This is the opening episode of the Grokking Eagle Podcast. I have a blog in WordPress.com called the grokking eagle that has been online since 2007. Today I am starting a podcast version as an experiment and a learning effort on social media dynamics. How do you connect with people using digital media?
To Grok means to understand intuitively or by empathy, to establish rapport with and to empathize or communicate sympathetically (with); also, to experience enjoyment. So, the main trust of the podcast will be a search for the deep meaning on everyday life. There is a feeling among the people that the truth is hidden from the masses and that what we get is a manufactured reality. Some of us try to resist, but then we caught ourselves regurgitating the memes of the day. This will be an exercise in critical thinking, a difficult endeavor, limited by our preconceptions, beware.
Among the topics I have included is, for example, an article on the physics of punching that makes some empirical observations about karate punching in a training dojo. Another article was about The Theory of Basic Human values, developed by Shalom H. Schwartz. The Theory of Basic Human Values tries to measure Universal Values that are recognized throughout all major cultures.
Surprisingly for me the most persistently popular article is one about Microsoft Visual Studio and local databases despite being by now beyond obsolete. Maybe the point is that there are no popular articles on the blog.
Alan Watts, the Buddhist teacher is, nonetheless, a popular topic in the blog.
Other topics are Mexican religion and history. Climate change is a subject that I consider of mayor importance.
Anyhow, I hope you find something useful or entertaining in the podcast
Welcome and see you in the next episode of the Grokking Eagle.