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How can governments deal with complexity? The kryptonite of strategic thinking

How can governments deal with complexity?  The kryptonite of strategic thinking | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it

The more complex a problem, the more difficult it is to come up with a long-term plan, Insead professor Yves Doz says. 

"We are looking at the way in which national governments can become more integrated, can become more strategic, can take a longer-term perspective, [rather] than just be hostage to the political agendas and the political time frames, and that is obviously quite challenging.

We have been finding two or three interesting things."


Via Philippe Vallat
Eli Levine's insight:

Four words: brain implants and computers.

 

We need to learn about the social, economic and environmental physics and how our individual, organizational and collective actions impact everyone and everthing else on this planet.  Then we can develop increasingly accurate models for mapping out what is the optimal state or what is the optimal path to get to that optimal state and then let the programs run their course.

 

Most likely we won't get to that point, owing to one potential calamity or another that could ruin the research.  However, the technology is advancing and the perspective of the universe is being reached.  No more can we afford to live in a world of our own brain's creation.  It's time to embrace the reality that is us and around us for what it is and accept it/work with it as such.  For our own sakes, as much as for everyone elses' sake.

 

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Philippe Vallat's curator insight, May 13, 2014 11:05 AM

Worth reading. I like especially:

"We should be aware that beyond a certain point, the complexity is going to defeat attempts at being rational."

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Decision Making: Factors that Influence Decision Making, Heuristics Used, and Decision Outcomes

Decision Making: Factors that Influence Decision Making, Heuristics Used, and Decision Outcomes | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it

Every day, people are inundated with decisions, big and small. Understanding how people arrive at their choices is an area of cognitive psychology that has received attention. Theories have been generated to explain how people make decisions, and what types of factors influence decision making in the present and future. In addition, heuristics have been researched to understand the decision making process.

 

Several factors influence decision making. These factors, including past experience (Juliusson, Karlsson, & Gӓrling, 2005), cognitive biases (Stanovich & West, 2008), age and individual differences (Bruin, Parker, & Fischoff, 2007), belief in personal relevance (Acevedo, & Krueger, 2004), and an escalation of commitment, influence what choices people make. Understanding the factors that influence decision making process is important to understanding what decisions are made. That is, the factors that influence the process may impact the outcomes.

 

Heuristics serve as a framework in which satisfactory decisions are made quickly and with ease (Shah & Oppenheimer, 2008). Many types of heuristics have been developed to explain the decision making process; essentially, individuals work to reduce the effort they need to expend in making decisions and heuristics offer individuals a general guide to follow, thereby reducing the effort they must disburse. Together, heuristics and factors influencing decision making are a significant aspect of critical thinking (West, Toplak, & Stanovich, 2008). There is some indication that this can be taught, which benefits those learning how to make appropriate and the best decisions in various situations (Nokes &Hacker, 2007).


Via Alessandro Cerboni
Eli Levine's insight:

Indeed, there are many quirks and idiosynchrises that go into our day to day and long term decision making.  I wish there was a way to actually correct our "vision" and decision making tools, such that we are clairvoyent and have the energy and the actual will to do positive things for ourselves and the rest of the world that we're in.  But, then again, would humanity accept such a correction, or accept the people who would make such a correction?

 

I doubt it.

 

And thus, we will remain as the semi-evolved group of monkeys that we actually are.

 

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How Britain's Getting Public Policy Down to a Science

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Britain has a bold yet simple plan to do something few U.S. governments do: test the effectiveness of multiple policies before rolling them out. But are American lawmakers willing to listen to facts more than money or politics?
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It's coming, slowly and surely.

 

Will I be around to see it?

Will I help it?

How?

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Feeling and thinking: The influence of affect on social cognition and behavior

Feeling and thinking: The influence of affect on social cognition and behavior | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it

INTRODUCTION

 

How does temporary mood influence the way people think and behave in social situations? Although most people are intuitively aware that feelings can have a profound influence on their thoughts, judgments and behaviors, we do not yet fully understand how and why these influences occur. This paper presents an integrative review of past and present ideas about the role of affect in social behavior, and offers a theoretical explanation of these effects based on the multi-process Affect Infusion Model (AIM; Forgas, 1995a). A series of programmatic experiments looking at affective influences on social thinking, judgments, and behaviors carried out in our laboratory will also be described. It will be argued that the different information-processing strategies people adopt in different situations play a key role in promoting, inhibiting, or even reversing affective influences on cognition and behavior. Indeed, the evidence to be reviewed here will suggest that it is the very complexity and indeterminacy of many social situations that promotes affective influences on interpersonal behaviors. The principle appears to be that the more complex and ambiguous a social situation, the more likely it is that people will need to engage in open, elaborate, and constructive thinking, drawing on their own memory-based ideas in order to produce an appropriate response. A number of theories as well as empirical studies now predict that such open, elaborate processing strategies are especially likely to be influenced by affective states (Fiedler, 1991; Forgas, 1995a).


