Ewan Lillicii

Philosopher
Las Vegas, NV, United States

About Ewan

Bio

Ewan Lillicii is a Las Vegas philosopher, political enthusiast and writer with a first-hand style of writing that stays with you until last call. Among his heroes are Henry Miller, Hunter Thompson, Warren Zevon and the Scarlet Woman. Getting into enough trouble to claim street knowledge and doing enough good to look in the eye of anyone. He's an author with a wealth of stories garnered from a lifetime of finding himself in unique situations. Ewan is a writer who dares to tell the most truth that his readers can handle while crafting fictionalized dramas that you simply cannot put down. His first book, Sile Smithwich, is a story of emergence from intense grief to effortless joy while coming to an awareness of psychological projection of love for his ex-girlfriend Kelly.
His next offering, Kelly Yvonne, is a tale of supernatural adventure in a desperate search to find Kelly in the hot and shadowy corners of Las Vegas. Kelly Yvonne is a short-story prelude to Island, Book 2 of the Perennial Martyr – a 3-book series. Perennial Martyr chronicles their journey from shallow lovers torn apart by destiny and bad behavior to a team of two friends sharing a single focus on their road to a brand new life. Book 1: Muñeca is available in March on Amazon.com

Areas of Expertise

Philosophy - Metaphysics, Philosophy - Political philosophy, Monetary Policy, Economics - reality based

An idea worth spreading

The correct metaphor of Sacred Geometry is not a fractal design. Instead, think of a fractal as a metaphor for the "geometry" portion. Geometry is symmetry - math, science. The "Sacred" aspect is asymmetry - intention, choice, options, chance. A better metaphor would be a fractal image with unique and non-repeating patterns of color, texture, size and shape.

I'm passionate about

Philosophy, art, story structure, sacred geometry, D'jinn, scarlet woman, politics, social architecture, metaphors as behavior modification

Talk to me about

Politics, monetary policy, gold standard

People don't know I'm good at

Understanding and separating details of our life from the structure on which they are supported, in reflection of Sacred Geometry.

My TED story

I first discovered TED in 2009 while working for Sun Microsystems which graciously hosted the event for us live. As someone keen on the Institute of Noetic Sciences I found the talks to be amazing works of artful thought.

