memories, Dreams, Reflections by C.G. Jung, Aniela Jaffe
    The problem had obviously to be rephrased not as “Freud versus Adler” but “Freud versus Nietzsche.” It was therefore, I thought, more than a domestic quarrel in the domain of psychopathology. The idea dawned on me that Eros and the power drive might be in a sense like the dissident sons of a single father, or the products of a single motivating psychic force which manifested itself empirically in opposing forms, like positive and negative electrical charges, Eros as a patiens, the power drive as an agens, and vice versa.
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