Via Alessandro Cerboni
Eli Levine's insight:

Yep, and yet in spite of how inaccurate we are, we somehow figure out how to make things work.

 

I'd still rather have my perceptions corrected through technology.  Maybe not the original tech, but definitely by the fourth or fifth generation at least.


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“This Morning’s Breakfast, Last Night’s Game: Detecting Extraneous Influences on Judging”

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We detect intra-judge variation in judicial decisions driven by factors completely unrelated to the merits of the case, or to any case characteristics for that matter. Concretely, we show that asylum grant rates in US immigration courts differ by the success of the court city’s NFL team on the night before, and by the city’s weather on the day of, the decision. Our data including half a million decisions spanning two decades allows us to exclude confounding factors, such as scheduling and seasonal effects. Most importantly, our design holds the identity of the judge constant. On average, US immigration judges grant an additional 1% of asylum petitions on the day after their city’s NFL team won, relative to days after the team lost. Bad weather on the day of the decision has approximately the opposite effect. By way of comparison, the average grant rate is 39%.


Via Alessandro Cerboni
Eli Levine's insight:

It's just a working paper.

 

But it's interesting to think of all the little idiosyncrisies that throw us off from doing what is, technically, the optimal, best and correct thing to do.

 

There's no freedom on this plane of existence anyway, not if you factor in the consequences of your actions and the perpetually imperfect conditions that you find yourself in.  You've just got a temperamental piece of biology to navigate the world with, uncorrected and variable in quality amongst each individual.

 

Sad, perhaps, but technically true.

 

What are you going to do about it?

 

I mean, really, it's just your biology that gives you the impression of freedom, and you're still going to be stuck according to the circumstances and consequences of your actions.  Try to "resist".

 

Silly brains.

 

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Evaluation The Efficiency Of Cuckoo Optimization Algorithm

In this paper a new evolutionary algorithm, for continuous nonlinear optimization problems, is surveyed. This method is inspired by the life of a bird, called Cuckoo. The Cuckoo Optimization Algorithm (COA) is evaluated by using the Rastrigin function. The problem is a non-linear continuous function which is used for evaluating optimization algorithms. The efficiency of the COA has been studied by obtaining optimal solution of various dimensions Rastrigin function in this paper. The mentioned function also was solved by FA and ABC algorithms. Comparing the results shows the COA has better performance than other algorithms. Application of algorithm to test function has proven its capability to deal with difficult optimization problems.


Via Bernard Ryefield
Eli Levine's insight:

Just as it is in nature, so too is it likely to be in our societies.

 

What's stopping us from making policy making a question of testing out algorithms for optimal effects in a given society?  What is preventing us from using computer modeling and programming from solving the problems of producing optimal results in a given society?  Poorly formed opinions, beliefs and views of our world, plus misguided and misdirected perceptions of interests away from survival and well being.

 

That, and a lack of adaptability to the conditions of nature for the sake of those opinions, beliefs, interests and ideological groups.

 

The "free market", when left unregulated, only enables the present owners to own more and to destroy the natural environment in which we're living..  You can't centrally plan an economy.  However, you can keep the size of the largest competitors in check and break them up when and if they get too large.  You can also ensure that workers are compensated according to what profits are produced and that the ground work for a vibrant society is laid through our the quality and condition educatonal, infrastructural, legal and environmental worlds.

 

Who cares about growing the pie larger for the sake of growing the pie larger?  What is the point of pursuing that goal if it leads to your own self-destruction on this plane of eistence?

 

Think about it.

 

Because you don't eat money, and there are only so many goods and services that we can use as individuals and as a species.  What is the point of going for more if it is unnecessary or toxic for us to pursue more?

 

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Survey Says: Journalists Are Old White Cowards | VICE United States

Survey Says: Journalists Are Old White Cowards | VICE United States | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
A new study shows that the press isn't as fearless or adversarial as it should be.
Eli Levine's insight:

A shame but such is the apparent state of American journalism.

