Luke Hobbs

Brisbane, Australia

About Luke

Bio

Grew up around the world with an engineer father, lived in 13 countries by the time I was 20. Study Buddhism and Taoism because after living with so many cultures I noticed a fundamental similarity between them all and found my answers there. Currently trainign to be a Personal Trainer as I think first and foremost that human health is the foundation of a good society.

An idea worth spreading

Can't we all just... get along?

I'm passionate about

Chen Taijiquan.

Talk to me about

Anything. I like to know things, especially when I don't. Which is a lot.

People don't know I'm good at

Um... good compared to what?

My TED story

I totally want a TED story. I am fixated in the belief that you can only create that which you are, both individually and collectively, the Universe being no different, and therefore all the answers to the Universe already lie inside us. Philosophy, science, religion... it's all the same thing but with a different name.

Comments & conversations

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Luke Hobbs
Posted over 2 years ago
Daphne Bavelier: Your brain on video games
I am 36 and have played video-games throughout my life, and I guess compared to the average person, would be considered a "hard-core" gamer. In comparison to other gamers, I'm fairly casual (you'll never see me on a top 1,000,000 list of scores). What I have found through self analysis and discussion with other men my age is that we like playing video games because it feeds the an integral part of our genetic development that mean were designed with that just isn't available in everyday modern life: hunting/survival/strategising through use of weapons and tactics. Going out and sitting in an office for 10 hours a day 6 days a week is not mentally healthy for a creature that's designed to be outdoors and risking its life for food. There's a massive base element to the male structure that requires some form of physical risk taking, driven by mental awareness, strong spirit and courageous heart. Almost all of that is missing from the daily grind and it frustrates us all. It's not good enough just being able to go hiking on weekends, or studying martial arts during the week. I personally feel like I am designed to be living in a village, waking up in the morning and heading off into the wilderness for the benefit of the clan, possibly never to return but being shown appreciation for risking my life and hailed for bringing the food back. II also think this is why a lot of domestic violence exists because base-genetics aren't being catered for, and given that man goes out and no longer risks his life, the woman doesn't reward his efforts. The key here is that the trigger for reward still exists... the logic part of the brain doesn't seem connected to genetic triggers and we just end up suppressing feelings instead of working o them - we need to find some way of rewiring the circuits so to speak.
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Luke Hobbs
Posted over 2 years ago
Debate: The decision to invade Iraq in 2003 was the right decision.
Well, for a start we the public don't have ALL of the information behind the true cause of that war. I'm not talking about Bush doing this or Saddam doing that, I'm talking about what is it about us as a species that stops us seeing the big picture and acting accordingly; what is it that drives us to live a lie in being a CIVILised race yet act do not be civil? It's 2012, almost 2013. I had hoped that CIVILity in humans would be a global phenomenon by now in that we have learned to be civil and be respectful to one another, and not screw each other over a dollar or an egocentric sense of power.
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Luke Hobbs
Posted over 2 years ago
Debate: The decision to invade Iraq in 2003 was the right decision.
@Jessica Price Have you ever asked yourself " What is war?"? I don't mean the Dictionary or wiki version, but as a society, what actually is war? Why, when war "happens" is it ok to kill a whole bunch of people?And For what? Someone's ego? So they can feel powerful and in control like some insecure baby? Why is it ok to make children shoot their parents just because "we're at war and are just using this to create psychological weakness"... JUST? Really? Humans are very good at using the word "JUST" to JUSTify doing bad things, and for some reason it makes it okay. JUST is a lie.
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Luke Hobbs
Posted over 2 years ago
Debate: The decision to invade Iraq in 2003 was the right decision.
And this is where the problem lies... everyone's in someone's pocket, no-one knows who to trust or what to believe. What kind of foundation is that for any level of society? You've got pharamceutical companies getting people into congress, mining companies paying politicians under the table, IT companies working for federal agencies... and the media telling us what will get ratings. It's like we feed off of lies and problems, as if we're hard-wired to fight and have no idea of how to live in peace.
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Luke Hobbs
Posted over 2 years ago
How can America wean itself from fossil fuels when fossil fuels are so cheap?
1973! Wow that's crazy! What is it then that seems to be not connecting with the logic part of our brain, and the taking action part of our brain? Is advertising and the media really so powerful as to stop us using common sense to such a huge degree? Maybe it's like the media uses "implied presence" to make us feel if we don't do what "everyone else is doing" then we'll be thrown out to the wolves because everyone is watching each other, never realising that we are actually the status quo and not something external to it... if that makes sense.
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Luke Hobbs
Posted over 2 years ago
Why does the American government meddle in everything?
Hi John, thanks for the response. My aim wasn't to blame any certain group or walk of life, but the child mentality vs the adult mentality of the human race. I am an advocate in believing that all things start from a simple base note, like growing an oak tree from a simple seed so to speak, and if we can change that core element in our society as a whole, then we can establish a much wiser society.
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Luke Hobbs
Posted over 2 years ago
Debate: The decision to invade Iraq in 2003 was the right decision.
I wonder though if that should have been a more an FBI/Interpol type exercise than invading a Sovereign Nation. Thousands upon thousand of civilians get caught up in war and in this modern day I like to believe we have far more precise and tactful methods. I mean the US Govt isn't exactly clean, but I also would not accept millions of civilians being killed to overthrow them...
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Luke Hobbs
Posted over 2 years ago
What is your perception of people with gender identity issues (transgendered), and has it changed in the last 5 years?
Hopefully I won't get criticized for being honest BUT although I have never had a social problem with the transgendered (and I sometimes frequent such clubs because they're an often less uptight bunch than your average "normal" person on a fun night out), I can't help but feel some sort of, i don't know, like some internal unease. I haven't worked out why yet but I am geared to thinking it's a base lack of trust in that if a person is going through such extremes (to me it's extreme) to "change their sex", then what else are they capable of? Would it be easy for them to launch at me, attack me etc? Would that person be more easily offended at something I say than the average Joe Blog? Don't really know yet...