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US group plans floating cities with 'start-up governments'

US group plans floating cities with 'start-up governments' | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it

The Seasteading Institute says it hopes the floating microcountries will allow for experimentation with new ideas which current governments are too large to try.

 

Seasteading communication director Joe Quirk says the floating cities create room for "start-up governments".

 

"When you consider that nearly half the world's surface is a blank slate, unclaimed by existing governments, you see the potential in creating a thousand start-up governments in the sea," he said.

 

"Seasteading comes from a very Silicon Valley perspective, that basically we don't think 193 national governments represent the range of ideas that 7 billion creative people have produced.

 

"We think we need a sort of start-up sector for the government, a sort of Silicon Valley of the sea, where 21st century ideas for governance can be tried.

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Via Spaceweaver
Eli Levine's insight:

Interesting, but expensive financially and resource-wise, and potentially dangerous to the people living in those societies and in need of networking in order to get a real national/international feel to how things work.

 

I don't understand how it wouldn't be a good thing to just re-examine history and to see how societies tick and how each society ticks and works with others.  It would save a lot of money, resources, effort, time and risk to the people who may (or may not) live on these islands.

 

The only benefit that I could see with these islands is that we may need them as the sea levels rise to provide shelter for as many people as possible, to keep our inland areas safe and habitable.  Most people live on the coast, after all, and the coast is set to move.  This may be a good solution for housing people who are going to be displaced by the rising sea levels.

 

Think about it.

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Spaceweaver's curator insight, June 12, 2014 8:38 AM

Interesting!

Complexity Digest's comment, June 13, 2014 10:43 PM
This could go wrong in so many ways...
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The Future of Computer Intelligence Is Everything but Artificial

The Future of Computer Intelligence Is Everything but Artificial | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it

Computers are already smart, just in their own ways. They catalogue the breadth of human knowledge, find meaning in mushroom clouds of data, and fly spacecraft to other worlds. And they're getting better. Below are four domains of computing where the machines are rising.


Via Jorge Louçã, NESS
Eli Levine's insight:

I'm just waiting for the computer chip system that allows us to consciously use more of our brain than we already have.

 

I don't know what we're going to do about automation, economically, socially and psychologically.  There are a lot of people who will lose their jobs, their livelihoods and their abilities to participate in the economy, without having the requisite number of jobs to employ people. 

 

Unless we figure out an effective, reasoned, and ethical (but not necessarily "fair", because no one is going to agree on that definition) way to ensure that people are able to participate in the economy and have a purpose in life, we will face a considerable amount of grief, misery, destitution and possible violence against humans and machines for competition over these jobs.  Those who have the appropriate skills, know-how and will to work will find a shrinking job market, as even higher level jobs get overtaken by machines.  This leaves the vast majority of the population out of work, unable to make a living and unable to get a job due to a sheer lack of work available.  They will still have sex (as a matter of fact, they may have more sex and more chances of having children), they will still get sick, get old, die and in the meantime, be have their needs and wants to attend to.

 

Tis a scary time when robotics, computers and machines will take over most of our jobs.  What will we do when that happens?

 

Anyone?

 

No one?

 

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Iraqi insurgents 'seize new city'

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Islamist militants in Iraq seize Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit, north of Baghdad, after overrunning the second city, Mosul, officials say.
Eli Levine's insight:

This is an unexpected turn.  The Kurdish region of Iraq was generally the most peaceable one throughout the troubled country. 

 

This is a highly negative reflection on the Shi'a President of Iraq, Nouri al-Maliki.  If the Kurdish autonomous region can't be kept safe from onslaughts by what will be very unpopular people, who will?

 

In all this bloodshed, I wonder where the Shi'a cleric Moqtada al-Sadr is.  He can rally the Sunni, the Kurds and vast expanses of the Shi'a majority of Iraq to his cause, overthrow al-Maliki, either in elections or through armed revolt and, I think, to a technically better job at governing Iraq and handling Iraqi affairs than the current "liberal-Western" al-Maliki government. 

 

My guess is that he's waiting for an opportunity, if he's waiting for anything at all.  He's got the guns, the legitimacy, the popularity and the ties to Iran and their bloc to back him up.  Unless he's fearing a Saudi counter or some other thing that I'm not aware of, I don't see a reason for him to delay for much longer, unless he'd rather take over through an electoral victory than a military one.  Personally, I think that an electoral victory would be better, because it would give people a chance to dislike al-Maliki more and show to everyone how much support he actually has both in the international community and amongst his own people.  I don't think the US and the West would attack him.

 

But the Sauds?

 

Who knows what they'd be willing to do as they watch Iran expand its influence, fight a proxy war against them in Syria/Lebanon and fail to maintain a constant dialogue.

 

Watch the system work.

 

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The Courtship of Societies (with Political Factions)

The Courtship of Societies (with Political Factions) | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it

To my knowledge, no conservative or pure ideologue has ever really governed American society without leaving a foul, or at best, a neutral taste in the mouth of the general public.  It is a failure of the progressives to articulate themselves over the conservatives on the campaign trail and a failure of their ability to govern empirically and effectively over the conservatives and ideologues.

 

Luckily, the progressives can fix themselves.  Conservatives and ideologues will always stick to their idealized visions of how the world is and how the world should be without any serious cross referencing with common reality and how it needs to work in order to produce optimal results.  The conservatives and ideologues may be grand at messaging and persuasion.  But they're lousy at doing what is needed for the sake of the public when in government, and thus, are lousy at doing what is in their own interests as leaders of a given society.

 

In the end, it doesn't matter who governs a society because every potential faction is going to be bound by their interests to do the same things in the same ways with the same ethos.  Politics is just the bs that we have to go through in order to rise above those who will actually tear down a society for the sake of a vision or a dream that never was, never is, and never will be, for priorities that they shouldn't be having in the first place (if they're working for their small self interests).  We will only know peace when either the conservatives and ideologues will cease to run for office or when society as a whole will reject them on a regular, constant and consistent basis from now, until the end of time and beyond.

 

The relationship between conservatives and ideologues in government and the rest of society is like an abusive relationship.  Society finds them appealing for some reason and keeps coming back to keep them, and then regrets it after they've put them in places of power once again.  The progressives, meanwhile, make mistakes and generally fail to read situations well when they're in and out of power, and thus, get rejected from places of power, even though without having empirical senses of policy, they do a better job at governing a society, at the very least, adhering to the ethic of governing better than the conservative or ideological counterparts. 

