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Tidbits #70

Apres Bonaparte, la mode est d’accueillir le mot Liberté d’un rire sardonique. (Chateaubriand)

Le Hero fantastique des lubies des poetes, des devis du soldat et des contes du people… restera le personnage “reel”: et qui fait disparaître tous ses infâmes personnages (Chateaubriand). (Like Stalin, Hitler, Mao, Bush Jr. Tony Blair,…)

If within an hour of reading you cannot find an idea/feeling to note down, you better switch to another book.

What does it take for a city to jump from a manual labor into the knowledge-based economy and innovation? Physicist Inho Hong from the Max Planck Institute found that the urban setting must have this critical threshold of a population of at least 1.2 million. (In antiquity it might have been 10,000 for a City-State urban environment)
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If we seek reforms by bringing up human nature as the cure and the solution, then we are following the wrong direction. It is human nature that divided society into separate classes and tribes.

Either we let human nature takes its course and divide us into communities of clans, or we need a strong State to redirect what is more favorable to the entire society.

A beekeeper in the US noticed one bee had radar-dish eyes typical of males, even though its abdomen, stinger, and wings were clearly female: A rare mutant honeybee is both male and female

Small Island “sovereignty” to the closest land country should be in matter of sea wealth. Otherwise, referendum are needed for the inhabitant to decide which Law and Order civilization they want to be affiliated with.

Emotional Baggage?  Allow yourself to feel emotions: you’re not a child any longer. Emotions may feel dangerous, but you can love yourself through it. You can do hard things! And if it feels too scary and you want support, no shame, no blame. You can always find the support you need to help you do hard things.

Can Anyone make me comprehend why Inflation is better than deflation in the cost of living for the common people? What I know is that inflation goal of 2% is meant to reduce the balance on borrowed money by the State, so that paid interest is fictionally reduced.

“Let’s get started today and see what’s the biggest hole we can dig between now and Sunday afternoon, running 24 hours a day.” Within three hours, the cars from the parking lot were gone and there was a hole in the ground.” — Elon Musk: The Architect of Tomorrow

My hypothesis: Children raised in secular environment have higher moral values because Not based on abstract fears.

When I am teaching children in my preschool class and we are all wearing our masks all day, can we hope that better mask technology is being developed that allows them to see our lips so they will learn proper letter sounds and diction?

Poverty, immunization rates, education, gender equality, clean water access, and more will take years to get back to pre-pandemic levels.

“I drove 600 miles up and down the state, and I never escaped the smoke,” said Oregon senator Jeff Merkley referring the monster bushfire in western US.

Greenland lost ice that covers an area of around 110 square kilometers.

Vinyl records are more popular than compact discs. Sales of records in the US surpassed CDs for the first time since 1986.

Israel strategy is to mow Gaza every now and then for lame excuses: No sustainable development allowed in any State bordering Israel.

Far-right President Bolsonaro is dispatching gangs of illegal farmers to burn down swathes of the Amazon rainforest. Many indigenous people standing in their way have been murdered.

President Bolsonaro is desperate to close a multimillion-dollar trade deal with the European Union, but with the forest ablaze, EU leaders are considering last-minute changes to build Amazon protections into the deal.

The US is investigating allegations of forced hysterectomies on migrant women in a Georgia detention center.. 

Seth Rogen doubt the legitimacy and the sense for the existence of Israel. This Canadian, Jewish actor admitted that Israel spread shameful lies to the Jews claiming that there were nobody in Palestine and all kinds of baseless myths. He said Israel does Not make any sense from a religious basis, because religion is silly. And it is dangerous to round up all Jews in one place .

BlackRock multinational investment circulate about $6 trillion in its investment every single day, as much as the entire USA GNP for an entire year. Most State Presidents, central bank chiefs and financial ministers are in contact with Leonard Finkle for analysis by its Aladdin artificial intelligence of the exhaustive data it hold. (Note that Black Stone is the name of the Muslim pilgrim rock in Mecca)

 

Thinking of workers as cogs. Or the process is designed as such?

 Human nature is much more created than it is discovered.

Beware of false theories on human nature.

What makes work satisfying? Apart from a paycheck, there are intangible values that, Barry Schwartz suggests, our current way of thinking about work simply ignores. It’s time to stop thinking of workers as cogs on a wheel.

Barry Schwartz. Psychologist. He studies the link between economics and psychology, offering insights into modern life. Lately, working with Ken Sharpe, he’s studying wisdom. Full bio

Today I’m going to talk about work. And the question I want to ask and answer is this: “Why do we work?” Why do we drag ourselves out of bed every morning instead of living our lives just filled with bouncing from one TED-like adventure to another?

