Yesterday I recorded a special interview with Dr. Joe Vitale on some of the topics and lessons in the Risky Is the New Safe book. Now if you know Joe, he’s a brilliant guy, and really can ask some searching questions. So the energy was electric as we explored some of the breathtaking opportunities that will become available to humankind over the next decade or so.
Of course we talked about cloning, genetic engineering, mobile apps, asteroid mining, ocean floor real estate, social media, the cloud and other topics in the book. By the time I got to artificial intelligence, Joe couldn’t contain himself any longer. He practically shrieked, “How do you THINK this way! You’re a genius. But how do you get to THINK like this?”
And that is a fascinating question. One that may offer some revealing insights into prosperity…
I responded that perhaps it was all the drugs I did on the 70’s, or it could be that aliens left me in a basket on my mother’s doorstep. Either possibility seemed equally plausible to me, but Joe had an even better idea…
“I think I figured it out,” he said “It’s because you were kicked out of school!” And that’s leads us down an intriguing line of inquiry. Because when I really reflect on what he’s suggesting, it makes a lot of sense.
Because I had to take responsibility and create my own curriculum of education, no one told me what to think. And that allowed me to discover how to think. Instead of being told what facts to memorize, I was forced to be curious, to inquire, to question things. I didn’t learn to pass a test; I learned to learn. So I think Joe may be right.
What do YOU think?