 

It takes solid messaging and effective communication; knowledge of what turns a society on and what turns a society off at any given moment in order to get into power.  That much the conservatives and ideologues are able to do.  But it takes a kind of benevolence, care and adherence to the public's well being in order to keep those seats in the long term (which, btw, becomes the short term in good time.)  The progressives have this ethic, if not the actual practice yet, which is how they're able to fleetingly make an impression on the society, but is unable to secure the society.  In the end, even the progressives must be willing to challenge their own policies and beliefs if they want to remain in power indefinitely.  The natural laws of the universe may not change, but the society sometimes does.  Flexibility, humility and an underlying sense of benevolence and care for the other will see any political faction who governs based on empiricism through to the end of time and beyond.

 

You do not change reality; you change yourself to better live in the new reality.  This applies to societies, governments, individuals and environments.  The higher level changes influence and changes what manifests in the lower levels according to the laws and structures of the lower levels.  A computer program change will cause changes in the dynamics of the hardware, but not changes in the hardware itself.  We are all bound by the environment and the universe.  A government is bound by the changes in the society.  We change as best as we can to those changes.  Otherwise, we, on the individual and collective levels, cease to exist.  That is what conservatives and ideologues won't do.  They just push the same buttons and expect the same results without thinking about what the buttons do initially and how the buttons change in function over time.  That is how they are unfit to govern a society, in spite of their charm.  And, to make matters worse, they don't change in accordance with the changes in accordance with the changes in knowledge or environment, even after it is apparent that their solutions are incorrect and ineffectual for the sake of anyone, including themselves.

 

Sad.

 

But that's the truth, as far as I've seen and can personally tell.

 

Think about it.

 

Eli Levine's insight:

It's eerie how close this strikes to how one of my own (failed) relationships went.  Indeed, from my perspective, a political faction's relationship to a society is like that of a coequal marriage or relationship as I've seen it done with my parents.  The government (which in my case, takes on more of my father's figure) handles the serious business of the society while the society (which in my case takes on my mother's qualities) handles nearly everything else.  There is overlap, of course, between these two images that I've seen modeled and the gender roles can be reversed very easily or not be present at all.  This is just a reflection of how I've grown up seeing the world as modeled by my parents.  It has no bearing or technical relevance in the empirical universe other than what it means to me.  Hopefully, you'll be able to glean something useful from this analogy of coequal and mutual dependence in a relationship.

 

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Republican leader loses primary race

Republican leader loses primary race | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it

US House Majority Leader Eric Cantor loses a Virginia Republican Party primary election to a challenger from the hard-right Tea Party movement.

Eli Levine's insight:

This is what I've been talking about for a long time.

 

You don't need to have expensive political campaigns.  You don't need big donors to fund your races, especially if the substance of your candidates and their communication skills are top notch.  As a matter of fact, the big money may be toxic to politicians because it binds them to policies that are unpopular or worse, toxic to the general public's well being and health (not to mention their own health and well being).

 

It doesn't matter if it's from unions or corporations.  A member of the government's interests, in reality, is to the general public.  That will either happen through elections, or it will happen with violence.

 

The trouble now is how to deal with these lunatic fringes on the Left and on the Right (not to mention the Right's Libertarian allies).  Both are too idealistic to know or care to know about what is in the empirical best interests of the public and both (especially the Right) seems to be willing to go to war to get their way imposed on the general public.  I fear a civil war as we head towards what will actually be healthful for the public on the empirical level, with the Right firing the first shots.  The corporations and bankers will back them, and it will be a classic example of a civil war, where the well to do conservative interests will seek to grasp at the last straw of what the public is willing to tolerate and accept, while the Left has to win over the public to be empathetic and sympathetic to their own cause, while not appearing to be weak, ineffectual and bad at fighting.  Once the war is over (and it will, at least eventually, be a victory for the reasoned Left), the real challenge of governing is going to begin.

 

I'm scared.

 

And I just want this to go as smoothly and as easily as is actually possible.

 

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Neuromarketing: can science predict (and influence) our purchases?

Neuromarketing: can science predict (and influence) our purchases? | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it

In the 1950s, two scientists at McGill University accidentally discovered an area of the rodent brain now known as ‘the pleasure centre’. Given the opportunity to stimulate their own pleasure centres via a lever-activated electrical current, a group of rats pressed the lever over and over again, going without food and sleep, until many of them died from exhaustion.

Most humans are a little more complex than rats but we are still largely motivated by what makes us feel good, especially in relation to purchasing choices. In light of this, many major corporations are taking a special interest in understanding customers through the mechanics of the human brain. This is the emerging but fast-growing field of ‘neuromarketing’, which uses brain-tracking tools to determine why people prefer some products over others. 


Via Alessandro Cerboni
Eli Levine's insight:

There's room for plenty of good research here.  The main take-away point that can be had in marketing is that, without any direct meddling with the appropriate parts of the brain, humans will make choices based on what they perceive in the moment will make them feel good, which can be entirely different from what will make them actually feel best.  Manipulation without having electrodes in the appropriate brain spots is technically highly limited and really only effective if people are unaware that they're being manipulated.  Therefore, while this research may shed some interesting light on how we make choices and how the brain actually functions when making immediate decisions (Ie, between Coca-Cola and Pepsi), the fact of the matter seems to be, from my perspective, is that short of making everyone remote controlled, there will be no way to have a complete monopoly over someone's actions.  Even if you have people wired up and biologically under someone elses' control, we don't know if that would be a sustainable practice as things can change within the individual human brain that we won't be able to predict.  Thus, people can, potentially, even break free from direct brain control (even though they'll probably emerge as highly traumatized individuals in need of considerable amounts of care afterward).

 

Therefore, this may not be the most profitable line of research for the marketing companies.  However, it will shed light on what's going on inside that "black box" we call the human brain when it is thinking about all kinds of decisions that it could be making and how it arrives, on the individual and collective level, at the conclusions that it arrives at.  They may be able to make ads more generally (but not totally) appealing.  But the more that I've personally learned about the brain and how it works, the more willing I am to believe that it takes a dialogue, aimed at producing the best psychological (not physiological) results for that person or people in question.  If you define your own personal success by how much you're helping others, and the benefits that you receive from being good onto others, tangible or otherwise, then you'll be highly successful, I think, in this lifetime or in other lifetimes to come.  Again, the universe does not reward the taker's line of consciousness.  It rewards the root giver, who then understands when taking is in the interests of the other and then is willing to take for the other's sake.  It's a very fine difference.  But it's a very significant one.

 

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My Fate; Our Fate

My Fate; Our Fate | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it

The conservatives, Libertarians and Progressive ideologues are likely to turn violent as the current governments of the United States prove themselves to be stocked with ineffective, disingenuous, and ineffective leaders for the general public.  The choice before these leaders is to either reform themselves within themselves, or to leave office before they get taken out of office by votes or by force.

 

The private elites, meanwhile, have to decide whether financial profit, especially marginal profit, is worth dying for and being consumed by through environmental and social factors.

