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Religion and Politics

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Religion is an ultimate binder and divider of humanity.  All religions tie back in to the same basic concepts and the same fundamental principles, yet they divide us arguably more than ethnicity, r...
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You don't need faith to acknowledge the apparently universal phenomenon of religion amongst humanity.

 

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Gunfight breaks out in simmering east Ukraine, with fears of more | Al Jazeera America

Gunfight breaks out in simmering east Ukraine, with fears of more  | Al Jazeera America | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
Kyiv says one security officer dead, casualties on both sides as government security forces battle armed men
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Civil war in Ukraine.  This will negatively impact food production, Europe's natural gas.  Russia might invade and play for keeps.

 

And all because the Ukrainians didn't embrace and settle their Russian neighbors when they first deposed their President.

 

Amazing that we're able to band together at all as a species.

 

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Crisis Responses and Crisis Management: what can we learn from Biological Networks?

The generality of network properties allows the utilization of the ‘wisdom’ of biological systems surviving crisis events for many millions of years. Yeast protein-protein interaction network shows a decrease in community-overlap (an increase in community cohesion) in stress. Community rearrangement seems to be a cost-efficient, general crisis-management response of complex systems. Inter-community bridges, such as the highly dynamic ‘creative nodes’ emerge as crucial determinants helping crisis survival.

 

Crisis Responses and Crisis Management: what can we learn from Biological Networks?
Péter Csermely, Agoston Mihalik, Zsolt Vassy, András London

Systema: connecting matter, life, culture and technology

Vol 2, No 1 (2014)

http://www.systema-journal.org/article/view/115 ;


Via Complexity Digest
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Interesting.

 

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Liz Rykert's curator insight, April 13, 2014 10:46 AM

Love the insights generated by looking at existing systems and how one could apply or learn from how they function in a different context - rich with insight and ideas.

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Has the Working Class Really Accepted Austerity?

The result of this excessive caring is “that the basic logic of austerity has been accepted by almost everyone.” So while others may consider solidarity to be a virtue, Graeber believes that it is “the rope from which [the working] class is currently suspended.”


Via Willy De Backer
Eli Levine's insight:

I'm honestly not sure about what the case is with people.  Polling and inquiries into what they're feeling and thinking would be needed in order to understand what the situation actually is.

 

However, what I do know is that when people have less at an increasingly rapid rate, they'll tend to notice and not be happy about it.  It'll be when people are literally starving en masse that we'll start to see something happen (which is in the realm of possibilities as climate change effects our food production in a negative fashion).

 

The elite's position is getting more and more untenable as time goes on; more and more delicate as they take more and more without the needed reciprocation.  Silly people whose mothers never taught them that there are limits and consequences for the actions that you do.

 

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Willy De Backer's curator insight, April 12, 2014 2:33 AM

Very interesting debate between David Graeber and Suren Moodliar on the psychological disposition of workers to accept austerity policies.

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Comcast admits what everyone in a TWC/Comcast market already knows: there is no competition

Comcast admits what everyone in a TWC/Comcast market already knows: there is no competition | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
Comcast's biggest reason it's citing to approve its $45.2 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable (TWC) is that the two companies don't compete against each other.

Via Jocelyn Stoller
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Time for anti-trust then, if there's no market competition.

 

Whichever business person said that they like competition is not one of these actual businesspeople.

Seriously, don't listen to these jerks.  Ever!

 

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Information: A Personal Synthesis

This article is an attempt to capture, in a reasonable space, some of the major developments and currents of thought in information theory and the relations between them. I have particularly tried to include changes in the views of key authors in the field. The domains addressed range from mathematical-categorial, philosophical and computational approaches to systems, causal-compositional, biological and religious approaches and messaging theory. I have related key concepts in each domain to my non-standard extension of logic to real processes that I call Logic in Reality (LIR). The result is not another attempt at a General Theory of Information such as that of Burgin, or a Unified Theory of Information like that of Hofkirchner. It is not a compendium of papers presented at a conference, more or less unified around a particular theme. It is rather a highly personal, limited synthesis which nonetheless may facilitate comparison of insights, including contradictory ones, from different lines of inquiry. As such, it may be an example of the concept proposed by Marijuan, still little developed, of the recombination of knowledge. Like the best of the work to which it refers, the finality of this synthesis is the possible contribution that an improved understanding of the nature and dynamics of information may make to the ethical development of the information society.

