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How successful products reflect our biology – The Human Greed Pyramid cheat sheet

This is a 3-minute quick read. It is a shortened derivative of this article: The Human Greed Pyramid, an Illustration of How Innovations Interrelates With Humans’ Consumption Patterns and Natural Inclinations, and How to Plot Innovation That Works on Humans http://bit.do/eKg2e  

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  • Human beings (PEOPLE) are part of NATURE (first layer in the pyramid).
  • NATURAL INCLINATIONS is where consumption patterns shape. It is the evolutional biology and psychology of the choices we make.
  • Some of the INCLINATIONS: Lust, love, anger, joy happiness, need for community, etc.
  • How does nature relate with human/natural inclinations? Hunger is satisfied by eating food that nature
  • People’s natural inclinations push them to form cultures, e.g. tribes. Even animals organise themselves into what we choose to call packs, herds, or troops.
  • People use their cognition to innovate, i.e. create manmade Both hard (a chair) and soft innovations (software, marriage, jokes).
  • Innovation is that which works, is effective and thus successful. If it does not work, it is not innovative.
  • Successful innovations mirror people’s inclinations hence they are consumed massively. They feed inclinations. Or else they fail.
  • e. there is a psychobiological link between humanly inclinations and innovation.
  • People created and craze and crave Facebook, Mc Donald’s, YouTube, iPhone – to the next phone better than an iPhone, religion, marriage, a beautiful/sexy partner – and another bae on the side, porn, etc.
  • This is because these things satisfy people’s inclinations.
  • Inclinations manifest themselves in these innovations. E.g., human beings have evolved to have a sweet tooth – i.e. to love sugary foods. The juicier the fruit, the calorie filled it is, and that is how our ancestors adapted to consuming sugar – that piece of juicy steak, passing this to us genetically and epigenetically. Then commerce made processed sugar to capitalize further. Hence we love Coke and ice cream.
  • The innovations become part of cultures depending on the extent of their success and spread – new innovations can topple or divide old innovations.
  • Humans are greedy beings. We want more and more innovations. We push to beat current innovations. It is a biological inclination.
  • But also, there are those who want nostalgia.

THE HUMAN GREED PYRAMID: An Illustration of How Innovations Interrelate With Humans’ Consumption Patterns and Natural Inclinations, and How to Plot Innovation That Works on Humans

Attend the next ‘Human Greed Pyramid workshop – How To See Into The Future: Innovation, Success, Influence & 4IRhttp://qkt.io/xkjMY4

What if there was a framework to explain the success, innovation and effectiveness of almost everything? Be it in music, technology, comedy, medicine, entrepreneurship and other creations?

This is what I’ve indulged in for a long while now.

The Adjacent Possible Theory by Stuart A. Kauffman is great in illustrating how innovation forms and ascends.

I’ve plotted a framework that illustrates how innovation interrelates with human consumption, and how to plot innovation that will work on humans. I call it The Human Greed Pyramid.

Comedy Takes on Everything

This post is a continuation of this article ‘Spotting the Funny and Surviving Offense’.

Comedy takes on everything: Chauvinism, feminism, religion, atheism, health, disease, skinny people, fat people, presidents, serious issues, taboo topics, hypocrisy, everyone and everything.

It takes you on nonke.

A while ago a famous South African DJ on Twitter said

Spotting the Funny and Surviving Offense

Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project (HBO) Cable TV Special. RIP to this comic legend

Maloma, it shows you do not consider me when coming across chemical engineering job posts,” a homeboy said to me. He long ago dropped out of high school.

There are a number of issues which turn his statement into deliberate humour:

Making a Dirty Joke and the Only 4 Things I Learned from Gilbert Gottfried

Gilbert Gottfried

Gilbert Gottfried

He is labelled a ‘comedian’s comedian’. I am new to Gilbert Gottfried’s comedy. I first learned of it on Comedy Central Roast of David Hasselhof, and later on that of Hugh Hefner. Since then I have been zooming into his acts.

I realised I have seen him before in the movie The Problem Child where he played an adoption agent and in Aladdin as the parrot Iago.

“I have always said my career is somewhere between children’s programming and hard-core porn” Gilbert.

Some say he makes dirty and disgusting jokes. Well he has an album called Dirty Jokes.

I am a total fan of his often number 1 (iTunes) Amazing Colossal Podcast where he interviews personalities with insights into old Hollywood. It can delve into 1960’s actors and comedians.

Here are lessons I take from Gilbert Gottfried.