Human Algorithm: Episode 01: Dr. Robert Fuller: Dignity and Rankism
Dr. Robert W. Fuller has had numerous lives as a physicist, academic reformer, college president, citizen diplomat, board chair of Internews, advisor to presidents and prime ministers, futurist, and prolific author.
He identifies rank-based abuses of power in Somebodies and Nobodies and gives them a name—rankism.
Listen to the preview of the podcast with Dr. Robert Fuller
Check out the video “Who is Robert Fuller?”
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I am a doctor, but not a medical doctor
I earned an academic doctorate, or PhD, hence Dr. + my first name = Dr. Z
My first name is Zach or Zachary comes from the Bible which means “to remember” and it is the name of a prophet in the Bible, Zechariah, and according to Wikipedia Zechariah was a person in the Hebrew Bible and traditionally considered the author of the Book of Zechariah, the eleventh of the Twelve Minor Prophets. In other words, he was second to last.
But Zachary also has an origin in Greek. Záchari means sugar. Think saccharine then say Zach.
Hear the relation?
What’s a PhD?
It means Doctor of Philosophy which sounds pretty cool.
Who doesn’t like to think about fundamental problems such as existence, knowledge, values, reason, mind, and language?
Just open Instagram and you’ll find people posting photos with taglines about their life or why their life is a certain way, why other people behave the way they do, love, broken hearts …
The top ten hashtags on Instagram are
#love #instagood #photooftheday #fashion #beautiful #happy #cute #tbt (Throw Back Thursday)
Apologies for the social media digression … back to PhD …
Why don’t we use D.P. or D.o.P. as in dope, like idiot, or dope like rad?
One could argue that every PhD is a little idiotic and a little rad.
If it means Doctor of Philosophy, why can’t doctors get the correct acronym? They are called doctors after all and they can’t even get their title correct?
Well as many things in life, the PhD acronym comes from Latin.
Those Romans are still influencing us. I mean they gave us laws, language, aqueducts, and ideas for movies …
In Latin, it’s Philosophiae Doctor so they took the first two letters of Philosophiae and added the first letter of Doctor to get PhD.
But let’s set aside the doctor of philosophy talk for a second because, I’ve conceived the Dr. Z Podcasts to cover a range of issues which I summarize as the 6As.
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