 

Information: A Personal Synthesis
by Joseph Brenner
Information 2014, 5(1), 134-170; doi:10.3390/info5010134
http://www.mdpi.com/2078-2489/5/1/134/ ;


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All information that we receive from the universe that is around us is second hand.  It is possible to alter and shift them out of our own volition or of the volition of someone else, provided that we're either caught unawares or allowing it to happen just as it is theoretically possible to shift the universe around us, so that we experience something different than what would ordinarily happen (again, only theoretically, not necessarily in actuality).  The universe is out there, I think, just as we're most certainly apart of it.  There are laws to this place as well which influence and effect our abilities to act, our perception of the choices that we have and the choices that we actually are left with at the end of the day, when all's said and told.  We are just receptors, analyzers and synthesizers of information with our biological bodies.  We are all slaves, ultimately, to our biology, our circumstances and the consequences of our actions.

 

Just my two cents on information.

 

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António F Fonseca's curator insight, April 12, 2014 5:46 AM

Brenner and Daniel Cohnitz have a very good book about the subject "Information and Information Flow" that covers almost all aspects of Information Theory. Unfortunatelly the 'Matecmatical Information Theory' of Jan Kahre didn't have yet the same attention.

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CIA's 'Harsh Interrogations' Exceeded Legal Authority, Report Finds

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WASHINGTON, April 10 (Reuters) - A classified U.S. Senate report found that the CIA's legal justification for the use of harsh interrogation techniques that critics say amount to torture was based on faulty legal reasoning, McClatchy news service...
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There are no human made laws in the world of nature.  They don't hold force short of the consequences that they have on the world that is around them.

 

I don't get how it is that everyone jumps to the artificial rules that we've made over the ones which actually effect us on this planet and in this universe.

 

The torture that the CIA did was impractical, above all things.  Not only did it not yield us any good information (according to the documents which have been released about the matter), but it also is likely to have signficiant consequences for our ability to defend ourselves against Islamic jihad and anyone else who's got a bone to pick with us as a nation and as a people.  The people who were running the programs apparently have no conception of cause and effect, in the full, non-linear sense of things or a good grasp of human social behavior and human social needs.  It is this inherent inability to understand the other on their own terms that limits the United States from being able to work with and effectively communicate both ways with most of the rest of the world.  Our "leaders" don't listen, don't understand and don't try to understand the actual conditions that are on the ground in front of them.  All they seem to see is their own perceived interests and desired goals, without having any conception of the need for their chosen end goals or the topography that lies in between their starting condition and their goals.  It is stupidity that we should be docking these people on, not illegality.  It is ignorance that we should be punishing and eliminating, not whether or not they violated one rule or another.

 

And yet, will anyone listen to me?

 

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Evolutionary Multiplayer Games

Evolutionary game theory has become one of the most diverse and far reaching theories in biology. Applications of this theory range from cell dynamics to social evolution. However, many applications make it clear that inherent non-linearities of natural systems need to be taken into account. One way of introducing such non-linearities into evolutionary games is by the inclusion of multiple players. An example is of social dilemmas, where group benefits could e.g.\ increase less than linear with the number of cooperators. Such multiplayer games can be introduced in all the fields where evolutionary game theory is already well established. However, the inclusion of non-linearities can help to advance the analysis of systems which are known to be complex, e.g. in the case of non-Mendelian inheritance. We review the diachronic theory and applications of multiplayer evolutionary games and present the current state of the field. Our aim is a summary of the theoretical results from well-mixed populations in infinite as well as finite populations. We also discuss examples from three fields where the theory has been successfully applied, ecology, social sciences and population genetics. In closing, we probe certain future directions which can be explored using the complexity of multiplayer games while preserving the promise of simplicity of evolutionary games.

 

Evolutionary Multiplayer Games
Chaitanya S. Gokhale, Arne Traulsen

http://arxiv.org/abs/1404.1421


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Eli Levine's insight:

Very cool.

 

We're such a young species.  It's not shocking that our most important and influential positions in our society are presently occupied by no-good-niks who don't know or care to know about the reality of the universe (if they even believe and accept that there is such a thing as external reality in the first place).