 

I'm perfectly willing and able, I think, to actually help these folks change their actions, behaviors, insights and structures, in order to have a more functional and healthful society in the United States and in the United States relative to other societies in the world.  The difficulty comes in as whether or not I will be actually able to do so, given the complex mixture of circumstances that have to align in order to make things actually work at the appropriate times.

 

This is the end of the world as we have known it; a transitory period.  The questions then are: how rough of an end is this going to be, and how much of a challenge will the new beginning be?  That I do not know.  However, I will follow the monks' advice and abide in Dharma by being mindful of my Karma, even though the blindfold is on and I do not know what is happening in the larger scale of the universe.

 

Think about it.

 

Eli Levine's insight:

This is the end of the world, but it is not the end of this story.  What role I'm going to play in this transition seems to be still unknown.  I wish that the monks could help me out more.  If only I could get perfect information about my surroundings and myself, such that I'm more able to remain at peace internally.

 

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Managing Complex Systems Based on Self-Regulation

Managing Complex Systems Based on Self-Regulation. Dirk Helbing, ETH Zurich. 2014/05/20

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaD6xPM3AJI&index=2&list=UUYrlsSzinJN42rKmFlOOYxA


Via Complexity Digest, june holley
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It's also important to remember that complex systems are frequently larger than the observed and observable universe, such that there may be factors which create self-regulated systems.  A government is apart of the same social system as an economy and, through SOME forms of oversight and regulation can overcome the "boom and bust" cycles of the laissez-faire operated economy.  It's a question of honestly coordinating with the private companies, especially in the financial field, in order to get the best outcomes that they wouldn't really do on their own for the sake of small "self" and short term profit that does not consider social and environmental factors.  Yes, it may seem redundant and silly at times.  But it seems that the background noise of a system, the static, plays as important a role in producing the ultimate sound that is achieved within the social system as does the actual sound of the system itself.  You have to oversee the background noise as well as the main tune in order to achieve the clearest and most consistent sound according to our own social logics and our own social tastes.

 

Economically, it's technically all the same stuff.  Economics is much more of a technical field than foreign policy, which is also more technical than social policy.  All three play a role in producing optimal well being within a given society and in all three there are better and worse options for handling things.  It's as if economics gives the architecture and structure of the society itself through its interaction with the natural laws of economic physics and government/corporate policy (the structure of a house, for example), while social policy is the decoration of the house, internally and externally, while foreign policy is how your society interacts with its neighbors.  Within each house is a variety of different people, and they together form the basis of the social family within the given government's jurisdiction.  Politics, history and the outcomes of the economic, social and foreign policies influences the internal dynamics amongst the neighbors, thus giving life to the house that is intangible, yet very much apart of the universe, for better and for worse.  While there are no right or wrong answers, per se, there are definitely better and worse options that are available with regards to how things play out in the empirical world.  Some people's brains are better at sensing how the empirical world actually works and are able to perceive and willing to work with the natural laws of the universe, rather than trying to go their own way and, essentially, attempt to fly in the face of the impossible and hold out for the extremely improbable without having alternatives available to follow through on.  There is no freedom in this universe; you either obey the natural laws and physics, both inside of and outside of our social worlds, or else you're driven off and/or die.  I do not know how it is that people still go for the technically impossible or suboptimal for the sake of a belief, ideology or inkling within their brains that does not match the way the universe actually works.

 

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▶ Large-Scale Structure in Networks

▶ Large-Scale Structure in Networks | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
Mark Newman May 2, 2014 Annual Science Board Symposium and Meeting Complexity: Theory and Practice

Via Bernard Ryefield, NESS
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To know the structure is to know a HUMONGOUS part of the function and, thus, the ability to predict.  It seems to me to be a large fractal pattern of clusters, nodes and connections (but, that is just in my relatively uneducated eye). 

 

Never forget, though, that there are important qualitative aspects to networks (think of defacto qualities of the nodes, groups of nodes and the connections amongst them).  Very important for social and/or ecological/causal relation networks (essentially, a network that outlines and maps accurately the function of a system and all of the flows of information and material resources).

 

Really cool stuff here.

 

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Effects of Deception in Social Networks

Honesty plays a crucial role in any situation where organisms exchange information or resources. Dishonesty can thus be expected to have damaging effects on social coherence if agents cannot trust the information or goods they receive. However, a distinction is often drawn between prosocial lies ('white' lies) and antisocial lying (i.e. deception for personal gain), with the former being considered much less destructive than the latter. We use an agent-based model to show that antisocial lying causes social networks to become increasingly fragmented. Antisocial dishonesty thus places strong constraints on the size and cohesion of social communities, providing a major hurdle that organisms have to overcome (e.g. by evolving counter-deception strategies) in order to evolve large, socially cohesive communities. In contrast, 'white' lies can prove to be beneficial in smoothing the flow of interactions and facilitating a larger, more integrated network. Our results demonstrate that these group-level effects can arise as emergent properties of interactions at the dyadic level. The balance between prosocial and antisocial lies may set constraints on the structure of social networks, and hence the shape of society as a whole.


Effects of Deception in Social Networks
Gerardo Iñiguez, Tzipe Govezensky, Robin Dunbar, Kimmo Kaski, Rafael A. Barrio

http://arxiv.org/abs/1406.1034


Via Complexity Digest
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Accuracy is critical for the well being and survival of the individual and the society as a whole.  Honesty is essentially accuracy, although bear in mind, that there are times when information needs to be withheld, due to the fact that the presence of that information can have a negative and sometimes long lasting impact upon that individual and, potentially, upon the whole of the societal unit as a whole.

 

This kind of relates back to quantum physics, in my mind, since what we observe and how we observe it ends up leading to what happens in our universe, for better and for worse as well.  Information, its content and delivery, effects us in ways that we usually don't fathom.  But the general rule of thumb, that accurate information leads to healthier results for the system (be it an individual, an organization or a society) while inaccurate information leads to less than healthy results, no matter what the justification or reasoning behind it was in the first place.

 

Enjoy!

 

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HRMG444 Group's curator insight, December 2, 2015 7:42 PM

It is very easy to create a perception of yourself as someone that you aren't on Social media.  The more you get involved in this fantasy character the more you start to believe your own deception.  Then once you are faced with the reality, there is potential for psychological damage effects.

 

http://arxiv.org/abs/1406.0673

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Exponential Social Destabilization

When you defund the government in irresponsible, reckless, and unsensed ways that takes away from the government's ability to hire solid employees who can and know how to do an effective job, you create an exponentially destabilizing crash downward within the society as things get tangibly worse and people blame the government for doing a bad job, thus, causing further defunding and increased chances for incompetence and real waste to get into the government, thus polluting the whole of the human society in which the government exists and, indeed, all human societies on Earth as they're impacted through worse foreign relations policies and executions of actions.