Comments & conversations

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Ewan Lillicii
Posted 7 months ago
Is perception more important than reality?
Thank you! I've watched TED for a few years, but only recently have the nerve to stick my neck out in conversation. I know. Funny how it can eve be difficult to focus the perceptions of a conversation on perceptions in order to achieve the desired responses. You get well-structured replies with sometimes puzzling detail of theme.
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Ewan Lillicii
Posted 7 months ago
Is perception more important than reality?
Idea: They should try managing their words in order to create understanding of the truth. Jargon is a great way to avoid the issue. In politics, technology, and financial areas there tend to be quick lifecycles of ever-changing jargon. I wonder why?
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Ewan Lillicii
Posted 7 months ago
Is perception more important than reality?
Sorry, I wasn't trying to throw in activism spam. I was replying to your conversation. The fact that you picked up on the keywords of an economic protest and responded to the perception it was spam kind of makes a point all by itself! I used this economic example because it's something we are all familiar with. The point I made clear as mud was this: Even in a national situation that most people are affected by many times in their lives, the ability to get past the perception that the solution to an economic problem will only ever be math is very difficult for people. The second issue that is veiled by wrong perception is the silly premise that bankers should be in change of an economic system. Once again, the perception is that because banks store our money that they should manage how it is valued. We even cringe at the notion of the banking system failing. Yet there are many people who can't even get bank accounts these days. Their lives don't end without banks. The truth behind the false perception is that the Economic System is an interrelated system of suppliers, demanders, and in betweeners. Only a portion of the inbetweeners are banks. It requires an economist's skillset to manage the one aspect of that system which can bring it all crashing down. Yet most people don't understand that truthful perception! Food for thought: Perhaps managing in terms of "harm" or "help" in situations of business or social should become the norm. The premise that explanations of anything should originate from the need to control how other people think is nice for profit in the short term, but long-term it can damage understanding of an issue. National terror alerts and preparation, for instance, may be an easy way to bring people together in apparent unity, yet in an actual harm situation in the future we might get stuck in a "Boy Who Cried Wolf" situation where no one cares about the alert when it matters most.
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Posted 7 months ago
Must government rest upon violence? If so, what are the implications?
The first and only reason societies form in the first place is to eliminate the savagery that people in that society would like to avoid. In the past this has always involved savage violence. Therefore, the means to restrict violence (threat or application of stronger violence or enforcement) are necessary. Yet you also need a mechanism in place which makes the determination of when and how and why to utilize those measures. That is the component of the architecture which becomes broken. Having a policeman with a gun doesn't cause shooting deaths, for instance. The rulebook that says "if suspect does BLAHBLAHBLAH then pull your gun and shoot" is the critical element. In societies that trust each other these rules often come from good judgment of the individual. As breakdown of trust occurs or as firsthand violence deadens the emotional intelligence of officers, for instance, reliance on rules to metaphor behavior becomes more standard. The problem with this is simple: Justice relies on JUDGMENT. Rules merely support legality. Once a justice system descends into a mere legal system it tends to feel like the spread of tyranny. That starts a competing downward descent which JFK rightly mused as "fear itself". I came up with a solution to this issue as a matter of fact. :-) You can read about it in these two places: http://ewan2014.com/403/ https://www.dropbox.com/s/x8vrd25jxibxupm/improved-liberty.pdf
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Ewan Lillicii
Posted 7 months ago
Is perception more important than reality?
I would suggest that perception in an individual is their emotional reality and that that has a significant and long-term effect on the practical aspects of outcomes related to that perception's component of life. The fact that so many of us find ourselves "managing" other people's perceptions and interpretations is a significant problem that points back to the managers - people who feel in lessening control of their own lives often project behavior control onto external places as a detail of blame, fear, paranoia or whatever else their personal harm is creating in their own mind. Another suggestion: Reality can be described by two major components - structure and detail. We often only recognize detail when dealing with problems. Yet the problems which seem to reappear or seemingly have no answer are actually the ones which usually have the shortest solutions. Those are problems of structure. They can be fixed often within metaphor. For instance, our economy tanks periodically and large segments of the population lose their homes. We think of currency as a finite resource. When there are problems we wonder how to change the math on our control mechanisms like the discount rate. Yet the problems persist. Why? The metaphor. Finite resources like gold or copper always go up in value over time. Currency is not finite. It should never be at the mercy of scarcity. Fiat currency is GOOD and the 99% are completely wrong. So is the 1%. At some point someone knew this was true. They may be dead by now. either way, here is the giveaway: inflation. Knowing we treat money as a finite resource, how would you motivate people to invest in businesses if our money was scarce and always going up in value like gold does? You would have to artificially make the value go DOWN. It's reasonable.. Yet it has not only backfired as a means to do so, but increasingly makes the bankers who refuse to reveal the lie look like evildoers. It's the metaphor. Economists should run an economy.
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Posted 7 months ago
Designate $100 from each tax payer's contributions to fight world hunger.
We probably should solve American hunger first. A problem of past efforts by the government to aid foreign countries suffering from food shortage has been the earmarks. It's a hidden pork barreling operation that typically calls for using any donated amounts to cover the cost of purchase and shipment of AMERICAN food products to that region. In the third world, that divides the amount of aid that can be achieved for the same amount of money if it were purchased regionally or the exponential benefit of basic terraforming technologies coupled with farming tools and techniques. Here's another possibility: Let's eliminate hunger as well as the other bottom rung elements of the Mazlow's hierarchy of needs so that society can focus on the higher elements which will have the effect of lowering crime, increasing patriotism and improving the speed and frequency of innovation cycles while eliminating the harm that comes frm unemployment and currency valuation fluctuation! We cn do it within a few months if we try. You can read my ideas for the changes in these two locations: https://www.dropbox.com/s/x8vrd25jxibxupm/improved-liberty.pdf http://ewan2014.com/403/
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Posted 7 months ago
Do national secrets negate the democratic status of a nation?
If something is a secret in a place the size and scope of a nation it is generally irrelevant with exceptions for the spy agencies which don't care about status as much as perpetuating their usefulness. Take the recent exposure of two million "secret" documents for instance. An obvious ploy for some unknown and not worth knowing reason. Who can dissect and interpret two million documents as a means to "unravel the secrets" of a nation? Here's a real secret: while we screw around with spying and secrets and war there is a growing segment of the population that will live in perpetual poverty, major cities that will go bankrupt, and there are simple things we can do to fix these issues assuming they will be recognized. Put the NSA on that, maybe. Not working on those issues is the true damage to patriotism and a reflection of an increasing American pastime of projecting our problems onto instances of behavior control of others as we feel increasingly removed from the control of our own lives. Here's another issue with "democratic" which may make the issue more clear. When elected officials oversee agencies with employees that are 99% perpetual and only a few appointed by the elected officials there is no real representation in those agencies. Oversight is what you rely on. The issue then becomes who has the authority of oversight and are they using it wisely? As a side issue, the power of any authority is the power of the individuals lending theirs to the authority. If that same authority cannot be taken back if we find it abused then authority has evolved into tyranny.