 

We're still growing into our brains, such that we could easily kill ourselves of before we've come to master their actions and our actions which result from their functions.  We only have a secondary view to freality to work with and, not all people have one that is functioning properly for their own sakes and their own benefits, let alone, for everyone who falls under their jurisdiction and influence directly or indirectly.

 

Sad.

 

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Israel sets Palestinian tax sanction

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Israel sets a tax sanction on the Palestinian Authority in the latest retaliatory step for its signing a number of international treaties.
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The PA agreed to this agreement that allows Israel to control their revenue.  This is how the PA is not seen by many of the Palestinians as a legitimate authority that governs and/or works on their behalf.

 

It's not like Hamas is seen as much better.  But the Palestinian leadership got themselves into this pickle by making this arrangment with the Israelis.

 

And you wonder how it is that Palestinians are no happy with either side and are likely to be slowly taking a greater role in the protest movement themselves.  You also wonder how it is that Israel is so effective at lying about its status in the Middle East to our leadership, such that we encourage and enable this bullying behavior.

 

Think about it.

 

Because this is why/how there is no peace in the Middle East or towards us.  The US does not clamp down on Israel's anti-social behavior towards the Palestinians while the Palestinians are poorly governed by their own leadership.  We wonder where the September 11th attacks came from.  And yet no one in this country ever really thinks to look at the actions of our leadership with regards to the Islamic world and to the Arab/non-white populations of this planet.

 

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Is Russia ready to move into eastern Ukraine?

Is Russia ready to move into eastern Ukraine? | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
As the war of words between Moscow and Kiev intensifies, the BBC's Jonathan Marcus looks at whether Russia has the military capability to move into eastern Ukraine.
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Again, I don't understand how the US thought it would be in its own interests to advocate so strongly for the toppling of Yanukovych, the establishment of NATO and EU presences right on Russia's southern coastal border and over the needs and concerns of the Russian speaking parts of Ukraine.  I knew that Western European countries wouldn't have a powerful enough combined military presence to fight Russia.  I know that the US does not have what it would take to win a war against Russia in the short or long term.  And I was aware that the Russians were moving in the general right direction as far as reforming their military is concerned.  If the West was tactically trying to get Ukraine into NATO and the EU, it is a sign of just how foolish and bizarrely stupid our current set of policy makers are vis a vis policy making for the full interests of the American and global public.  Empires are neither desirable nor practical affairs.  Yet that's what our current set of "leaders" constantly produces and works for through their actions, behaviors, perspectives and attitudes.

 

No thought for the situation on the ground.

 

No consideration for fall out.

 

No heart or apparent care devoted to their work or to the people they are supposed to be actually serving (if they were going for their own full self interests).

 

And yet, here we all are.  They are in there, and I am out here.  They are able, I am not.  Their choices effect billions while mine effect only me and my company.

 

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India votes in third phase of elections

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Voters in Delhi among 100 million Indians casting their ballots on one of the biggest days in five-week-long process.
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The light of Congress is going out in the universe, fading, not as a result of external affairs or pressures, but as a result of apparent internal flaws and problems within their members' attitudes, actions and decisions while in government.

 

The Party of Gandhi, extinguished by his successors' own stupidity, corruption and lack of care for the well being of the general public whose fate they are inseparably bound to.

 

Yet will they learn anything from this possible upset at the polls?  Will they get the message that it is probably not in their own best interests to govern in this purely small "self" serving manner?

 

I doubt it.  Ego is likely to be too strong; too untempered by experience.

 

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Rich people rule!

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Political science is zeroing in on the political impact of economic power in America, and the results are not edifying.
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Those who have typically wield more day to day political influence than those who don't.  What's twisted about this bunch of "elite" is how careless, reckless and stupidly they're behaving relative to the larger, albeit, more docile general public.  They do not seem to care or understand that this larger behemoth does get angry from time to time with exploitative antics by the upper crust.  Furthermore, they don't seem to be able or willing to grasp that societies tend to support them more when they give effective policy-making for the sake of the general public, not just for their own small-self or monetary gain.

 

That's just history and psychology, pure and simple.  I don't get how it is that they think that they're going to get away with their schemes, even if society fails to do anything effective or genuine about it.  The environment is collapsing because of their actions.  That will kill them faster due to the impacts in society that the destruction of the environment.

 

It's amazing to think that such a low form of humanity has managed to capture so much illegitimately and against their own actual self interests.  What good is profit if your profit yields you death in the short and long term (which becomes the short term all too soon).

