Peter Martins

CEO/Managing Director, Datacable ltd

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Peter Martins
Posted over 1 year ago
The debate about Graham Hancock's talk
I looked at the programme and speakers and was shocked. Nothing "TED lke" here just a load of self promoting lightweights pedaling their books, training schemes. etc Personally I dont need to hear from Marianne about her new book THE LAW OF DIVINE COMPENSATION: On Work, Money and Miracles.
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Peter Martins
Posted over 1 year ago
The debate about Graham Hancock's talk
Wow such a lot of energy. What are the deep deep roots of this energy and where is it drawn from. I welcome the comments I have had back an I am enriched by them. I wont respond to the points raised I don't think this is about the talks anymore. For me its about our response to broken trust. Ekhart Tolls "pain body" idea is relivent here - ie the idea that a bad think happening to me now reminds me of all the bad things that have happened in the past and my response is filtered through all those experiences. I have been cynical and distrusting in my earlier life and could have been easily persuade to join the ranks of the outraged and critical. I cant do that anymore - I trust in the goodness of stuff to work things out. And I know that my negativity will generally make thnigs worse. I trust TED, I respect the effort and care that has gone in to creating it. I've heard Chris Anderson talk here in Bath and got masses of powerful insights from it.
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Peter Martins
Posted over 1 year ago
The debate about Graham Hancock's talk
I was not intending to post again. Its same seems old stuff regurgitated ad Norsemen. Then walking the dog this morning I came to see that this is a classic set of comments which could hold some value. Not about the actual Hankcock Sensoring thing, but as a some map of a internet conflict which surely has some features we can indentify and learn from in dealing with conflict in future. I bet I am not the first bright spark to see this. I'm am posting now and the last post was from CChaos Cchaos. His / Her post is angry and indignnt and this seem to give him the right to tell people and TED what to do. I may be hopelessly optimistic but I want to but know how I can respond the the likes of CCcaos without further inflaming the situation. Cchaos is clearly not happy and I am sorry about this. Neither can I accept o respect the conclusions they come to. This happens so often in internet forum, There is some learning here to he be gained. Anybody interested in looking at at it more deeply ?
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Peter Martins
Posted over 1 year ago
The debate about Graham Hancock's talk
I don't mean to slander anyone. I know its a tough job to come up with original ideas and even harder to bring them to the world.I know many many great ideas from the margin and places seen by those conventional realm "high preists" as disreputable and heretical quarters. So Thank you Graham. Thank you I know also the age we live in has many memes operating and my views are temporary truths. My comments were putting a reasonable if to some unpalatable balance into the argument. Yet here i am now marginalized by some as "linier" and "Slanderous". Interesting.
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Peter Martins
Posted over 1 year ago
The debate about Graham Hancock's talk
How quick and easy it is to jump to the conclusion of sensorship and high handed paternalism. How interesting that Grahams talk has provoked this debate. Im not a quantum physicist or and rocket scientist. Ive not read his books. I looked at the first 5 mins of the talk and could not watch anymore. I felt turned off by the tone and mixing of “science” and conjecture. It seemed to invite me with the same charm of the proselytising prophet to be persuaded of something which had attraction but little solidity in anything I could test or access. Belief in the conjecture is the only access. I don’t care about enzyme inhibitors – and they don’t matter to the discussion, they do add a tone of gravity and status but are not relevant and this is where I turned off. I felt I was being sold. Now if you bought his gig I think may have been your suckered into some quirky world. And like the fresh Christian convert perhaps you need others to come over to your side to support your position. I don’t think TED is guilty of anything. This is quite reasonable cautioning about a man who has often been on the edge, and who makes his living by creating debate which (and here I regret my own cynicism creeps through) fuel the sales of his books. At a deeper level I suspect people WANT to believe this stuff, and with their cry’s of censorship etc they project onto rational scientists their own subtle (maybe even sub conscious) confusion about what is science and what is dogma.
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Peter Martins
Posted over 2 years ago
How do we get back the neighborhood?