 

The best government is neither the cheapest, nor the most expensive one.  You need enough money available to pay people competitively with the private sector in order to get the best workers and managers available, and then you need to promote the latest and most accurate editions of organizational management techniques in order to get the most effectively operational government that is available.  Even Adam Smith, the founder of modern Capitalist thought and ethos, gave the government a broad role in the society to a) provide for the common defense of the society and its sovereignty, b) "protect every member of the society from the inuustice or oppression of every other member of it, or the duty of establishing an exact administration of justice" (from the Wealth of Nations itself), and c) to erect and maintain public works and public projects from which a profit cannot be derived in general or without oppressing another member or group of members of a society.

 

We are living under the social and, more importantly, economic repression of the business and financial elite.  They have used lies and incorrect facts to get their way into power in the 1980's and have since used the authority that the general public gave them to tear apart the very fabric of our American society and to further pollute and sully our reputation abroad in the world.  The conservative and purely Libertarian stance will most assuredly lead to collapse, chaos and the potential for the establishment of a real dictatorship of the mob, in which nothing, not even violence, will be off the table.  This is why it is so important to no longer listen to the Libertarians or the conservatives or the general ideologues when it comes to making sober, reasoned and truly self-serving policy decisions; because they do not have the capability of making those decisions on the macro level of government for themselves, for others and for themselves through failing to help others.  America will grow into the progressive nation that it was born as, where the markets are allowed to work without getting in the way of the people who make up the market.  There may be blood along the way and much confusion with the whole thing taking much much much longer than it needs to take.  But as a departed friend of mine once said: "always forward, never straight."  I just wish it wouldn't come at such a high cost to human life, infrastructure and well being for an indefinite period of time, while the American public imperfectly figures out which side really does love and care for the public and would use the public to improve upon itself and bloom, and which sides would just use the public for its own devices and interests and destroy the society mentally and physically to get at those poorly-prioritized ends.

 

It's like watching the person you really love remain in abusive or hollow relationships.  It is impossible to extinguish the flame that will burn eternally for them and the mere presence of that flame will only dampen the light that could go to more fit and arguably more deserving people.

 

Sad.

 

Think about it.

Eli Levine's insight:

I have lived many lives before this one.  I have seen war, death, destruction, misery, hatred, contempt and all things that we consider vile in the highly subtle hologram that is our image of the universe.

 

This is just history, falling in line with the natural laws of social, economic and environmental physics.  The government is at the heart of it all.  But it is only the conductor, the chooser of the program that gets operated within the machinery of society, which will either lead to the collapse of the society and the government or will result in the, hopefully permanent, rejuvenation of government, society and all life in the universe.

 

I miss someone dearly and I wish they could be reading my words.  That being said, it's absolutely 100% likely that such words will fall on deaf or indifferent ears.  I will still be left alone in this world, even though I have met and seen a woman who is a metaphor for the universe, life and the United States in and of itself.  I have met others who are similar (it seems that I'm attracted to a type).  But fate has said that I've got to be alone, at least for the time being.  And, there are no other women like the one I'm referring to, even though our meeting was brief and the time we could have spent together learning about the other was cut short by boobery on both parts.  The universe deems it necessary that I wait.  However, eventually waiting runs its course.  While I'm willing and probably perfectly capable of waiting indefinitely for her (even though I doubt she'd want that), the waiting eventually becomes moot and more for its sake, rather than for teaching and growth.

 

I miss someone.

 

And I doubt I will ever really be able to get to know her at all, ever.

 

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Complicated or complex - knowing the difference is important

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Understanding the difference between complex and complicated systems is becoming important for many aspects of management and policy. With complicated problems or issues one can define the problem ...

Via NESS
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It's a slight, but significant difference in meaning.  Just remember, that complex refers to systems, while complicated seems to refer more to engineering tasks.

 

However, it can be argued that some aspects of complexity can be engineered, although never with the precision or exactness of traditional forms of engineering.

 

Fuzzy math.

 

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My Dislike of Conservatives Explained

I hate conservatives, not because of any generality or false image that I have of them, but for what they actually do when they sit in seats of power, consequence and authority.  They ruin economies by channeling everything to the most pollutive and the most destructive, without having any care or consideration for the larger picture beyond the executive board.  They impose artificial and archaic images of how they believe society ought to work without any thought, feeling or consideration for how the society in the given time does work or needs to work in order to survive, let alone, be well.  And then, to top it off, they don't even have the courtesy to step back, listen, admit they're wrong and try a different and more sustainable and healthful path for the people who fall under their "leadership".  They put my health and well being on the line for the sake of imaginary images of how things ought to be by putting everyone and everything elses' health and well being on the line.

 

So yes, I hate conservatives in the sense that they put me at physical risk of death for their incorrect beliefs and their authoritarian methods.  However, I've got enough care and love within my own system to recognize a struggling people when I see one.  I know, based on my research about their psychology, that they have a difficult time adapting to different circumstances, are loss averse to the extreme and, thus, are more likely to panic and use force to get their ends and satisfy their perceived needs (even if they aren't in line with their actual needs).  They're not unlike the rest of us, and that is probably how they're able to appeal to so many people who consciously disagree with what they're going for and doing to our world.

 

That is how I have come to the conclusion that, rather than death and systematic extermination, they need medical care, diagnoses and research done to figure out how to have them live full lives with us.  They need to learn how to cope with their particular brain types, just like any person with schizophrenia, depression, anxiety, or bipolar has to learn to live with their own mental health problems, such that they cause no harm onto themselves, in terms of their small individual self, and their larger social and environmental selves.  It is mercy, understanding, acceptance and a willingness to work with and help the other that will solve the problems of our era.  The same label can be applied to liberals and progressives who are also too keen on ideological biases and beliefs to recognize the common reality in which we all are apart of and to live civic lives that do not cause harm to others within our own society or who live in other societies.  That is how I would label any form of political extremism as a symptom of mental illness and worth getting into treatment post haste.  At the very least, we can learn to identify the behaviors, patterns of thought and, hopefully, the neurology in the brain that characterize political and ideological extremism, such that we can democratically discredit their candidacies for offices which require the utmost attention to reality and a keen technical and systematic know how of how things actually interrelate and function in our complex system of life, the universe and everything.

 

We may not have the answers to these questions yet.  But we're certainly capable of finding them ourselves through research and testing, such that we can govern according to natural laws of our societies and our environments, not contrary to them, for maximum benefit and optimal function.

 

The first step is to identify the demons within us, and then, to identify the demons who are external to us.

 

Think about it.

Eli Levine's insight:

I truly dislike conservatives and I think it deserves an explanation.

 

We can only survive with these folks at the helm for so long until society collapses under their stupidity.

 

Unfortunately, some on the liberal side aren't much better off to govern our world, due to problems in their own brains with regards to relating to, accepting and working with common reality and natural law.