 

Quite honestly, I wish there was more of a market for the underhanded journalist techniques, especially in the field of espionage.  If I were running the CIA or the NSA, it'd look more like VICE Magazine or the Washington Post circa the 1970's.  No need for crazy operations when you can't even get your intelligence or the story of the situation that's actually happening right.

 

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Why Algorithms Are The Next Star Designers

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Rather than using software to draw and analyze a designers vision, Autodesk wants to use computing power to generate the idea itself. Will this render...

Via Spaceweaver
Eli Levine's insight:

Indeed, there are only so many designs that actually work.  Causes lead to effects, methods lead to effects.

 

As it is in engineering, so too is it in the world of policy making.  You're limited by the consequences and circumstances of your actions and only so much good can come out of your biology that is actually helpful.

 

Engineers get that you're working with these constraints.  That's how they're able to make things that actually work.  Politicians on the other hand, are still in the world where human agency takes  over everything and you're left with imperfect people creating sub-optimal programs and policies that produce sub-optimal results and effects in the world that they depend on for survival and well being.

 

It's no wonder that civilizations collapse when the nonsensical and delusional take over at the helms of societies. 

 

But still, very interesting concepts here to milk the marginal benefits of having that which is more perceptive and less ego-maniacal do the design work.

 

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Why aren't South Africa's born frees voting?

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As South Africa heads to the polls, many of the country's younger generation are boycotting the vote.
Eli Levine's insight:

The ANC may be able to appeal to the older generations from their anti-Apartheid past.  People from that era may be able to forgive the ANC's violations of democracy and human dignity for what they did to relatively improve the quality of life for most South Africans.

 

However, I think the ANC is going to find their support whither up with the generational eclipse if they do not do more to help people and do less to stuff their own faces with financial wealth and relative power in South Africa.

 

We have competing legacies in South Africa, much like the United States has a competing legacy between raw Capitalism where people used to be able to own other people and social egalitarianism where everyone is seen as needing and deserving equal rights and opportunities under law.  In South Africa, it seems to be between corruption at the top levels of society with a bottom up desire for accountability, inclusion and egalitarianism amongst the peoples of South African society.  If the South African elite were smart, they'd abide by this bottom-up desire rather than ignoring it.  The ANC may have won about 59-60% of the vote this round.  But, as the older generation dies off (and they will die off), who will be around tro remember the horrors of Apartheid directly and be willing to tolerate the abuses of the ANC for getting rid of those horrors?  Better to adapt now, get rid of the baggage now, and be prepared to reap the bounty of the younger generation from now into their adulthood.  Rinse and repeat for each generation.

 

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The Larger World

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A common trait that seems to be shared between conservatives and Libertarians is an honest lack of knowledge, awareness and sensitivity towards how other people who are not like them are living in a given society.  While this is, in itself, an excusable enough phenomenon, the lack of curiosity, acknowledgement and sensitivity towards other peoples' conditions makes this aspect of conservatives' and Libertarians' world view less acceptable in my own eye at the very least.

 

If you're going to occupy a position of consequence, authority, responsibility and control in our world, the main object of your concern, from a selfish point of view, should be towards the others' needs, condition and concerns, etc.  Now this could very well mean respecting the privacy and space of the other.  But failing to recognize, accept and look for that which is going to be hidden from your perspective is the surest way to face increased challenges from the external world in which you're just another piece of the puzzle.  How it is that people support those with very limited and narrow definitions of tribe and self in places where the tribe and self extends to the whole of the world or the nation is beyond my ability to see.  But I at least acknowledge that that is a way that people vote, whether I like it or not.  I think it's incredibly caustic for humanity as a whole to put those who are uninterested and uninformed about the rest of the world.  But, that's just me, and I acknowledge it as such.

 

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Eli Levine's insight:

We're governed by the anti-social and the delusional.  The really sad part is that they choose to live in their world of delusions and resist when shown the real world.

 

Sad.

 

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The drugs don’t work

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At least he has a good bedside manner IF IT burns when you urinate, then you probably have a urinary-tract infection (UTI). Until recently, a short course of oral...
Eli Levine's insight:

And there that goes.

 

So much for the "free market" delivering solutions to all of our problems.

 

But anyway, there's also the issue of people a) overusing antibiotics and not relying on their immune systems and b) not finishing their full courses of antibiotics.