 

Seriously people....

 

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Ukraine ultimatum to east activists

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Ukraine tells pro-Russia activists occupying buildings in eastern cities the situation will be resolved "by negotiations or force" within 48 hours.
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I think that, as the United States, it is in our interests to remind the government in Kiev that, if they want to remain a single country, that they're going to have to work with the Russian populations of Ukraine as equals and emphasize a shared identity rather than dig in according to their ethnic and linguistic divisions.

 

This will not end well.  It will lead to the perfect opportunity for Putin to invade Ukraine and fight a war against the country that we could be dragged into as well.  The war would be in neither of our interests, really.  However, it is more likely that Russia will take advantage of the situation and our strategic weakness (brought on by our former President, George W. Bush and his conservative Republican colleagues).

 

Therefore, I would advise the Ukrainian government in Kiev to not do anything against the protestors, except to make advances in the field of dialogue, communication and inclusion of Russians in the decision making processes, such that we could all avoid a potentially nuclear war against the Russian Federation in which there will be only lose-lose, rather than win-win.

 

What the Hell is wrong with our current set of policy makers to not be advising Ukraine publicly in these affairs?

 

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Complex Thinking for a Complex World – About Reductionism, Disjunction and Systemism, by Edgar Morin

This article is based on the keynote address presented to the European Meetings on Cybernetics and Systems Research (EMCSR) in 2012, on the occasion of Edgar Morin receiving the Bertalanffy Prize in Complexity Thinking, awarded by the Bertalanffy Centre for the Study of Systems Science (BCSSS).
The following theses will be elaborated on: (a) The whole is at the same time more and less than its parts; (b) We must abandon the term "object" for systems because all the objects are systems and parts of systems; (c) System and organization are the two faces of the same reality; (d) Eco-systems illustrate self-organization.

 

Complex Thinking for a Complex World – About Reductionism, Disjunction and Systemism
Edgar Morin

Systema: connecting matter, life, culture and technology Vol 2, No 1 (2014)

http://www.systema-journal.org/article/view/257


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There is a kind of meditation in Buddhist practice known as analytical meditation.  It's purpose is to inform us about an object, all of its properties and all of the associations, connections and contexts that it can have in the individual and collective sense. 

 

We're not going to be perfect coming up with all of the connections all of the time.  However, I think it's a good starting basis for the purposes of analyzing complex systems and all of the layered, interconnected parts.  We are one, and one is all.

 

The universe is us as well as around us.


And that's a scientific fact, it seems.

 

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Luciano Lampi's curator insight, April 14, 2014 2:37 PM

objects versus systems?

luiy's curator insight, May 1, 2014 9:20 PM

In this light is interesting to consider the nature of life. Living systems represent a complex type of organization. The organization of a living system is more complex than the  organization of the molecules of which it is composed. However, this organization is  achieved using only molecules from the physical universe – living systems are not made from something like ‘living matter’, but from ordinary physical and chemical substances.


“Life” is a property created through complex self-organisation. Life is characterized by processes of self-reproduction and self-repair, processes that involve knowledge and  memory. The central feature of a living system is the self-organizational capacity to produce
and reproduce itself. However, as von Foerster noted, calling this self-organisation is paradoxical, because the organizational processes of life require a continuous input of energy. We need energy even when we sleep – energy to drive our heartbeat, our digestion, our breathing. We use energy in all moments of life. However, we also need to compensate for the dissipation of energy in line with the second law of thermodynamics, and this means we must take in energy from the environment. We do this by ingesting material  that contains energy, and to this we need knowledge of the environment, and in particular knowledge of the organization of the environment. So self-organisation requires an interplay between the knowledge of how to organize the self and the knowledge of how the environment is organized.

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Arrogant physicists — do they think economics is easy?

Arrogant physicists — do they think economics is easy? | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
No. But their ideas can help improve economics, and here’s why
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The physics of the economy is probably one of the most significant concepts we've come up with in recent history.  The economy relates to society, the politics within a society and the environment in which the society lives.  It can either be a generative force for the sustainable production of wealth for all of humanity who works within it, or it can be a lecherous and destructive force for the false "interests" of the minority few who end up being able to own everything of value within the economy.  It either will work for all of us or against all of us.

 

And it's mainly a question of logic and function from the political end of society as to whether the necessary policies are put in place to link the economy to the society and to prevent it from burning the society directly or indirectly through the environment.

