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Dejay Davison

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We're not using the right side of our brains! (enough)

Before I write anything, I feel it wise to state i'm only 17.
I like to feel as if i'm talking on behalf of my teens, but I don't know for sure..
No, I don't have a piece of paper stating i'm intelligent - I don't even wear shoes.
I'm not a psychologist or a neuroscientist; but I'd rather read, write or run then talk to other humans, being young I don't think I've quiet had the opportunity to 'find my kind' yet.
As I've grown up, I've watched my teenage contemporaries chase desires that some greedy intellectual has created.
I've watched them direct their emotional insecurities into a facaded product of media.
I've watched insidious piles of information and influence uncontrollably seep into their consciousness, deprecating their talents, passions and potential.
I observe.. quietly yet torturously as my fellow teens live; completely oblivious to the world that narrows their perception, and kills their ambition, subtly encourages apathy and evilly feeds off their ignorance.
This 'new world' hasn't been around for long right?
No one has taught us. No one IS teaching us, to be aware, to know of it.
We are being drowned in information and starved for knowledge.
What hurts the most, is that it's found upon, and nurtures ego and greed.
I feel as if the months of pain and self education has lead to such a simple conclusion.
We're bought up in a world that predominantly focuses on the development of the left brain right?
I think we need to begin raising awareness to this influence, nurturing a protective psychological construct to barrier this bombardment of 'junk information' subtly yet evidently manipulating our consciousness.
I believe through my own lively experience, and the many books I have read that we need to start nurturing the development of our left and right brains EVENLY.

We need coalescence of reductionism, and holism.
I feel this is the answer.. (r)evolution.

My wee project


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    Oct 26 2012: DJ, In many of my posts I state that it is very important to know who you are. Once this occurs you can resolve many conflicts both internal and external.

    The right side of the brain is more intersted with the arts and things philosophical. While I agree with you that the right side is not employed enough .. I also see a big problem looming in our immediate future. During the last PISA Exam the United States came in on the lower third of the lower third and caused the administration great embassement. So with a bruised national ego the Secretary of Education decalred that Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) would be the basis of all education. Due to funding schools have to eleminate some classes in order to put others in place. Our state now requires four years of Math, science, and english to graduate. On the bubble to cut if funding is not available is 1) Music, 2) Art, 3) all shops, 4) home ec, etc ... get the picture? By national decree of the President and his staff the Arts and right brain activities are declared not important.

    Does that mean that they will fad away .. I don't think so but to have a government declare them unimportant could seriously hamper funding for the performing arts and deminish young talent from developing.

    Would restricting right brain activities classify us as entering another "Dark Age".

    I look forward to your next conversation and conversing with you again.

    All the best. Bob.
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      Oct 27 2012: Wow, that's definitely conjured up mixed feelings.
      This is only my opinion here, but I think there is a deeper yet externally ubiquitous significance of a developed right hemisphere. The ability to 'see the whole' or observe and live with a more empathetic, understanding perspective is evidently needed in this world.
      I've grown up in this new world of 'junk information' and a prevalent bombardment of commercialism, it's so easy to see the influence it has on teens. I could ramble on about this for ages but I could very confidently posit that I do think the significance of an unbiased brain is very underestimated!
      The Secretary of Education should become familiar with Einstein's: "A problem canont be fixed with the same level of consciousness that created it."

      Maybe another 'Dark Age' is imminent but I do believe that creative minorities such as TED may help save us from our own demise.
      My only approach at the moment is to push action towards creating awareness to not only the influence, but the implications; other than that i'm stuck! (for teens)

      Thanks for your words Bob :)

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