 

The universe doesn't care if we live or die.  All that matters is that we remain focused on the full reality that is present, and abide by the natural laws of our universe.  Otherwise, we're going to die for the sake of some misplaced belief in an abstract concept called "freedom".

 

You wanna die for something that you're never going to have?

 

Enjoy.

 

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China takes new steps to boost growth

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China announces new measures, including infrastructure spending and increased lending for exporters, to bolster its economic growth.
Eli Levine's insight:

It appears that the CCP is only half stupid, economically speaking.

 

Yes, infrastructure projects will help boost growth a little bit in the short term and, if it's not being done for infrastructure's sake, it can yield some long term economic gains.

 

However, that's most likely not the bugaboo that's causing the Chinese economy to stagnate, nor is it what's going to save the Chinese Communist Party from collapse.

 

Workers need to be paid according to the productivity and profits that they realize.  The low wages were a boost for the Chinese economy when it was all starting, no doubts there.  However, times have changed, and they could be focusing on building a strong domestic economy that can then export the surplus of its produce, rather than depend on markets that aren't likely to be coming back anytime soon, owing to the policy choices of those markets' governments and the decisions of their societies with regard to those governments.

 

This whole intertwined economic system is set for collapse.  Too many large actors are too enmeshed with each other, leading to a very big, yet very fragile bind holding it all together.  It would be better for countries to focus on domestic production and consumption first, before worrying trading to other countries.  Then, workers can be paid according to the value of their work, people can consume domestically and export the excesses overseas according to the real principles of free trade that Adam Smith had articulated all those years ago.

 

Bearing in mind that this is going to, eventually, become a moot point if machines take over all of manufacturing, warehousing, agriculture and high level design jobs.  We may evolve into a system where machines work and humans do next to nothing, something that is not the best for overall survival, since we're likely to become overly dependent on machines to do everything for us, thus leaving us open to the possibility of having to re-learn how to work hard for survival and well being.

 

I think that this "Pure Land" of ours, is going to be nothing more than an unsustainable, fragile and easily shatterable thing that will leave millions or billions to die as soon as slight changes in the environment, the universe, or our condition in it sets in.  I'm scared of a world without work, which is something that we've never had before as a species.  As soon as you make life physically or psychologically easier for a person, it becomes that much harder to make them go back to it willingly.  We could get fat(ter), lazier, irresponsible, non-responsive, and non-compliant with the signals from the environment that force us to strive to not only improve ourselves, but to ensure our actual survival and well being as organisms in nature.

 

Work is hard.  But species-wide death, violence, and desperation will be harder, thanks to these machines.

 

The machines that we make may be intelligent.  But how intelligent, really, are the people who make them?  How many steps ahead are they thinking?  And, where is the sense of panic, fear, and mistrust of an entire species being waited on hand and foot?  How will we survive if we revert back to the mentality of infancy, as adults, for even a few generations?  What will we do when our precious little toys and creations break or are destroyed enmasse? What will become of us without engagement in this thing we call life, the universe, and everything?

 

What will we do if and when things come undone?

 

China?

 

US?

 

Anyone?

 

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A New Scientific Frontier

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The social sciences will never be able to be as accurate or as precisely quantifiable as the technical and physical sciences.  This does not mean that we cannot discover function, causation, predictability and repeatable facts.  It just means that it's not likely to be as mathematical or as precise as the technical and physical sciences.  Where do you draw the line between blue and green, for example (two colors who touch each other on the visible light spectrum)?  Each wavelength of hue and shade will have people advocate for that particular wavelength as the "official" demarcation point between blue and green.  It is a pointless argument to draw that precise a distinction amongst the wavelengths.  That being said, we can, through the gift of our intuition and our, hopefully, more or less accurate abilities to perceive the universe, we can come to a consensus as to whether or not we're looking at one or the other, even if there could be a lot of debate at the very finest of levels.

 

Therefore, I don't see a problem with calling the social science, if used properly practiced as a science, as a science.  The key element is to be open to new ideas and to explore phenomena which do actually exist in our universe, just as much as protons or electric frequencies or gases, etc, etc.  We've had several people in the past who have intuitively grasped the basic concepts (Confucius, Adam Smith, Buddha, Nelson Mandela, etc).  Trouble is, no one to date has really put these principles of how to economically and socially get along within the context of the environment into action in a self-sustaining manner in a systematic and cultural level.

 

Social science, the study of societies and all their roots, products and contexts is a new frontier for systematic scientific inquiry.  Most likely it will be one of the more significant studies and practices that we can commit ourselves to as a species.

 

Think about it.

Eli Levine's insight:

"Always forward, never straight."  -Alan Dunn

 

Onward to the edge.

 

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Culture's Influence

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It is important when considering economies and political systems to also consider cultural values and other social institutions.  Social norms, values, beliefs, expectations, objectives and sentiments all play a role in developing economic and political values and systems.  This is, for example, why in a Jewish or Muslim community you will not find many pig farmers, or how the ancient Egyptians very rarely traded with other peoples, even though they had prime real estate towards the Mediterranean and Red Seas as well as access up the Nile and, potentially, across the desert and seas to India, West Asia, Europe, North Africa and Sub-Sahara Africa.  Peoples were present to trade, but the Egyptians (according history) had a collective phobia and taboo against crossing large bodies of water at the time.  This is also how the United States can be so resistant to any form of governmental intervention in the economy and the society out of a kind of fear of what could happen to the individual's perceived freedom and liberty, regardless if it is founded or not.

 

This is probably partially how we make sub-optimal decisions economically and politically even if we can know what the benefits of implementing policies and stances are.  A hybrid of Capitalism, Socialism, and Environmentalism may be best for the society and for the economy of the United States and the world, so long as the market is allowed to function while ensuring that benefits flow to every member of society who works in the economy while also preserving the environment in which we live.  All of these things require some policy work and some effective law enforcement by those who wield the monopoly on the legitimate use of force in society, ie, the government.  However, because of some Americans' non-rational fears about the government using force or doing anything, even to help their own selves, or because they refuse to see how they as individuals relate to a larger social and ecological whole that they depend on, these policies will face an uphill battle to be implemented and maintained because of our individual and collective non-rationality and unfounded beliefs that things are and work in a certain way that they really don't.  Thus, we shoot ourselves in the foot, and are less likely to achieve an optimal level of social, economic, environmental, and political function, in spite of being perfectly capable of achieving it.

 

It is frustrating beyond frustrating to see so much potential squandered.  Then again, I have to accept, love and still care for the society as best as I can, in whatever way that I can in spite of the fact that many people in this society are on their own place in the learning curve, and/or that I am way ahead of them in these respects at the moment.  Policy, especially economic policy, is technical.  There is even a technical aspect to foreign and social policy as far as maximizing well being in a society is concerned while functionally doing no harm to the society in question through those social policies.