 

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Energy and the Financial System: What Everyone Needs to Know… and Work Darn Hard to Avoid

Energy and the Financial System: What Everyone Needs to Know… and Work Darn Hard to Avoid | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it

"Our economic and financial system is based on assumptions of continued growth. Currently growth is highly dependent on energy and a surplus thereof as provided by high EROI energy sources. Our available energy sources, however, are providing less and less energy returns on the amount of energy we put into them. Therefore the amount of surplus energy available is declining. Thus, given the dependence of growth on energy, growth will decline too. The little remaining health of our financial systems, however, relies heavily on assumptions of continued growth and rather high ones at that, but those assumptions will increasingly turn out to be false if Boyd’s prediction of declining EROI is true".


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Indeed, our ability to "grow" economically and socially is bound by the environment, our population size, cosmological conditions, food production and our state of technology.  Should we honestly "grow" for the sake of "growing", if it comes at long term as well as short term harm?

 

Things that Capitalism under its current logic, does not answer and does not wish to answer.

 

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Willy De Backer's curator insight, April 12, 2014 10:13 AM

Great article on the link between society's diminishing energy return on energy investment and the current economic and financial crisis. A must-read for all austerians and post-Keynesians. This time it IS really different.

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Today's Challenge: Leading Change - Great Leaders Serve

Today's Challenge: Leading Change - Great Leaders Serve | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
Leading change is a process.

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When people change because of vision, there’s a higher commitment to the change effort. You can even think of vision as an intrinsic motivator to change, while fear and pain are extrinsic motivators.

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Nevada cattle wars: Nevada senator sides with rancher against feds

Nevada cattle wars: Nevada senator sides with rancher against feds | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
Nevada cattle owner Cliven Bundy claims ancestral rights to graze his cattle on federal lands in Nevada. Federal officials say the cattle are trespassing on endangered tortoise habitat. The battle has waged in the courts for decades, and Bundy has disregarded several court orders to remove his animals.
Eli Levine's insight:

This is all the conservatives need to start an insurrection against the United States government.

 

Once again, you have some poor jerk who thinks that he's God's gift to the universe and that he is entitled to destroy the natural environment in which he has to live as well.  As far as I can tell from this article, (and the Christian Science Monitor is a fairly impartial publication), it's just another sad little money-grubber sticking it to the general society and the environment in which he actually lives and enjoys protections from.  If the son was getting aggressive, then it's in the Federal officer's right to defend him/herself as an individual.

 

News flash to all the Libertarians out there: Your actions effect others and yourself in very profound and subtle ways.  If you ignore all others and disregard everything else for the sake of your perception of your own self, you will kill and/or harm your own self through your actions.  The tortoise could very well play an integral part in preserving the natural environment in which you're living, either in the form of a predator, prey or other environmental factor that creates the grassland that your cattle have to eat.  If you don't like that you've got to alter or change or shift your sails according to the needs of the rest of the universe that you're living with then might I suggest that you actually go "Galt" as the saying goes, go out into the wilderness naked and alone, and live as a hermit without friends, family or any other artifact of the social world that you so abhor?  Even then, you're still bound by the environmental factors where you would be living.  No liberty or freedom in these parts of the universe, or any part of the universe, as far as we can actually tell.

 

Flippin' idiots.

 

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Dan Ariely on ‘The Honest Truth About Dishonesty’

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Everyone cheats a little from time to time. But most major betrayals within organizations – from accounting fraud to doping in sports – start with a first step that crosses the line, according to Dan Ariely, a leading behavioral economist at Duke and author of The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone – Especially Ourselves. That step can start people on a “slippery slope.” In this interview with Wharton management professor Adam Grant, Ariely helps leaders understand how to prevent people from taking that first step, how to create a code of conduct that makes rules and expectations clear and why good rules are critical to organizations.

 

http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/dan-ariely-dishonestys-slippery-slope/


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This is troubling to me, mainly because I know how easily I could fall victim to a potential slippery slope series of events that turns me from one side to another.  I'm just being honest about it.  There's no real reason yet to differentiate me from Nancy Botwin, who goes from a surburban widow to a major queen pin in the drug trade (besides the fact that I'm not likely to deal drugs).  Am I seriously one of the few human beings who will question him/herself with regards to their own integrity?

