Paul Johnson

Brighton, United Kingdom

About Paul

Bio

37 year old musician/music teacher living on the South coast of the UK. I've practiced daily meditation for 20 years and am interested in issues of physical and spiritual well being. I play lots of acoustic instruments form around the world and like making and drinking fresh fruit and vegetable juices and watching TED lectures.

An idea worth spreading

I have lots of ideas that I don't have the time and energy to bring into the world. Some small some big. Maybe here I will find minds to listen to them and help me weed out the useful from the fantasies..

I'm passionate about

Solutions. How it takes less energy gives better results and is easier more fun and more beautiful to do things the right way round...

Talk to me about

ecology. spirituality. music. quantum physics. the whether or not and the price of fish...

People don't know I'm good at

listening

My TED story

found some lectures on google video recently and eventually found the source... Now spreading the word.. Got at least one friend hooked and loosing sleep already.. :9)

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

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Paul Johnson
Posted over 1 year ago
Michael Tilson Thomas: Music and emotion through time
Hi Kim.. Sorry I offended you.. I wasn't truing to be any kind of arbiter.. I was just stating my thruth.. I'm happy for yours to be different.. I love that the arts are subjective.. It's my profession so I had to let go a long time ago of the notion that it was ever possible to do anything that would please everybody.. I do find the TED token arts offering repeatedly disappointing though which surprises me as they is so much genuinly original stuff around..As for Jose Bowen I have to insist that this talk was just really really BAD.. not in an artisitic I didn't like it sense but in a complete string of incorrect and inacurate non-sense sense.. as in almost all of what he is saying there is simply not true in any reasonble sense.. I was astonished to find that he is a professor of music of some kind as he really has no idea at all what he's talking about in that video.. I listed the first dozen odd of his errors in comments before i gave up.. i'm sure you can find them if your'e interested.. people have to be quite awful on the whole at any form of creative expression before i will critisize.. but this was presented as an educated lecture.. simply awful.. sorry.. that's just my thruth.. like I say i'm happy for your's to be different..
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Paul Johnson
Posted almost 2 years ago
Georgette Mulheir: The tragedy of orphanages
very informative talk. and very strong ending.. This is abuse and it's one more of those Victorian hangovers. Out of sight out of mind with anything not considered respectable. I know personally of at least two loving families that for a number of reasons have wnated to adopt a child and it's taken literally years to arrange.. almost ot the point of them giving up.. Why are children being instiutionally abused when loving people are longing to give them all they need.. Enough..! Well said Georgette
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Paul Johnson
Posted almost 2 years ago
Emma Teeling: The secret of the bat genome
some very good info here. 1/5 of all mamals.. who knew.. couple of things confused me though.. she seemed almost to devalue thier importance in the ecoshere by puting it in fanancial terms and dealing only with agricultural crops. ecosystems are complex and rich and always loose their meaning when reduced to simple terms.. if they are real ecosphere props then there loss would bring the whole thing tumbling down.. and as the most vulnerable creatures perching on top we would be the worst hit.. to say we would have to buy more chemicals to kill the insects they didn't eat seems naivie.. if she was trying to dumb it down then she went too far... especially for a TED audaince.. also the longevity thing was very confusing.. they might hold the key to us all living very long lives.. "imagine how that would be.?" .. well quite frankly disasterous.. awful thought.. until we have mastered our exponential population explosion the last thing we want is increased longevity.. that added to the fact that she didn't present ANY data on this point.. simply that bats tend to live longer than expected doesn't mean that they do hold a key.. or one that will apply to us.. or that we will find it.. or know how to use it.. it might be the opposite of what she says.. far from dealing with the stresses of flight it might be that this makes them exceptionally super fit and effectivley on a continuously low calorie intake diet.. both of which have been shown to increase longevity in human already.. also she conflates longevity with eternal youth.. the two things are not the same.. longevity simply means living longer.. if this is old and weak and senile who wants it..? In thruth I also found the DNA comparison ideas realting to blindness and hearing a little vague and confusing too and again she didn't seem to present any evidance or sucess stories .. her talk seemed mostly about what she thought bats might be able to offer.. perhaps it was required to renew her research funding.. ??
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Paul Johnson
Posted almost 2 years ago
Rory Stewart: Why democracy matters
thanks for your reply.. 1.I guess what i'm saying is that the idea of democraacy is understood as a strong ideal.. the current practice is weak and slow becasue it is not keeping up with the changes in technology and society.. because those who profit from the status quo don't benefit from a living vibrant democracy.. it's the people holding the system not the idea that's the block 2. Exactly.. they use internet to spread their ideology.. I'm interesteed in us using the interenet to get things done without having to negotiate other peoples ideologies.. especially when those other people are mad and stand to loose a lot by having the reings taken from them..
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Paul Johnson
Posted almost 2 years ago
Rory Stewart: Why democracy matters
Like it Enrico.. Just wrote somehting very similar (above) But remember the power and control will NEVER be given back.. It cannot be. It must be taken. To the state the citizen is a child. It will not hand it the car keys. When the populace becomes adult and responsible it will no longer need to ask. http://puremusicjuice.blogspot.co.uk/?spref=fb
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Paul Johnson
Posted almost 2 years ago
Rory Stewart: Why democracy matters
Interesting..A few confusions and ommisions though.. 1. He confuses democracy and polititians. The people have not lost faith in democracy. It's simply not happening anymore. They have lost faith with polititians because on the whole they believe them to be greedy power hungry psychopaths. We live in a system that favours/ rewards these traits and that's all our doing for allowing it but it is very naive to pretent that all politicains are good honest people trying their best trapped by the system. The speaker may well be one and may have many similar friends but I don't beleive he is the norm and i think most people agree. I hope we are wrong but it takes a lot of evidance to convice a large population. 2. He didn't mention the internet. Any one interested in democracy must understand that it DOES lie in the mechanisms. we live in a world where tens on millions of people can vote on who stays in a TV program for another week. They do it easily and in realtime from anywhere. This technology would enable a real democracy.. for better or for worse. but we don't see the polititians using it.. why..? Instead they cling to a system where people get to choose between two indistinguishable liers every four years. It bears no realation to the life of a C21st citizen and you wonder why they loose interest. I'm an optimist but I genuinely believe that the current system is too big, too currupt and too slow to meet the demands of modern life and keep pace with current changes in society. A new paradigm is arising. It's beginnig with Avaaz and 38 degress and such and will grow until these movements no long petitions polititains but become the mechanism by which people organise their own social needs. We are fully capable for the first time in history of all being 'present' for any decision that we feel to be involved in. We no longer need a stranger to 're-present' our wishes.. to whom they did this I was never sure anyway.. so long and thanks for eating all the fish..