 

Shades of things to come if I have children of my own (from my own perspective)?

 

Think about it.

Eli Levine's insight:

Culture, or more accurately put, the derivative of social neurology and neurological conditions, is key to understanding people, how they organize and what they're going to do.  It influences their perspectives, which influence their individual and collective decisions in politics, policy-making, war, economics, finance, environmentalism and a slew of other decisions.

 

Even language acts as a cultural blinder, shaper, and influencer of perspectives and decisions.  You need to understand, at the very least, your own society and how it relates to all other societies, before, I think, you can be fit to be apart of a governing body in your society for your own sake and benefit at the very least.

 

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The Most Small Business-Friendly States, Metro Areas

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A new survey shows how small business owners perceive their state and local governments in terms of

Eli Levine's insight:

It's not a terribly shocking finding.

 

When you put too many regulations, fees and other factors in on top of the entry into the market, you're likely to have fewer small businesses and, thus, less economic competition against large corporations, thus limiting the potential for prosperity to naturally divide itself more amongst the public.

 

Now, another important factor that goes into promoting economic growth, it seems, are wages and salaries paid to employees of the companies.  Small businesses can have small revenue streams or smaller net profits which then inhibit their abilities to pay their workers more.  I think that having a baseline wage is important, although having it be a living wage may be less important, especially for low-skilled labor.  When the profit margins kick in past a certain point, it stands to reason that the workers should get a share of those larger profits because they produced them through their labor.  That's why I'm more in favor of a lower minimum wage with mandatory profit sharing schemes that are rigged in such a way that growth is always possible for a company, but they have to kick sometimes significant percentages of those profits down amongst their workers so that wealth doesn't just get concentrated in the hands of a few, and that all people can get an opportunity to either live life or start a business of their own.

 

No business person truly loves competition.  That's a bald-faced lie, and everyone should be aware of that.  It's also a lie that wealth will naturally "trickle down" under laissez-faire management of the economy.  You need something to pump the blood up from the feet of the social body.  Otherwise, all blood will rush to the lowest point of the body, and the entire body will die as it consumes itself over a violent struggle for resources and life of its individual members.  In short, laissez-faire is neither economically healthful, nor socially or environmentally sustainable as a model in practice.  That has been demonstrated every time it has been used throughout the history of this country, whether it was during the late 19th and early 20th century or throughout the late 20th century and into the early 21st century.  These are the facts, like it or not.  And it is only the persnickety lies of a few business people and their ideological cohorts that make it be this way in practice.

 

It's just greed, and we're all going to die because of it.

 

ALL of us.

 

Even the businesspeople and investors.

 

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40 maps that explain food in America

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"The future of the nations will depend on the manner of how they feed themselves, wrote the French epicurean Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin in 1826. Almost 200 years later, how nations feed themselves has gotten a lot more complicated. That’s particularly true in the US, where food insecurity coexists with an obesity crisis, where fast food is everywhere and farmer’s markets are spreading, where foodies have never had more power and McDonald’s has never had more locations, and where the possibility of a barbecue-based civil war is always near. So here are 40 maps, charts, and graphs that show where our food comes from and how we eat it, with some drinking thrown in for good measure."


Via Seth Dixon
Eli Levine's insight:

It's interesting to see that as agriculture has declined in the labor force that profits have gone up.  At the moment, we seem to be producing enough food to feed ourselves and to export to other countries (will have to fact check that).  But what does this mean for industry or service jobs that are also becoming more automated?  How will people find decently paying work if machines are doing simple, complicated and complex work?  What good is an economy if most people in a society are going to starve or be insanely bored an purposeless?  Costs may be cut.  But revenue is also going to hurt, unless people are somehow given an income they can live on and be able to support any children they might have.

 

Who's thinking about this?  Who's talking about this?

No one that I can tell.

 

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Treathyl Fox's curator insight, June 26, 2014 12:26 PM

WOW!  Talk about contrast and compare.  So now is contrast, compare and ... uh? ... conquer??  From farming and enjoying the harvest - which could be interpreted as healthy eating back in the day - TO sugary sweet soda pops and fatty burgers - which some might be calling junk food, convenience food, fast food, comfort food you don't have to cook yourself, the cause of obesity, a politician's guide to a potential source of additional revenue from taxes, etc.

Kaitlin Young's curator insight, November 22, 2014 2:16 PM

With more people than ever living in cities and less people than ever working on farms, the future of our food is in question. The riskiness, labor, low gain,  and negative stereotypes of farmers combined with the fear of food conglomerates has led to a depletion of smaller scale farmers. Brain drain in rural farming areas is depleting the number of younger people willing to work in agriculture. With most of our food production being controlled and overseen by large corporations, people are now questioning the quality of our foods. Recently, the local food movement is educating people on the importance of food produced with integrity and supporting  local businesses.  

BrianCaldwell7's curator insight, March 16, 3:51 PM

Occasionally these lists that say something like "40 maps that..." end up being an odd assortment of trivia that is interesting but not very instructive.  Not so with this list that has carefully curated these maps and graphs in a sequential order that will enrich students' understanding of food production and consumption in the United States.  Additionally, here are some maps and chart to understand agriculture and food in Canada

 

Tags: agriculture, food production, food distribution, locavore, agribusiness, USA

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American Exceptionalism and Coexistence

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Coexistence, noun and verb, it means we all are living together on this planet in the same universe.  We each can (and ideally should, according to our general biology) have our own space.  However, it also means that we live together on this planet, in this universe to solve common problems and to accommodate the rights of each society and identity such that we're each and all finding reasonable ground amongst the cultures and societies of the world, regardless of history, sentiments and other crap that gets in the way of us achieving the reasoned and sensed ground amongst two or more people(s).  You keep dialogue channels open, regardless of the situation, even if it is necessary for a side to not say anything at all and you do not resort to pettiness.  There is middle ground to all things unless the other side is the one being unreasoned and unsensed about it.  The priority is the homeland and societies who want the right to self-determination and sovereignty, not just to the specific governments of these other societies who may only do a lip service to our society for the sake of international shelter.  It's time that America WAS the good person in the room at any international table and on the side of the reasoned, universally accepted right of way in any international crisis or situation.  At the very least, we need to stick to our own cultural principles and respect the individual liberty and sovereignty of all societies while promoting genuinely healthy societies and social functions in other societies if, and only if, they collectively want our assistance.  This means allowing societies to figure out what's best for themselves, according to their own popular logic, rather than imposing our view and vision of how things ought to be in the world.  When we do otherwise, we're more likely to hurt ourselves and our priorities through generating resentment, bitterness and hostility to our illegitimate interventions.  Thus is how the universal social physics of humanity actually works, even if other societies have their own individual quirks with regards to how things work in their own societies and territories.