 

I don't know.

 

But if this research is accurate, it's bound to be something that's near universal for our species.  That means that you and I are effected by it, whether we like or admit it or not.

 

Sad and scary.

 

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Dino-Killing Asteroid Was NOTHING Compared To This Whopper

Dino-Killing Asteroid Was NOTHING Compared To This Whopper | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
Scientists believe that a huge asteroid smashed into Earth 65 million years ago, wiping out the dinosaurs. But if that errant space rock was a whopper, it was a pipsqueak compared to an asteroid that scientists now say slammed into Earth 3.26 billion...
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We have these very real and very present threats to our lives and liveliehoods floating around us in space.  We have decimated the natural environment in which we evolved and adapted to already for the sake of economic and material "wealth" gain.  We are reaching a point where the conditions within our societies are so tense and delicate that one incorrect move on the part of the governments of the world, or one probable catastrophe from the natural or cosmological environment could easily wipe out the entire social world in which we've currently been living.

 

And yet we still have people getting literally up in arms over the well being and condition of the unborn, without any thought or care for the already present.  We have people who are so wrapped in the irrelevant minutiae of policy and opinion, belief and false interest that they do not even accept or believe in an empirical reality around them.  Furthermore, we habitually put these disconnected people into places of power, authority and consequence, such that we all are living in the Hell that they've produced.

 

And yet will anyone accept or work with what part of the equation that is in their power to change?  Will they take ownership of how they contribute to the problems of our world such that we evolve out of the mess that we're in permanently?

Not in time to save ourselves from economic, social and environmental collapse.

 

How am I with this group of semi-evolved simians again?

What am I doing here?

 

How did I get into this universe?  In this form?

 

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'War on Islam' advocate in college row

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What in the World: Brandeis University rescinds an honorary degree offer to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Ukraine is important no matter where it is, and Russia's natural gas could go to China.
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Honestly, it's not like American conservatives do a much better job at treating women.  Hypocrisy and practical inconsistencies to justify a predetermined belief or practice that has no place in an actually civilized and moral world; the products of the conservatives' tribal, monkey brain.

 

It's just a brain type after all.  Just a diseased set of brain states that are barely fit enough to live on their own without a progressive influence to guide them.

 

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The Hidden Brain: How Ocean Currents Explain Our Unconscious Social Biases

The Hidden Brain: How Ocean Currents Explain Our Unconscious Social Biases | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it

"Those who travel with the current will always feel they are good swimmers; those who swim against the current may never realize they are be -

Biases often work in surreptitious ways — they sneak in through the backdoor of our conscience, our good-personhood, and our highest rational convictions, and lodge themselves between us and the world, between our imperfect humanity and our aspirational selves, between who we believe we are and how we behave. Those stealthy inner workings of bias are precisely what NPR science correspondent Shankar Vedantam explores inThe Hidden Brain: How Our Unconscious Minds Elect Presidents, Control Markets, Wage Wars, and Save Our Lives (public library) — a sweeping, eye-opening, uncomfortable yet necessary account of how our imperceptible prejudices sneak past our conscious selves and produce “subtle cognitive errors that lay beneath the rim of awareness,” making our actions stand at odds with our intentions and resulting in everything from financial errors based on misjudging risk to voter manipulation to protracted conflicts between people, nations, and groups.

In the introduction, Vedantam contextualizes why this phenomenon isn’t new but bears greater urgency than ever:

Unconscious biases have always dogged us, but multiple factors made them especially dangerous today. Globalization and technology, and the intersecting faultlines of religious extremism, economic upheaval, demographic change, and mass migration have amplified the effects of hidden biases. Our mental errors once affected only ourselves and those in our vicinity. Today, they affect people in distant lands and generations yet unborn. The flapping butterfly that caused a hurricane halfway around the world was a theoretical construct; today, subtle biases in faraway minds produce real storms in our lives.


Via Alessandro Cerboni
Eli Levine's insight:

It's all in there.

 

All of your chosen actions, biases, preferences, inclinations and disinclinations.

It operates on a level that you're not even aware of.

 

And it makes you do some of the most insane and crazy things that you won't even think or realize are insane and crazy.

 

Think about it.

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Anti-corruption activist on trial in China

Anti-corruption activist on trial in China | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
Zhao Changqing is the third campaigner to appear in court this week as part of government crackdown on activists.
Eli Levine's insight:

I wonder how these crackdowns against activists compare relatively against crackdowns against corruption and corrupt officials.