 

Ah well, we can't cheat nature forever, nor are we going to live forever.

 

Welcome back to reality people, death's a fact, and we're all going to be jammin' down that path.

 

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Nigeria reward to find schoolgirls

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Nigerian police offer a $300,000 reward for help to rescue girls abducted by Islamist militants, said to have killed 300 people in a recent attack.
Eli Levine's insight:

Hopefully this will be what puts Boko Haram out of favor within the Muslim society of Nigeria.  I would be evaluating the public's sentiments about Boko Haram and what they would think would be acceptable methods for dealing with them.

I'd surround the forest and start from there.

 

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Non-linear Algorithmic Policy Making

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It is theoretically possible that there are algorithms for conducting policy domestically at the very least, and internationally at the very most.  These algorithms are not expressible in terms of numbers, but are expressed in alphabetic terms (our written languages) with regards to what actually and technically are the best paths forward for our society in set x of conditions.  There are algorithms that should be run regularly and there are algorithms for the extraordinary circumstances that we're likely and unlikely to encounter.

 

The point of this exercise is to show that there are alternatives to the petty policy arguments that we get into, based on opinion, sentiment and misconceptions about the world in which we're living in and the relationship between our actions and the effects that are actually realized in the world around us.  Not only are there alternatives, but these alternatives are actually better for us, both in terms of creating social well being, sustainability and survivability as well as for ensuring the political futures of those who are willing and able to enact such algorithms into law.

 

The natural law of cause, effect and circumstance will always outweigh the human made laws and policies that we try to implement.  It is better to abide by natural conditions that we find and the natural laws of cause and effect rather then to attempt to impose an artificial order in our world and in the universe that will actually work to unravel itself and yield more chaos, confusion and destruction than would otherwise normally happen.  This would then be in our leaders' interests, as it would yield a world that is more agreeable to their presence in places of power, consequence and authority as well as produce a world that is more habitable for them as human beings.  Anyone who doesn't accept or agree with the reality of situations and the relationship between actions and yielded results is probably a danger to themselves and a danger to others, and should be treated as such by the rest of society for their own sakes, as well as for all of our sakes.

 

We have a choice (or do we?) about whether or not we adopt these attitudes, perspectives and behaviors.  Some are more fit for dealing with reality as it's shown itself and some are less so.  There is a certain amount of solid objectivity to the universe that is around us, even if our subjective sensors and analyzers are not willing or are unable to sense it and work with it.  We can choose what we're going to do with the moment that we have.  Small changes here, if done persistently and continuously, will yield large changes in the future.

 

So choose carefully, humanity, between the forces of what we'd like and what is, and realize that in order to get at what we'd like, we'd have to go through the world as it is.

 

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What's it going to be humanity?

What's it going to be?

 

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Monitoring in complex systems: from spotlight and indicators to sensor networks and landscapes

Monitoring in complex systems: from spotlight and indicators to sensor networks and landscapes | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
I have been thinking a lot about how a monitoring framework could look like that takes into account the quirks of a complex system. One of the central things, I believe, is that we need to find alt...
Eli Levine's insight:

A very interesting notion, that we can map where our optimal state should be in an environment and universe that is in constant flucuation.

 

What worked in the past is not always the answer for the present, contrary to what conservatives and conservative Liberttarians feel and think.  When one thing is showing to fail, or when one thing that once worked is starting to fail, it is better to make a change within the society and the world that you can control, rather than holding on to what before.  We build on each other, like layers in a rock formation; sediment resting one on top of the other.

 

I think we're going to have to change positions shortly, or have those positions changed for us in light of ecological and economic and social changes.  Laissez-faire Capitalism has failed; the free market is always a joke, and freedom is a ridiculous thing to be pursuing when we will never have actual freedom on this plane of existence.  Some of it is simply our knowledge changing about things (especially with regards to economic and social physics) and some of it is genuinely changing in the world outside of us (vis a vis, the enviironment).  You've got to stay flexible and alert to the real conditions in the world, not stuck in your own hopes and vision for how things ought to be in your own little opinion.  Opinions mean nothing in the grand scheme of things, and beliefs are only as valid as they are in light of common reality.

 

Period.

 

Pretend there are no walls if you'd like. 

 

Just understand that that makes you apart of the problem, not apart of the solution.  And, therefore, it makes you a danger to yourself and a danger to others, especially if you excersie power, consequence and authority in our societies.

 

It's simple, really: get out of power, or be killed by nature.

