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TED - Dan Phillips: Creative Houses from Reclaimed Stuff

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From YouTube (Approved: PositiveLIFEcycle), produced by TED
 
Nov. 2010 - Dan Phillips of Phoenix Commotion, a recycled materials house builder, gives a TED talk about the building potential of construction waste materials and the potential in each of us to live better, more creative and fun lives by breaking away from consumer and cultural pressures in our purchasing choices and our lives.
Subjects covered include the sources of wasteful consumption:
-The human brain's desire to establish and define patterns can lead to wastefulness,
-Nietzsche philosophy of differences between Apollonian and Dionysian mindsets,
-Industrial Revolution promoting standardization which leads to greater waste,
-The myth of labor being more expensive than materials,
-Plato's notion of perfect form - our vision of 'perfection' is unreasonable and influenced by marketing and building interests.
In addition, the above is exacerbated by:
-Human tendency toward perceived expectations of what we think our peers think we should do with our lives.  Philosophical reference -  Sartre's divided self, and
-The shadow side of our natural gregariousness - humans tend to want to have what they perceive will make them special or important in the tribe. 

Final thought - "We need to reconnect with who we REALLY are, and that is thrilling indeed."
 
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