 

It seems that the members of the CCP have failed to comprehend and understand the basis of Confucian thought.  After all, when a society is run with impropriety, it tends to lead to problems within the society directed at the leadership who is responsible for their care and well being.  Even if you take the father-son analogy over the marriage analogy, there still is an obligation from the father towards the son, such that the father is governing effectively and sincerely in the interests of the son.  That is how the father maintains his position within a society without having human-made laws artificially bind them.  Theoretically, it is possible (although not always desirable on the practical level, according to a given society) to have no constitution or no legal recourse for the people, yet still have a perfectly legitimate, perfectly functional, healthy, dynamic and responsive relationship between government and its society.  This, again, isn't always something that is going to be accepted by the general public.  However, in the end, it is only the natural laws of the universe that bind us all, rather than any human-made laws.  One set of laws is manipulable, malleable, twistable and breakable towards personal ends.  The other is simply not, and follows according to its own natural, predictable and empirically testable logic, binding everyone to the consequences of our individual and collective actions.

 

Democratic recourse is desirable, I think, because it holds the governing members to more immediate accounts for their actions and decisions without having the need to take extra-legal matters.  However, whether you see or believe or have written something into the written legality or not is, for all intents and purposes, technically irrelevant, relative to common reality.  All laws can be broken, except for those which exist in the natural world.

 

Who knows how or why anyone would think of things as being otherwise, either artificially free or artificially bound, is a mystery to me, personally.

 

Think about it.

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The short guide to Capital in the 21st Century

The short guide to Capital in the 21st Century | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
Thomas Piketty's Capital in the 21st Century is the most important economics book of the year, if not the decade. If you don't have time to read all 700 pages, we've got you covered right here.
Eli Levine's insight:

This is arguably the consequence of the labor market being expanded to the global scale and to the laws and policies from government that enable employers and business owners to not share out the produced wealth to either the shareholders who made the wealth possible or to the workers who produced the wealth in the first place.  While you cannot have a centrally planned economy and expect things to function well, you can have a market economy with a more social and environmental logic and consciousness to it.

 

Laissez-faire simply leads to the most amount of wealth production for the wealthy at the expense of the society, the environment and all other aspects of human life that we need to survive.  It is the prioritization of money over all other human needs, at the expense of all other human needs, such that we're killed off in the process as we race to the bottom for the sake of a perceived need and want that we shouldn't, if we had a healthy brain, need or want.

 

We cannot afford to continue on this path to nothing.  We will die for the sake of someone's cash "profit", because their brain wasn't functioning properly to understand that they need health and well being satisfied before wealth.  Society will either stand up together and confront these idiots on high and on low who think that money is something that we need as a species past a certain point.  Or, we will all pay the price of our lack of action and die accordingly together.

 

It is that simple.

 

And I doubt that we will succeed, due to the divisions of brain types within the common masses of the people where some can sense reality and some can't or won't sense reality or do anything significant or substantial to deal with it.

 

Why I am here to suffer with ya'll due to everyone elses' actions and lack of actions, I have no clue.  I've done all I can legally and practically.

 

Think about it.

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Iran 'won't give up nuclear plans'

Iran 'won't give up nuclear plans' | It Comes Undone-Think About It | Scoop.it
Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei backs negotiations with world powers but warns Tehran will never give up its nuclear plans.
Eli Levine's insight:

We're probably never really going to get Iran to give up its nuclear program, especially if it's for peaceable methods.  I don't understand what everyone's problem is with a country realizing energy independence from relatively clean sources.

 

Yes, we shouldn't be fools and allow Iran to just have nuclear weapons.  They shouldn't be getting carte blanche at these negotiations, nor should you give carte blanche in any negotiation that you sit down at.  However, it's ridiculous to force a country into economic backwardness when it is in the West's interests to have Iran's society be well without the Ayatollahs getting credit for it.  We should have analyzed the situation more thouroughly when Rouhani was elected President, such that we could have changed our sails in accordance with how the winds are blowing in Iranian society.  I don't get how conservatives don't trust or sense the information that is constantly being presented to them in favor of sub-optimal conditions for themselves and the rest of the society that they govern.

 

Absolutely a ludicrous set of people!

 

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