How do we get back the neighborhood? Its a vast subject. Were to start ? The solutions are not very complicated I think. There is the internal neighborhood our motivation, the reasons we desire Neighborhood and the external neighborhood. I have run a few events on our small community in Bath and these have helped in a small way develop neighborhood The strange thing is though that only about 10% of the population ever show events. If we see the Neighborhood as a network where everybody knows everybody then its practially none existent. But the master beighbourhood network has many smaller sub networks which link at ramdom places to other networks. Such networks include such things as old money/ land, school mums, kid, church, dog walkers, long term residents ( sort of elders) parish councilors, people who catch the bus at the same time..... There is no magic glue that bonds the network together, it just trivial contact which grows into something else. To develop neighborhood just needs a medium for such contact to happen. And I think food and music and alcohol provided in a way which invites all the cummunity along is a reasonable starting point. The next event will go further I hope and use things like open space and world cafe to increase the number of relationships which can develop. I do have some concern though as the majority will not come along. While I respect their rights I also feel that perhaps they are more vulnerable and far less well resourced due to lack on local connection. So when a crisis happens they will not know how to connect into others around them who in turn link to to others who might be able to help. It quite interesting mathematically. If i know only 3 people - the chance are they will not be very gagairious so after 4 links in the network I am linked to only 27 other. But if I have know 50 people on the other hand I am linked to 125,000 people. Its a massive pool of goodwil, and out of it the nectar of coincidence will flow
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Peter Martins
Posted almost 3 years ago
Nicholas Christakis: The hidden influence of social networks
Nic, You are the man! Fantastic. This is the elephant and you have definitely got hold of one if not two its legs. This is so great to come across this - but there is another step to take - or another gift which is hinted at at the end. Let me try and explain. I think there is a "tone" or quality to the links in social networks. This might be expressed as healthy, respectful, honest, reliable and non-judgemental, or exploitative disrespectful, dishonest, abusive judgemental. These link to our inner belief structure, and are influenced by the network around us. We have a choice to pick up or pass on the tone around us. If you picking it up and passing it on it will come back to you. If possible to act as a filter - passing on only healthy stuff. or the reverse. So its important to be, as individuals, aware of the stuff soaking into us from the environment ( the 2,3,4 degree relationship and the media) Filter and act to to affirm others. Its a common message in world religions. By doing this we reduce our capacity to pick up negative stuff and we dont put negative stuff out which will bounce around till it gets back to smack us in the face, but from many different directions. So be positive in what you say, find the thing to respect, and be generous. This I believe will shift the nature of the reality you live in and it will become healthier.
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Peter Martins
Posted almost 3 years ago
Tim Harford: Trial, error and the God complex
Some confusion here. Let me sort it out for you all.... Tim is making a good point – empowering us to make progress with things we don’t feel qualified or initiated into. “Professionals” are both – qualified and initiated , and generally very quick to tell us not to meddle in their field. Have a go, see what works, and don’t confuse the crap you get from experts ( high priests of the a particular God ) as anything other than dubious information from people who may not have the rational ability to separate evidence from the dogma of their church. Nor he is rubbishing all Gods – by which I mean abandoning abstract thought which leads to amazing advances. AND there is a blurring of the two. Scientists think, develop theories and then test them by trial and error. They will refine their tests to get better results. Someone described history as the point where the failing of memory meet the failing of documentary evidence. Science is a like this - its the meeting of pure (maybe incorrect) thought with possibly inadequate testing. Testing is by nature trial and error. Where they meet will always be moving, as testing is refined and theories adapted to fit the results. Having said this the non linier lot have a lot to offer here - Like Leibniz and Newton they are onto something, as powerful and Calculus, though they may have forgotten how their “church” was stumbled upon. I want also to defend the dogmatic priests – we ask for too much from them. A relationship which allows “don’t know” as an answer demands both parties to be grown ups. A verse in the Rubiat of Omar Kyham, goes something like “Those that studied in the circle of learning and culture Became lamps to their piers But when the darkness came They told a story and went to sleep. “ IE if you are the person who generally “knows” its hard NOT to extend your knowledge into the realms of fantasy in order to both reassure yourself and comfort others .