 

Harsh, but true.

 

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Practical Anarchism

"The article considers several working anarchies in the networked environment, and whether they offer a model for improving on the persistent imperfections of markets and states. I explore whether these efforts of peer mutualism in fact offer a sufficient range of capabilities to present a meaningful degree of freedom to those who rely on the capabilities it affords, and whether these practices in fact remain sufficiently nonhierarchical to offer a meaningful space of noncoercive interactions. The real utopias I observe here are perfect on neither dimension. Internally, hierarchy and power reappear, to some extent and in some projects, although they are quite different than the hierarchy of government or corporate organization. Externally, there are some spectacular successes, some failures to thrive, and many ambiguous successes. In all, present experience supports neither triumphalism nor defeatism in the utopian project. Peer models do work, and they do provide a degree of freedom in the capabilities they provide. But there is no inexorable path to greater freedom through voluntary open collaboration. "


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Eli Levine's insight:

Honestly, this is sooo not a shock.

 

Yet it's not going to change the opinions and sentiments of the anrachists and Libertarians that are out there.  Hierarchy serves a purpose, and power inevitably is likely to spring up between two or more individuals.  The question then becomes how does one work and think and feel about those dynamics.  Do they think that it's a license for them to do whatever they wish?  Or do they put it all in perspective and actually comprehend that they only get as much as the weak are willing to give, and that the nature of the relationship is a privilege dependent upon their behavior, attitude, perspective, and that the actions that effect the other also effect themselves?

 

One is a more accurate way of perceiving power dynamics within a social system.

 

And yet while our present leadership is incompetent and not thinking or understanding these concepts, the fact of the matter is, is that we need a certain degree of hierarchy and a certain concentration of power in people who have the appropriate brain type and disposition to handle that kind of influence while not having the stupidity cloud their judgement.

 

It's just a brain type, after all, that doesn't get the basic ways of achieving and wielding real power effectively.  Why throw the baby out with the bath water?

 

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Howard Rheingold's curator insight, December 3, 2013 2:00 PM

Yochai Benkler has been the foremost scholarly chronicler of non-market peer production. Is it any kind of alternative to markets and firms? Here is Benkler's latest on "peer mutualism" -- important that he notes it doesn't have to be perfect to be useful.

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How Human Rights Will Change When Everyone Can Upgrade Their Brains

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In a decade, cognitive enhancement may have gone mainstream. Pills can already help you stay up longer, bring more focus to your work, and who knows what else. But what might sound good on an individual level could create societal disruptions, or so Palo Alto think-tank the Institute for the Future proposes in its latest Ten-Year Forecasts. 

As a result, the Institute has proposed that the world's citizens need a "Magna Cortica." 

"Magna Cortica is the argument that we need to have a guidebook for both the design spec and ethical rules around the increasing power and diversity of cognitive augmentation," said IFTF distinguished fellow, Jamais Cascio. "There are a lot of pharmaceutical and digital tools that have been able to boost our ability to think. Adderall, Provigil, and extra-cortical technologies."

 


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There already is one though.  It's already been written by the universe.

 

That which does not abide by the basic laws of nature, that which does not perceive nature accurately and work with nature appropriately and acceptably as it changes, dies.

 

It's that simple.

 

Anything else is just pabulum that we invent.  It's got nothing to do with us, our chances at survival, nothing.

 

Enjoy!

 

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Project Dreamcatcher - Projects - Autodesk Research

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I just had an email conversation with one of Autodesk's Industry and Research PR people.  Basically, this Dreamcatcher program has the potential for solving policy questions as well, depending upon what inputs you put into it and what outputs you desire to have. 

Imagine living in a world where we're able to get out governing blueprints and policy/program designs from computers, rather than from the brains of politicians who may not have the best interests of the public at heart, or may not be able to understand or realize what those best interests may be.

 

Imagine a world where politicians are basically technical operators of these computer programs.  Imagine a world where we're able to KNOW, not just conjecture or guess at what are the best policies and practices are for governments to be engaging in, based on researched and tested dynamics of social physics in each culture or social group.

 

Imagine a world where everything on the planet is considered under the decentralized auspices of this computer program, acting as an easily removable and easily deposable GUIDE (not dictator) for our whole planet.  No interests other than what it is programmed to do which, if it is acting for its own self interests, is to do its job faithfully and consistently for the sake of the general public.  Human and machine become one in government.

 

And the world a whole becomes better off for it on the tangible level of being.

