Gathering and Discerning Information in the 21st Century
Celebrating over 16 years on the web.
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“Each of us believes himself to live directly within the world that surrounds him, to sense its objects and events precisely, and to live in real and current time. I assert these are perceptual illusions. Sensation is an abstraction, not a replication of the real world.” Vernon Mountcastle

Quote from YouTube Video: Kavli Prize Laureate Lecture – The Restless Brain

About this Website

This website is primarily about the following:

  • Ideas and techniques for gathering, discerning, and the organization of information
  • The promotion of knowledge
  • The encouragement of critical thinking and intellectual honesty

If I were to summarize the above in just one word, it would be “awareness”. That would be the primary purpose for gathering information, learning, and applying knowledge: To be more aware of ourselves and the world we live in.

With our global connectivity – all people having access to the world’s information – it appears that the new challenge for the 21st century is the ability to discern and organize information in order to find sense and create the applications to make a positive difference in our lives and the world we live in.

This website is dedicated to that end with a further purpose of having dialogue to refine our thought, a place for generating new and useful ideas, and the continued adding of good information and development of applications to help us in this fast-paced, digital world.


About the author, Daniel A. Janssen
Well, to be humble, I am a high school drop-out who became a heavy-duty mechanic working on diesel trucks and machines from the southern agricultural fields to the northern oil fields of Canada from 1985 to 1995. I then floundered for a few more years, training dogs for 3 years, and had a little dog grooming business for a while. I didn’t know much and had no positive influences to encourage me to change. I then began feeling lost, which further led me to start questioning life.

Soon, I got caught in a network marketing company and a rich guy talked about the concept of goals and personal development, and a light went on in my mind. I started reading, listening to audios, and taking lots of notes. The big influences back then were James Rohn, Anthony Robbins, Zig Ziglar, Denis Waitley, and Steven Covey. They taught me to think differently and, for that, I will always be grateful.

I learned to learn, learned to change, and am now learning to help others. It just so happens that my experience is valuable in being able to help us deal with the disruptions being caused by the world’s shift into the 4th Industrial Revolution. It is not clear the extent to which and impact this will have on humanity, but now that I have a daughter, I want to learn from the very best, document well, make my understanding available to everyone, and dialogue on it to continue refining and reshaping my understanding as times change.

Please join us on this journey. [Contact Me] or [Dialogue on Dan2]

People tend to fit others in categories. I have identified several philosophical categories which align with my current level of awareness. For what it is worth, I claim to be a:

  • Materialist
  • Naturalist
  • Humanist
  • Anarchist
  • Reductionist
  • Agnostic
  • Existentialist
  • Dualist
  • Panpsychist

Here is a Wikipedia book including the above subjects: [Wiki-Book-About-Page-Philosophy.pdf – 7 MB]


Daniel A. Janssen