 

The bottom line is respect, understanding and listening.  Sadly, our present American leadership seems more concerned with what they'd individually prefer and what they'd individually like, to the point where we meddle selectively in countries who are too weak or strategically significant to our non-homeland concerns, imposing our operating system of values into social computers that are not compatible with what we've got to offer.  We wonder how people go to China or Russia; because they don't really attempt to impose a value system over people, so long as they're able to get their hands on their resources to fuel their economies.  We maintain a lot of titular allies who often will work against us and their own society's social physics.  Our greatest strategic interest at this time is first, the defense of the homeland and our ability to make independent choices.  Our second priority would be to rebuild the social capital that our meddling has ruined, such that we're a respected member of the international community, not a perceived autocrat over it.  Humans, I think, generally prefer and do better when there is respect and essential egalitarianism, even in power relations.  This is from observations made from history and from communicating with members of other societies.  The city on a hill model and American exceptionalism to the laws, natural and human made, is a counter productive strategy to securing American well being and, oddly enough, the hegemony that it seeks to perpetuate.  You cannot lead if no one considers you as an effective and desirable leader, and no amount of military might or force or language is going to change that universal law of human social physics.  We have to work together to solve common problems and to secure our interests of being a top country.  We cannot work over and above others without obeying the social physics of a given situation and the condition of the world before, during, and after our actions.  That's not going to change.  Might as well accept it and follow through to do more amazing stuff than you would have done had you ignored social physics and conditions and done whatever popped into your head.

 

Think about it.

Eli Levine's insight:

Indeed, American exceptionalism is probably the most counter-productive an idiotic thing that has entered into the lexicon of language, concepts and beliefs of American policy, at home and abroad.  We are all human.  We are all living in the same universe.  We are bound by the same laws that bind other societies.  And, we are NOT the only standpoint that is out there.

 

Period.

 

End of story.

 

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Las Vegas killers 'were extremists'

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Two people who shot dead police officers Alyn Beck and Igor Soldo (pictured) and a bystander in a Las Vegas shopping centre were extremists, police tell US media.

Eli Levine's insight:

There's something off about a person's brain that would lead people to carry out these actions.  Extremists of all forms, especially with regard to non-practical and empirically grounded facts ought to be examined, studied, and treated with all of the benevolence and dignity deserving of someone who has a mental illness.

 

The thought patterns are off; delusional to the point where they use the conscious side of their brain to justify the non-rational biases and non-factual information that they carry close to their person and their identity.  Violence erupts, and ugliness is brought into the world. 

 

While these people may be highly functional individuals, I do not think that any extremist, particularly those who carry out violence and harm against others, are psychologically fit for holding public office.  Too idealistic to know or to care to know about what the actual facts point to and then authoritarian to boot against those who will inevitably disagree with them on the level of empirical fact and observation.  While conservatives and Libertarians corner the market on these points in the United States at present, it should be noted that there are those on the Left and in the Progressive movement as well who are equally delusional, inclined to violence, and unfit for actually serving in office.  It is the difference between someone with a soldier's mentality and a statesperson's mentality.  You need to build on the soldier in order to get a functional statesperson, just as you need to build on the statesperson in order to get a functional soldier.  People have limitations on what they can, can't or will and won't do, whether they see them or not.  It is through recognizing the problems that we are able to potentially (emphasis on potentially) begin overcoming them in time.  Otherwise, you're just going to keep running yourself and everyone who is under your sway into walls.  Not very clever, not very smart.  Yet that is the ideologue's way of handling the affairs of government, governing and society itself.

 

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10 Principles of Leading Change Management

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The tools and techniques for helping companies transform quickly can make all the difference. This guide to organizational change management best practices has been updated for the current business environment. The following list of 10 guiding principles for change can help executives navigate the treacherous shoals of transformation in a systematic way.


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Unless the top program changes, the computer hardware is still going to function in the same dysfunctional and unhealthy ways until the program itself is changed at the top.  This could mean editing the program to make it work better, or it could mean eliminating the program entirely and starting from scratch.

 

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Quantifying the Rise and Fall of Complexity in Closed Systems: The Coffee Automaton

In contrast to entropy, which increases monotonically, the "complexity" or "interestingness" of closed systems seems intuitively to increase at first and then decrease as equilibrium is approached. For example, our universe lacked complex structures at the Big Bang and will also lack them after black holes evaporate and particles are dispersed. This paper makes an initial attempt to quantify this pattern. As a model system, we use a simple, two-dimensional cellular automaton that simulates the mixing of two liquids ("coffee" and "cream"). A plausible complexity measure is then the Kolmogorov complexity of a coarse-grained approximation of the automaton's state, which we dub the "apparent complexity." We study this complexity measure, and show analytically that it never becomes large when the liquid particles are non-interacting. By contrast, when the particles do interact, we give numerical evidence that the complexity reaches a maximum comparable to the "coffee cup's" horizontal dimension. We raise the problem of proving this behavior analytically.


Quantifying the Rise and Fall of Complexity in Closed Systems: The Coffee Automaton
Scott Aaronson, Sean M. Carroll, Lauren Ouellette

http://arxiv.org/abs/1405.6903


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Story of the universe.

 

An imperfect and potentially unstable homeostasis is reached and then dashed out of order.  It is then remade in a different, if sometimes similar matter, and the cycle repeats, as far as we can tell at present.

 

Think of a revolution in a society: the seeds of the old order's collapse is rooted in the system and the psychologies it encourages and promotes.  Eventually, chaos sets in, and things are thrown out such that a "new" system emerges that, hopefully, is able and willing to learn from the mistakes of the past, in order to produce an anti-fragile social and political system.

 

The universe is going to end and everything is going to be dashed out, even if we do become otherwise perfectly capable of enduring, mitigating against and recovering from any disaster.  The question then is how quickly will the universe reset itself once its own imperfections come to light and another transition occurs?

 

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Two Types

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There are two basic types of social leaders within, at least American, social life, possibly in universal social life.  There are takers and there are givers, with a whole spectrum ranging in between the two polar opposite extremes.

 

Takers are generally associated with villainous and/or undesired leaders.  These are your Sith Lords, your Voldemorts, your Satans in literature and religious philosophies.  These are those who would, in a state of hunter-gatherer society, be driven out of the small band of humans, or else killed off by the society for being overly aggressive and small-self consumptive for the environment, social and ecological, to handle.  Civilization gives a cover to these folks and enables them to climb to the highest places in our societies through a combination of the gullibleness of many human beings and the fact that the paths to those high places of authority in a civilization depends on an individual carrying out the appropriate algorithm in order to reach those areas of society.  This is something that is learnable separate from general human emotion, human sense of other and human awareness of the environment.  They exhibit a certain spectrum of primary personality traits, including aggression, hatred, lack of care, concern or interest in others or the environment, and the insistence that all bow before their desires rather than the allowance of others to be who they are and to do what they wish without causing harm onto others.  These folks reflect the negative aspects of our universe while they absorb and use the good aspects for survival, much like how plants reflect the green light and absorb other spectrums of light for energy.