 

I'd call it Amitabha but, that's just me.

 

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Lonmin profit plunges on mine strike

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The world's third-largest platinum producer, Lonmin, sees its earnings plunge because of a month-long strike at its mines and processing plants.
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If they paid their workers a decent wage, then maybe the South African economy wouldn't be in the gutter?  Even if the strike wasn't happening, it doesn't make sense that plugging wealth in one end of the economy would do any good to increase the size of the pie or to ensure stability within a society (which is a prerequisitie of having a growing economy).  Profits should be there to incentize growth.  However, unless those profits are shared out amongst those who work to earn them, you will never have a functional society or economy. 

 

The ANC may have won the elections.  However, I think it is going to start losing them as soon as the younger generation starts to take over.  The ANC must choose between supporting the general public or supporting their own stock options in the mineral and metal production; must choose between political longevity and personal material wealth for its present members.

 

I think the option is clear.

 

However, I'm not terribly motivated by pieces of cloth rag, especially not ones I don't really need and shouldn't really want.

 

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#BringBackOurGirls Is Not Going to Stop Boko Haram | VICE News

#BringBackOurGirls Is Not Going to Stop Boko Haram | VICE News | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
Encouraging military intervention with a hashtag isn't going to help save the 300 kidnapped Nigerian girls.
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The only way that you're going to stop Boko Haram is if you a) get them ostracized in Nigerian society and b) physically isolate them from Nigerian society, such that they're not able to prey upon the general public.

 

The ostracizing has to come before the physical isolation of the insurgency, otherwise people are still going to flock to them and protect them.

 

Now, I hope that this incident has crossed a line in Nigerian society, such that Boko Haram is on the out for its violence and its targetting of innocents.  However, I don't see anyone looking at that factor in this conflict; the public opinion and sentiment factor, such that we're able to know how Nigerians, especially the Muslim Nigerian tribes, feel about Boko Haram and how they would feel about an American presence on the ground to get back the girls.

 

Again, it's this apparent lack of care for the psychological needs and state of the other that I find disturbing and counter-productive to our abilities to operate effectively in Nigeria.  You'll never beat an insurgency through military might, especially not a popular one.

 

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First Lady condemns Nigeria kidnaps

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An "outraged" US First Lady Michelle Obama says the mass kidnap of Nigerian schoolgirls is part of a pattern of threats to girls' education globally.
Eli Levine's insight:

It's the conservatives, from any culture.  They're the ones who want to draw us back to their chimpish vision of the past where ignorance dominates, superstition and belief run rampant and people generally live sub-optimal lives under their dictatorial and autocratic systems of governance.

 

It's a brain type, or a set of brain types, which prevent everyone from being able to live lives for the sake  of ideals, visions and hallucinations when they are in power and control within a given society.

 

It doesn't matter which society that they're in, because homo conservatis is found in all societies.

 

Most humans have traits in common with homo conservatis.  They seem to have a more primitively focused brain type (as evidenced by psychological research from John Jost), which means they have traits that are more common to us all.  However, it doesn't mean that their behavior is any more socially acceptable or any less socially destructive.

 

These are people who do not live well on this plane of existence.  And they create more suffering when they try (and fail) to bend reality to their will, rather than adapting to new knowledge and new awareness about ourselves and the world.

 

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Psychiatry's scientific reboot gets under way - health - 07 May 2014 - New Scientist

Psychiatry's scientific reboot gets under way - health - 07 May 2014 - New Scientist | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
The diagnosis of mental disorders is stuck in the pre-scientific age – but a research programme into their neurological bases promises better treatments
Eli Levine's insight:

This would be huge to resolving a lot of our big mental disorders.

 

But what of the subtler disorders which prevent us from understanding the real world, due to personal preference, bias, interest and opinion?  Isn't it not as dangerous for a psychopath to be on the loose as it is to have someone who's perpetually incorrect about many facts and causal relations, and persistent in those misconceptions and perceptions, to have a significant influence over our governing processes?  Why let the delusional and the willfully delusion remain untreated and able to do things like run for office or get hired by government, without full disclosure of their brain condition?

 

Some "mental illnesses" are a real asset for our collective well being.  Some conditions, which are not labeled at present as conditions, are actually quite dangerous to our collective and individual health, and should be treated as such for our sakes, as much as for the sakes of the individuals who are affected by their inaccurate senses of the world and how it works.