0:33 You may be asking yourselves that very question. we have to make a living, but nobody in this room thinks that that’s the answer to the question, “Why do we work?”

For folks in this room, the work we do is challenging, it’s engaging, it’s stimulating, it’s meaningful. And if we’re lucky, it might even be important.

we wouldn’t work if we didn’t get paid, but that’s not why we do what we do.

And in general, I think we think that material rewards are a pretty bad reason for doing the work that we do. When we say of somebody that he’s “in it for the money,” we are not just being descriptive.

I think this is totally obvious, but the very obviousness of it raises what is for me an incredibly profound question. Why, if this is so obvious, why is it that for the overwhelming majority of people on the planet, the work they do has none of the characteristics that get us up and out of bed and off to the office every morning?

How is it that we allow the majority of people on the planet to do work that is monotonous, meaningless and soul-deadening?

Why is it that as capitalism developed, it created a mode of production, of goods and services, in which all the nonmaterial satisfactions that might come from work were eliminated?

Workers who do this kind of work, whether they do it in factories, in call centers, or in fulfillment warehouses, do it for pay. There is certainly no other earthly reason to do what they do except for pay.

ted.com|By Barry Schwartz

the question is, “Why?” And here’s the answer: the answer is technology.

technology, automation screws people, blah blah — that’s not what I mean. I’m not talking about the kind of technology that has enveloped our lives, and that people come to TED to hear about. I’m not talking about the technology of things, profound though that is. I’m talking about another technology. I’m talking about the technology of ideas. I call it, “idea technology” — how clever of me.

In addition to creating things, science creates ideas. Science creates ways of understanding. And in the social sciences, the ways of understanding that get created are ways of understanding ourselves. And they have an enormous influence on how we think, what we aspire to, and how we act.

If you think your poverty is God’s will, you pray. If you think your poverty is the result of your own inadequacy, you shrink into despair. And if you think your poverty is the result of oppression and domination, then you rise up in revolt.

Whether your response to poverty is resignation or revolution, depends on how you understand the sources of your poverty. This is the role that ideas play in shaping us as human beings, and this is why idea technology may be the most profoundly important technology that science gives us.

there’s something special about idea technology, that makes it different from the technology of things. With things, if the technology sucks, it just vanishes, right? Bad technology disappears. With ideas — false ideas about human beings will not go away if people believe that they’re true. Because if people believe that they’re true, they create ways of living and institutions that are consistent with these very false ideas.

 that’s how the industrial revolution created a factory system in which there was really nothing you could possibly get out of your day’s work, except for the pay at the end of the day.

Because the father — one of the fathers of the Industrial Revolution, Adam Smith — was convinced that human beings were by their very natures lazy, and wouldn’t do anything unless you made it worth their while, and the way you made it worth their while was by incentivizing, by giving them rewards.

That was the only reason anyone ever did anything. So we created a factory system consistent with that false view of human nature. But once that system of production was in place, there was really no other way for people to operate, except in a way that was consistent with Adam Smith’s vision.

So the work example is merely an example of how false ideas can create a circumstance that ends up making them true.

It is not true that you “just can’t get good help anymore.”

It is true that you “can’t get good help anymore” when you give people work to do that is demeaning and soulless. And interestingly enough, Adam Smith — the same guy who gave us this incredible invention of mass production, and division of labor — understood this.

Adam Smith also said, of people who worked in assembly lines, of men who worked in assembly lines, he says: He generally becomes as stupid as it is possible for a human being to become.”

notice the word here is “become.” “He generally becomes as stupid as it is possible for a human being to become.” Whether he intended it or not, what Adam Smith was telling us there, is that the very shape of the institution within which people work creates people who are fitted to the demands of that institution and deprives people of the opportunity to derive the kinds of satisfactions from their work that we take for granted.

The thing about science — natural science — is that we can spin fantastic theories about the cosmos, and have complete confidence that the cosmos is completely indifferent to our theories. It’s going to work the same damn way no matter what theories we have about the cosmos.

But we do have to worry about the theories we have of human nature, because human nature will be changed by the theories we have that are designed to explain and help us understand human beings.

The distinguished anthropologist, Clifford Geertz, said, years ago, that human beings are the “unfinished animals.” And what he meant by that was that it is only human nature to have a human nature that is very much the product of the society in which people live.

That human nature is much more created than it is discovered. We design human nature by designing the institutions within which people live and work.

7:36 And so you people — pretty much the closest I ever get to being with masters of the universe — you people should be asking yourself a question, as you go back home to run your organizations.

Just what kind of human nature do you want to help design?


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