 

The givers, meanwhile, are those leaders who sacrifice and give to the public what they need and do so without much consideration of self.  These folks are generally not seen as leaders by the masses, owing to their generally humble, kind and benevolent nature.  They sometimes may lack the predatory senses of the takers, which leaves them and their administrations prone to the onslaughts of the takers.  They frequently do not rise to high offices, due to their kindness, benevolence and willingness to give to others, even though, with the right sense of things, they can be the most effective, amazing and desired leaders we could ever hope to have.  These folks absorb the negative aspects of the universe while reflecting the positive aspects.

 

In the end, one is a self-ending brain-type or version of consciousness, while the other is a self-promoting and self-sustaining version.  The takers destroy everything and, thus, destroy themselves in the process of taking so much while contributing so little, while the givers are left to endure all in the most spectacular and amazing ways.  It is time that we, as a species, commit to the cleansing of the universe of these takers through what givers do best: kindness, care, understanding, reflection and bringing out the best in others.  It is time that we regard the takers; the conservatives, the ideologues and those who simply absorb good and reflect only negative as people with poorly developed brains who need help and retraining in order to be actually productive, happy and healthy individuals.  If consciousness is apart of the universe, and our brains are simultaneously receivers and transmitters of consciousness, then it comes down to a very simple fact that small "self", taking, and negative consciousness cannot exist on its own, just as large Self, giving and positive consciousness cannot exist without having takers to receive the gifts.

 

It's time that we moderate and learn to do both giving and taking, in the name of our own self-interest, such that we're all able to live happy, productive and sustainable lives.  By this, I mean that givers need to take the influence back from the takers and keep it with them, such that they give the gift of new life to those who would otherwise be takers.  Takers, in the meantime, need to give effort and work into cultivating a more positive, accurate and sensed vision of the universe and effectively undo what probably is a complex soup of genetics, epigenetics and learned behavior in their brains, such that they don't destroy themselves in the process of "serving" themselves.

 

This is the conundrum of our time.  Consciousness has evolved to the point in the universe where it seems to be able to either make or break itself and the universe that it produces and is produced by.  This is a question of larger cosmological survival, and I'm not sure the physics has caught up to this point yet to understand consciousness, the brain and how it all works to form this, the universe in which we are all living and are apart of.

 

One for you to think on.

 

Think about it.

Eli Levine's insight:

This all needs to be backed up by deeper examinations of physics, the brain and the nature of our universe.  This is just a simple way of thinking about things that may or may not be accurate within our societies and the universe, based on observation and reflection upon the observation.

 

I don't know how to state it any more eloquently than it being a question of general givers and general takers.  But this is what I've synthesized from the works of John Jost, Buddha and some of the latest findings in quantum physics and neuroscience.

 

For what it's worth, enjoy.

 

Think about it.

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Market Demands

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When the market demands something, the market will tend to get it, even with law enforcement attempting to force it to be otherwise.

 

This is how the illegal drug trade has still managed to flourish in spite of a coordinated international effort to eliminate it.  The market is there and there are people who are willing to risk life, limb and personal freedom to make money in the trade.  Labor+demand+resources=market system.

The same could be said about research.  As much as we may want to halt the spread and/or development of new technologies due to the damage that they might cause our society and/or our environment, the fact of the matter is, is that if it stands to make people money, they're willing to pursue those ends at their own risk in order to get that money, regardless of the long term, short term and holistic/individual effects that they have in the social world around them.  This is how robots and computers will more than likely automate all manual and higher level design jobs in our society.  The demand is for lower financial costs and higher financial and quality returns for the individuals and/or groups of individuals who stand to benefit from the arrangement financially.  This is how city planning is likely to soon be done by computers who can develop and redevelop economic and social flow maps, rather than by traditional city planners and architects.  This is how all of those service industry jobs, from cashiers to McDonalds fry cooks, are going to be automated, thus starving the economy and the society of a key lynchpin of revenue production: employee's wages and salaries (not to mention the peace of mind we derive from having a purpose and working to earn our living).

 

However, I see no real way that the government or the society can avoid the fate of millions of under or unemployed workers from all spectrums and hues of employment.  The market demand for cheaper labor is there, and the products may, sometimes, end up being better than the human-made production.  The government has no power to force a society to be one way or another, unless the impetus to go after those goals is extinguished entirely from all members of the population (a situation that's never likely to happen).  Sometimes, this will only lead to things being pushed underground, and may make the situations be more sinister than if left out in the open light of day.  Either way, we've got to start thinking about massive under-employment and how we're all going to cope with the economic and psychological trauma that that is going to cause in our society.  America, especially, is a country of people who work.  What then are we going to do about underemployment and unemployment and, is there someone of consequence out there who's seeing a similar image?

 

Personally, I doubt it.

 

Then again, I am me of little faith.

 

Who knows.

 

I wish I could help.

 

Think about it.

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Indeed, we are bound to the whims and wills of a few individuals who may not have the financial capital, but who have the will and the motivation to make things happen and, thus, alter our world.  This is a double-edged sword, as it may yield high benefits for our society, or it may yield tremendous costs to ourselves, our children and so on.

 

We live in a dynamic world that seems, overall, indifferent to our survival and well being.  While we could most certainly do a better job navigating this world together, it still stands to reason that we'll never be perfect at this and we'll still make painful, painful mistakes along the way.

 

Such is life, I suppose.

 

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Israel warns over Hamas-Fatah unity

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Israel calls on world leaders "not to rush to recognise" a new Palestinian interim government involving Fatah and the Islamist group Hamas.
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World, now would be a solid moment to show Israel our humanity and our willingness to stand by those who need help.

 

It is for these actions and behaviors from the conservative Israeli government that the Jewish populations of the rest of the world are starting to be persecuted more.  It is for this callous, anti-social and mean, cowardly behavior that the Jewish people get a bad reputation.  Netanyahu represents the worst that comes from the Jews, and we'll be all much better off if his ilk were to die off or be considered as the mentally ill by societies around the world.

 

It's just conservatism, after all.

 

Just the meanest, nastiest, cruelest and most barbaric people who have ever lived on the face of the Earth, and I don't care how nicely these chimps dress up and use our languages to talk.

 

Bibi Netanyahu represents the demons of this world, just like the people of Gog and Magog from the Book of Revelations.

 

I can't stand their ilk.

 

But I'd rather help them, all the same.

 

Why?

Because I am human, and that's what social and well put together human beings do, in spite of conservatives' nastiness.

 

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