In the end, I hope that it's not just drugs that help us, but any form of corrective technology that can add to and enhance our accurate understandings of the world around us and that is us, much like how glasses correct our vision or hearing aids correct our hearing.


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Boko Haram attack kills hundreds in Nigeria

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Officials estimate the death toll at 300 in town left unguarded during attempts to rescue missing schoolgirls.
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Hopefully this will help in tipping popular sentiment against Boko Haram permanently, thus enabling the Nigerian government to more easily round up and/or kill.  This is out of control, and that's how I would be spinning this while offering opportunities for peaceful political participation for the country's Islamist population.  Over 200 children stolen and 300 civilians killed.

 

Nothing's worse than a monster who thinks he/she has the right of way by under religion.

 

Perverse.

 

Cruel.

 

And inherently conservative.

 

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Putin says troops pulled back from Ukraine border, urges referendum delay | Al Jazeera America

Putin says troops pulled back from Ukraine border, urges referendum delay | Al Jazeera America | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
Russian leader calls on Kyiv to talk with pro-Moscow rebels, demands constitutional reform before presidential vote
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Ukraine:

Double check that the Russian troops have withdrawn.  Tell Putin that you will deal with the rebels as you see fit without Moscow.

And, begin talking with the rebels and start trying to create a unity government.

 

Honestly, and how will the Western media respond to this?

With nothing but foul conservatism and ignorance.

 

No wonder we LOSE all the time!

 

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Hindu Prayer Interrupted In Senate By Christians - YouTube

Christian activists briefly disrupted a Hindu invocation in the U.S Senate on Thursday, marring a historic first for the chamber and showing that fundamental...
Eli Levine's insight:

This is what the conservative "Christians" will do if they get anymore authority, influence or control in our society.

 

They will systematically force people to artificially adopt their "values" and "beliefs" and "opinions", without ever realizing or understanding why or how they are wrong.

 

Unacceptable.

 

Inexcusable.

 

And un-American.

 

Think about it.

 

Because I hope that whatever power(s) that may be out there to help bring about a permanent end to these conservatives' influence in our society.

 

For their sakes, as much as for all of ours.

 

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A Multidisciplinary Approach to Mind and Consciousness

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In the last 400 years physics has achieved great success, in theory and experimentation, determining the structure of matter and energy. The next great step in the evolution of science will be exploring the role of mind and consciousness in the universe, employing mathematics and fundamental theoretical constructs to yield specific predictions. Based on recent findings in biological autonomy, we propose to approach consciousness from the key aspect of decision-making. 


Via Alessandro Cerboni, Philippe Vallat
Eli Levine's insight:

We are all one with the universe, regardless of our superficial or substantive differences.

 

A shame that this universe could raise so many people who are so incapable of living within it for a very long time.  Then again, isn't that what evolution works out over time?

We're a very young species and if we don't die off in the meantime, we will be stronger than before, especially if we identify, isolate and care for those who are not really fit for living, in spite of being otherwise functional, thanks to their brains and behaviors that prove to be dangerous to themselves and dangerous to others in the long and short terms.

 

It's time we take our mental health seriously, because we are all human and are all working with a second hand perspective of the world.  Some people's views are more accurate and helpful than others.

 

Think about it. 

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Philippe Vallat's curator insight, May 7, 2014 11:22 AM

Some quotes:

  • if biological decision-making occurs through the quantum-vacuum and the Universe as a whole can be regarded as conscious or equivalently living, then decision-making can also occur through the autonomy of a living Universe.
  • At present, it is generally conceded that we do not know how our minds interact with our bodies.
  • the phenomenon of intuition seems to be related to cellular and universal consciousness as basic ingredients of organismal mind
  • living organisms, including the human, are first of all
    systems of consciousness capable of making decisions.


Philippe Vallat's curator insight, May 7, 2014 11:24 AM

Some quotes:

  • if biological decision-making occurs through the quantum-vacuum and the Universe as a whole can be regarded as conscious or equivalently living, then decision-making can also occur through the autonomy of a living Universe.
  • At present, it is generally conceded that we do not know how our minds interact with our bodies.
  • the phenomenon of intuition seems to be related to cellular and universal consciousness as basic ingredients of organismal mind
  • living organisms, including the human, are first of all systems of consciousness capable of making decisions.


David Hain's curator insight, May 7, 2014 12:23 PM

Physics, spirituality and timeless life skills seem to be increasingly coming together. There should be mystery left for a while though!